Brass. Image shows from L to R: Bradley Hardacre (Timothy West), Lady Patience Hardacre (Caroline Blakiston). Copyright: Granada Television.


ITV and Channel 4 sitcom / comedy drama spoofing drama serials. 32 episodes (3 series), 1983 - 1990. Stars Timothy West, Caroline Blakiston, Barbara Ewing, Geoffrey Hinsliff and others.

Brass. Bradley Hardacre (Timothy West). Copyright: Granada Television.


Pastiche of gritty, overblown drama serials of the 1970s and 80s

Sitcom, Comedy Drama
1983 - 1990
ITV, Channel 4
32   (3 series)
Timothy West, Caroline Blakiston, Barbara Ewing, Geoffrey Hinsliff, David Ashton, Robert Reynolds, Gail Harrison, Emily Morgan and others
John Stevenson and Julian Roach
Gareth Jones
Bill Podmore and Mark Robson

The Hardacres are the wealthy family living in the big house at the top of the hill. The Fairchilds are some of their employees, living in a tiny back-to-back terraced house at the bottom.

Mine, mill, shipyard (and more) owner Bradley Hardacre is self-made, coming from the very working class background which he now despises and abuses the members of. Despite that, much mingling goes on between the classes - and in particular between the two families - much of it sexual.

Production Details

Production company
Laugh track

Broadcast details

First broadcast
Monday 21st February 1983 on ITV at 8pm
Last new broadcast
Monday 28th May 1990 on Channel 4 at 8:30pm
Length of episodes
25 minutes

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