Terry and June

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Terry and June
Terry And June.jpg
Terry and June opening titles
Genre Sitcom
Starring Terry Scott
June Whitfield
Terence Alexander
Tim Barrett
John Quayle
Reginald Marsh
Rosemary Frankau
Allan Cuthbertson
Country of origin United Kingdom
No. of series 9
No. of episodes 65 (List of episodes)
Production
Running time 30 minutes
Broadcast
Original channel BBC1
Original run 24 October 1979 (1979-10-24)  – 31 August 1987 (1987-08-31)

Terry and June is a BBC television sitcom, which was broadcast on BBC1 from 1979 to 1987. The programme is largely a reworking of Happy Ever After, and stars Terry Scott and June Whitfield as a middle-aged, middle-class suburban couple, Terry and June Medford, who live in Purley, London. Most of the 65 episodes were written by John Kane, with seven other writers also writing some episodes. The series was most recently broadcast on ITV3 several times from 2011 to 2012 and the Drama channel from June 2014.

Production[edit]

Terry Scott and June Whitfield began their television partnership in Scott On in 1968.[1] On 7 May 1974, a Comedy Playhouse pilot called "Happy Ever After" aired on BBC1 with Scott and Whitfield playing Terry and June Fletcher, a middle-class couple whose grown-up children have just left home.[1] This was commissioned into a series, and five series and three Christmas specials were broadcast, ending on 20 December 1978.[1] John T. Chapman, one of the original writers, said that the programme had run out of ideas and should end. BBC Comedy, however, were unwilling to end a popular show, and so brought in new writers. Legal complications meant that the name and setting had to change, and Terry and June was born.[1] The characteristics of Terry and June remained largely similar.[1] However, the character of Aunt Lucy and her mynah bird, a popular ingredient of Happy Ever After, were dropped.

The character of Melinda Spry, Terry and June's neighbour, was originally played by Joan Benham in the 1981 episode "The Lawnmower". Benham died on 13 June 1981, and Terry and June was her last television appearance. She was replaced by Diana King.

The BBC planned a feature-length film, entitled Terry and June - The Movie, but it was never made.[1]

Cast[edit]

Plot[edit]

The series starts as middle-class couple Terry and June Medford prepare to move into 71, Popular Avenue in Purley, London.[2][3] They are in their late 40s, and have a daughter Wendy, who is married to Roger; both are rarely seen. Terry's nephew, Alan Medford, pays occasional visits when he always causes some form of trouble. Terry is headstrong, and determined, although his plans and schemes normally end in disaster. June, meanwhile, is patient of her husband, but frequently doubtful about his ideas.

Terry works for "Playsafe Fire Extinguishers and Appliances", and his boss is Malcolm Harris. Malcolm frequently has affairs, and he and his wife Beattie, a friend of June, frequently argue. The owner of Terry's company is Sir Dennis Hodge (played by Reginald Marsh who played a similar character in The Good Life), a grumpy man who rules the company with a rod of iron. His personal secretary of over 20 years is Miss Nora Fennell, whose fondness for Sir Dennis is not returned.

In the first two series, their neighbours are Brian and Tina Pillbeam. From the third to sixth series, the Medfords' neighbours are Tarquin and Melinda Spry. Terry and Tarquin are frequently competing against each other.

Cars[edit]

In the first series, Terry drives a dark navy blue Mk2 Ford Granada. At the start of the second series, Terry receives a new company car, a metallic Tara Green Austin Princess (a Series 2 1700HL model, with fake registration NMO 49W). This Princess was not used in the following series as the next model Terry uses is an older Series 1 Brooklands Green 2200HL, but still with the fake and now incorrect registration. In the 1985 season Terry keeps his "Wedge" theme with the updated Neutilus Blue Austin Ambassador. In the 1987 season, however, Terry goes back to Ford and drives a metallic red Ford Sierra. In the last season he switches to a briefly seen Mk3 Ford Granada.

Episodes[edit]

Terry and June first aired on 24 October 1979. It ran for a total of 65 episodes, with nine series and four Christmas Specials. The last episode aired on 31 August 1987.

Criticism[edit]

The show was generally regarded by critics as the epitome of the bland middle-class sitcom, of the kind which had almost disappeared from the schedules by the new millennium. Despite this, the show attracted large viewing figures, typically attracting significantly larger audiences than the alternative comedy programmes with which it was contemporaneous, some of which frequently lampooned the show. In 2004, it came 73rd in Britain's Best Sitcom, jointly with Happy Ever After.

DVD releases[edit]

All nine series and four Christmas Specials have been released on DVD in Region 2.

DVD Title Disc No. Year Number of episodes DVD release
Region 2
Series 1 1 1979 6 15 August 2005
Series 2 1 1980 7 30 January 2006
Series 3 1 1981 7 17 April 2006
Series 4 1 1982 6 19 June 2006
Series 5 1 1982 7 28 August 2006
Series 6 1 1983 6 16 April 2007
Series 7 1 1983 7 13 August 2007
Series 8 Volume 1 1 1985 6 19 May 2008
Series 8 Volume 2 1 1985 7 18 August 2008
Series 9 1 1987 7 4 May 2009

References[edit]

General
Specific
  1. ^ a b c d e f Lewishohn, Mark (2003). Radio Times Guide to TV Comedy. London: BBC Worldwide. ISBN 0-563-48755-0. 
  2. ^ "Long Weekend". Terry and June. 1981-10-24. BBC. BBC1.
  3. ^ "Unfaithfully Yours". Terry and June. 1985-09-14. BBC. BBC1.

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