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8 x 1/2 Hours
Clive Mantle
Sarah Lancashire
Written By
John Godber
Directed By
Dewi Humphries
Produced By
Sydney Lotterby
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Bloomin' Marvellous

Jack and Liz are "not-as-young-as-they-thought-they-were" couple trying to come to terms with a few hard facts - namely, if they're ever going to have children, they're going to have to get started!

They've been married for several years now and yet - as with many of their generation - Jack and Liz have never seriously discussed the 'children question.' Do they or don't they/should they or shouldn't they?

It's not that they DON'T want children but . . .with busy lives and interesting careers, there just hasn't been the time. Also, their closest friends, Jeff and Shaz, are not exactly an ideal advertisement for parenthood - shaz is constantly frazzled and has lost all sense of herself as an attractive woman, whilst Jeff spends as much time as possible staying late at work.

But, after recovering from the first serious illness of his life, Jack is brought face to face with a sense of his own mortality and the realization that neither he nor Liz are really "young" anymore. If they are going to have children, they're going to have to do something about it NOW.

For Jack, it isn't such a big decision - it needn't affect his rather ideal career as published author and (very) part-time Writer in Residence at the local university. However, Liz's job as a reporter with a local radio station will be a bit less accommodating . . .

However, to Jack's surprise, Liz agrees that they should try for children. Spurred on by Jeff's warning to Jack that it could take quite a long time, Jack gets down to business. After a jittery start (too tight pajamas and a panic attack), it actually isn't long at all before Liz finds she's pregnant. If they are pleased, Liz and Jack's respective parents are over the moon. In fact, the good news brings on a bout of competitive knitting!

Meanwhile, Jeff is having his own - slightly premature - midlife crisis. And unlike Jack and Liz, it looks as though he and Shaz may not have what it takes to get them through . . .

Drama Specials

Dick Francis Mysteries
Horses run hot and murder runs cold, but Jockey Club investigator David Cleveland Ian McShane) always keeps his cool.
A father struggles to overcome the grief of losing his beloved wife and raise their daughter alone. A coming-of-age journey, You is filled with the magic of life and love and family.

Drama Series

Studio One
A series of one-act specials is the pinnacle example of the Golden Era of Television, launching the careers of many famous actors such as Charlton Heston and Warren Warren Beatty.
Love On A Branchline
Leslie Phillips and Michael Maloney star in this BBC adaptation of John Hadfield's 1959 comic novel.


Animated Classics
29 animated specials of classic literature is something that the entire family can enjoy. Titles include: A Christmas Carol, Moby Dick, Les Miserables, and The Phantom of The Opera.
The Story Of Christmas Toys
The fun and wonderment of Christmas comes alive through Mel Torme’s narration of this half-hour animated special.

Factual Series

Ultimate Restorations
Audiences will watch history being reborn and learn the secrets of how the restorations are done. The projects are jaw-dropping in their scope; the restorers are heartfelt in their passion.
The Other Hollywood
Kenneth Branagh narrates this survey of Europe's silent era. Episodes focus on the distinct development of specific countries--Sweden, Germany, France, and Britain.


Dara O Briain’s Go 8 Bit
Part comedy panel show, part physical game show and wholly competitive, each week Dara and guests six-part comedy series celebrate the world of video games.
This fast-paced word association format allows the audience at home to join in the fun as contestants race against the clock to figure out the hidden key topic and win the prize.