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Episode Guide

Created and written by Michael Aitken
Produced by Gareth Gwenlan
Directed by Gareth Gwenlan except when indicated

Regulars:
Graham Crowden as Tom Ballard
Stephanie Cole as Diana Trent
Daniel Hill as Harvey Bains
Janine Duvitski as Jane Edwards
Andrew Tourell as Geoffrey Ballard
Sandra Payne as Marion Ballard

1st series 1990

Episode One
         Dawn Hope as Jenny
         Ross Thomson as Davey
         Hilda Campbell-Russell as Mrs. Stephens

         Tom Ballard reluctantly arrives at Bayview Retirement Home with son
         Geoffrey and daughter-in-law Marion, but finds a kindred soul in his
         neighbor, Diana Trent and starts a hunger strike to obtain better
         meals for the residents.


Episode Two
         Dawn Hope as Jenny
         Michael Bilton as Basil
         Shawn Prendergast as policeman

         Diana decides to take her niece's sports car for a spin to Brighton,
         taking Tom along as her navigator, but Harvey puts a damper on things
         by calling in the police.
 

Episode Three
         Chris Breeze as old man
         Ben Onwukwe as the doctor
         Julie McDonald as the nurse

         After a mild heart episode, Tom decides to commit suicide, leaving
         it to Diana to give him a reason to live.


Episode Four
         Leigh Samuels as Sally

         Harvey tries to get rid of Diana using her concealed medical
         condition as a lever, so she decides she must prepare Tom to live
         without her.


Episode Five
         Dawn Hope as Jenny
         Richenda Carey as Greta Mueller
         Michael Bilton as Basil Makepeace

         Diana intervenes when Harvey uses Jane's new found religious mania as
         an excuse to replace her with a stern German matron.


Episode Six
         Lucy Aston as Sarah Snow
         Brian Gwaspari as Dr. Darrow

         After encouraging the Residents' Committee tp spend money, Harvey
         tries again to get rid of Tom and Diana by appealing to his
         son and her niece to have them both declared incompetent and unable
         to care for themselves.


Episode Seven
         Dawn Hope as Jenny
         Paul Chapman as Ferguson

         Tom and Diana get themselves involved in a local election when a
         politician supporting foreign investments courts the elderly vote.


Episode Eight
         Michael Bilton as Basil
         John Crocker as the Vicar
         Angela Bruce as Judy
         Chico Andrade as Antonio
         Joanna Vickers, Amanda Wise

         After a spate of funerals, Tom volunteers to be a counselor for
         residents on the verge of dying.



2nd Series 1991

Episode Nine
         Dawn Hope as Jenny
         Jane Downs as Daisy Williams
         Chico Andrade as Antonio
         directed by Sue Bysh

         Tom loses interest in life until he meets a new Bayview resident, the
         self-possessed Daisy Williams, who's more than a match for Diana.


Episode Ten
         Dawn Hope as Jenny
         Jane Downs as Daisy Williams
         Michael Bilton as Basil
         Patricia Leslie as Betty

         The estrangment between Tom and Diana allows Daisy to take over the
         resident leadership of Bayview, and to institute some radical
         changes.


Episode Eleven
         Dawn Hope as Jenny
         Michael Bilton as Basil
         Patricia Leslie as Betty
         Dean Lepley as Ben Fraser

         Tom and Diana turn to sleuthing when Harvey threatens to call in the
         police to investigate some missing jewelry, and their efforts uncover
         a kleptomaniac.


Episode Twelve
         Lucy Aston as Sarah Snow
         Christopher Bowen as Sam Parry

         Tom's policy of absolute honesty proves embarassing for the naive
         Jane, and Diana's niece introduces her fiancee, who seems to be a bit
         bent.


Episode Thirteen
         Lucy Aston as Sarah Snow
         Christopher Bowen as Sam Parry
         Michael Hughes as David Davis

         Diana's hip surgery threatens to disrupt he niece's wedding. Tom gets
         Tom and Marion out of their beauty salon franchise.


