The Lovers

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  • Genre(s): Comedy
  • Release year: 1970
The Lovers is a British television sitcom by Jack Rosenthal, starring Richard Beckinsale and Paula Wilcox as a courting couple, Geoffrey and Beryl. It was made between 1970 and 1971 by Granada Television for the ITV network. The series was also given... read more

The Lovers is a British television sitcom by Jack Rosenthal, starring Richard Beckinsale and Paula Wilcox as a courting couple, Geoffrey and Beryl. It was made between 1970 and 1971 by Granada Television for the ITV network. The series was also given a repeat run on Channel 4 in 1996. The hook for the show was the mismatch between the two, particularly in the area of sex. Beryl was a slightly dizzy character with a penchant for pet names such as "Geoffrey bubbles bonbon", while Geoffrey, though dreamy, was somewhat rough around the edges, and obsessed with taking Beryl to bed. A typical exchange between them might consist of the following:Geoffrey : But everyone else does it. They're at it like knives! Beryl : N-O spells NO!... Poor Geoffrey bobbles bonbon!

Original Release

10/27/1970

Cast

Paula Wilcox Beryl Battersby
Richard Beckinsale Geoffrey Scrimgeor
Joan Scott Beryl's Mum
Robin Nedwell Roland
Alison King Woman
Paul McCartney Self (in photo)
Bill Dean Waiter
John Flanagan Neville Appleton
Rosalind Ayres 2nd Girl
Maureen Lipman Sandra Appleton
(see additional cast & crew)
# Title Air Date
1 The Engagement Thursday, 07 October 1971
2 Breaking It Off Thursday, 14 October 1971
3 The Birthday Thursday, 21 October 1971
4 A Joint Bank Account Thursday, 28 October 1971
5 The Better Homes Exhibition Thursday, 04 November 1971
6 A Trial Marriage Thursday, 11 November 1971
7 The Best Laid Plans Thursday, 18 November 1971
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Directors

Les Chatfield, Michael Apted

Writers

Geoffrey Lancashire, Jack Rosenthal

Creators

Jack Rosenthal

Cast

Paula Wilcox Beryl Battersby
Richard Beckinsale Geoffrey Scrimgeor
Joan Scott Beryl's Mum
Robin Nedwell Roland
Alison King Woman
Paul McCartney Self (in photo)
Bill Dean Waiter
John Flanagan Neville Appleton
Rosalind Ayres 2nd Girl
Maureen Lipman Sandra Appleton
Anthony Milner 3rd Boy
Stephen Bent 2nd Boy
Alison King Woman at Bus Stop
Alison King Woman in Bus Queue
Alison King Woman in Market
Roy Barraclough Waiter
Neil Boorman 1st Boy
Bert Palmer Uncle Arthur
Michael Percival Salesman
Maureen Sutcliffe Barmaid

Producers

Editors

Stan Challis

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