My Old Man (TV series)

My Old Man is a sitcom starring Clive Dunn as retired and embittered engine driver Sam Cobbett.[1] ITV broadcast 13 episodes in two series during 1974 and 1975.

My Old Man
Created byGerald Frow
Written byGerald Frow
Directed byPaddy Russell
Theme music composerChris Sandford
Country of originEngland
Original language(s)English
No. of series2
No. of episodes13
Producer(s)John Duncan (series 1)
Paddy Russell (series 2)
Editor(s)Tudor Lloyd
Camera setupCharles B. Wilson
Running time30 minutes
Production company(s)Yorkshire Television
DistributorNetwork Distributing
Original networkITV
Picture formatPAL (576i)
Audio formatMonaural
First shown in8 April 1973 (1973-04-08)
Original release3 May 1974 (1974-05-03) 
23 April 1975 (1975-04-23)
Preceded bySeven of One (1973)

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), and their young teenage son (Ron), in a flat nearby.


Production history

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, 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.

The location of the main series remained unchanged from the pilot.

Series overview

Series Episodes Originally aired DVD release date
Series premiere Series finale Region 1 Region 2 Region 4
1 7 3 May 1974 (1974-05-03) 21 June 1974 (1974-06-21) N/A 2 August 2010 (2010-08-02) N/A
2 6 19 March 1975 (1975-03-19) 23 April 1975 (1975-04-23) N/A 23 January 2012 (2012-01-23) N/A


  1. Eye on TV: The First 21 Years of Independent Television. London: Independent Television Publications. 1976. p. 200. ISBN 978-0-900727-61-0. OCLC 4035324.
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