Constant Hot Water. Phyllis Nugent (Patricia Phoenix). Image credit: Central Independent Television.

Constant Hot Water

Battling seaside landlady Phyllis Nugent has new competition in the shape of attractive widow Miranda Thorpe

1986  (ITV)
6 (1 series)
Patricia Phoenix, Prunella Gee, Steve Alder, Roger Kemp, Mohammed Ashiq, Kevin Lloyd, Al Ashton, Joe McPartland
Colin Pearson
Central Independent Television

Attractive widow Miranda Thorpe has moved to the Yorkshire coast to open a boarding house. Not only has she developed an admirer in Frank, the removal man, but her new neighbour is also paying her a lot of attention too. Phyllis Nugent, owner of the Portifino residential private hotel next door, is prim and proper and believes that Miranda will attract the wrong kind of clientèle to the neighbourhood.

Our Review: Although not the main focus of attention in this comedy, the star was taking her first acting role after leaving Coronation Street. It was, sadly, to be one of her final TV appearances as she died later the same year. The comedy was erratic and the show rarely rose above the mundane.