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 4, Episode 7

Joey gives Freddie an ultimatum - Lilo Lill or his mum, but not both! Linda McCartney opens an Animal Rescue Centre and, while getting her autograph, Billy invites her round for tea if she's ever passing - she is, and an unwitting Nellie tells her all her troubles.

Broadcast details

Sunday 30th October 1988
30 minutes


Show past repeats

Date Time Channel
Saturday 26th November 2011 6:00am Gold
Saturday 26th November 2011 7:10am Gold
Sunday 27th November 2011 6:00am Gold
Tuesday 8th May 2012 8:20am Gold
Wednesday 9th May 2012 6:00am Gold
Saturday 25th August 2012 8:40am Gold
Sunday 26th August 2012 6:00am Gold
Sunday 17th February 2013 6:00am Gold
Wednesday 1st October 2014 6:40pm Drama
Wednesday 15th October 2014 6:40pm Drama
Thursday 5th February 2015 1:40pm Drama
Thursday 5th February 2015 6:40pm Drama
Tuesday 6th March 2018 1:40pm Drama
Wednesday 6th March 2019 6:40pm Drama
Wednesday 15th December 2021 7:45am Drama

Cast & crew

Jean Boht Nellie Boswell
Peter Howitt Joey Boswell
Ronald Forfar Freddie Boswell
Jonathon Morris Adrian Boswell
Gilly Coman Aveline Boswell
Nick Conway Billy Boswell
Hilary Crowson Julie
Kenneth Waller Grandad
Pamela Power Martina
Bryan Murray Shifty
Rita Tushingham Celia Higgins
Giles Watling Oswald
Guest cast
Greg Archen Boy Thief
Neil Lewis Boy Thief
Robert Wesley Man Onlooker
Andrea Marshall Autograph Hunter
Aisling Reynolds Autograph Hunter
John Prince Autograph Hunter
Linda McCartney Self
Paul McCartney Self
Writing team
Carla Lane Writer
Production team
Robin Nash Director
Robin Nash Producer
Paul Trerise Production Designer

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