After Henry. Image shows from L to R: Sarah France (Prunella Scales), Clare (Geraldine Cowper), Eleanor (Joan Sanderson). Copyright: BBC.

After Henry

BBC Radio 4 sitcom about three generations of women. 34 episodes (4 series), 1985 - 1988. Stars Prunella Scales, Joan Sanderson, Benjamin Whitrow and Geraldine Cowper.

After Henry

Culture and generation-clash comedy in which middle-aged widow Sarah lives with her elderly, difficult mother Eleanor, and daughter Clare

1985 - 1988
BBC Radio 4
34   (4 series)
Prunella Scales, Joan Sanderson, Benjamin Whitrow and Geraldine Cowper
Simon Brett
Pete Atkin

Sarah is 42 and has already been widowed for a little over two years, since Henry's tragic death in a car crash. Having moved from London to a medium-sized town in the country with her late husband, doctor Henry France, she's now left alone, coping with their daughter, Clare, and her mother, Eleanor, between whom she is regularly torn!

Clare, only just 18, is fast becoming an adult, discovering the world, and finding both herself and her responsibilities. Sarah herself is struggling to get used to the unwanted freedom that Henry's death has thrust upon her; and her elderly mother, somewhere in her mid-70s, is as interfering, oblivious and cantankerous as ever.

Caught between the two extremes, Sarah struggles - with the help and advice of her gay best friend and employer, small bookshop owner Russell - with parenting, life as a single woman, but above all else: not turning into her mother!

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Broadcast details

First broadcast
Wednesday 17th April 1985 on BBC Radio 4 at 6:30pm
Last new broadcast
Sunday 6th March 1988 on BBC Radio 4
Last repeat
Wednesday 23rd December 2020 at 8:30am on Radio 4 Extra