It’s Awfully Bad For Your Eyes, Darling… (BBC-1 1971, Joanna Lumley, Jane Carr)

Sitcom It’s Awfully Bad For Your Eyes, Darling... was about four glamourous ‘dolly-birds’ sharing a flat. The four were all from well off families and each, like proto Spice Girls, had their own distinct character traits; Clover was Scatty, Samantha was sexy; Virginia was posh and Pudding was the sensible one.

There was a pilot (with the gorgeous Anna Palk as Victoria and only the three girls sharing) broadcast 15 April 1971. Novelist Jilly Cooper co-wrote the series with Christopher Bond.

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Jane Carr as Gillian Page-Wood (‘Pudding’)
Anna Palk as Virginia Walker (pilot)
Jennifer Croxton as Virginia Walker (series)
Joanna Lumley as Samantha Ryder-Ross
Elizabeth Knight as Clover Mason (series only)
Jeremy Lloyd as Bobby Dutton
Jonathan Cecil as Dominic

crew details
Creator: Jilly Cooper
Writers: Jilly Cooper, Christopher Bond
Producers: John Howard Davies (pilot), Leon Thau (series)

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production details
Country: UK
Network: BBC One
Duration: 7×30 minute episodes
Aired From: 15 April 1971 (Pilot) and 18 November – 30 December 1971 (Series)

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