Thora Hird (Last of the Summer Wine) brings her inimitable humour to the role of Ivy Unsworth in this much-loved comedy series set in a fictional Lancashire mill town. As the widow of funeral director Jeremiah (who dies in the first episode), Ivy is left to run Unsworth and Co. along with her equally accident-prone nephew, Billy (Christopher Beeny - Upstairs Downstairs). In Loving Memory was a huge success for Yorkshire Television and ran for fi ve series between 1979 and 1986; this complete first series, which also features appearances by Richard Wilson, Liz Smith and Joan Sims, was originally screened in 1979.
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I watched this comedy when it first came on television, and I didn't get as far as watching series 4 and 5 but I'm making up for missing out now. I'm half-way through series three and it is still as funny as I remember it was back then. Thora Hird is the queen of the straight face and Christopher Beeny is a perfect foil for her. Who would have thought that the life of an undertaker could be so funny?! According to these guys, it really is. I'd recommend this series to anyone.
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