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L For Lester (BBC Sitcom, Brian Murphy)

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L For Lester BBC Sitcom Linda Robson Brian Murphy

Sitcom L For Lester detailed the exploits of Lester Small (Brian Murphy), a motoring school owner in the West Country. Most of the humour stemmed from Lester’s dealings with his customers especially Mrs Davies (Hilda Braid) his longest standing learner driver. Other regulars included Lester’s secretary Jenny (Linda Robson), his wife Sally (Amanda Barrie) and local cop Chief Inspector Rodgers (James Cossins). Lester and Rodgers were involved in something of a feud over what Lester saw as unfair treatment – it wasn’t his fault that his learners were a danger to the public!

This was Brian Murphy’s second attempt to find a comedy hit after the end of George and Mildred. This faired no better than his previous effort The Incredible Mr Tanner which also only ran for six episodes.

Cast: Brian Murphy as Lester Small; Hilda Braid as Mrs Davies; James Cossins as Chief Insp Rodgers; Amanda Barrie as Sally Small; Colin Spaull as Bert; Dudley Long as PC Bright; Linda Robson as Jenny

Writer: Dudley Long / Producer: Dennis Main Wilson / Director: John B. Hobbs

UK / BBC Two / 6×30 minute episodes / 8 October – 12 November 1982 Fridays at 9.00pm