Gaffer, The (ITV 1981-1983, Bill Maynard, Russell Hunter)

The Gaffer Bill Maynard

Sitcom The Gaffer detailed the misadventures of Fred Moffatt, the owner of a decrepit building works, who if not a cowboy was certainly very close to it.

Much of Fred’s time was spent dealing with his recalcitrant workforce especially with shop steward, Harry (Callan’s Russell Hunter).

The real brains of the outfit is Moffat’s secretary Betty (Pat Ashton) to run the office. She also does her best to keep her boss on the straight and narrow.

Having scored a big hit for Yorkshire as the naive Selwyn Froggitt, Fred Moffatt was a more capable but less likeable character. Another brilliant Bill Maynard performance though!

Towards the end of the second season Fred decided to get involved in the local council managing to get himself elected. Much of the third series saw him tangling with chief council rival Joe Gregory.

The end of the series saw Moffat selling up and moving to Australia.

Series writer Graham White based the show on his own experiences running an engineering firm.

production details
UK / ITV – Yorkshire / 20×30 minute episodes / Broadcast 9 January – 5 July 1983

Writer: Graham White / Producer: Alan Tarrant

Bill Maynard as Fred Moffat
Russell Hunter as Harry
Pat Ashton as Betty
David Gillies as Ginger
Don Crann as Charlie
Christopher Hancock as Wagstaff (series 1 & 2)
Milton Johns as Williams (series 2)
Alan Hockey as Joe Gregory (series 2 & 3)
Keith Marsh as Henry Dodd (series 2 & 3)

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