Take a Letter, Mr. Jones
|Take a Letter, Mr. Jones|
|Created by||Chesney and Wolfe|
|Country of origin||United Kingdom|
|No. of series||1|
|No. of episodes||6|
|Running time||30 minutes|
|Original release||5 September – 10 October 1981|
Take a Letter, Mr. Jones is a British sitcom starring John Inman and Rula Lenska that aired for a single series of six episodes produced by Southern Television for the ITV network from 5 September to 10 October 1981. It was created by Ronald Chesney and Ronald Wolfe.
Graham Jones (John Inman) works as a personal secretary to female executive Joan Warner (Rula Lenska), within a London-based multinational corporation called 8-Star. Although he ably assists her in their busy office, Graham often helps Joan with her equally hectic domestic arrangements as she is a single mother to seven-year-old daughter, Lucy. Miriam Margolyes plays Joan's excitable Italian housekeeper, Maria.
Context and afterlife
John Inman starred in Take a Letter, Mr. Jones between seasons of the BBC sitcom Are You Being Served? Take a Letter, Mr. Jones was never a ratings success (only running for six episodes), but in recent years it has been resurrected by many American PBS stations, where Are You Being Served? is also a hit. A UK repeat of the series was shown on Film24 in 2010.
A US VHS set of the series was released by Questar in 1995. A UK DVD of the series was released in 2009 by Simply Home Entertainment. UK channel Talking Pictures TV reshowed the series in 2015 and 2018.
|#||Title||Director||Writers||Original air date|
|1||"The Interview"||Bryan Izzard||Chesney and Wolfe||5 September 1981|
|2||"The Protector"||Bryan Izzard||Chesney and Wolfe||12 September 1981|
|3||"The Holiday"||Bryan Izzard||Chesney and Wolfe||19 September 1981|
|4||"The Japanese Contract"||Bryan Izzard||Chesney and Wolfe||26 September 1981|
|5||"The Trade Fair"||Bryan Izzard||Chesney and Wolfe||3 October 1981|
|6||"Business Before Pleasure"||Bryan Izzard||Chesney and Wolfe||10 October 1981|
- "Sony Crime Channel". www.film24.com. Retrieved 27 May 2018.
- "The Interview". British Comedy Guide. Retrieved 28 August 2010.
- "The Protector". British Comedy Guide. Retrieved 28 August 2010.
- "The Holiday". British Comedy Guide. Retrieved 28 August 2010.
- "The Japanese Contract". British Comedy Guide. Retrieved 28 August 2010.
- "The Trade Fair". British Comedy Guide. Retrieved 28 August 2010.
- "Business Before Pleasure". British Comedy Guide. Retrieved 28 August 2010.