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 4, Episode 2 - A Young Man's Fancy

Eli buys a car for his girlfriend and it goes straight to her head - in fact, she decides that Nellie isn't going to live with them when she marries Eli for his cash!

Further details

Eli's brought a fur coat, not for him to wear (as Stan thinks he'll look a real bobby dazzler in it), but for his girlfriend Marlene. Nellie is disgusted as she thought it was for her and makes no bones about trying to stop Eli getting married. Marlene soon makes it known that when they are married, Nellie is out of the house!

Outraged, Nellie, Lily and Walter go round to check up on Eli's bride to be, and they find her in the house with a young man, later found to be her son. Now this doesn't bother Eli, but what does is the fact she lied about her dad owning his own pub. Eli is devastated so the wedding is off, and Nellie receives her fur coat at last.

Broadcast details

Thursday 21st May 1970
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
Freddie Rayner Grenville
Fanny Carby Marlene Fitton
William Maxwell Policeman
Arthur R. Webb Old Man
Bernard Latham Young Man
Writing team
John Stevenson Writer
Production team
Bill Podmore Director
Bill Podmore Producer
Eric Deakins Production Designer
Derek Hilton Composer