The New Statesman. Image shows from L to R: George Vance (Windsor Davies), Enid Vance (Anna Dawson). Copyright: BBC.

The New Statesman (1984)

BBC Two sitcom about a man who inherits an aristocratic title. 7 episodes (pilot + 1 series), 1984 - 1985. Stars Windsor Davies, Anna Dawson, Sean Chapman, Madeline Adams and others.

The New Statesman. Image shows from L to R: George Vance (Windsor Davies), Enid Vance (Anna Dawson). Copyright: BBC.

The New Statesman

George Vance, custodian of an agricultural museum near Aylesbury, receives news that is about to change his life. He is to become an Earl

Genre
Sitcom
Broadcast
1984 - 1985
Channel
BBC Two
Episodes
7   (1 pilot + 1 series)
Starring
Windsor Davies, Anna Dawson, Sean Chapman, Madeline Adams, Eilian Wyn and Ivor Roberts
Writer
Douglas Watkinson
Director
David Askey
Producer
David Askey

Pompous, rude and stubborn, George Vance leads a relatively quiet life just outside the town of Aylesbury in Buckinghamshire, where he acts as curator of a small local horticultural museum that is rarely disturbed by visitors.

Much to his wife, Enid's, dismay, George's life is abruptly altered when a letter arrives informing him that he has inherited a peerage - a Welsh earldom, no less - from an obscure cousin Sherlock, whom he didn't even know he had.

Setting out for Wales almost immediately, keen to discover his newfound ancestral home and the other assets of Sherlock's estate, he soon makes a bold impression upon his cousin's solicitors, the uncle and nephew firm of Thomas & Thomas, where his pompous, blustering ways and indignant newly-reinforced sense of self-importance quickly grates more than a little.

Despite the veracity and high-standing of the title, however, George is less than impressed by the family estate: their stately pile is less a castle and in fact consists of no more than a static caravan home; the 'land' of which he is earl is a small rocky outcrop just a short distance off the coast with no inhabitants; and the other family assets consist of a very run-down mobile fish and chip van, parked beside the beach.

Production Details

Production company
Laugh track
Live audience

Broadcast details

First broadcast
Monday 3rd December 1984 on BBC Two at 8:30pm
Last new broadcast
Thursday 17th October 1985 on BBC Two at 9pm
Length of episodes
30 minutes

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