First broadcast: Sunday 11th September 1977
A German client is keen to buy from Fenner, but insists on inspecting the workforce before sealing the deal. That's something easier said than done, especially when the girls go on strike at the introduction of a clocking in-and-out system!
First broadcast: Sunday 25th September 1977
With production levels dropping off a cliff and and wages on the rise, Fenner attempts to time the girls on a new job. Fixing his clock to run fast and therefore set a higher wage rate, the girls only find that he is unable to sell their wares to anyone as they're too expensive!
First broadcast: Sunday 2nd October 1977
Amidst rising prices, the girls demand a 'London food allowance' added to their wages, or a subsidised canteen. Eventually Fenner relents and allows them to have an eating area in the workshop to bring food from home, but when he takes a potential client out to lunch they take a few liberties!
First broadcast: Sunday 9th October 1977
It's Kathy's birthday, and her boyfriend takes the entire sewing room out for a boozy lunch to celebrate. However, they're supposed to be working on a timely order to be exported to New York that very afternoon! When they come back late and much worse-for-wear, Fenner's Fashions faces a crisis.
First broadcast: Sunday 23rd October 1977
Olive's husband is working nights so she is forced to bring her crying baby into work, lest he be disturbed. The young one's crying presence does not amuse Mr. Fenner either, especially with an important sample to show to an American client.
First broadcast: Sunday 30th October 1977
Kath announces her engagement to 'Big Jim'; and it's got to be soon before they head overseas for his new job! The girls decide they'd be best-placed to make her dress for the big day, but the dragonly Mrs. Fenner is in the shop all week overseeing a stock-take. A bit of Saturday morning work is called for.
First broadcast: Sunday 20th November 1977
Frustrating about the lack of efficiency and number of mistakes made on days when he's not in the building, Fenner hires a new girl, the haughty Miss Burleigh, to act as supervisor on his behalf. Paddy is outraged at the thought of being spied upon, and resolves that if they can't have their little liberties, neither can the management...
First broadcast: Sunday 27th November 1977
A customer - British Chain Stores - is sending an inspector to check out Fenner's workroom. Efforts to spruce up surroundings are delayed when the girls notice that horses 'Paddy' and 'Union' are due to run. Surely it's a sign and a certain bet?
First broadcast: Sunday 4th December 1977
When Kathy falls off a chair and injures her shoulder, leg, arm and foot during, Paddy realises that she won't be able to claim any compensation as it was during the lunch break and not in the line of her job. The girls plot to stage an incident in front of Fenner to hide her existing pain and get some cash.
First broadcast: Sunday 11th December 1977
Fenner hires a specialist Indian hand-embroiderer to help the machine-trained girls complete the company's latest range of dresses. When she arrives, they're shocked by how sheltered and unworldly she is, and resolve to teach her - particularly about sex! Her husband, however, is less than pleased.
First broadcast: Saturday 24th December 1977
It's the last working day before Christmas, and the girls are rushing to finish off a batch of "seconds" for the sales. Meanwhile, Fenner sends his wife and Paddy out to buy presents for each other, and Tony's hoping for a snog with Lyn.
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Release date: Monday 11th February 2008
Peter Jones (The Hitchhiker's Guide To The Galaxy) and Miriam Karlin (So Haunt Me) star as Harold Fenner - the much put-upon proprietor of Fenner Fashions - and Paddy, his ever-so-militant trade union shop steward, in a comedy that's 'designed' to get you laughing...
A huge success in the early 1960s...