Diana Dors stars as the mother of three young adults. They all live in a small apartment with their free loading Uncle Jack. Her husband Lionel is always away and is never seen. The neighbors would love to see the last of them all especially pastry shop owner Mrs.Petty. It’s not that bad and it does have its moments. Diana Dors is funny as the brassy Queenie Shepherd.
Opening episode: November 5,1970 – “We Humbly Beseech” – It’s Queenie’s birthday and the boys haven’t gotten her anything. One runs out and grabs a potted plant from Mrs.Petty’s window. She comes to their door looking for Lionel. She has a petition with 495 signatures to have them all thrown out. She just needs five more to take it to the council.
The family decides to go to the pub that night for Queenie’s birthday party. They usually make a lot of noise with their singing but because they pay the pub owner lets them have at it.
That afternoon Queenie and the group go to Mrs.Petty’s shop. She’s currently waiting on Mrs. Blakey (Kathy Staff). Queenie says they want to sign the petition. They want to live in a caravan in the country because their place is too crowded. Mrs.Petty tries to keep it from them but they all sign. After they leave Mrs.Petty and Mrs.Blakey realize they made off with the petition and left a fake one in its place. There’s a joke about one signature that has to be inferred or else it wouldn’t have been allowed. It’s telegraphed so the audience gets it.
That night at the pub they’re the only ones there near closing time and making a lot of noise singing. The local constable comes in and is ready to charge the landlord with allowing them to drink after hours. He shows them a petition saying it’s okay for them to stay. You know where that came from.
The series will grow on you.
Kathy Staff was a mainstay of “Last Of The Summer Wine” (1973-2008) as Nora Batty.