Root Into Europe

Root Into Europe is an ITV comedy-drama based on the character from William Donaldson's book The Henry Root Letters. Five episodes Written by Donaldson and Mark Chapman and produced by Aspect Film & TV for Central Independent Television, were first broadcast in May and June 1992. The series starred George Cole as Henry Root, and Pat Heywood as his wife, Muriel.

Root Into Europe
Created byWilliam Donaldson
Written byWilliam Donaldson
Mark Chapman
Directed byMark Chapman
StarringGeorge Cole
Pat Heywood
No. of series1
No. of episodes5
Producer(s)Mark Chapman
Justin Judd
Running time60mins
Production company(s)Aspect Film & TV for Central Independent Television
Original networkITV
Original release17 May (1992-05-17) 

14 June 1992 (1992-06-14)

Henry Root, a fish dealer who disapproves of the impending European Union, declares himself England's 'European regulator' in a letter to the British Prime Minister, then John Major. He takes his wife Muriel (Pat Heywood) on a tour of Europe to represent English values to mainland Europe. His adventures are captured on a camcorder by his wife to be sent to the BBC upon his return for a future documentary, which one expects will never be made. The episodes bring him to France, Spain, Italy, Germany, Belgium and The Netherlands.

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