In Life Goes On the opening episode of the fifth season Brian is in court finalising the details of his divorce from Ann being granted a decree nisi. He’s struggling to cope though with both the single life and his new role as Managing Director. Martin Farrell has gone to Switzerland at the behest of Paul Merroney who is harbouring plans to take over as Chairman of Hammonds.
The episode ends on the bombshell news that Jill is dead!
So Gabrielle Drake’s Jill is no more, with Drake having left the show at short notice inbetween seasons (there was a four month gap between the end of season four and the start of season five) the production team didn’t mess about and simply killed her off. Not that you’d know it from David’s behaviour throughout the episode, other than a quick glance at a photo of Jill at his mothers place and the fact that Brian is staying with David. Also gone is the excellent Murray Hayne as Martin Farrell and Ann Hammond is also off the scene with the divorce now final. Ann and the children have gone off to stay with her parents in the country.
UK / BBC One / 1×60 minute episode / Broadcast 6 April 1975
Writer: N.J. Crisp / Production Design: Gavin Davies / Director: Lennie Mayne
Series: The Brothers Season Five Episode One
MARGARET ASHCROFT as Gwen Riley
CAROLE MOWLAM as Clare Miller
LLEWELLYN REES as Sir Neville
JOHN KELLAND as Solicitor
LINCOLN WRIGHT as Judge
FRANCES PIDGEON as Susan Collier