In Loving Memory. Image shows from L to R: Billy Henshaw (Christopher Beeny), Ivy Unsworth (Thora Hird). Copyright: Rex.

In Loving Memory

ITV sitcom about an undertakers'. 37 episodes (pilot + 5 series), 1969 - 1986. Stars Thora Hird, Christopher Beeny, Colin Farrell, Avis Bunnage and others.

In Loving Memory. Image shows from L to R: Billy Henshaw (Christopher Beeny), Ivy Unsworth (Thora Hird).

In Loving Memory

Comedy about an auntie and nephew, Ivy and Billy, who run a family undertakers' business in 1920s Yorkshire

1969 - 1986
37   (1 pilot + 5 series)
Thora Hird, Christopher Beeny, Colin Farrell, Avis Bunnage, Sherrie Hewson, Rose Power and Liz Smith
Dick Sharples
Ronnie Baxter
Ronnie Baxter

It's 1929 and in semi-rural Yorkshire, Billy Henshaw, as honest and well-meaning as he may be, is one of the most accident-prone and naive people one could ever wish not to meet!

Orphaned at a young age and living with his mother's sister, Ivy, and her unforgiving husband, Jeremiah Unsworth, Billy is thrust to the fore of their family undertakers' business when his uncle dies in a tragic accident involving a brakeless hearse. Struggling through the hardships of the inter-war period, facing a tide of changing social mores, and living in each others' pockets doesn't always make for the easiest of times, but the dedicated duo give everything a thoroughly good go.

Amidst the day-to-day strife of laying out and planting Oldshaw's deceased, Billy's also nearing 30 and still unwed - despite his best efforts! It seems that many girls simply don't fancy stepping out with an undertaker.

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First broadcast
Tuesday 4th November 1969 on ITV at 8:25pm
Last new broadcast
Thursday 27th March 1986 on ITV at 9pm
Last repeat
Saturday 3rd June 2017 at 4:40am on ITV3

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