Bread. Copyright: BBC.


BBC One sitcom about a Liverpool family. 74 episodes (7 series), 1986 - 1991. Stars Jean Boht, Peter Howitt, Ronald Forfar, Jonathon Morris and others.

Bread. Image shows from L to R: Adrian Boswell (Jonathon Morris), Joey Boswell (Peter Howitt), Grandad (Kenneth Waller), Nellie Boswell (Jean Boht), Jack Boswell (Victor McGuire), Julie (Caroline Milmoe), Billy Boswell (Nick Conway), Aveline Boswell (Gilly Coman), Freddie Boswell (Ronald Forfar). Copyright: BBC.


Liverpudlian Boswell family are experts at exploiting the system to get by in life, with plenty of dodgy deals and government handouts to help

1986 - 1991
74   (7 series)
Jean Boht, Peter Howitt, Ronald Forfar, Jonathon Morris, Victor McGuire, Gilly Coman, Nick Conway, Graham Bickley and others
Carla Lane
Susan Belbin, Robin Nash and John B Hobbs
Robin Nash and John B Hobbs

The Liverpool-based Boswell family are experts at exploiting the system to get by in life. Despite the fact that none of the Boswells are officially employed, they manage to live a fairly good life thanks government handouts and various cash-in-hand jobs.

Family life for the Boswells centres around their God-fearing Catholic mother, Nellie. With her husband having left her for "a tart", she relies upon her eldest son, Joey, to play the father's role to her other three sons, Jack, Adrian and Billy, and her daughter Aveline.

Their ability to squeeze the DHSS dry, while the boys earn a living on the side, is legendary. But, although the family is the focus of their lives, they each have different reasons to be unhappy!

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First broadcast
Thursday 1st May 1986 on BBC One at 9:30pm
Last new broadcast
Sunday 3rd November 1991 on BBC One at 7:45pm
Last repeat
Friday 24th April 2020 at 5:20pm on Drama

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