EPISODE FOURTEEN
         Michael Bilton as Basil
         Patricia Leslie as Betty
         Dawn Hope as Jenny
         David McKail as Billigh
         John Halstead as mc
         directed by Sue Bysh

         Tom's challenge to Diana to be pleasant to people is severely tried
         when Harvey agrees to hold a "Glamorous Granny" contests at Bayview.


EPISODE FIFTEEN
         Carol Macready as Susan Speed
         Richard Bates as Dr. Henry
         Chico Andrade a Antonio
         Tony Allef as Grigor
         directed by Sue Bysh

         Diana becomes very concerned when Tom takes up a vigorous physical
         fitness program after attending lectures at the community center.
         Jane fears for her job when Harvey extolls the virtues of his new
         foreign staff.


EPISODE SIXTEEN
         Jo Stone-Fewings as Bob
         Louise Russell as Carol

         Harvey tries again to get rid of Diana, this time on grounds of
         immoral behavior, namely she's having an affair with a much younger
         man.


EPISODE SEVENTEEN
         Michael Bilton as Basil

         Geoffrey finally has enough of Marion and leaves her, and ends up
         moving into Bayview to live with Tom when she doesn't want him to
         come back.



3rd Series 1992 EPISODE EIGHTEEN Tim Preece as Reverend Dennis Sparrow Michael Bilton as Basil Tom accidentally acts as matchmaker when he asks a vicar with shaky faith to try and counsel a seriously disturbed Marion. Harvey begins to look for a wife. EPISODE NINETEEN Ben Davis as Tarquin Ania Sowinski as Skye Diana takes Tom's grandchildren in hand while Marion's away, and Jane tries to fiddle with Harvey's application for a computer-matched mate. EPISODE TWENTY Michael Bilton as Basil Paula Ann Bland as Sylvia John Hudson as Job Center Assistant Donald T. Allen as railway porter Diana and Tom look for jobs as Harvey continues his search for a wife and refuses to reinstate the heating. EPISODE TWENTY-ONE Vilma Hollingberry as Esmee Southerland Michael Bilton as Basil Francesca Longriss as Lucy Maitland Harvey finally comes up with a fiancee just in time to meet his mother as she leaves to live with his sister. EPISODE TWENTY-TWO Michael Bilton as Basil Dawn Hope as Jenny Caroline Harding as Janet Follette Noel Dyson as Anna Saville Rowena Cooper as Cynthia Barnes Adrian Mills as Dave Preston Chico Andrade as Antonio David Tysall as Inspector Davies Jane's comment that she's "unhelpful" sends Diana charging off to volunteeer to help the elderly, which presents the opportunity to thwart the latest scheme of Harvey's greedy girl friend. EPISODE TWENTY-THREE Michael Bilton as Basil Dawn Hope as Jenny An inebriated wake for a former resident produces much comment around Bayview and a change in the relationship between Tom and Diana. EPISODE TWENTY-FOUR Michael Bilton as Basil Tom McCabe as Bernard Neale Goodrum as townplanner Amanda McGowan as au pair girl David J. Nicholl as bearded man Helen Bennett as bored woman Tom and Diana's plans for a holiday abroad are derailed when they learn that Geoffrey has invested Tom's savings in the proposed new wing for Bayview, an intensive care hospital wing that promises to bring in lots of government monies. Harvey gloats over his new car. EPISODE TWENTY-FIVE Michael Bilton as Basil Dawn Hope as Jenny Bill Stewart as Jack Scott Chico Andrade as Antonio Linda James as Mrs. Twigg Cherrell Amo as Mandy Diana is indifferent to Tom's suggestion about entering the political