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For The Love Of Ada (ITV 1970-1971, Irene Handl, Wilfred Pickles)

A surprisingly gentle sitcom from Vince Powell and Harry Driver (of Mind Your Language and Love Thy Neighbour infamy) For The Love of Ada focused on Ada and Walter, a pair of pensioners, who suprise their families by falling in love.

When the series begins Ada Creswell (Irene Handl) is a widow and Walter Bingley (Wifred Pickles) is the gravedigger who buried her husband. The couple end up becoming friendly and gradually fall in love. Ada’s daughter, Ruth Polliter lives next door to her with her husband, Leslie.

Ruth and Leslie don’t really approve of Ada’s involvement with Walter, but they have to accept that they can’t do anything to prevent them from seeing one another.

The first season dealt with the developing relationship between Ada and Walter. In the second series, they are busy making wedding plans and finally tie the knot at the end of the second season. By the time of the fourth season the pair had become proud grandparents after Ruth and Leslie had a baby boy.

There was a short special broadcast as part of ITV’s All Star Comedy Carnival on 25 Dec 1970 and there was a 45 minute Christmas special to bring the series to a close on 26 December 1971. The following year there was a big screen outing (also called For The Love of Ada) which ran over much of the same ground. This was part of the massive trend in early seventies British cinema to make film versions of popular sitcoms. They were all pretty big money spinners despite none of them being that good.

There was also an American version called A Touch of Grace which ran on ABC for one season of 22 episodes in 1973.

production details
UK / ITV – Thames / 26×25 minute episodes 1×45 minute episode and one short special / Broadcast 20 April 1970 – 26 December 1971

Writers: Vince Powell, Harry Driver / Producer: Ronnie Baxter

cast
Irene Handl as Ada Cresswell/Bingley
Wilfred Pickles as Walter Bingley
Barbara Mitchell as Ruth Pollitt
Jack Smethurst as Leslie Pollitt





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