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Boomers. Image shows from L to R: Alan (Philip Jackson), Trevor (James Smith), Mick (Nigel Planer), John (Russ Abbot). Copyright: Hat Trick Productions
A funeral is approaching, and Alan is particularly looking forward to it as his old friend Mick is attending, from his retirement home in Spain. No one else is quite so pleased.

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Alan is looking forward to Jean's funeral; his old mate Mick, Jean's ex, is coming over from Spain especially for it.

Alan's wife Joyce isn't so happy - Mick has always been a bad influence. John's not happy either - he's been convinced that Mick has a thing for Maureen ever since a notorious holiday in Weymouth.

And when Mick turns up, he's got a surprise for everyone - a thirty-year-old Lithuanian wife who seems to understand Trevor more than his wife Carol ever has.

Broadcast details

Friday 15th August 2014
30 minutes


Show past repeats

Date Time Channel
Monday 18th August 2014 11:05pm BBC1
Monday 18th August 2014 11:35pm BBC1 Wales
Wednesday 1st March 2017 8:00pm Gold
Thursday 2nd March 2017 6:00pm Gold
Saturday 4th March 2017 12:20pm Gold
Sunday 5th March 2017 12:00pm Gold
Monday 8th May 2017 8:00pm Gold
Monday 20th August 2018 8:40am Gold
Tuesday 4th December 2018 3:30am Gold

Cast & crew

Alison Steadman Joyce
Philip Jackson Alan
Russ Abbot John
Stephanie Beacham Maureen
James Smith Trevor
Paula Wilcox Carol
Guest cast
Nigel Planer Mick
Milanka Brooks Elena
Writing team
Richard Pinto Writer
Sarah Cartwright Script Editor
Production team
Adam Miller Director
Paul Schlesinger Producer
Jimmy Mulville Executive Producer
Gregor Sharp Executive Producer
Mark Williams Editor
Jonathan Paul Green Production Designer
Ian Masterson Composer


How to remember names at a funeral

Trevor explains his technique for remembering names.

Featuring: Russ Abbot (John) & James Smith (Trevor).

Mick's Arrival

Alan's old friend Mick arrives, much to Alan's delight and Joyce's disapproval...

View this clip on the BBC website

Featuring: Alison Steadman (Joyce), Philip Jackson (Alan), Russ Abbot (John), Stephanie Beacham (Maureen), James Smith (Trevor), Paula Wilcox (Carol), Nigel Planer (Mick) & Milanka Brooks (Elena).

Carol goes round again

Carol tries to find a parking space while Joyce and Maureen help.

View this clip on the BBC website

Featuring: Alison Steadman (Joyce), Stephanie Beacham (Maureen) & Paula Wilcox (Carol).

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