You Rang, M'Lord?. Image shows from L to R: Ivy Teasdale (Su Pollard), Alfred 'Alf' Stokes (Paul Shane). Copyright: BBC
You Rang, M'Lord?

You Rang, M'Lord?

  • TV sitcom
  • BBC One
  • 1988 - 1993
  • 26 episodes (4 series)

Comedy set in an aristocratic London townhouse in the late 1920s, following the lives of both family and staff. Stars Paul Shane, Jeffrey Holland, Su Pollard, Donald Hewlett, Michael Knowles and more.

You Rang, M'Lord?. Image shows from L to R: P.C. Wilson (Bill Pertwee), Ivy Teasdale (Su Pollard), Mabel Wheeler (Barbara New), Alfred 'Alf' Stokes (Paul Shane), James Twelvetrees (Jeffrey Holland), Blanche Lipton (Brenda Cowling), Henry Livingstone (Perry Benson). Copyright: BBC

Key details

Genre
Sitcom
Broadcast
1988 - 1993
Channels
BBC One
Episodes
26 (1 pilot + 4 series)
Stars
Paul Shane, Jeffrey Holland, Su Pollard, Donald Hewlett, Michael Knowles, Catherine Rabett, Susie Brann, Mavis Pugh and more
Writers
David Croft and Jimmy Perry
Directors
David Croft and Roy Gould
Producer
David Croft
Companies

It is 1927 and life continues with a distinctly Victorian air in the London residence of wealthy businessman and widower Lord George Meldrum.

Whilst Meldrum and his family - his brother Teddy, daugthers Cissy and Poppy, and his mother-in-law, Lady Lavender - live a life of luxury above stairs, their staff work below them.

The staff are headed by butler Alf, whose constant schemes to cheat the Meldrums are often foiled by his own daughter, Ivy's, dimwittedness, and footman James Twelvetrees. There's also kindly cook Mrs Lipton, too-wise-for-his-own-good bootboy Henry, and charlady Mabel Wheeler.

Additional details

Production
Studio
Camera set-up
Multi-camera
Picture
Colour
Soundtrack
Soundtrack written by Jimmy Perry and Roy Moore. Theme tune performed by Bob Monkhouse and Paul Shane.

Website links

Broadcast details

First broadcast
Thursday 29th December 1988 at 8pm on BBC One
Last new broadcast
Saturday 24th April 1993 at 6:10pm on BBC One
Most recent repeats
  • Tuesday 3rd March 2020 at 7:35am on Gold - Series 3, Episode 7
  • Monday 2nd March 2020 at 7:25am on Gold - Series 3, Episode 6
  • Sunday 1st March 2020 at 7:40am on Gold - Series 3, Episode 5

Recording details

  • BBC Television Centre - Pilot, recorded in TC6
  • BBC Elstree Centre - All series, recorded in Studio D

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