Never Mind The Quality, Feel The Width. Image shows from L to R: Emmanuel 'Manny' Cohen (John Bluthal), Patrick Kelly (Joe Lynch).

Never Mind The Quality, Feel The Width

ITV sitcom about a pair of tailors. 40 episodes (pilot + 6 series), 1967 - 1971. Stars John Bluthal, Joe Lynch, Bernard Spear, Cyril Shaps and others.

Never Mind The Quality, Feel The Width. Image shows from L to R: Patrick Kelly (Joe Lynch), Emmanuel 'Manny' Cohen (John Bluthal).

Never Mind The Quality, Feel The Width

Culture-clash comedy featuring an English Jew and an Irish Catholic tailor working in London's East End

Genre
Sitcom
Broadcast
1967 - 1971
Channel
ITV
Episodes
40   (1 pilot + 6 series), plus 1 short special
Starring
John Bluthal, Joe Lynch, Bernard Spear, Cyril Shaps, Eamonn Kelly and Jim Norton
Writers
Vince Powell and Harry Driver
Directors
Stuart Allen and Ronnie Baxter
Producers
Ronnie Baxter and Stuart Allen

Two tailors of differing religious and political views manage to run a tailoring business in London's Whitechapel.

In the early 1950s, English Jew Manny Cohen - "the finest coat maker in the country" - set up shop in an East End back street, and employed staunch Irish Catholic Patrick Kelly - "trouser maker to the gentry" - to complement his work and produce suits.

Almost twenty years later, the two men thoroughly respect each other as tailors but are utterly incapable of understanding the other's religious and patriotic beliefs, and are constantly at each others' throats. Each considers the other a heathen, and neither Rabbi Levy nor Father Ryan can begin to bring them closer together. Nevertheless, there's an underlying love between the pair - if they can get over their bickering!

Production Details

Production companies
Also known as
  • Never Mind The Quality Feel The Width (Other official name)
  • Armchair Theatre: Never Mind The Quality, Feel The Width (Pilot.)
Picture
Black and white / Colour
Laugh track
Live audience

Broadcast details

First broadcast
Saturday 18th February 1967 on ITV at 10:30pm
Last new broadcast
Tuesday 14th September 1971 on ITV at 8:30pm

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