Nearest And Dearest. Image shows from L to R: Nellie Pledge (Hylda Baker), Eli Pledge (Jimmy Jewel). Copyright: Granada Television.

Nearest And Dearest

ITV sitcom about misfit siblings. 45 episodes (7 series), 1968 - 1973. Stars Hylda Baker, Jimmy Jewel, Joe Gladwin, Madge Hindle and others.

Series 1, Episode 1 - It Comes To Us All

The sun is setting on twelve tons of pickled onions. A dynasty is dying...and who's left?

Further details

Joshua Pledge, owner of Pledge's Purer Pickles, has all but turned his toes and shuffled off to the great pickling shed in the sky. And although he has promised his set of false teeth (with plenty of wear still in them) to Bert Taylor, the factory, along with £917s 6d, is to be shared amongst his adult children, Nellie and Eli.

Eli announces to all that he is simply back for the money, then he's off again and he only left the first time, 15 years ago, because he couldn't stand the pong. However, the squabbling siblings discover they are joint heirs to £20,000 - but only if they can run the factory and the house together for the next five years.


This episode is also known as Thicker Than Water.

This episode appears to have been recorded as a pilot.

Broadcast details

Thursday 15th August 1968
30 minutes

Cast & crew

Regular cast
Hylda Baker Nellie Pledge
Jimmy Jewel Eli Pledge
Joe Gladwin Stan Hardman
Madge Hindle Lily Tattershall
Edward Malin Walter Tattershall
Bert Palmer Bert
Guest cast
John Barrett Joshua Pledge
Tim Barrett Petherbridge
Ivor Dean Policeman
Julie Goodyear Sandra
Writing team
Vince Powell Writer
Harry Driver Writer
Production team
June Howson Director
Peter Eckersley Producer
Derek Hilton Composer
Michael Grimes Production Designer