Joking Apart. Image shows from L to R: Mark Taylor (Robert Bathurst), Becky Johnson (Fiona Gillies). Copyright: BBC.

Joking Apart

BBC Two sitcom. 13 episodes (pilot + 2 series), 1991 - 1995. Stars Robert Bathurst, Fiona Gillies, Tracie Bennett, Paul Raffield and Paul Mark Elliott.

Series 2, Episode 4

Mark's Aunt Helen arrives from Australia to meet her nephew and his wife, but Becky refuses to help Mark conceal their separation.

Further details

Mark's elderly Aunt Helen arrives from Australia. She is unaware that the couple have split and so Mark needs Becky to pretend they're still together. Things are further complicated by the arrival of Alison, an attractive new neighbour who Mark fancies.

Broadcast details

Tuesday 24th January 1995
30 minutes

Cast & crew

Regular cast
Robert Bathurst Mark Taylor
Fiona Gillies Becky Johnson
Tracie Bennett Tracy Glazebrook
Paul Raffield Robert Glazebrook
Guest cast
Martin Ellis Alan (Robert's Colleague)
Barbara Keogh Aunt Helen
Nina Young Alison
Michael Cuckson Andy
Amanda Walker Alison's Mother
John Rowlfe Alison's Father
Patrick Duggan Preston
Kerry Shale Stranger
Writing team
Steven Moffat Writer
Production team
Bob Spiers Director
Andre Ptaszyński Producer
Chris Wadsworth Editor
John Anderson Production Designer
Kenny Craddock Composer
Colin Gibson Composer