Come Back Mrs. Noah. Mrs Gertrude Noah (Mollie Sugden). Image credit: British Broadcasting Corporation.

Come Back Mrs. Noah

It's 2050 and prize-winning housewife Mrs Noah is accidentally launched into orbit while exploring Britain's new space exploration vehicle

Genre:
Sitcom
Broadcast:
1977 - 1978  (BBC One)
Episodes:
6 (pilot + 1 series)
Starring:
Mollie Sugden, Ian Lavender, Donald Hewlett, Michael Knowles, Tim Barrett, Gorden Kaye, Ann Michelle, Joe Black, Jennifer Lonsdale
Writers:
Jeremy Lloyd, David Croft
Production:
British Broadcasting Corporation

The year is 2050 and the winner of the 'Modern Housewife Cookery Competion', Mrs Gertrude Noah from Pontefract, is being given a tour of Great Britain's new space exploration vehicle, Britannia Seven. Her televised experience comes to an abrupt end when a technical fault accidentally launches the spacecraft into orbit. She is trapped on board with TV reporter Clive Cunliffe, Carstairs & Fanshaw (Technical Staff) and Garstang from Maintenance and Security.

Our Review: A rare 'failure' from the writer/producer who had three very successful series already under his belt in the 1970s (Dad's Army, Are You Being Served? and It Ain't Half Hot Mum). He took a successful ingredient from all three and a glimpse of the future with soon-to-be 'Allo 'Allo! star, Gorden Kaye as a TV presenter of the fictional "Farandwide". The end product was reasonably entertaining but, with a limited lifespan for the storyline, it came to a natural end after one series.