MIDSOMER MURDERS

BARRY JACKSON
'HORACE' - TV SERIES
 ITV APRIL 1982

Channel: ITV
Production Company: Yorkshire Television
Format: sitcom
No. of Series: 1
Episodes: 6
Episode length: 30mins (25mins exc. adverts)
B&W/Colour: Colour

Transmitted*: Tuesdays & Thursdays 13th - 29th April 1982 at 7pm
Dates refer to London transmissions

 
Horace: Barry Jackson
Mother: Jean Heywood
Mrs Tiddy: Daphne Heard
Mr Frankel: Anthony Wingate

 
Writer: Roy Minton
Director: James Cellan Jones
Executive Producer: David Cunliffe
Producer: Keith Richardson

 

A touching and sometimes delightful comedy-drama that was set sufficiently within a sitcom framework to pass muster as one. The fulcrum was Horace, a middle-aged man with the mind of a 10 year-old - not, one might think, the stuff of humour, yet the scripts blended comic muddle, whimsy and sadness in well-judged measure. The setting was Horace's tiny universe - a rural Yorkshire town, where he works at a joke factory, and where he is free to spend hours happily staring into shop windows. His mother bears the burden of his disability, as does their neighbour Mrs Tiddy, a bedridden horse racing addict.

The idea originated as a single 90-minute play screened 10 years previously, also titled "Horace" (BBC2, 21st March 1972). Barry Jackson and Daphne Heard filled the same roles (though the latter actor's character was named Mrs Beal), Hazel Coppen was mother and Howard Goorney played Mr Frankel."

Source : Radio Times Guide to TV Comedy by Mike Lewisohn

 

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