The Last Of The Baskets. Image shows from L to R: Redvers Bodkin (Arthur Lowe), Mrs Basket (Patricia Hayes), Clifford Basket (Ken Jones). Copyright: Granada Television.

The Last Of The Baskets

ITV sitcom. 13 episodes (2 series), 1971 - 1972. Stars Arthur Lowe, Ken Jones, Patricia Hayes and Graham Armitage.


Clogborourgh Hall was in reality a disused hunting lodge in one of the mistiest, remote valleys of the Western Pennines. Built as a piece of nouveau riche one-upmanship in a grotesque medieval style, it had been deserted since 1918 when it was last used as a makeshift convalescent home for war wounded.

Source: TV Times Jan 1st 1972

Hermione Baddeley was initially cast to play the role of Mrs Basket but she withdrew from the production when she realised that Arthur Lowe was having all her laughs written out.

Source: Arthur Lowe - a Life by Stephen Lowe, his son