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List of Fresh Fields episodes

This is a list of episodes for the British television sitcom Fresh Fields.


Series overviewEdit

Series Episodes First aired Last aired
1 6 7 March 1984 (1984-03-07) 11 April 1984 (1984-04-11)
2 6 5 September 1984 (1984-09-05) 10 October 1984 (1984-10-10)
3 6 4 September 1985 (1985-09-04) 9 October 1985 (1985-10-09)
Special 1 25 December 1985 (1985-12-25)
4 8 4 September 1986 (1986-09-04) 23 October 1986 (1986-10-23)


Series 1 (1984)Edit

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Title Directed by Written by Original air date
11"Dish of the Day"Peter Frazer-JonesJohn T. Chapman7 March 1984 (1984-03-07)
Hester spices things up with a foray into haute cuisine, landing a job as a part-time chef at a local restaurant. But she is missing one vital ingredient for her debut, and only William can save the day.
22"Middle-Age Dread"Peter Frazer-JonesJohn T. Chapman14 March 1984 (1984-03-14)
Suddenly feeling her years, Hester is determined to prove she is not too old to start a new career, but her confidence is shaken after she is turned down for a job at a trendy boutique for being too old.
33"Hook, Line and Sink Her"Peter Frazer-JonesJohn T. Chapman21 March 1984 (1984-03-21)
William plans to get away from it all with a day's fishing. But there is a catch: his wife and mother-in-law want to come along. The addition of yet another person to the party threatens to change the whole trip entirely.
44"The Naked Truth"Peter Frazer-JonesJohn T. Chapman28 March 1984 (1984-03-28)
Keen to impress a prospective client visiting from the Middle East, William enlists Hester's help to ensure the trip goes off without a hitch. The Fields soon discover that the man has an unusual understanding of mixing business with pleasure.
55"Des Det Res"Peter Frazer-JonesJohn T. Chapman4 April 1984 (1984-04-04)
With property taxes due, William comes up with a drastic solution: He decides it is time to sell their house and move to a smaller place. Hester has other ideas and enlists two co-conspirators to help execute her plan.
66"Something in the Oven"Peter Frazer-JonesJohn T. Chapman11 April 1984 (1984-04-11)
Hester is unnerved when she learns that a food critic will be at the restaurant during her shift. And then her unmarried daughter Emma delivers some news.

Series 2 (1984)Edit

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Title Directed by Written by Original air date
71"A Night to Remember"Peter Frazer-JonesJohn T. Chapman5 September 1984 (1984-09-05)
William organizes a special getaway to mark their 24th wedding anniversary. He surprises Hester by taking her back to the hotel where he first proposed — but an even bigger surprise awaits them.
82"A Brief Encounter"Peter Frazer-JonesJohn T. Chapman12 September 1984 (1984-09-12)
Hackles arise when William notices that Hester's fencing instructor, a known Casanova, is much too attentive. Hester sees no cause for alarm; only when she lowers her guard does she realise William might have a point.
93"Alright on the Night"Peter Frazer-JonesJohn T. Chapman19 September 1984 (1984-09-19)
Hester is roped into organising the church bazaar and concert while William plans to escape it on a fishing trip. But when a performer calls in sick, Hester finds an unexpected role for William.
104"In the Spring"Peter Frazer-JonesJohn T. Chapman26 September 1984 (1984-09-26)
A scandalous neighbourhood affair gets Hester's creative juices flowing and she begins a new writing project. Meanwhile, her father takes an entirely different kind of inspiration from the situation.
115"Business Contacts"Peter Frazer-JonesJohn T. Chapman3 October 1984 (1984-10-03)
Ever-helpful Hester volunteers to run William's office when his secretary calls in sick, and she must get creative when an important new client arrives to an appointment and William is nowhere to be found.
126"Get Me to the Church"Peter Frazer-JonesJohn T. Chapman10 October 1984 (1984-10-10)
Emma finally sets a date for her wedding. The church is booked, the groom's jet-setting parents fly in, and the wedding party assembles for the grand occasion. But nobody can make an entrance quite like Hester.

