Marriage Lines. Image shows from L to R: George Starling (Richard Briers), Kate Starling (Prunella Scales). Copyright: BBC
Marriage Lines

Marriage Lines

  • TV sitcom
  • BBC One
  • 1963 - 1966
  • 43 episodes (5 series)

The pitfalls of marriage as witnessed by George and Kate Starling. From early difficulties to baby difficulties. Stars Richard Briers, Prunella Scales, Edward de Souza, Ronald Hines and Christine Finn

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Series 4, Episode 1 - What's In A Name?

Whilst George, Kate and their neighbours are exasperated by Helen's continual crying, the Starlings must also face a brewing family dispute over christening arrangements.

Further details

There are now three Starlings, and George and Kate have a host of new problems to solve - not least of which is the job of dissuading their six-month-old daughter Helen from using her vocal chords at full volume all the time. In fact, Helen is quite a headache to the Starlings.

The trouble is that like many babies she likes drama: nothing pleases her better than a really good attention-catching cry. But the walls of George and Kate's flat have very large ears ... and the inevitable complaints create serious accommodation difficulties for the young and now even more impecunious parents.


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

Broadcast details

Sunday 22nd August 1965
25 minutes

Cast & crew

Richard Briers George Starling
Prunella Scales Kate Starling
Edward de Souza Miles
Guest cast
Geoffrey Sumner George's Father
Diana King George's Mother
Dorothy Black Kate's Mother
Bill Shine Bertie Barnes
Writing team
Richard Waring Writer
Production team
Robin Nash Director
Robin Nash Producer
Dennis Wilson Composer
Michael Young Production Designer

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