The British Sitcom Guide


Programme: Bread
Broadcast: 1986 - 1991    ( BBC )
Episodes: 74 (7 series)
Starring: Jean Boht, Jonathan Morris, Ronald Forfar
Written by: Carla Lane
Directed by: Susan Belbin, John B. Hobbs, Robin Nash
Production: British Broadcasting Corporation More info

This sitcom focused on the Liverpool based Boswell family, a group of Catholics who were experts as exploiting the system to get by in life. Despite the fact that none of the Boswells are officially employed, they manage to live a fairly good life thanks government handouts and various cash-in-hand jobs.

The head of house was the large mother Nellie, who brought up the children (Joey, Jack, Adrian, Billy and Aveline) without much help from her husband Freddie who spent most of his time chasing after "Lilo Lil".

BSG Review:

The initial response to this sitcom was poor, both from the critics and viewers. It was also attacked by the residents of Liverpool who pointed out the show didn't do much for the stereotypical image of the lazy Scouser.

After a few seasons though the show found its stride and its popularity rocketed. At the height of its powers it was pulling in 21 million viewers, something modern sitcoms can only dream of. With strong soap-like storylines and lots of funny dialogue it's no wonder this sitcom did well.

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