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 6 - The Wrong Side Of The Sheets

An accident of birth - but does it really matter what you are? It happens in the best families...

Further details

The attic needs clearing out, but Stan is itching to retrieve some personal papers before Nellie and Eli get in there. However, they both beat Stan to it and they find a couple of letters, one of which is a personal letter from the Pledge's mum to Stan, which was sent during the war. It describes how she is expecting again, and the present young baby girl has cut her first tooth.

This rings alarm bells. Is their Dad not their Dad, and is Stan, the "Speccy Eyed Manure Man", their real Dad? They decide to confront him, but fortunately, it turns out that Stan's real wife Ada couldn't write, so the Mrs Pledge wrote the letter on their behalf! Peace reigns one again at Pledge's Purer Pickles.

Broadcast details

Thursday 19th September 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
Daphne Heard Mrs. Hardman
Writing team
Vince Powell Writer
Harry Driver Writer
Production team
June Howson Director
Peter Eckersley Producer

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