Beryl's Lot

As her fortieth birthday approaches, mother of three and milkman's wife Beryl realises that there must be more to life than being a housewife

Genre:
Sitcom
Broadcast:
1973 - 1977  (ITV)
Episodes:
52 (3 series)
Starring:
Carmel McSharry, Annie Leake, Tony Caunter, Norman Mitchell, Barbara Mitchell, Johnny Shannon, Robert Keegan, Mark Kingston, George Selway, Robin Askwith, Verna Harvey
Writers:
Kevin Laffan, Bill MacIlwraith, Charlie Humphreys
Production:
Yorkshire Television

As her fortieth birthday approaches, mother of three and milkman's wife Beryl Humphries realises that there must be more to life than running the family home. She decides to improve her 'lot' by enrolling for philosophy evening classes.

However, her husband objects to her furthering her education. He is also very quick to show his dislike to her new friends - much to Beryl's dismay. Will she ever escape her 'lot'?

Our Review: Whilst categorised as a sitcom, much like Only Fools And Horses, Beryl's Lot features soap-opera elements and moments of extreme drama. Written by Kevin Laffan, creator of Emmerdale, this was a feature of the show that was always going to take place.

When the show changed to a 26-episode format for the third series, it lost much of its warmth and charisma - this could be attributed to length of the episodes (cut from 60 to 30 minutes each), or perhaps to the greater number of plots and scripts needed, presumably written within roughly the same timeframe as before. The series did, however, keep much of its quality and continued to be a well respected and enjoyable programme.