Not in Front of the Children (TV series)

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Not in Front of the Children
Genre Sitcom
Created by Richard Waring
Starring Wendy Craig
Paul Daneman (series 1)
Ronald Hines (series 2-4)
Country of origin United Kingdom
No. of series 4
No. of episodes 39
Running time 30 minutes
Original network BBC1
Original release 26 May 1967 (1967-05-26) – 9 January 1970 (1970-01-09)

Not in Front of the Children is a BBC television situation comedy, which ran for four series from 1967 to 1970.

It starred Wendy Craig as Jennifer Corner, a rather scatterbrained middle-class homemaker. Her husband Henry was a school art teacher, played by Paul Daneman in the Comedy Playhouse pilot "House in a Tree" and the first series, and Ronald Hines subsequently. They had three children, a boy in his early teens (played by Hugo Keith-Johnston) and two girls who were slightly younger (played by Roberta Tovey and Jill Riddick). Charlotte Mitchell played her friend Mary.

In later series she had a baby and they moved from the London suburb of Battersea to the country.

It is significant mainly as Wendy Craig's first role as a scatty housewife; she played similar roles in several other series over the next 15 years.

Surviving Episodes[edit]

  • Series 1: episode 3: The Word (8 September 1967)
  • Series 2: episode 2: Religious Revival (1 March 1968)
  • Series 2: episode 5: The Iron Hand (22 March 1968)
  • Series 2: episode 6: The George Washington Complex (29 March 1968)
  • Series 2: episode 7: Home Chat (5 April 1968)
  • Series 2: episode 8: Change Of Policy (12 April 1968)
  • Series 4: episode 4: A Babe Around The House (3 October 1969)
  • Series 4: episode 13: Pastures New (5 December 1969)

Radio Adaptation[edit]

A radio adaptation of the programme was broadcast on BBC Radio 2 in 1969, with Wendy Craig and Francis Matthews in the leading roles.

DVD release[edit]

The eight surviving episodes were released on DVD for the first time on Monday, 8 September, 2014.

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