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 2, Episode 1 - Breach Of The Peace

When Nellie tries to shift Pledge's Picalilli to a prime position at the supermarket, she is charged with shoplifting. Her solicitor outlines her defence - blame Eli!

Further details

Whilst Eli is busy making dumplings, Nellie is being brought home by the local constabulary on a charge of shoplifting, which Nellie claims is a "frame up" as she wasn't shoplifting at all. She was, she insists, shop-putting: namely jars of pickles into the displays! However, she has to be down the magistrates court for 11 o'clock sharp the next morning.

The court's proceedings soon turn into a farce with Nellie recognising one of the clerks of the court as an old school pal. Eli gets dragged into the defence box, and soon finds himself receiving a conditional discharge!

Broadcast details

Tuesday 8th July 1969
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
Guest cast
Jack Watling Cartwright
Ronald Adam Magistrate
Leslie Sarony Bert
John Comer Policeman
John Tordoff Court Policeman
Charles Lloyd Pack Mr. Howcroft
Charlotte Howard Ida
Writing team
John Stevenson Writer
Production team
June Howson Director
Peter Eckersley Producer

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