Three Up Two Down (BBC-1 1985-1989, Michael Elphick, Angela Thorne)

In popular sitcom Three Up Two Down Sam Tyler (Michael Elphick) moves into the basement flat of the house owned by his son Nick (Ray Burdis) and his wife Angie only to discover that Angie has also agreed to give the flat to her mother, Daphne Trenchard (Angela Thorne).

The quartet eventually agree to a compromise with Sam and Daphne sharing the basement flat. Of course in best Odd Couple fashion Daphne and Sam are very different. Whereas Daphne loathes Sam and finds him course and vulgar. Sam on the other hand very quickly falls in love with the haughty Daphne.

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production details
UK / BBC One / 25×30 minute episodes / Broadcast 15 April 1985 – 18 June 1989

Writer: Richard Ommanney / Producers: David Askey, John B. Hobbs

cast
Angela Thorne as Daphne Trenchard
Michael Elphick as Sam Tyler
Ray Burdis as Nick Tyler
Lysette Anthony as Angie Tyler
John Grillo as Wilf
Neil Stacy as Major Giles Bradshaw (Series 2-3)

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