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 4 - When Love Walks In

A friend of Eli's comes up with a foolproof scheme to buy out other companies. The only problem is, this means marrying Nellie to get her share of Pledges Pickles and the cash they need!

Further details

Eli's up to his old tricks again. This time, he's trying to sell the factory to Leonard Longbottom, a property developer who's going to flatten it and build 100 offices on the ground space. The only problem is, as Nellie owns 50% of Pledge's Purer Pickles, Mr Longbottom has to get her signature on the contract too.

Eli suggests that he tries to woo Nellie at Stan's daughter's wedding. Unfortunately, Leonard soon wants more than just the factory and the house - he wants Nellie as well!

Nellie starts to get "a feeling" too, especially when he sings that song "Idleswine" and she starts to hear wedding bells in the air. Unfortunately Leonard gets the jitters every time he thinks about popping the question, so he takes her out to a fancy restaurant, complete with Eli hiding in the next booth to help the hapless Romeo along.

However, she soon finds out Leonard Longbottom's real reason for interest in the family, and he, along with Eli, get a face full of trifle.

Broadcast details

Thursday 4th June 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
Wensley Pithey Leonard Longbottom
Desmond McNamara Waiter
Alick Hayes Man in Restaurant
Writing team
Roy Bottomley Writer
Tom Brennand Writer
John Stevenson Script Editor
Production team
Bill Podmore Director
Bill Podmore Producer

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