Bread. Image shows from L to R: Joey Boswell (Graham Bickley), Aveline Boswell (Melanie Hill), Nellie Boswell (Jean Boht), Grandad (Kenneth Waller), Shifty (Bryan Murray), Adrian Boswell (Jonathon Morris), Billy Boswell (Nick Conway), Freddie Boswell (Ronald Forfar). Copyright: BBC


  • TV sitcom
  • BBC One
  • 1986 - 1991
  • 74 episodes (7 series)

Liverpudlian Boswell family are experts at exploiting the system to get by in life, with plenty of dodgy deals and government handouts to help. Stars Jean Boht, Peter Howitt, Ronald Forfar, Jonathon Morris, Victor McGuire and more.

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Series 3, Episode 3

Freddie loses a valuable ring at a party. Jack, who found it and tried to pawn it, is filled with remorse. Meanwhile, Adrian has gone through a personality change and insists on being called Jimmy!

Broadcast details

Sunday 20th September 1987
30 minutes


Show past repeats

Date Time Channel
Wednesday 10th August 2011 7:30am Gold
Thursday 11th August 2011 6:00am Gold
Tuesday 15th November 2011 8:05am Gold
Wednesday 16th November 2011 6:00am Gold
Friday 13th April 2012 6:00am Gold
Friday 13th April 2012 8:25am Gold
Wednesday 8th August 2012 8:45am Gold
Thursday 9th August 2012 6:15am Gold
Saturday 24th November 2012 8:20am Gold
Friday 8th February 2013 6:30am Gold
Wednesday 3rd April 2013 7:40am Gold
Thursday 22nd August 2013 8:55am Gold
Friday 23rd August 2013 6:00am Gold
Saturday 30th November 2013 7:55am Gold
Sunday 1st December 2013 6:30am Gold
Wednesday 8th January 2014 9:50am Gold
Thursday 9th January 2014 6:15am Gold
Monday 22nd September 2014 6:40pm Drama
Tuesday 13th January 2015 1:40pm Drama
Tuesday 13th January 2015 6:40pm Drama
Friday 9th February 2018 1:40pm Drama
Monday 11th February 2019 6:35pm Drama
Tuesday 4th February 2020 5:25pm Drama
Friday 10th September 2021 6:00pm Drama
Friday 3rd December 2021 7:25am Drama

Cast & crew

Jean Boht Nellie Boswell
Peter Howitt Joey Boswell
Ronald Forfar Freddie Boswell
Jonathon Morris Adrian Boswell
Victor McGuire Jack Boswell
Gilly Coman Aveline Boswell
Nick Conway Billy Boswell
Hilary Crowson Julie
Kenneth Waller Grandad
Eileen Pollock Lilo Lill
Jenny Jay Carmen
Guest cast
J.G. Devlin Father Dooley
John Laing Pizza Man
Gerry White Taxi Driver
Mark Reader Guitarist
Christine Kavanagh Sally
Christina Clark Girl at Party
Barry Martin Jeweller
Writing team
Carla Lane Writer
Production team
Susan Belbin Director
Robin Nash Producer
John Dunstan Editor
Chris Wadsworth Editor
Sheena Napier Costume Designer
Pauline Cox Make-up Designer
David Mackay Composer
Pete Wane Graphics
Tim Gleeson Production Designer

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