Agony. Jane Lucas (Maureen Lipman). Copyright: London Weekend Television.

Agony

ITV sitcom about an agony aunt. 20 episodes (3 series), 1979 - 1981. Stars Maureen Lipman, Simon Williams, Maria Charles, Peter Blake and others.

Agony. Image shows from L to R: Jane Lucas (Maureen Lipman), Val (Diana Weston). Copyright: London Weekend Television.

Agony

Jane Lucas is a radio and magazine agony aunt whose problems seem to eclipse those of her 'patients'

Genre
Sitcom
Broadcast
1979 - 1981
Channel
ITV
Episodes
20   (3 series)
Creators
Len Richmond and Anna Raeburn
Starring
Maureen Lipman, Simon Williams, Maria Charles, Peter Blake, Jeremy Bulloch, Peter Denyer, Jan Holden, Diana Weston and others
Writers
Len Richmond, Anna Raeburn, Stan Hey and Andrew Nickolds
Director
John Reardon
Producer
John Reardon

Jane Lucas provides advice to the readers of Person magazine, and callers-in to a local radio station. Although she spends most of her time dishing out good advice she can't seem to deal with her own problems, lurching from one disaster to another.

Her relationship with husband Laurence is under constant strain, both from their own behaviour and anxieties, but also from colleagues - and Jane's mother.

Jane seeks solace in her best friends, gay couple Rob and Michael, and secretary Val. The less said about glamorous boss Diana or her radio hosts, Andy Evol and later, Junior Truscombe, the better!

Production Details

Production company
Soundtrack
The theme song was performed by Babs Fletcher.
Laugh track
Live audience

Broadcast details

First broadcast
Sunday 11th March 1979 on ITV at 9:15pm
Last new broadcast
Sunday 1st March 1981 on ITV at 10pm
Length of episodes
30 minutes

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