Dear Mother...Love Albert
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|Dear Mother...Love Albert|
|Created by||Rodney Bewes|
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|
|No. of series||4|
|No. of episodes||26 + 3 shorts|
|Producer(s)||Thames Television (series 1)|
Yorkshire Television (series 2-4)
|Running time||30 minutes per episode (plus 3 short specials)|
|Original release||15 September 1969 –|
6 June 1972
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 regularly appeared in 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 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.
Albert Courtnay (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). During the fourth and final series, Albert loses both his job and Doreen (now played by Cheryl Hall), but he continues his struggle to survive in London.
The name of Garfield Morgan's character, A. C. Strain, was an in-joke that would have been understood only by those who lived or worked in the same part of Fulham, south-west London, as Rodney Bewes at the time the series was made and broadcast. Bewes took the name from a local newsagent in New Kings Road.
- Rodney Bewes as Albert Courtnay
- Garfield Morgan as A C Strain
- Sheila White as Vivian McKewan (series 1-2)
- Geraldine Newman as Mrs McKewan (series 1-2)
- Liz Gebhardt as Doreen Bissel (series 3)
- Cheryl Hall as Doreen Bissel (series 4)
- Mary Land as Frankie (series 3)
- Luan Peters as Lesley (series 3)
- Amelia Bayntun as Ada Bissel (series 3-4)
Series 1 (1969)
- 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, see Wiping)
Series 2 (1970)
- 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)
- A Ring On Her Finger
- The Compulsive Gambler
- 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)
- A Ghost Story
- Trouble At T'Mill
- Blood Brothers
- If He'd Meant Us To Fly
- Brave New World
A 3-disc set containing series 2-4 made by Yorkshire Television and broadcast 1970-72 was released by Network 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 recorded in black and white because of the ITV Colour Strike.
- Guide, British Comedy. "Dear Mother.... ....Love Albert series and episodes list". British Comedy Guide.
- "BFI Screenonline: Bewes, Rodney (1937-) Biography". www.screenonline.org.uk.
- "Rodney Bewes - Dear Mother Love Albert". Discogs.
- "Dear Mother.... Love Albert". 22 January 2018.