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The Brothers: To Honour and Obey (BBC1 8 Sep 1976, Stanley Lebor)

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In To Honour and Obey it is the wedding day of Paul Merroney and April Winter (with the reception taking place at the palatial home of the Winter family) and Brian acting as best man. Merroney though is more concerned (as usual) with the fact that Sir Neville is seriously ill which could present an opportunity for the Winter family to take overall control of the bank leaving April’s brother Simon as new head of the bank. He wants Brian to persuade his mother to see Sir Neville (who actually isn’t allowed visitors) to put in a good word for him.

Meanwhile Ted and Jennifer almost don’t make it to the church after Jenny runs into a pair of cyclists who try to make things difficult for them.

The season begins with the glamour of a wedding even if Merroney would rather be having a business chat with Sir Neville (who doesn’t appear in this episode and dies off screen before the second episode starts).

There was also a new title sequence for what turned out to be the final season.

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production details
UK / BBC One / 1×60 minute episode / Broadcast 8 September 1976

Writer: Ray Jenkins / Production Design: Gavin Davies / Director: Timothy Combe

The Brothers Season Seven Episode One

main cast
JEAN ANDERSON as Mary Hammond
RICHARD EASTON as Brian Hammond
ROBIN CHADWICK as David Hammond
JENNIFER WILSON as Jennifer Hammond
DEREK BENFIELD as Bill Riley
KATE O’MARA as Jane Maxwell
COLIN BAKER as Paul Merroney
MARGARET ASHCROFT as Gwen Riley
LIZA GODDARD as April Merroney

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guest cast
JOBY BLANSHARD as Van Der Merwe
ANTHONY NICHOLLS as Lord Winter
TERENCE FRISBY as Simon Winter
STANLEY LEBOR as Faulkner
GARY FAIRHALL as Boy With Bicycle
MARJORIE WILDE as Sir Neville’s Housekeeper


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