process until she sees a chance to help Jenny keep her job and tweak Harvey's nose by competing with him. EPISODE TWENTY SIX Michael Bilton as Basil Lucy Aston as Sarah Snow Adjoa Andoh as Dr. Angela Avery Diana comes to believe she's dying and asks Tom to help her committ suicide. EPISODE TWENTY SEVEN Dawn Hope as Jenny Michael Bilton as Basil Lucy Aston as Sarah John Rapley as Ron Arthur Simon Williamson as doctor Jo-Anne Hewitt as nurse Su-Lin Loo as teacher Lucy Edelstein as baby Diana Chico Andrade as Antonio Beryl Cookes as lady resident Tom steals a bus from a rude bus driver and Lucy comes to stay at Bayview to be close to Diana while waiting for the birth of her baby. 1992 CHRISTMAS SPECIAL ( 60 MINUTES ) Michael Bilton as Basil Lucy Aston as Sarah Snow Dawn Hope as Jenny Mark McKenna as Dave Katherine Toy as Sally Jamie Ripman as Det. John Berry Mark Charnockes as Santa Sue Scott Davies as woman in grotto Danny Swanson as policeman Chico Andrande as Antonio Daryl Kwan as Mr. Kwok Charlotte Grimes and Martha MacKintosh as Baby Diana The Christmas holidays bring a mixture of joy and anger to Tom, Diana and the residents of Bayview. First, they learn there will be no holiday entertainment, thanks to Harvey's fiddling. Next, Tom brings home a young homeless couple who seem to fulfill Diana's dire warnings. And Diana causes a ruckus at a local store when she objects to the youthful Santa about to see her baby grand-niece.
4th series 1993 EPISODE TWENTY EIGHT Dawn Hope as Jenny Michael Bilton as Basil Chico Andrade as Antonio Lucy Aston as Sarah Snow Tara Ward as Jane Malcolm Andrew Hilton as Admiral Jeremy Beaton as cabbie Leonard Webster as postman Sean Patterson as secretary As Tom worries over his rising damp, Diana storms London for an explanation of her radically altered financial situation. EPISODE TWENTY NINE Dawn Hope as Jenny Michael Bilton as Basil Gwenllian Davies as Gwen Kent Chico Andrade a Antonio James Warrior as Mr. Kent Melita Marrger as Mrs. Kent Tom and Diana try to adjust to living together while reaching out to a withdrawn new resident. EPISODE THIRTY Michael Bilton as Basil Lucy Aston as Sarah Glynis Brooks as Mary Issy van Randwyck as Inger Chico Andrade as Antonio Lucy Edelstein as baby Diana Tom tries to curb Diana's sloppiness, so she moves in with Sarah and baby Diana, leaving Tom lonely and in the company of Geoffrey. EPISODE THIRTY ONE Michael Bilton as Basil Dawn Hope as Jenny Lucy Aston as Sarah Issy van Randwyck as Inger Miranda Forbes as nanny Anthony Warren as cabbie Rupert Degas as trendy Lucy Edelstein as baby Diana As everyone bothers Tom about getting Diana's advice, she finds herself fed up with being baby Diana's nanny. EPISODE THIRTY TWO Michael Bilton as Basil Dawn Hope as Jenny Chico Andrade as Antonio Gillian Goodran as Marjorie Evans Tim Preece as Reverend Dennis Daryl Kwan as Mr. Kwok Diana faces a new foe, a psychic who claims to have a message from Tom's late wife, deploring his new relationship with Diana. EPISODE THIRTY THREE Michael Bilton as Basil Dawn Hope as Jenny Harry Audley as Richard Irons Daryl Kwan as Mr. Kwok Chico Andrade as Antonio Angel Wyndham-Lewis as lady councillor Diana finds herslef on the outside looking in when the others agree to help Harvey make a promotional film to sell Bayview franchises. EPISODE THIRTY FOUR Michael Bilton as Basil Myfanwy Talog as Gloria Nick Burnell as driver Aftab Sachak as Mr. Patel Peter Tuddenham as Mr. Davis Eileen Davies as Mrs. Penshaw Diana capitalizes