May 3, 1974: Clive Dunn is My Old Man

TV-UK-05-03-1974My Old Man was a popular but short-lived English sitcom starring Clive Dunn as retired and embittered engine driver Sam Cobbett. ITV broadcast 13 episodes in two series during 1974 and 1975.

Set in London, Sam Cobbett is the last tenant to leave an old house on a council-condemned road. He goes to live with his daughter, her posh husband (Arthur, played by Edward Hardwicke), and their young teenage son (Ron, Keith Chegwin), in a flat nearby.

The pilot was one of a series of seven one-offs in a BBC Two comedy anthology series called Seven of One (1973). The pilot starred Ronnie Barker with Graham Armitage and Ann Beach (Fresh Fields), and was produced by Sydney Lotterby and Harold Snoad. When the BBC failed to develop Gerald Frow’s script into a series, Yorkshire Television stepped in, took over and cast Clive Dunn in the lead part, whilst Ronnie Barker focused on his successful roles in Porridge and Open All Hours. [Wikipedia]


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