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

The Rag Trade

BBC One and ITV sitcom. 59 episodes (5 series), 1961 - 1978. Stars Peter Jones, Miriam Karlin, Reg Varney, Christopher Beeny, Esma Cannon, Sheila Hancock, Wanda Ventham and others.

The Rag Trade.

The Rag Trade

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

Genre
Sitcom
Broadcast
1961 - 1978
Channels
BBC One, ITV
Episodes
59   (5 series)
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 and Bryan Izzard
Producers
Dennis Main Wilson and Bryan Izzard

Fenner Fashions make high quality clothing. Unfortunately for Harold Fenner (Peter Jones), the shop steward, Paddy (played by Miriam Karlin), is on the look-out for any excuse to take the almost entirely female workforce out on strike. Consequently, every day is a battle between Paddy and Harold, aided (and often hindered) by the foreman, Reg (Reg Varney - changed to Tony, played by Christopher Beeny when the show went to LWT in 1977). But somehow they seem to pull together at the last minute and get things done.

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