Maggie and Her

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Maggie and Her
Maggie and Her.jpg
Maggie and Her DVD cover featuring Julia McKenzie and Irene Handl
Created by Leonard Webb
Starring Julia McKenzie
Irene Handl
No. of series 2
No. of episodes 14 (including original 1976 pilot)
Production
Producer(s) London Weekend Television
Running time 25 minutes per episode
Release
Original network ITV
Picture format 4:3 colour video
Original release 13 January 1978 (1978-01-13) – 27 May 1979 (1979-05-27)

Maggie and Her is a British sitcom starring Julia McKenzie and Irene Handl that ran from 1978-79 (though an earlier pilot episode was made and shown in 1976). Made by London Weekend Television for ITV, the series is about a divorced school teacher (played by McKenzie) and her elderly neighbour (Handl).[1]

Premise[edit]

Maggie Brooks is a 35-year-old divorced school teacher who lives in a block of flats in London. Her next door neighbour Mrs. Perry (known to Maggie as Mrs P.), is an eccentric, malapropism-prone elderly woman who takes it upon herself to interfere in Maggie's life as much as possible. Though they are not related, the pair of them have a classic mother/daughter relationship with Mrs P. regularly knocking on Maggie's front door to voice her opinions on a variety of things (including the men in Maggie's life). Some of the other residents of their building were occasionally seen, and Maggie's professional life as a teacher in an inner city London comprehensive school was also shown.

Series history[edit]

The first series of Maggie and Her began transmission in January 1978, though an earlier pilot episode of the series (entitled Poppy and Her) with McKenzie and Handl in the same roles was screened on ITV in 1976. The premise and setting of the earlier pilot episode was virtually the same, with the only tangible difference being that McKenzie's character was called Poppy instead of Maggie.

McKenzie also performed the series theme tune, composed by Laurie Holloway.

Home media[edit]

Both series of Maggie and Her have been released on Region 2 (UK) DVD by Network DVD in 2011 and 2012 respectively. The first series also includes the original Poppy and Her pilot episode as a bonus feature.

References[edit]

  1. ^ "MAGGIE AND HER". British Film Institute. Retrieved 31 July 2012. 

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