Keep It In The Family. Image shows from L to R: Muriel Rush (Pauline Yates), Dudley Rush (Robert Gillespie). Copyright: Thames Television.

Keep It In The Family (1980)

ITV sitcom about a family of four. 31 episodes (5 series), 1980 - 1983. Stars Robert Gillespie, Pauline Yates, Glyn Houston, Stacy Dorning and others.

Keep It In The Family. Image shows from L to R: Susan Rush (Stacy Dorning), Dudley Rush (Robert Gillespie), Muriel Rush (Pauline Yates), Jacqui Rush (Sabina Franklyn). Copyright: Thames Television.

Keep It In The Family

Cartoonist Dudley lives in an upstairs flat with his wife, while his daughters live in the flat below

Genre
Sitcom
Broadcast
1980 - 1983
Channel
ITV
Episodes
31   (5 series)
Creator
Brian Cooke
Starring
Robert Gillespie, Pauline Yates, Glyn Houston, Stacy Dorning, Jenny Quayle and Sabina Franklyn
Writers
Brian Cooke, Dave Freeman and Greg Freeman
Directors
Mark Stuart and Robert Reed
Producers
Mark Stuart and Robert Reed

After 18 years in their home, the sitting tenant in their ground floor flat dies, aged 85, leaving Dudley and Muriel Rush with a search for their next resident.

Dudley begins searching, but it soon becomes apparent that his teenage daughters have a better idea of who it should be let to: them!

After careful thought - not at all influenced by the opportunity of turning their existing bedroom into a very pleasant artists' studio for his own work - Dudley's persuaded to keep it in the family by allowing Jacqui and Susan to move downstairs. Can the two daughters really maintain their independence?

In the main upstairs flat, meanwhile, cartoonist Dudley - creator of Barney the Bionic Bulldog - prevaricates, delays and procrastinates, much to the continued annoyance of his gruff Welsh editor, Duncan.

However, Dudley's silly sense of humour and child-like sense of fun are a constant source of amusement and entertainment (if not also occasional frustration) to the girls, and to Muriel.

Production Details

Production company
Laugh track
Live audience

Broadcast details

First broadcast
Monday 7th January 1980 on ITV at 8pm
Last new broadcast
Wednesday 19th October 1983 on ITV at 8:30pm
Last repeat
Wednesday 7th August 2019 at 12:05am on Forces TV

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