The Mistress (TV series)

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The Mistress
Created by Carla Lane
Directed by Gareth Gwenlan
Starring Felicity Kendal
Jack Galloway
Peter McEnery
Jane Asher
Country of origin United Kingdom
Original language(s) English
No. of series 2
No. of episodes 12
Producer(s) Gareth Gwenlan
Running time 30 minutes
Original network BBC2
Original release 17 January 1985 – 26 February 1987

The Mistress is a British sitcom that aired on BBC2 from 1985 to 1987. Starring Felicity Kendal and Jane Asher, it was written by Carla Lane.[1]

The Mistress features Kendal playing Maxine, a young florist who is having an affair with a married man, whose wife was played by Jane Asher. It was disliked by some viewers, who were unhappy at seeing Felicity Kendal, who was best known as the innocent Barbara Good, playing a woman sleeping with someone else's husband.[2]


Similar to Carla Lane's other sitcoms, including Butterflies and Solo (which also starred Felicity Kendal), The Mistress has a serious theme – that of an affair.[1] The series was produced and directed by Gareth Gwenlan.[3] The Mistress was filmed in Bath, Somerset,[4] the florist shop being in Abbey Green, Bath and Maxine's house location at 26 St Mark's Road, Bath.



Maxine is the manager of a florist shop and is having an affair with married man Luke Carpenter.[2] His wife Helen, played by Jane Asher, is totally unaware of the affair.[3] While Maxine occasionally feels guilty and insecure about the affair, she is a generally optimistic and happy person.[1]


The Mistress aired for two series, each of six 30 minute episodes, from 17 January 1985 to 26 February 1987.[1] The episodes originally at 9.00pm on Thursdays on BBC2.[1]

Series One (1985)[edit]

# Title Original airdate[5]
1 "Episode One" 17 January 1985 (1985-01-17)
2 "Episode Two" 24 January 1985 (1985-01-24)
3 "Episode Three" 31 January 1985 (1985-01-31)
4 "Episode Four" 7 February 1985 (1985-02-07)
5 "Episode Five" 14 February 1985 (1985-02-14)
6 "Episode Six" 21 February 1985 (1985-02-21)

Series Two (1987)[edit]

# Title Original airdate[5]
1 "Episode One" 22 January 1987 (1987-01-22)
2 "Episode Two" 29 January 1987 (1987-01-29)
3 "Episode Three" 5 February 1987 (1987-02-05)
4 "Episode Four" 12 February 1987 (1987-02-12)
5 "Episode Five" 19 February 1987 (1987-02-19)
6 "Episode Six" 26 February 1987 (1987-02-26)

DVD releases[edit]

The two series of The Mistress will be released in a boxset in Region 2 (UK) on 10 March 2014.


  1. ^ a b c d e Lewishohn, Mark (2003). Radio Times Guide to TV Comedy. London: BBC Worldwide. ISBN 0-563-48755-0. 
  2. ^ a b "Felicity Kendal". Memorable TV. 2002-07. Retrieved 12 January 2008.  Check date values in: |date= (help)
  3. ^ a b "The Mistress - Summary". British TV Comedy. 2006. Retrieved 12 January 2008. 
  4. ^ "Enthralling drama centres on love and loss". Variety Club. 28 September 2006. 
  5. ^ a b "The Mistress - Episode List". British TV Comedy. 2006. Retrieved 12 January 2008. 

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