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In Sickness And In Health (BBC-1 1985-1992, Warren Mitchell, Dandy Nichols)



Sitcom In Sickness And In Health was a sequel to the iconic Til Death Us Do Part, catching up with Alf Garnett and Else as pensioners. After Else’s death Alf had to struggle on alone adjusting to life as a widower. He spends much of his time venting his anger and frustration on the people around him, in particular on his neighbour upstairs, Mrs Hollingberry (Carmel McSharry).

Later on in the show’s run Alf and Mrs Hollingbery were to wed but she jilted him at the altar.

Sadly Dandy Nichols died on 6 February 1986 and only appeared in the first season.

As in Til Death, much of the humour comes from Alf’s strongly-voiced and bigoted opinions about virtually everything under the sun but now Alf is seriously out of step with the times as the world changes around him. His home help Winston for example is black AND gay.

In Sickness and In Health

Warren Mitchell as Alf Garnett
Dandy Nichols as Elsie ‘Else’ Garnett (season 1 & special 1)
Carmel McSharry as Mrs Hollingbery (1986-92)
Eamonn Walker as Winston (season 1-3)
Arthur English as Arthur
Ken Campbell as Fred Johnson
Eileen Kennally as Mrs Johnson (1985-89)
Tricia Kelly as Mrs Johnson (1990-92)
Una Stubbs as Rita
James Ellis as Michael (season 6)
Harry Fowler as Harry the Milkman
Richard Speight as Goldie
Patricia Hayes as Min Reed
Vas Blackwood as Pele (season 4)
John Bluthal as Ricky (season 4)
Noeline Brown as Railene (season 4)
Hugh Lloyd as Mr Carey (season 5)
Pat Coombs as Mrs Carey (season 5)

crew details
Writer: Johnny Speight
Producers: Roger Race, Richard Boden

production details
Country: UK
Network: BBC One
Duration: 47×30 minute episodes
Aired From: 1 September 1985 – 3 April 1992 6 seasons + 5 specials