No Place Like Home (TV series)

No Place Like Home is a BBC situation comedy series, created, and written by Jon Watkins. It was directed, produced by Robin Nash, starring William Gaunt and Patricia Garwood as Arthur and Beryl Crabtree. Arthur has a brand new life planned with Beryl now that the last of their four children have left home, or so he believes.[1][2]

No Place Like Home
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GenreSitcom
Created byJon Watkins
StarringWilliam Gaunt
Patricia Garwood
Martin Clunes (series 1-3)
Andrew Charleson (series 4-5)
Country of originUnited Kingdom
No. of series5
No. of episodes43
Production
Running time30 minutes
Release
Original networkBBC1
Original release13 December 1983 (1983-12-13) –
22 December 1987 (1987-12-22)

No Place Like Home was broadcast for five series between 1983 and 1987. Technically, six series were made, but series 3 (7 episodes), which was intended for broadcast in 1985, was subsequently aired from January 1986, back to back with series 4 (6 episodes). This resulted in both of these series merging to become an extended series 3, with 13 episodes, ending in April 1986.

Later in October 1986, a new series 4 of seven episodes aired, and a final fifth series of 8 episodes was broadcast in 1987. The sitcom featured the first regular roles on television for Martin Clunes and Marcia Warren.

PlotEdit

"...Arthur and Beryl Crabtree had raised four children and looked forward to the day when their time once again would be their own; a second honeymoon was planned as the last of their offspring finally left home. However, their hopes were soon dashed as one by one the fledglings returned to the nest disillusioned with life in the outside world. For the children there was no place like home. The eldest of the children was Lorraine (Beverley Adams) who had married traffic warden Raymond Codd (Daniel Hill) but cast him aside in the final series. Raymond is replaced by a similar character, Roger Duff (Roger Martin), in Lorraine's affections. There was also Nigel, a veterinary student, Paul and Tracey (and their assorted girlfriends and boyfriends), while the Crabtrees' domestic bliss was also disturbed by their nosey neighbours the Bottings, particularly the shrieking, animal-loving Vera. Arthur, and Vera's husband Trevor, often escaped to the greenhouse when things became unbearable, seeking solace in a glass of home-made sherry...."[3]

ReceptionEdit

No Place Like Home was very popular, especially during the first three series where it was regular fixture in the Top Ten BBC programme ratings. However, like several comedies from the 1980s and 90s (Bread, Goodnight Sweetheart, and May to December are good examples), the last two series suffered from recasts and popular characters disappearing without explanation. Both Marcia Warren and Martin Clunes, who both played arguably the series most popular characters, left at the end of the extended season 3 in 1986. Clunes' character, Nigel Crabtree, was immediately recast with Andrew Charleson taking over the part. Warren's character, the potty animal lover, Vera Botting, was rested for series 4, but returned in series 5, played by Ann Penfold.

The eldest Crabtree son, Paul, last appeared during series 4 and the character was not recast due to the death of actor Stephen Watson on his honeymoon during the filming of series 4.[4][5]

CastEdit

Character Actor Series
Arthur Crabtree William Gaunt 1 to 5
Beryl Crabtree Patricia Garwood 1 to 5
Nigel Crabtree Martin Clunes 1 to 3
Andrew Charleson 4 to 5
Paul Crabtree Stephen Watson 1 to 4
Tracy Crabtree Dee Sadler 1 to 5
Lorraine Codd Beverley Adams 1 to 5
Raymond Codd Daniel Hill 1 to 4
Vera Botting Marcia Warren 1 to 3
Ann Penfold 5 only
Trevor Botting Michael Sharvell-Martin 1 to 5
Roger Duff Roger Martin 5 only

DVD releasesEdit

The first two series of No Place Like Home were released in 2006.

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ Radio Times, Issue 3135, Vol. 241, Thursday 8th December, 1983.
  2. ^ "Schedule – BBC Programme Index".
  3. ^ The Penguin TV Companion by Jeff Evans, page 435
  4. ^ "Maintenance Mode".
  5. ^ "No Place Like Home".

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