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

The Rag Trade

  • TV sitcom
  • BBC One / ITV1
  • 1961 - 1978
  • 58 episodes (5 series)

Each working day at Fenner's Fashions is a new struggle between the management and the workers. Stars Peter Jones, Miriam Karlin, Reg Varney, Christopher Beeny, Esma Cannon and more.

Episode menu

Series 2, Episode 4

It's Paddy's birthday, and after having to work late, the girls decide to inveigle their way into Fenner's flat - where Reg is doing a spot of decorating - for a party, whilst the Guv is away on business in Amsterdam.

Broadcast details

Friday 27th April 1962
30 minutes

Cast & crew

Peter Jones Harold Fenner
Miriam Karlin Paddy Fleming
Reg Varney Reg Turner
Esma Cannon Lily Swann
Sheila Hancock Carole Taylor
Wanda Ventham Shirley
Gwendolyn Watts Liz
Jan Williams Seamstress
Julie Samuel Seamstress
Elaine Kagan Seamstress
Guest cast
Fabia Drake Mrs. Green
Jessie Robins (as Jessie Robbins) Woman at Airport
Robert Bridges Man at Airport
Fraser Kerr Scottish Party Guest
Steven Patrick (as Stephen Patrick) Party Guest
Paul Duval Party Guest
Jessica Cairns Airport Announcer (Voice)
Writing team
Ronald Chesney Writer
Ronald Wolfe Writer
Production team
Dennis Main Wilson Director
Dennis Main Wilson Producer
Malcolm Goulding Production Designer
Dorothea Wallace Costume Designer
Gordon Franks Composer

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