Father, Dear Father

Father, Dear Father. Image shows from L to R: Anna Glover (Natasha Pyne), Patrick Glover (Patrick Cargill), Nanny (Noel Dyson), Karen Glover (Ann Holloway). Copyright: Thames Television.

Father, Dear Father

Crime novelist Patrick Glover struggles to juggle an ex-wife, a Nanny, his ageing mother, two young daughters - and the occasional romantic interlude

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David Smith

  • Thursday 25th July 2013, 4:28pm [Edited]
  • Aberdeen, Scotland
  • 2,527 posts

It was a great show. Very underrated in my opinion. What did you think? It was on GOLD in the 1990s. It should get repeated more.

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Aaron

  • Thursday 25th July 2013, 5:31pm
  • Royal Berkshire, England
  • 68,712 posts

Some of it's a bit by-numbers, but there's a lot else to enjoy and Patrick Cargill's performance is always great to watch. I wish there were more sitcoms like this on now.

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george roper

  • Thursday 25th July 2013, 6:39pm [Edited]
  • in the back on stan butlers bus ., England
  • 4,039 posts

Yes they should have more shows like this I know but it would not work today.

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Aaron

  • Thursday 25th July 2013, 7:50pm
  • Royal Berkshire, England
  • 68,712 posts

Why not?

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Geffers

  • Friday 26th July 2013, 10:58am [Edited]
  • England
  • 126 posts

This is one of my favourites from that period. It stands apart from some others in that the situations were much more farce that built and built. The misunderstanding grew and grew, but it was always very good natured. It was definitely of its period, the girls' innocence doesn't ring true in the modern age (probably never quite did). The dialogue was often very fast and witty, and sometimes lines go by that the audience miss, a double entendre that's perhaps a little too subtle.

A lot to enjoy, especially like the little mini-episode at the start, a story in itself, and the episode titles go on while the action continues, but in a clowning around kind of way. It probably outstayed its welcome - 7 series, and an Australian version with the girl from "All the Rivers Run" - which for me did not quite work.

The film is a re-mangling of several early episodes I think, and this does not quite work either... but it's funny enough I suppose, very much of its time.

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Aaron

  • Friday 26th July 2013, 12:27pm
  • Royal Berkshire, England
  • 68,712 posts
Quote: Geffers @ July 26 2013, 10:58 AM BST

It was definitely of its period, the girls' innocence doesn't ring true in the modern age (probably never quite did).


I'm never quite sure of the girls' innocence. In some episodes they do seem rather naive, virginal if you will - but in others there are definite hints of their being far more world-aware, and far less innocent than Patrick or Nanny might wish to believe.

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Gordon Bennett

  • Sunday 30th June 2019, 7:32pm
  • Basel, Switzerland
  • 19,199 posts

I like this a lot. I bought the box because I'm in 70s classic mode and try to watch as many shows from that period as possible. But this is even better than I've expected. It took 4 whole discs before I encountered the first episode I didn't like.
The cast is great and sympathetic (incl. the dog) and the many one liners are really funny. A fantastic little show that puts a smile on my face.

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Rood Eye

  • Sunday 30th June 2019, 8:07pm
  • England
  • 4,103 posts

This was very much "family viewing" in the 1970s.

Nothing groundbreaking or original about it (as far as I recall) but that's true about all but a handful of sitcoms.

Good writers, good cast, good everything (probably).

It's worth watching - not least because it allows us a brief visit to a bygone age when everything seemed so much nicer.

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Chappers

  • Monday 1st July 2019, 6:29pm
  • Surreyish., England
  • 31,260 posts

And two gorgeous daughters!

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Gordon Bennett

  • Monday 1st July 2019, 7:09pm
  • Basel, Switzerland
  • 19,199 posts
Quote: Chappers @ 1st July 2019, 6:29 PM

And two gorgeous daughters!

True. Very true. But the one that's supposed to be 18 looks more like 30.