That's Love

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This article is about the British TV series. For the Jim Capaldi song, see That's Love (song).
That's Love!
Created by Terence Frisby
Written by Terence Frisby
Directed by John Stroud
Starring Jimmy Mulville
Diana Hardcastle
Liza Goddard
Tony Slattery
Country of origin United Kingdom
Original language(s) English
No. of series 4
No. of episodes 26
Production
Executive producer(s) John Kaye Cooper
Sarah Lawson
Gill Stribling-Wright
Producer(s) Humphrey Barclay
Running time 30 minutes
(including adverts)
Production company(s) Lawson Group
Taft Entertainment
TVS
Distributor Disney
Release
Original network ITV
Picture format 4:3
Audio format Stereo
Original release 19 January 1988 (1988-01-19) – 24 March 1992 (1992-03-24)

That's Love! is a British television sitcom about the domestic problems of a young married couple, lawyer Donald (Jimmy Mulville) and designer Patsy (Diana Hardcastle). The programme was produced by TVS and first broadcast on ITV between 1988 and 1992.

Plot[edit]

Series 1 and 2 are fairly straightforward sitcom fare, with very little in the way of story arcs or connecting episodes. Much of the comedic content is concentrated on Donald and Patsy continuing to learn about one another despite several years together. In the first episode, Donald discovers his wife has not told him the whole truth concerning her life before they married - specifically, how many previous sexual partners she has had. The last episode of the second series reveals that, despite appearances from their photograph album, Donald and Patsy are not actually married.

The third series focuses on an affair between Donald and his client Laurel (Liza Goddard), which unfortunately kicks off just after Patsy and Donald finally tie the knot, leading to their visiting a marriage guidance counsellor in the first episode of the fourth and final series. The counsellor, Tristan Beasley (Tony Slattery) falls in love with Patsy, and they'll embark on an affair, but Patsy, realising she won't feel the same way about Tristan, ends the relationship. In the final moment of the series, Patsy runs to Donald's arms, apologising to him for what she has done - it is left up to the viewer to decide whether the couple's marriage is doomed or they may be able to rescue their relationship.

History[edit]

Four series were made, produced by Humphrey Barclay and directed by John Stroud. All 26 episodes were written by Terence Frisby, and it was executive produced by John Kaye Cooper, Sarah Lawson and Gill Stribling-Wright.

Cast[edit]

Starring

Also Starring

Recurring cast

  • Phyllida Law - Babs
  • Ralph Nossek - Victor
  • Lynne Pearson - Amanda Owen
  • Rob Spendlove - Gary (series 1)
  • Neil Pearson - Gary (series 2-4)
  • Vivienne McKone - Olive (series 1-2)
  • Robin Meredith - Geoffrey (series 3)
  • Nicolas Colicos - Hank (series 3-4)
  • Zoe Hodges - Redfern child
  • Matt Cole - Redfern child
  • Matthew Perry - Owen child
  • Eleanor Puttock - Owen child
  • Lloyd Meikle - Owen child (series 1)
  • Romy Chasan - Owen child (series 1-2)
  • Alice May Wilkinson - Owen child (series 2)
  • Laura Elliott - Owen child (series 3)
  • Olivia Silver - Owen child (series 3)

Availability[edit]

There has been no domestic commercial release of the series on any format in the UK. This is possibly due to ongoing rights issues after the production company, TVS, dropped out of the ITV network in 1992 and subsequently went through a number of take-overs. This problem affects the majority of the TVS programme archive as much of the original production paperwork and sales documentation has been lost during the intervening years.

References[edit]

  • Taylor, Rod (1994) The Guinness book of Sitcoms - Guinness. ISBN 0-85112-638-3.
  • TV times magazine, 1992 (feature on the first episode of the fourth series).

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