You’re Only Young Twice (ITV Sitcom, Adrienne Corri, Liam Redmond)

Sitcom You’re Only Young Twice detailed the exploits of the elderly residents of the Twilight Lodge old peoples home. When the series begins new arrival Henry Armitage (Liam Redmond), an ex-detective, is pretending that he is only there to investigate the death of a former resident. There was also a plot about the residents needing to save the Lodge from potential closure.

You’re Only Young Twice was written by Jack Trevor Story who normally specialised in scripts for crime shows such as No Hiding Place and Dixon of Dock Green. He had made his name as the author of the novel The Trouble With Harry which was filmed by Alfred Hitchcock in 1955.

Adrienne Corri was given a prestigious TV Times (3 Jul 1971) cover tying in with the premiere of the series. There was a three page interview about her career and loves to date. The interview continued the following week and she did talk about her appearance in A Clockwork Orange, released later in the year and which saw her appear in one of the most controversial segments of a movie full of controversial segments. The article only focused on the fact that she was appearing full frontal in it and that she was a natural redhead.

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There was also an interview with Jack Trevor Story in the 31 July 1971 TV Times which focused on the fact that he had to declare himself bankrupt and at the age of 54 was living in a bed-sit opposite Hampstead Heath with his 26 year old girlfriend Maggie. He had been married twice and had five children

The series is no relation to the longer running 1977 ITV sitcom of the same name.

Cast: Liam Redmond as Henry Armitage; Adrienne Corri as Matron Lottie Orchard; Peter Copley as Peter; George Woodbridge as Mark; Leslie Dwyer as Reg; Vic Wise as Giulio; Carmen Munroe as Corrinna; Anthony Jackson as Benny; Walter Swash as Mr Freestone; John Dolan as Ambrose

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Writer: Jack Trevor Story / Script Editor: Philip Hinchliffe / Producer: Shaun O’Riordan

5 July-9 Aug 1971 · Mon 8.30pm

UK / ITV – ATV / 6×30 minute episodes / 5 July – 9 August 1971 Mondays 8.30pm

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