Growing Pains (BBC)

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Growing Pains
Genre Comedy-drama
Written by Steve Wetton
Directed by Michael Simpson
Starring Ray Brooks
Sharon Duce
Rosemary Leach
Lily Collins
Tat Whalley
Peter Lloyd
Rosie Marcel
Liz Crowther
Lill Roughley
Trevor Peacock
Composer(s) Nigel Hess
Country of origin United Kingdom
Original language(s) English
No. of series 2
No. of episodes 20
Producer(s) Richard Bramall
Running time 51 minutes
Production company(s) BBC Productions
Original network BBC1
Picture format 4:3
Audio format Stereo
Original release 16 May 1992 (1992-05-16) – 14 July 1993 (1993-07-14)

Growing Pains was a short-running British television series aired by the BBC on BBC1. It only ran for two series, from 16 May 1992 to 14 July 1993. In this family comedy-drama a middle-aged couple, Tom and Pat Hollingsworth, decide to become foster parents. The show relates the impact this decision has on their lives and the tensions it causes between them and their own three children. The TV series was a continuation of the 1989–1990 radio series by the same name, which was written by, and partly based on the real-life experiences of Steve Wetton.[1][2] It was directed by Michael Simpson.[3]

Growing Pains is notable for including the debut acting role of up-and-coming actress Lily Collins. Collins was a 2 year old infant when she appeared on the show.[4]

The lead roles of Pat and Tom Hollingsworth were played by Ray Brooks and Sharon Duce in both the radio show and the television series. The television cast of the Hollingsworth family also included Tat Whalley as Mark Hollingsworth, Peter Lloyd as Simon Hollingsworth, and Rosie Marcel as Lisa Hollingsworth. Liz Crowther, Lill Roughley and Trevor Peacock also appeared regularly on the show.[5]

The show's musical theme was composed by Nigel Hess.[6]


  1. ^ RadioHaha: Growing Pains
  2. ^ summary Retrieved 2 December 2009
  3. ^ Growing Pains on IMDB. Retrieved 2 December 2009
  4. ^ Nickelodeon Star Page on Lily Collins Archived 4 October 2009 at the Wayback Machine., retrieved 2 December 2009
  5. ^ Growing Pains: Cast
  6. ^ Growing Pains Soundtrack Collector, details of album: TV Themes of Nigel Hess

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