Marriage Lines

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Marriage Lines
Genre Sitcom
Starring Richard Briers
Prunella Scales
Edward de Souza
Country of origin United Kingdom
No. of series 5
No. of episodes 44 + 2 shorts
Production
Running time 37x25 minutes
7x30 minutes
Broadcast
Original channel BBC 1
Original run 14 May 1961 (1961-05-14) – 3 June 1966 (1966-06-03)

Marriage Lines is a British television sitcom first broadcast from 1961 to 1966 which was made in black-and-white. The series gave Richard Briers and Prunella Scales, its lead stars, a significant boost in their careers. At first titled The Marriage Lines, the programme was written by Richard Waring, and was later adapted for radio.

Cast[edit]

Background[edit]

When Richard Waring was writing Marriage Lines, he had Richard Briers in mind, and also worked with him on Brothers in Law. Graeme Muir, the producer of Marriage Lines, also worked on Brothers in Law. In early episodes, The Marriage Lines was subtitled A Quizzical Look at the Early Days of Married Life.

Plot[edit]

George and Kate Starling are a newly married couple, and the comedy came from many ordinary domestic situations. George was a junior clerk in an office and wanted the public house camaraderie of the single men in his office, while Kate gets increasingly frustrated by her domestic duties. In the third series, Kate gives birth to a daughter Helen. The last episode of the fourth series, Goodbye George – Goodbye Kate, showed the couple going to live in Lagos, Nigeria because of George's jobs. This was meant to be the last episode, however a fifth series was commissioned. The Starlings' returned to England as Kate was pregnant again, and gave birth in the final episode.

Episodes[edit]

All episodes were 25 minutes, except the fifth series when the episodes were 30 minutes long. Many episodes are missing from the television archives.[1]

Pilot (1961)[edit]

  • Marriage Lines (14 May 61)

Series One (1963)[edit]

  1. The Threshold (16 August 63)
  2. Trial Separation (23 August 63)
  3. The Bed (30 August 63)
  4. The Parting (6 September 63)
  5. Four-Part Harmony (13 September 63)
  6. The Old Flame (20 September 63)
  7. The Good Neighbours (27 September 63)
  8. Party Mood (4 October 63)
  9. The Anniversary (11 October 63)
  10. The Old Place (18 October 63)

Christmas Special (1963)[edit]

Series Two (1964)[edit]

Entire series not known to survive[1]

  1. The Job (22 May 64)
  2. The Loan (29 May 64)
  3. Among Our Souvenirs (5 June 64)
  4. The Move (12 June 64)
  5. The Convention (19 June 64)
  6. Happy Birthday (26 June 64)
  7. Celebration Night (28 June 64)
  8. The Patient (5 July 64)
  9. The Martyr (12 July 64)
  10. Holiday Attractions (19 July 64)
  11. Financial Consideration (26 July 64)
  12. The Divorce (2 August 64)
  13. A Nice Surprise (9 August 64)

Christmas Special (1964)[edit]

Series Three (1965)[edit]

  1. The Cuckoo (5 January 65)
  2. The Waiting Game (12 January 65)
  3. And Baby Makes Three (19 January 65)
  4. Nest of Starlings (26 January 65)
  5. The Ladies' Man (2 February 65)
  6. The Homecoming (9 February 65)
  7. Night of Nostalgia (16 February 65)

Series Four (1965)[edit]

Entire series not known to survive[1]

  1. What's in a Name (22 August 65)
  2. The Dinner (29 August 65)
  3. Serenade in Two Flats (5 September 65)
  4. Tropical Magic (12 September 65)
  5. Migration of Starlings (19 September 65)
  6. Goodbye George – Goodbye Kate (26 September 65)

Series Five (1966)[edit]

Entire series not known to survive, except where noted[1]

  1. The New Start (22 April 66)
  2. Back to the Beginning (29 April 66)
  3. Home Market (6 May 66)
  4. Big Business (13 May 66, sequence(s) exist)
  5. Alarums and Excursions (20 May 66)
  6. First House (27 May 66)
  7. And Then There Were Five (3 June 66)

DVD releases[edit]

Series One & Three were released 4 February 2013.

Radio series[edit]

Marriage Lines was adapted for radio from 1965 to 1967, with Richard Briers and Prunella Scales once again starring. The scripts were also written by Richard Waring. The first series, of 13 episodes, ran from 21 May to 13 August 1965 and the second series, of 13 episodes, from 19 March to 11 June 1967.

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