on Harvey's distraction over his rapidly diminishing hair to set up a particularly nasty surprise for him in front of her drawing class. EPISODE THIRTY FIVE Michael Bilton as Basil Dawn Hope as Jenny Daryl Kwan as Mr. Kwok Chico Andrade as Antonio Harvey's apparent breakdown leads to strikes and insurrection at Bayview, forcing Diana to reevaluate her behavior. EPISODE THIRTY SIX Michael Bilton as Basil Dawn Hope as Jenny Philip Childs as Dr. Henry Diana jumps to all the wrong conclusions when Tom develops sexual dysfuction problems. EPISODE THIRTY SEVEN Michael Bilton as Basil Philip Childs as Dr. Henry Debbi Blythe as Minister of Health Melvyn Bedford as policeman Chico Andrade as Antonio Daryl Kawn as Mr. Kwok Tom and Diana each react in their own way to the possibility that he might have prostate cancer.
5th series 1994 EPISODE THIRTY EIGHT Paddy Ward as Jamie Edwards Tim Preece as Reverend Dennis Sparrow Fiona Allen as nurse Len Trusty as Jimmy Colin Ward Lewis as tv announcer Harvey tries again to get into an exclusive golf club and decides he needs a wife to do it. Tom comes home from the hospital, despite Marion's hopes, with a heightened sense of time passing. Geoffrey leaves his wife yet again and mopes around's Tom's apartment. EPISODE THIRTY-NINE Paddy Ward as Jamie Edwards Harvey brings in a Japanese mini-hotel designer to create a new compact housing wing. Tom tries to get Diana to join the Age Resource organization. Jane and Geoffrey become friends. EPISODE FORTY Dawn Hope as Jenny Paddy Ward as Jamie Edwards Nicholas Pritchard as Smith Shawn Williamson as Brown A Royal visit stirs up everybody except Diana, whose sore foot makes her cranky. Marion sleeps with Harvey but thinks it's Geoffrey. EPISODE FORTY-ONE Dawn Hope as Jenny Paddy Ward as Jamie Edwards Jemma Churchill as Dr. Swain Roger Swaine as specialist Kim Barry as dietician Deddie Davis as nun Diana's foor gets worse, prompting Tom to make her a doctor's appointment, which leads Diana to fear the worse,. Jamie gives Geoffrey a pep talk about winning Marion, resulting in a visit from the uncouth 'Fat Boy' Higgins, motorcycle and all. Jane decides to dedicate her life to God. EPISODE FORTY-TWO Paddy Ward as Jamie Edwards Bunny May as driving instructor Steve Morley as Sgt. Watt Jan Shepherd as WPC Tom sets out to woo Diana, first by learning how to drive. Jane takes time out from her service to god to urge Diana to accept Tom's proposal. Marion tells Fat Boy to get a job. Harvey becomes a minister of the Church of the Flaming Sword, Las Vegas, as he pursues Jane and membership in the golf club. EPISODE FORTY-THREE Paddy Ward as Jamie Edwards Lucy Aston as Sarah Dawn Hope as Jenny Tim Preece as Reverend Dennis Sparrow Chico Andrade as Antonio Lucy Edelstein as Baby Diana Tom's efforts at bungee jumping finally breaks Diana's will and she says yes. Jane begins making wedding plans while Harvey gets another disappointment. Marion pleads to get her old Geoffrey back. EPISODE FORTY-FOUR Paddy Ward as Jamie Edwards Dawn Hope as Jenny Lucy Aston as Sarah Tim Preece as Reverend Dennis Sparrow Robin Driscoll as funeral director Brian Miller as funeral man Ross Martin as waiter Lucy Edelstein as Baby Diana The Climax dance group As the wedding approaches, Diana confides her reluctance to Sarah. Tom, Harvey, Jamie and Geoffrey have a rather staid stag night while Diana, Sarah, Jane and Jenny go to a male strip club. Marion schemes to stop the wedding.
Copyright 1997 by Donna R. Lemaster