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Nearest and Dearest (1968–1973)

TV Series | 30 min | Comedy

On the death of their father Joshua, siblings Eli and Nellie Pledge inherit the family business, Pledge's Purer Pickles, at Colne, Lancashire, in the north of England. Their faithful workers include the myopic Stan Hardman, Bert Taylor and...See moreOn the death of their father Joshua, siblings Eli and Nellie Pledge inherit the family business, Pledge's Purer Pickles, at Colne, Lancashire, in the north of England. Their faithful workers include the myopic Stan Hardman, Bert Taylor and Grenville. Transport is provided by Storm the cart horse. Never far away are second cousin Lily and her husband Walter. While Nellie works hard to keep the business going, Eli prefers to indulge in the delights of beer, cigarettes and young women. Written by lovenorwegians See less
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Updated Aug 15, 1968

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Aug 15, 1968 (United Kingdom)

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136 cast members
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Hylda Baker
Nellie Pledge Nellie Pledge   See fewer
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Jimmy Jewel
Eli Pledge Eli Pledge   See fewer
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Joe Gladwin
Stan Hardman Stan Hardman   See fewer
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Madge Hindle
Lily Tattersall Lily Tattersall   See fewer
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Edward Malin
Walter Tattersall Walter Tattersall   See fewer
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Freddie Rayner
Grenville Grenville   See fewer
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24
Bert Palmer
Bert Taylor Bert Taylor   See fewer
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6
Leslie Sarony
Bert Taylor Bert Taylor   See fewer
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Lane Meddick
Landlord / Harry Ramsden Landlord / Harry Ramsden   See fewer
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Harry Littlewood
Landlord / Pub Landlord Landlord / Pub Landlord   See fewer
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Peter Tuddenham
Rev Hitchcock / Rev. Hitchcock Rev Hitchcock / Rev. Hitchcock   See fewer
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Shirley Stelfox
Clara / Det. Constable Gloria Simpkins Clara / Det. Constable Gloria Simpkins   See fewer
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Gerry Cowan
Barman / Boutique Manager Barman / Boutique Manager   See fewer
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John Savident
Landlord Landlord   See fewer
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Charles Pemberton
Man / Military Policeman Man / Military Policeman   See fewer
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Alick Hayes
Attendant / Man in Restaurant Attendant / Man in Restaurant   See fewer
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Ivor Dean
Detective Inspector / Policeman Detective Inspector / Policeman   See fewer
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Julie Goodyear
Celia / Sandra Celia / Sandra   See fewer
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Harold Goodwin
Billy Butterworth / Landlord Billy Butterworth / Landlord   See fewer
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Maggie Jones
Ivy Crabtree / Nurse Ivy Crabtree / Nurse   See fewer
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John Barrett
Joshua Pledge Joshua Pledge   See fewer
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Jennifer Jayne
Penelope Penelope   See fewer
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Norman Scace
Ernest Henshaw Ernest Henshaw   See fewer
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Peter Butterworth
Lord Mayor Lord Mayor   See fewer
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Tim Barrett
Petherbridge Petherbridge   See fewer
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Bill Waddington
Landlord Landlord   See fewer
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Arnold Ackroyd Arnold Ackroyd   See fewer
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Nemone Moore Nemone Moore   See fewer
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Office Girl Office Girl   See fewer
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Wallas Eaton
Dr. French Dr. French   See fewer
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Elaine Mitchell
Mrs. Clegg Mrs. Clegg   See fewer
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John Sharp
Harry Hardcastle Harry Hardcastle   See fewer
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Robin Wentworth
Charlie Charlie   See fewer
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Fanny Carby
Marlene Fitton Marlene Fitton   See fewer
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Ellis Dale
Mr. Holroyd Mr. Holroyd   See fewer
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Priscilla Morgan
Mrs. Jones Mrs. Jones   See fewer
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Leonard Longbottom Leonard Longbottom   See fewer
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Gaye Brown
Big Beryl Big Beryl   See fewer
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Mr. Littlewood Mr. Littlewood   See fewer
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William Kendall
Major Lovelace Major Lovelace   See fewer
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Snatcher Snelling Snatcher Snelling   See fewer
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John Barrie
Rupert Tempest Rupert Tempest   See fewer
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Mr. Lloyd Mr. Lloyd   See fewer
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Norman Perkins Norman Perkins   See fewer
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Campbell Singer
Magistrate Magistrate   See fewer
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Woman In Doctor's Woman In Doctor's   See fewer
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Pierre La Vaterre Pierre La Vaterre   See fewer
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Mrs. Hardman Mrs. Hardman   See fewer
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Sidebottom Sidebottom   See fewer
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Young Man Young Man   See fewer
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Ronald Adam
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Mrs. Rowbottom Mrs. Rowbottom   See fewer
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John Comer
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Charles Lloyd Pack
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Jack Watling
Cartwright Cartwright   See fewer
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Landlord Landlord   See fewer
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Lynne Carol
Alice Butterworth Alice Butterworth   See fewer
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Albert Ramshaw Albert Ramshaw   See fewer
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Harry Hampton Harry Hampton   See fewer
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Miss Nesbit Miss Nesbit   See fewer
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Philip Stone
Mr. Wellbeloved Mr. Wellbeloved   See fewer
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Siegfried Siegfried   See fewer
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Will O'Fred's Will O'Fred's   See fewer
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Onion Annie (uncredited) Onion Annie (uncredited)   See fewer
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Kathy Staff
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Vinegar Vera (uncredited) Vinegar Vera (uncredited)   See fewer
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7.4 / 10 | 105 votes