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No Place Like Home was a BBC situation comedy series, written by Jon Watkins and starred William Gaunt and Patricia Garwood as Arthur and Beryl Crabtree, a middle-aged couple who plan for a quiet life once their children have left home. Sadly, it is not to be.

No Place Like Home
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
Running time30 minutes
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 with an early appearance by Martin Clunes.

As of October 2017, the series is being repeated between 2am to 3.30am weekdays on the Drama channel.



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 simply 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 medical 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 cheap, Albanian sherry.


Character Actor Series
Arthur Crabtree William Gaunt 1 to 5
Beryl Crabtree Patricia Garwood 1 to 5
Nigel Crabtree Martin Clunes 1 to 3
Nigel Crabtree Andrew Charleson 4 to 5
Paul Crabtree Stephen Watson 1 to 3
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
Vera Botting 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; the last three series have yet to be released.


  • The Penguin TV Companion by Jeff Evans ISBN 0-14-051467-8

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