AFTER HENRY

This show was written by Simon Brett. Brett was a staff producer in the light entertainment department of the BBC between the years 1968 and 1977, and clocked up work on Week Ending, The Burkiss Way and The News Huddlines, where he was the shows first producer. Other work includes the co-writing, with Frank Muir, of all the Frank Muir Goes into... series, and his own Dear Diary series on Radio 4. If this was not enough for a man's CV, he also worked on the pilot of The Hitch-hikers Guide to the Galaxy before moving on to London Weekend Television as a producer.

After Henry is a very neat comedy about three generations of women in the same house. Sarah France, lost her GP husband, Henry, to a car accident two year ago, but left her well provided for with a large Edwardian house outside London. Sarah has an eighteen year old daughter, who is as headstrong as most teenage girls are, and lives in the basement of the house. whilst her seventyish mother Eleanor lives in the flat upstairs. Henry assured Sarah that between then they would be able to all cope with the set-up, however, with Henry now gone, she is now sandwiched between the two generations. Respite is at hand in the form of work, and this is in the tranquil surroundings of Bygone Books, run by the homosexual Russell. This allows frankness as there is not going to be any romantic complications.

There were a total of 4 series on Radio 4 in the mid to late eighties with 2 Christmas specials, with the TV versions starting just as the last series was being broadcast on the radio. The TV series was not taken up by the BBC (a foolish mistake) and the former London region ITV company, Thames TV snapped this up producing 4 episodes more than the radio!

:: Radio

Susan was played by Prunella Scales, Eleanor by Joan Sanderson, Clare by Gerry Cowper, and Russell by Benjamin Whitrow. There were a total of 34 episodes, broadcast on Radio 4 in the early evenings.

:: Series 1

B/cast dateTitle
17.4.85The Older Man
24.4.85Moving
1.5.85The Cowboy
8.5.85The Dinner Party
15.5.85Gossip
22.5.85Mr Right
29.5.85The Spectre at the Feast
5.5.85Going Away

:: Christmas Special

B/cast dateTitle
22.12.85A Week of Sundays

:: Series 2

B/cast dateTitle
16.8.86Memory Games
23.8.86The Romantic Approach
30.8.86The Cold
6.9.86Beside Manners
13.9.86The Kitten
20.9.86The Married Man
27.9.86The Other Married Man
4.10.86The Teapot

:: Series 3

Originally broadcast of a Tuesday evening at 6.30pm.

B/cast dateTitle
22.9.87Wedding Bells
29.9.87Poor Relations
6.10.87Guilty Secrets
13.10.87Lines of Comminications
20.10.87Interlectual Asperations
27.10.87A Box of Chocolates
3.11.87Different Viewpoints
10.11.87The End of a Chapter

:: Christmas Special

B/cast dateTitle
25.12.87The Season of Relatively Goodwill

:: Series 4

Originally broadcast of a Tuesday evening at 6.30pm.

B/cast dateTitle
17.1.88Dependant Relatives
24.1.88Relative Movement
31.1.88A Fully Extended Family
7.2.88Sunday Lunch
14.2.88Little Women
21.2.88Family Album
28.2.88Keeping Faith
6.3.88Positive Thinking

:: Television

Prunella Scales and Joan Sanderson resumed their roles of Sarah and Eleanor, however, Clare was now played by Janine Wood and Russell by Jonathon Newth. Others to appear were Peggy Anne Wood as Vera Poling (Eleanor's sort of partner in crime), Anne Priestly as Mary (in the second series) and Edward De Souze (The Man In Black) as Sam Greenland (series 2, and 3).

:: Series 1

Broadcast on a Monday evening at 8pm from the 4th January to 8th February 1988 - 6 episodes.

B/cast dateTitleSynopsis
4.1.88The Older ManSarah hears from her motherís geriatric gossip network that Clare is secretly meeting an "older man" and feels that she has to find out whatís really going on...
11.1.88Phone CallsSarah thinks she has finally found the perfect way to stop her mother from snooping in her part of the house. Unfortunately, she hasnít reckoned with Eleanorís deviousness.
18.1.88The TeapotEleanor is undecided about the terms of her will, and, of course, sees this as a wonderful opportunity to play her daughter off against her granddaughter.
25.1.88SecurityA lapse of security forces Sarah to install a burglar alarm, but Eleanor - needless to say - has other ideas as to how their property should be protected.
1.2.88Romantic ComplicationsSarah finds herself caught in the middle of both her daughter and her mother as she has to listen to endless confidences about their love-lives...
8.2.88The BirthdayA major celebration is approaching for Eleanor, and Sarah has secret plans for making the occasion memorable. But is it actually possible to keep anything secret from her mother?

:: Christmas Special

Broadcast on Monday the 26th December 1988 at 9.30pm.

Series 2

Broadcast on Tuesdays evenings from the 10th Januray to 11th April 1989 at 8.30pm. This series consisted of 12 episodes.

B/cast dateTitle
10.1.89Intellectual Aspirations
17.1.89Open Secrets
24.1.89Memory Games
31.1.89The Cold
7.2.89Wedding Bells
28.2.89Lines Of Communication
7.3.89Gossip
14.3.89Out On A Limb
21.3.89Upstagers
28.3.89Idle Speculation
4.4.89Efficiency
11.4.89Going Away

:: Christmas Special

A Week Of Sundays - Broadcast on Monday the 25th December 1989 at 8.30pm.

:: Series 3

A further 12 episodes broadcast on Tuesdays evenings at 8.30pm from the 23rd Januray to the 17th April 1990.

B/cast dateTitle
23.1.90Mr Right
30.1.90Curiosity
6.2.90Home Comforts
13.2.90Relative Movement
20.2.90The Dinner Party
27.2.90Mr Fixit
6.3.90Charity
13.3.90The Mysterious Affair At Bygone Books
20.3.90Party Politics
27.3.90Unforeseen Circumstances
3.4.90Family Album
17.4.90Last Chances

:: Series 4

The last 6 episodes broadcast between the 20th July and 24th August 1992 on a Monday evening at 8pm.

B/cast dateTitle
20.7.92Dangerous Relatives
27.7.92Poor Relations
3.8.92A Fully Extended Family
10.8.92Yes And No
17.8.92The Married Man
24.8.92The Other Married Man




I would like to thank Penny Fabb for help in compiling this page.