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.


All three actresses who played Dudley Rush's daughters had a famous father in the British Film and TV industry. Anthony Quayle, father of Jenny, was a star of British cinema with his most famous role in Ice Cold in Alex. Robert Dorning, father of Stacey, was regularly seen in Sixties/Seventies television with roles in Bootsie and Snudge and Pardon the Expression and William Franklyn, father of Sabina, most famous for his Schweppes TV adverts and numerous roles on TV and film.

The sitcom was remade in the USA by ABC as Too Close For Comfort. It ran there for 6 seasons.

Cartoonist Brian Platt, a friend of series writer Brian Cooke, was the actual artist of the cartoons seen in the series.