Dear Mother...Love Albert

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Dear Mother...Love Albert
Format Sitcom
Created by Rodney Bewes
Derrick Goodwin
Starring Rodney Bewes
Garfield Morgan
Sheila White (Series 1 & 2)
Geraldine Newman (Series 1 & 2)
Liz Gebhardt (Series 3)
Amelia Bayntun (Series 3 & 4)
Cheryl Hall (series 4)
Country of origin United Kingdom
Original language(s) English
No. of series 4
No. of episodes 26 + 3 shorts
Production
Producer(s) Thames Television (series 1)
Yorkshire Television (series 2-4)
Running time 30 minutes per episode (plus 3 short specials)
Broadcast
Original channel ITV
Picture format 4:3
Original run 15 September 1969 (1969-09-15) – 6 June 1972 (1972-06-06)

Dear Mother...Love Albert later retitled Albert! was a British sitcom broadcast between September 1969 and June 1972. It was created by and starred Rodney Bewes. Bewes co-wrote and produced the series with Derrick Goodwin. The show proved popular and regularly made the TV ratings top ten throughout its three year run.

The theme song was sung by Bewes, co-written by Mike Hugg. Hugg had also encouraged Bewes to sing the theme to his previous sitcom The Likely Lads, but Bewes recalls "I think I drank a bottle of port in the end, but I couldn't get it".

There were 26 episodes, including the three Christmas specials, all three broadcast as part of All Star Comedy Carnival. The fourth and final series was broadcast as a sequel entitled Albert!, which ran for a further series of seven episodes. Series 1 was produced by Thames Television, while the subsequent series 2-4 were produced by Yorkshire Television.

Plot[edit]

Albert Courtney (Rodney Bewes) leaves his home in the North of England to live in London. He writes home to his mother, grossly exaggerating the events that have happened to him. Albert finds work in a confectionery company, moves into a flat he shares with two young ladies and becomes engaged to Doreen Bissel (Liz Gebhardt), however during the fourth and final series Albert later loses his job and Doreen (now played by Cheryl Hall) later dumps him, however he still continues his attempts of survival in London.

Regular Cast[edit]

Episode guide[edit]

Series 1 (1969)[edit]

  • The Interview (missing)
  • Merely A Formality (missing)
  • In the Field (missing)
  • Knight of the Road (missing)
  • The Good Samaritan (missing)
  • A Commercial Break (missing)

All Star Comedy Carnival -Christmas Special, Broadcast 25 December 1969 (missing)

Series 2 (1970)[edit]

  • Love Is A Many Splendoured Thing
  • All The World's A Stage
  • Hearts And Flowers
  • The Deligate
  • I'm Going To Be A Father
  • Major Ab Adversis
  • All Mod Cons

All Star Comedy Carnival -Christmas Special, Broadcast 25 December 1970 (missing)

Series 3 (1971)[edit]

  • A Ring On Her Finger
  • The Compulsive Gambler
  • Raquel
  • De Profundis
  • Hold Up, It's A Hand Up
  • Lost Weekend

All Star Comedy Carnival- Christmas Special, Broadcast 25 December 1971 (missing)

Series 4 (1972)[edit]

  • Hair
  • A Ghost Story
  • Trouble At T'Mill
  • Blood Brothers
  • Hot-Pot
  • If He'd Meant Us To Fly
  • Brave New World

DVD release[edit]

The first series (produced in B&W by Thames) including the three Christmas specials no longer exists.

However, a 3-Disc set containing the subsequent series 2-4 made by Yorkshire Television) and broadcast 1970-72 was made available on 14 June 2010. The third series (1971) is in black and white. The DVD notes state that no colour version of this series ever existed; the series was filmed in black and white because of the ITV Colour Strike.

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