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Terry and June
Terry and June starred Terry Scott and June Whitfield as the Medfords, newly-moved to suburban Purley.
Where other sitcoms thrived on conflict, Terry and June were happily-married, middle-aged and middle-class.
Their friends, Terry's co-worker Malcolm (initially played by Bergerac's Terence Alexander) and wife Beattie were charming and helpful. The worst that could be said about their neighbours was that they were *gasp* perhaps a little working-class.
With such a bland set-up, the chief speck of grit with which the writers attempted to make comic pearls was Terry's constant desire to impress his boss Sir Dennis (Reginald Marsh) and win a job on "the top floor".
Each week Terry attempted a shortcut to the keys to the executive washroom and each week it led him into trouble.
When it wasn't Terry conspiring against himself, the task was left to the inanimate objects around him - food processors cast their contents over his new suit, collapsing shelves knocked him out and, in the much-mocked opening sequence of later series, a dodgy garden chair left him with a pint of orange juice in his lap on a weekly basis.
All the while June looked on patiently, quietly mocking her husband as she cleared up the mess he created.
Chiefly written by John Kane, Terry and June was the sequel to Happy Ever After, a sitcom involving the same leads, playing the same characters in a very similar suburban location.
Between them the two series managed a 13-year run from 1974 to 1987.
Given the bland premise and the scripts' paucity of laugh-out-loud lines, this astonishing run must be put down to the abilities of the leads, with Terry Scott investing his character with a manic energy and June Whitfield giving her role a real serenity, even when required to dress up as a punk.
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