Miss Jones and Son

Miss Jones and Son was a comedy series first broadcast on ITV in 1977. It starred Paula Wilcox, Christopher Beeny, Charlotte Mitchell and Norman Bird. It was written by Richard Waring and produced and directed by Peter Frazer-Jones. Roger Webb wrote the theme song, "Bright Idea" (from the DeWolfe production music album, "Awakening" (DWS/LP 3302)[1].

Miss Jones and Son
GenreSitcom
Created byRichard Waring
StarringPaula Wilcox
Christopher Beeny
Music byRoger Webb
Country of originUnited Kingdom
No. of series2
No. of episodes12
Production
Producer(s)Peter Frazer-Jones
Running time30 minutes
Production company(s)Thames Television
Release
Original networkITV
Original release18 April 1977 
13 February 1978

Storyline

The series depicted the life of Elizabeth Jones (Paula Wilcox), a young woman coming to terms with the responsibility of looking after her baby, Rolland 'Rollie' Jones (full name: Rolland Desmond Geoffrey Alan Jones), alone. Emotional support came in the form of next-door-neighbour and friend Geoffrey (Christopher Beeny). Difficulties included the reproaches of her parents (played by Charlotte Mitchell and Norman Bird), a difficult social life, and a reduced income.[2]

A US made version was Miss Winslow and Son; this short-lived version ran for six episodes on CBS in 1979.[3]

Episodes

Series One (1977)
  1. From Here to Maternity (18 April 1977)
  2. Baby Talk (25 April 1977)
  3. A Kid for Three Fathers (2 May 1977)
  4. For What We Are Not about to Receive (16 May 1977) NOTE: Some websites and the DVD release list this episode as being broadcast on 9th May 1977. This was a planned transmission date however it and the following episodes were postponed at the last minute by a week owing to the ITV transmission of Granada Television's documentary 21 Up.
  5. Baptism Under Fire (23 May 1977)
  6. And Father Came Too (30 May 1977)
Series Two (1978)
  1. More Fish in the Sea (9 January 1978)
  2. A Theme in Two Flats (16 January 1978)
  3. Will You Be My Wife (23 January 1978)
  4. Jobs for the Girls (30 January 1978)
  5. Just Good Friends (6 February 1978)
  6. Four Part Harmony (13 February 1978)

Cast list

Actor Character
Paula Wilcox Elizabeth Jones
Norman Bird Mr. Jones
Christopher Beeny Geoffrey
Charlotte Mitchell Mrs. Jones
Joan Scott Mrs. Jones
Cass Allen Rose Tucker
David Savile David
Luke Steensil Roly Jones
Catherine Kirkwood Penny

DVD release

The complete series of Miss Jones and Son is available on DVD in the UK.

References

  1. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ixDDykZU0hg&t=1183s
  2. Sleeve notes Network DVD 7953355
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