- Comedy Drama
- BBC Two
- John Nettleton, Pat Heywood, Edward Rawle-Hicks, Allan Cuthbertson, Rosemary Macvie, Oona Kirsch, Pippa Hinchley, Joan Sanderson and others
- Michael Palin
- Tristram Powell
- Innes Lloyd
Coming-of-age comedy drama based on Michael Palin's memories of family holidays in grey, drab coastal resorts.
One summer in the late 1950s, and much to 17-year old Richard's dismay, his parents have booked their party of three into a small, privately-run hotel in a quiet Suffolk seaside town. After a dull initial few days, he befriends fellow late-teenager Edwin, who's busy chasing girls and more than willing take Richard under his wing.
Edwin's first attempt to set the pair up, with a pair of twins, ends in unintended consequences: they turn out to be daughters of the local vicar, and the boys are embarrassed into agreeing to join in with religious activities on the beach in order to save face. It is whilst down at the front, however, that Richard bumps into Julia, with whom he is immediately smitten. On holiday with her parents and a Dutch exchange student by the name of Anna, however, it seems that this won't be a smooth romance - especially when it turns out that Edwin has his eyes on the very same girl.
- Production company
- Also known as
- Screen Two: East Of Ipswich (Other official name)
- Laugh track
- First broadcast
- Sunday 1st February 1987 on BBC Two at 10:10pm
- Episode length
- 75 minutes