Series 3 (1985)Edit

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Title Directed by Written by Original air date
131"Do It Yourself"Peter Frazer-JonesJohn T. Chapman4 September 1985 (1985-09-04)
Planning to redecorate, Hester calls in an expert - who literally falls down on the job.
142"A Waiting Game"Peter Frazer-JonesJohn T. Chapman11 September 1985 (1985-09-11)
Attempting to cater a large party, Hester is reduced to persuading William to stand in as butler - which gets complicated when some of his clients turn up as guests.
153"Moveable Feasts"Peter Frazer-JonesJohn T. Chapman18 September 1985 (1985-09-18)
Hester attempts to deliver "meals-on-wheels" while babysitting her newborn grandson.
164"Tipping the Scales"Peter Frazer-JonesJohn T. Chapman25 September 1985 (1985-09-25)
According to Hester, slimming is easy: just give up food and drink. After a starvation diet, William is ready to give up Hester.
175"Crossed Lines"Peter Frazer-JonesJohn T. Chapman2 October 1985 (1985-10-02)
Up for election to a local committee, Hester meets her rival - an attractive blonde - head-on at a wine-tasting party.
186"Alarums And Excursions"Peter Frazer-JonesJohn T. Chapman9 October 1985 (1985-10-09)
Sonia reads Hester's fortune, which predicts both travel and a secret admirer.

Christmas special (1985)Edit

No. overall Title Directed by Written by Original air date
19"A Dickens of a Christmas"Peter Frazer-JonesJohn T. Chapman25 December 1985 (1985-12-25)
Hester cooks up more than she bargained for when she spices up William's dinner.[1]

Series 4 (1986)Edit

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Title Directed by Written by Original air date
201"A Nose for Trouble"Peter Frazer-JonesJohn T. Chapman4 September 1986 (1986-09-04)
William's snoring keeps Hester awake night after night.
212"The Old Folks at Home"Peter Frazer-JonesJohn T. Chapman11 September 1986 (1986-09-11)
Upset that a Victorian mansion is to be torn down and replaced by "a block of flats," Hester starts a campaign to persuade local councillor Mr. Gardner to convert the premises into a seniors' residence. When he doubts the need for such a facility, Hester invites him home, having persuaded Nancy, her sister Winnie, and Guy to pretend senility. The appalled Gardner not only approves the home but telephones to notify William and Hester that he has arranged for their dotty dependents to move in immediately.
223"One Damned Ming After Another"Peter Frazer-JonesJohn T. Chapman18 September 1986 (1986-09-18)
The Fields hope to get their Chinese vase onto a locally filmed episode of Antiques Roadshow. Returning home, they surprise a burglar at work — enabling Hester to use her newly-acquired martial arts skills.
234"Life Is Full of Ups and Downs"Peter Frazer-JonesJohn T. Chapman25 September 1986 (1986-09-25)
William and Hester go shopping in Boulogne.
245"Takes Two to Tango"Peter Frazer-JonesJohn T. Chapman2 October 1986 (1986-10-02)
William and Hester's son-in-law Peter invites them to a dinner dance.
256"Caught in the Act"Peter Frazer-JonesJohn T. Chapman9 October 1986 (1986-10-09)
William insists on mending a leaky kitchen tap himself, necessitating an expensive visit from the plumber. Meanwhile, Hester gets a call from Peter's parents, the Richardsons, who are coming from Dorset to London for the day and invite themselves to dinner and to stay overnight. Driven mad by overbearing Margaret and epically boring Henry, and dismayed when their guests decide to stay another night, the Fields invent a dinner engagement at a Bournemouth hotel, but actually bundle themselves and Nancy next door to Sonia's for the night. Then Margaret and Henry turn up to chat with Sonia, and the Fields flee to Nancy's granny flat — where they are mistaken for burglars. They fib that Nancy has come down with flu; next morning Margaret cheerfully announces that Henry has caught it from Nancy and needs to stay in bed for several days.
267"Brighton or Bust"Peter Frazer-JonesJohn T. Chapman16 October 1986 (1986-10-16)
Hester signs up for a charity bicycle race.
278"Happy Returns"Peter Frazer-JonesJohn T. Chapman23 October 1986 (1986-10-23)
After a sojourn in Italy, the Fields return home to celebrate Hester's 45th birthday. Despite William's back going out, and some complications arising from misunderstandings, they settle on dinner out to celebrate — whereupon Hester is summoned to deal with an emergency at Lucy's Kitchen. This turns out to be a ruse: the restaurant is packed with friends for a surprise party. Then comes the biggest surprise: Guy and Nancy announce that they were remarried that morning!


  1. ^ "A Dickens of a Christmas" at

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