April 19, 1985: John Thaw in ‘Home To Roost’

Home_To_Roost-1985Home to Roost is a British sitcom produced by Yorkshire Television from 19 April 1985 to 19 January 1990. Written by Eric Chappell, it stars John Thaw as Henry Willows and Reece Dinsdale as his 18-year-old son Matthew.

The premise is that Henry Willows is forty-something, has been divorced from his wife for seven years, and is perfectly happy living alone in London. That is, until his oldest child, Matthew arrives to live with him, after being thrown out by his mother. The plots generally revolved around Henry’s annoyance at having his solitude disturbed, and the age gap clash. Henry employed two cleaners throughout the show’s life; first Enid Thompson (played by Elizabeth Bennett), and, in the third season, Fiona Fennell.


The show’s theme tune was Lionel Bart‘s “Consider Yourself” (“at home, consider yourself one of the family…”) from Oliver!. It was arranged in a jazz style by Peter Knight.  Watch the opening credits on the Mobirix Chaner YouTube Channel.

A US version, You Again?, starring Jack Klugman, was less successful and lasted two seasons, albeit running to some 26 episodes. Elizabeth Bennett reprised the role of Enid in the show. [Wikipedia]


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