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.

Series 1, Episode 3 - Early Start

There's an early start at the Fenner workshop as Mr. Davis, director of an important retailer is due to pay a visit. Suitably impressed, he places a large order, but shortly before the completion date Lil absent-mindedly sews a winning betting slip into one of the dresses - and it's worth £100!

Broadcast details

Friday 20th October 1961
30 minutes

Cast & crew

Regular cast
Peter Jones Harold Fenner
Miriam Karlin Paddy Fleming
Reg Varney Reg Turner
Esma Cannon Lily Swann
Sheila Hancock Carole Taylor
Barbara Windsor Judy
Ann Beach Brenda
Toni Palmer Doreen
Rita Smythe Rita
Judy Carne Seamstress
Guest cast
Frank Thornton Mr. Davis
Raymond Glendenning Racing Commentator (Voice)
Writing team
Ronald Chesney Writer
Ronald Wolfe Writer
Production team
Dennis Main Wilson Director
Dennis Main Wilson Producer
Malcolm Goulding Production Designer
Gordon Franks Composer