The Rag Trade. Image shows from L to R: Harold Fenner (Peter Jones), Paddy Fleming (Miriam Karlin). Copyright: BBC.

The Rag Trade

BBC One and ITV sitcom about trade relations. 58 episodes (5 series), 1961 - 1978. Stars Peter Jones, Miriam Karlin, Reg Varney, Christopher Beeny and others.

The Rag Trade. Image shows from L to R: Paddy Fleming (Miriam Karlin), Harold Fenner (Peter Jones), Carole Taylor (Sheila Hancock). Copyright: BBC.

The Rag Trade

Each working day at Fenner's Fashions is a new struggle between the management and the workers

Genre
Sitcom
Broadcast
1961 - 1978
Channels
BBC One, ITV
Episodes
58   (5 series), plus 1 short insert
Starring
Peter Jones, Miriam Karlin, Reg Varney, Christopher Beeny, Esma Cannon, Sheila Hancock, Wanda Ventham, Barbara Windsor and others
Writers
Ronald Chesney and Ronald Wolfe
Directors
Dennis Main Wilson, Bryan Izzard and William G Stewart
Producers
Dennis Main Wilson, Bryan Izzard and William G Stewart

Fenner's Fashions make high quality clothing. Unfortunately for managing director Harold Fenner, the loud-mouthed shop steward, Paddy, is on the look-out for any excuse to take the almost entirely female workforce out on strike.

As a consequence, every day is a battle between Paddy and Harold, aided (and often hindered) by the foremen, Reg, and later, Tony. But somehow they seem to pull together at the last minute and get things done.

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Black and white / Colour
Laugh track
Live audience

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Broadcast details

First broadcast
Friday 6th October 1961 on BBC One at 8:45pm
Last new broadcast
Friday 20th October 1978 on ITV at 7:30pm

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