SitcomThe Life Of Riley focused on the exploits of Frank Riley, a widower insurance agent with a roving eye.
A pilot called Happy Days was recorded on 23 April 1974 but never transmitted, in it Maynard’s character was called Frank Smith rather than Frank Riley. Only the one series of seven episodes ended up being made but Maynard the following year went on to star in the much more successful Oh No It’s Selwyn Froggitt.
UK / ITV – Granada / 7×30 minute episodes / Broadcast 6 January – 17 February 1975
Writers: H. V. Kershaw, Brian Finch (episode 6 only) / Producer and Director: Eric Prytherch
Bill Maynard as Frank Riley
Eileen Kennally as Ethel Goodchild
Susan Littler as Janice Butcher
John Comer as George Pollitt
John McKelvey as Clifford Pringle
Frank Lincoln as Brian Riley
1. THE ARRIVAL (6 Jan 1975)
2. THE UNDEAD (13 Jan 1975)
3. THE STAFF DANCE (20 Jan 1975)
4. OH! SISTER (27 Jan 19750
5. THE VISITORS (3 Feb 1975)
6. UNEASY RIDERS (10 Feb 1975)
7. DOUBLE TIME (17 Feb 1975)
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