- In Loving Memory (TV series)
show_name = In Loving Memory
caption = Thora Hird and Christopher Beeny
runtime = 30 minutes
Thora Hird Christopher Beeny
Avis Bunnage Sherrie Hewson Rose Power
country = UK
4 November 1969
27 March 1986
num_episodes = 37
Thames Television(pilot), Yorkshire Television(series)
imdb_id = 0063913
tv_com_id = 15528
"In Loving Memory" was a British period sitcom set in an undertakers business that starred
Thora Hirdand Christopher Beeny. A pilot aired in 1969, and it further ran for five series between 1979 and 1986. It was made by Yorkshire Televisionwith the 1969 pilot episode made by Thames Television.
The year is 1929 and in the opening episode Jeremiah Unsworth (
Freddie Jones), the proprietor of the undertakers, dies. This leaves his widow Ivy (Thora Hird) and nephew Billy (Christopher Beeny) to take over the business.
As might be expected, the accident prone Ivy and Billy have numerous mishaps, and hardly a funeral goes by without something untoward occurring.
The setting for the show is the fictional
Lancashiretown of Oldshaw during the 1930s. The writer Dick Sharpleschose this period as this was the time when undertakers were switching from horse drawn hearses to mechanical ones.
*The pilot for the show aired on
November 4 1969as part of a series of six one-off situation-comedies. The producers, "Thames Television" elected not to take the series any further. It was almost ten years later when fellow ITV company Yorkshire Television commissioned a series.
Luddenden, Yorkshirewas where the location shooting took place.
That's Your Funeral" was a sitcom based on a similar premise, but it only lasted for one series.
*Thora Hird and Dick Sharples worked together on another ITV comedy series, "Hallelujah!", which was also produced by Yorkshire Television and ran concurrently with "In Loving Memory".
(1 x 30 min)Nov 4 1969 · Tues 8.30pm
(7 x 30 min) May 21-July 2 1979 · Mon mostly 8pm
(7 x 30 min) 27 Oct-8 Dec 1980 · Mon 8pm
(7 x 30 min) 12 Oct-23 Nov 1982 · Tue 8.30pm
24 Dec 1982 · Fri 8pm
(7 x 30 min) 28 Nov 1983-6 Feb 1984 · Mon 8pm
(7 x 30 min) 13 Feb-27 Mar 1986 · Thu 9pm
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