Whether she likes it or not the out-spoken, no-nonsense Yorkshire woman Barbara ('Gwen Taylor') has become the agony aunt, problem-solver for her extended family. Her husband, Ted ('Sam ... See full summary »
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Series cast summary:
Gwen Taylor ...  Barbara Liversidge 29 episodes, 1995-2003
Sam Kelly ...  Ted Liversidge 29 episodes, 1995-2003
Benedict Sandiford Benedict Sandiford ...  Neil Liversidge 26 episodes, 1999-2003
Mark Benton ...  Martin Pond 24 episodes, 1999-2003
Elizabeth Carling ...  Linda Pond 24 episodes, 1999-2003
Sherrie Hewson ...  Jean 21 episodes, 1999-2003
Madge Hindle Madge Hindle ...  Doreen 20 episodes, 1995-2003
John Arthur ...  Phil 16 episodes, 1999-2003
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Whether she likes it or not the out-spoken, no-nonsense Yorkshire woman Barbara ('Gwen Taylor') has become the agony aunt, problem-solver for her extended family. Her husband, Ted ('Sam Kelly'), has the most amazing of adventures whilst driving his cab everyday whilst her outrageous son-in-law, Martin (Mark Benton), seems to investigate the most bizarre news stories for the local television station. Even at work she can't escape as she gets it in one ear from the other receptionist, Doreen (Madge Hindle), whose husband becomes involved in the most perverse of activities and in the other from her sister Jean (Sherrie Hewson) who positively enjoys relating her latest sexual conquests. Through it all Barbara struggles vainly on hoping one day for a quieter life! Written by Mark Smith <msmith@osi.co.uk>

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Her family, her house, her rules!

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English

Release Date:

10 July 1995 (UK) See more »

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Carlton Television See more »
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(29 episodes)

Sound Mix:

Stereo

Color:

Color

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1.33 : 1
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RUBBISH
12 March 2003 | by ciarano112See all my reviews

They say that when you use upper case in emails, it signifies that you are shouting. Well regarding the British TV "comedy" series Barbara, starring Gwen Taylor & Sam Kelly I have to shout it, RUBBISH. This is easily the biggest load of tripe ever to be passed off as comedy, I thought "So Haunt Me" was bad, but this takes the biscuit. British comedy has gone steadily downhill in the last few years, mainly because they don't tackle anything new, and are prepared to lose themselves wrapped up in a middle class chintzy world of Dado rails, Garden sheds, and "More Tea Vicar?" The only good comedies recently, have been the comedy/dramas like Cold Feet and in particular "Teachers" which was buried on C4, and was superb. On the other hand the script writers and producers of "Barbara" clearly think that the best way to make us laugh is to insert canned laughter after practically every sentence,as if to signify to the viewer "OK laugh now". No No we are getting more mature that that now and we expect a comedy to make us think and laugh at the same time.


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