Spark (BBC One 1997, James Fleet, Jan Francis)

Sitcom Spark focused on gauche middle aged Ashley Parkerwell (James Fleet), who following the death of his mother is desperate for a little fun out of life. His sister-in-law Colette (Jan Francis) is determined to interfere in his life, acting as something of a match-maker.

The strong cast also included Alistair McGowan, Anne Reid and Brigit Foryth.

Written by Roy Clarke of Last of the Summer Wine and Open All Hours legend, Spark sadly failed to quite reach those heights and only lasted for one season of six half hour episodes broadcast in late 1997.

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UK / BBC One / 6×30 minute episodes / Broadcast 10 November – 15 December 1997 Mondays at 8.30pm

Writer: Roy Clarke / Producer: Mike Stephens

cast
James Fleet as Ashley Parkerwell
Jan Francis as Colette Parkerwell
Alistair McGowan as Mike Parkerwell
Anne Reid as Mrs Rudge
Rebecca Raybone as Gillian Wells
Brigit Forsyth as Mrs Wells
Julia Deakin as Ursula Craig
Carla Mendonca as Beth
Marianna Reidman as Diane

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