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

Marriage Lines

BBC One sitcom about a young married couple. 43 episodes (5 series), 1963 - 1966. Stars Richard Briers, Prunella Scales, Edward de Souza, Ronald Hines and Christine Finn.

Series 5, Episode 2 - Back To The Beginning

The Starlings are back on the hunt for a home, but whilst George favours a comfortable flat in town, Kate's eye is firmly set on a surburban dream.

Further details

The Starlings are househunting. George is inclined to feel that the outback begins at Battersea, but Kate likes the idea of a little suburban nest.

George wants a flat in town - where all the fun is - but Kate isn't keen on this. She has already begun to envisage a niche for herself in House and Gardens.

Both see the heart's desire advertised in the evening paper and each makes a gloomy tour of the other's favoured property. Naturally a family divided against itself is not in a good negotiating position.


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

Broadcast details

Friday 29th April 1966
30 minutes

Cast & crew

Regular cast
Richard Briers George Starling
Prunella Scales Kate Starling
Guest cast
Geoffrey Sumner George's Father
Diana King George's Mother
Dorothy Black Kate's Mother
Bryan Pringle Agent
Writing team
Richard Waring Writer
Production team
Robin Nash Director
Robin Nash Producer
Austin Ruddy Production Designer
Dennis Wilson Composer