Holding the Fort
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|Holding the Fort|
|Country of origin||United Kingdom|
|No. of series||3|
|No. of episodes||20|
|Running time||30 minutes|
|Production company(s)||London Weekend Television|
|Original release||5 September 1980– 29 August 1982|
Holding the Fort is an ITV situation comedy starring Peter Davison, Patricia Hodge and Matthew Kelly. It was an early product of the writing team of Laurence Marks and Maurice Gran. Three series were recorded, a total of twenty episodes, first aired between 1980 and 1982, concurrent with Davison also starring in Doctor Who. It was made for the ITV network by LWT.
The situation was a role-reversal comedy, in which the premise was that Russell Milburn (Davison) becomes a "house-husband" to raise his baby daughter while his wife, Penny (Hodge) a captain in the Women's Royal Army Corps, goes out to work. Russell's friend Fitzroy, or "Fitz" (Kelly), adds to the comic tension by encouraging Russell's enthusiasm for football, pacifism and beer.
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