Bachelor Father. Peter Lamb (Ian Carmichael). Copyright: BBC.

Bachelor Father

BBC One sitcom about a single foster father. 24 episodes (2 series), 1970 - 1971. Stars Ian Carmichael, Gerald Flood, Sonia Dresdel, Joan Hickson and others.

Bachelor Father

Peter Lamb, a single middle-aged man who's failed to find a wife, takes up fostering children

1970 - 1971
24   (2 series)
Ian Carmichael, Gerald Flood, Sonia Dresdel, Joan Hickson, Ian Johnson, Briony McRoberts, Roland Pickering, Michael Douglas and others
Richard Waring
Graeme Muir

Peter Lamb has always aspired to fatherhood, but his endeavours with women have so far come to nothing.

Living in relative luxury in central London thanks to a large inheritance from his uncle Reggie some fifteen years earlier, a chance encounter with a delivery boy whose father is gravely ill inspires Peter to put his time and money to an entirely different use: fostering.

Surmounting the initial challenges placed in his path by the bureaucracy of government, Peter purchases a large detached house to run as his foster home but finds his subsequent progress filled with hurdles he never expected to encounter. However his success takes everyone by surprise and he soon gathers a larger than expected group of children around him.

Production Details

Production company
Signature music by Eric Rogers
Laugh track
Live audience

Broadcast details

First broadcast
Thursday 17th September 1970 on BBC One at 7:45pm
Last new broadcast
Saturday 25th December 1971 on BBC One at 6:40pm

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