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

In Loving Memory

  • TV sitcom
  • ITV
  • 1969 - 1986
  • 37 episodes (5 series)

Comedy about an auntie and nephew, Ivy and Billy, who run a family undertakers' business in 1920s Yorkshire. Stars Thora Hird, Christopher Beeny, Colin Farrell, Avis Bunnage, Sherrie Hewson and more.

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Pilot, Episode 1 - In Loving Memory

Oldshaw, Lancashire, 1929. A time when the horse and cart still outnumbered the two-ton truck, when the tramcar clanged its way down cobbled streets and the gas mantle reigned supreme. Jeremiah Unsworth (Undertaker and Monumental Mason - Established 1881) is asked to handle Oldshaw's biggest, most important funeral since Alderman Jackson fell into the canal - and that is the beginning of the greatest chapter of accidents in the history of undertaking.


Produced for Thames Television. The series proper was for Yorkshire Television.

This episode no longer exists in the archives. It is missing, believed wiped.

Broadcast details

Tuesday 4th November 1969
35 minutes

Cast & crew

Guest cast
Marjorie Rhodes Ivy Unsworth
Harold Goodwin Harold Henshaw
Edward Chapman Jeremiah Unsworth
Rose Power Miss Jenkinson
Writing team
Dick Sharples Writer
Production team
Ronnie Baxter Director
Ronnie Baxter Producer
Sylva Nadolny Production Designer

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