Rich Tea And Sympathy (ITV Drama, Patricia Hodge)

In ITV comedy drama Rich Tea and Sympathy, written by David Nobbs, divorced mother Julia Merrygrove (Patricia Hodge) has two teenage children and works as a local councillor whilst also holding down a job in a biscuit factory. Julia begins an affair with George Rudge (Denis Quilley), her opposite number on the council.

Cast: Patricia Hodge as Julia Merrygrove: Denis Quilley as George Rudge: Lionel Jeffries as Grandpa Rudge: Jean Alexander as Granny Trellis: Anne Reid as Sally: Ray Lonnen as Steve Merrygrove: Tracie Bennett as Nikki: James Warrior as Colin Pink: Chris Garner as Warren Rudge: Claudia Bryan as Samantha Merrygrove: Lorraine Ashbourne as Karen Rudge: Jason Flemyng as John Merrygrove: Sara Griffiths as Tracey Rudge

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Writer: David Nobbs / Music: Ray Russell / Lyrics: Sally Howard / Theme sung by Patricia Hodge and Denis Quilley / Titles: Paul Peppiate / Costume: Val Hurst / Production Design: Robert Scott / Executive Producer: Vernon Lawrence / Producer and Director: David Reynolds

UK / ITV – Yorkshire TV / 6×60 minutes / 5 July – 9 August 1991 Fridays at 9.00pm

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