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Close To Home (ITV 1989-1990, Paul Nicholas, Angharad Rees)

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In sitcom Close To Home suburban vet James Shepherd finds his life and work complicated by the fact that his practice adjoins his house.

He also has a remarried ex-wife, Helen DeAngelo (Angharad Rees) to contend with and two children, Robbie (Andrew Read) and Kate (Lucy Benjamin).

To add to his problems, his veterinary assistant, Rose (Jane Briers) claims to dislike animals. Based on short-lived US sitcom Starting From Scratch written by Man About The House co-author Brian Cooke.

This programme was a UK adaptation of Brian Cooke’s short-lived US sitcom, Starting From Scratch

production details
UK / ITV – London Weekend Television / 19×25 minute episodes / Broadcast 1 October 1989 – 18 November 1990 2 Seasons

Creator: Brian Cooke / Executive Producers: Marcus Plantin (Season 1), Robin Carr (season 2)

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PAUL NICHOLAS as James Shepherd
LUCY BENJAMIN as Kate Shepherd
ANGHARAD REES as Helen DeAngelo
JANE BRIERS as Rose
ANDREW READ as Robbie Shepherd
STEPHEN FROST as Frank DeAngelo (season 1) .
JOHN ARTHUR as Tom (season 2)
PIPPA GUARD as Vicky (season 2)
ANGELA CURRAN as Jenny (season 2)

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