The Wackers (1975)

Sheila Fay-Ken Jones

Sheila Fay-Ken Jones

Sitcom about a Liverpool family that forgets to be funny. No surprise that it only lasted for seven episodes.

Opening episode:March 19,1975 – “Out Of The Frying Pan” – Billy Clarkson (Ken Jones) is about to return home after two years. His wife Mary (Sheila Fay) is getting things together for the homecoming Billy has been away at sea.. They have three kids. Raymond, eighteen year old Bernadette and college boy Tony who lives out of town.

Joining them for the celebration is Billy’s elderly father and his wife Maggie. Mary isn’t too happy the way Granddad keeps checking out Bernadette.

While Mary is alone a neighbor drops by. He wants to know if the family has any idea that Billy has actually been in prison. She says it’s still secret. Billy is in for petty theft. When he gets out he can’t resist stealing a constable’s bicycle.

He’s meeting Mary at the local pub before heading home. She has a bag of presents he’s supposed to give the family from the ports he’s visited. He doesn’t go for it and says he’ll tell them the truth.

When he gets home he makes his announcement. He and Mary get a surprise when everyone says they knew it all the time. Later he goes to the pub to hoist a few. When he comes home he tells Mary it’s been two years but she says she’s not ready. He ends up sleeping in the upper bunk in Raymond’s room.

That’s it. The whole show lays there and tries to get laughs by Mary’s shrill yelling but it just gets annoying. The seventh episode was never broadcast.

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