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Series 1, Episode 4

Boomers. Image shows from L to R: John (Russ Abbot), Maureen (Stephanie Beacham), Joyce (Alison Steadman), Alan (Philip Jackson), Trevor (James Smith), Carol (Paula Wilcox). Copyright: Hat Trick Productions
Joyce is retiring and Alan has organised a house party, complete with video tributes. Maureen's more interested by their new neighbours, fresh from London.

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Joyce is retiring and Alan has invited all of their friends round to the house for a party. Maureen latches on to their new neighbours, a young couple with children who have just moved from London in an attempt to stop feeling trapped 'in the sticks'.

John makes a tribute video for Joyce's retirement party but forgets to ask Trevor for his tribute.

During the party, Alan has some bad news for Joyce that could spoil the night for her. Although she might spoil it first as she confronts their new neighbours about the kid's bad behaviour.

Broadcast details

Friday 5th September 2014
30 minutes


Show past repeats

Date Time Channel
Monday 8th September 2014 11:05pm BBC1
Monday 8th September 2014 11:35pm BBC1 Wales
Wednesday 22nd March 2017 8:00pm Gold
Thursday 23rd March 2017 6:00pm Gold
Saturday 25th March 2017 12:20pm Gold
Sunday 26th March 2017 12:10pm Gold
Monday 15th May 2017 10:25am Gold
Monday 15th May 2017 8:40pm Gold
Thursday 23rd August 2018 8:40am Gold
Friday 24th August 2018 7:45am Gold
Saturday 15th December 2018 3:15am Gold

Cast & crew

Alison Steadman Joyce
Philip Jackson Alan
Russ Abbot John
Stephanie Beacham Maureen
James Smith Trevor
Paula Wilcox Carol
Guest cast
Susannah Fielding Sara
Joanna Brookes Pat
Bo Poraj Dan
Tegan Griffiths Inga
Louis Partridge Alf
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


Joyce's dream retirement party

Joyce is in no doubt as to what her dream party would consist of. Unfortunately Alan seems intent on rather more of a bargain basement version.

Featuring: Alison Steadman (Joyce) & Philip Jackson (Alan).

Ever tried a ping pong ball?

The pitfalls of retirement parties...

View this clip on the BBC website

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

Listening exercises

Trevor has a heart to heart with John.

View this clip on the BBC website

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

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