A Bit of a Do

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A Bit of a Do
GenreComedy drama
StarringDavid Jason
Nicola Pagett
Gwen Taylor
Theme music composerGeorge Melly
Ray Russell
Country of originGreat Britain
Original language(s)English
No. of series2
No. of episodes13 (List of episodes)
Production
Executive producer(s)Vernon Lawrence
Producer(s)David Reynolds
Location(s)Knaresborough,
North Yorkshire
Running time60 minutes
(including commercials)
DistributorITV Studios
Broadcast
Original channelITV
Picture format4:3
Original run13 January 1989 (1989-01-13) – 1 December 1989 (1989-12-01)
External links
Website
 
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A Bit of a Do
GenreComedy drama
StarringDavid Jason
Nicola Pagett
Gwen Taylor
Theme music composerGeorge Melly
Ray Russell
Country of originGreat Britain
Original language(s)English
No. of series2
No. of episodes13 (List of episodes)
Production
Executive producer(s)Vernon Lawrence
Producer(s)David Reynolds
Location(s)Knaresborough,
North Yorkshire
Running time60 minutes
(including commercials)
DistributorITV Studios
Broadcast
Original channelITV
Picture format4:3
Original run13 January 1989 (1989-01-13) – 1 December 1989 (1989-12-01)
External links
Website

A Bit of a Do is a British comedy drama series based on the books by David Nobbs. The show starred David Jason and was aired on ITV in 1989. It was made for the ITV network by Yorkshire Television.

The show was set in a fictional Yorkshire town. Each episode took place at a different social function and followed the changing lives of two families, the working-class Simcocks (David Jason, Gwen Taylor, David Thewlis and Wayne Foskett) and the middle-class Rodenhursts (Nicola Pagett, Paul Chapman, Sarah-Jane Holm and Nigel Hastings), together with their respective friends, Rodney and Betty Sillitoe (Tim Wylton and Stephanie Cole), and Neville Badger (Michael Jayston). The series begins with the wedding of Ted and Rita Simcock's son Paul to Laurence and Liz Rodenhurst's daughter Jenny; an event at which Ted and Liz begin an affair. The subsequent fallout from this affair forms the basis for most of the first series.

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Cast

Episode list

Series 1 (1989)

#EpisodeProducerDirectorOriginal airdate
1"The White Wedding"David ReynoldsDavid Reynolds13 January 1989 (1989-01-13)
It's the day of Jenny Rodenhurst and Paul Simcock's wedding. At the reception the mother of the bride Liz asks the father of the groom, Ted up to her room for a romantic liaison. Downstairs Jenny reveals she's already pregnant but hadn't said anything because all the guests had been looking forward to a white wedding. Jenny's brother Simon, who is an estate agent, mocks Paul's brother Elvis about wanting to be a philosopher leading Elvis to punch him. 
2"The Dentist's Dinner Dance"David ReynoldsLes Chatfield20 January 1989 (1989-01-20)
Ted takes the news that Liz is pregnant badly. Liz says they should live together and leave the do. Although Laurence and Rita realise what has happened, they decide to keep up the pretence that everything is okay. 
3"The Angling Club Christmas Party"David ReynoldsDavid Reynolds27 January 1989 (1989-01-27)
It's Ted Simcock's last day as chairman of the Angling Club. He's under pressure when a fellow member accuses him of cheating in the Angling competition. And things get even more hectic when Laurence and Rita turn up. 
4"The Charity Horse-Racing Evening"David ReynoldsRonnie Baxter3 February 1989 (1989-02-03)
Ted's company has gone into liquidation and now that he has no money Liz has inevitably left him. Ted tries to get Rita back while Laurence asks Liz to come home, but both woman only have eyes for mutual friend Neville. 
5"The Crowning of Miss Frozen Chicken"David ReynoldsRonnie Baxter10 February 1989 (1989-02-10)
It's the Crowning of Miss Frozen Chicken evening. Paul and Jenny are plotting to disrupt events, but when Carol Fordingbridge, one of the competitors, finds out she tells Paul to stop the protest or she'll tell his wife about the fling they had. Elsewhere Laurence asks Neville to talk to his estranged wife Liz and persuade her to return home. Neville returns with the news that he and Liz have just got engaged. 
6"The Registry Office Wedding"David ReynoldsDavid Reynolds17 February 1989 (1989-02-17)
Neville and Liz have just got married but Ted is now working at the restaurant where they hold their wedding reception, which makes things rather awkward. During the event, Rita arrives with a new boyfriend, Jenny and Paul decide to give their marriage another go and Carol is now going out with Paul's brother Elvis. 

Series 2 (1989)

#EpisodeProducerDirectorOriginal airdate
1"The Church Wedding"David ReynoldsJohn Glenister20 October 1989 (1989-10-20)
Everyone is stunned when Ted turns up at Rita and Gerry's wedding day, but one conspicuous absentee is Rita. Rita later surprises everyone by announcing she is going into politics herself, while the Sillitoes cause much amusement by revealing they're now vegetarian teetotalers. 
2"The Christening"David ReynoldsDavid Reynolds27 October 1989 (1989-10-27)
Liz and Neville are having the baby christened and have not invited Ted, but he turns up anyway with a new fiancee - not girlfriend Sandra, but new love Corinna Price-Rodgerson. Ted assures Liz and Neville that he won't reveal that he's the father of baby Joycelyn (a name Ted despises), but there's a spanner in the works when it turns out Sandra is serving at the reception. 
3"The Grand Opening of Sillitoe's"David ReynoldsJohn Glenister3 November 1989 (1989-11-03)
It's the opening night of Rodney and Betty's new restaurant - will they be able to see the night through without getting drunk? Ted and Liz are both refusing to talk to Rita due to her new ring road route destroying his business and her garden; but when Ted announces that he and Corinna are going to Africa to start a new restaurant, Rita seems disappointed. Meanwhile Paul and Jenny have split, as have Elvis and Carol, leading to a surprising romance. But most surprising of all is the identity of Rita's new boyfriend... 
4"The Farewell Party"David ReynoldsDavid Reynolds10 November 1989 (1989-11-10)
Ted enjoys playing host at his fancy dress farewell party, but is stunned when the police arrive and inform him that Corinna is a conwoman and has been caught trying to flee the country. As he tries to pretend everything is fine, Elvis brings more bad news - Paul has been arrested. 
5"The Inauguration of the Outer Inner Relief Ring Road"David ReynoldsDavid Reynolds17 November 1989 (1989-11-17)
It's Rita's 'great night' as her relief road project is publicly unveiled, but Paul's sentencing puts a cloud over the evening. Meanwhile, Ted's indiscreet comments to Rita's political rival put the success of the evening in further jeopardy. 
6"The Funeral"David ReynoldsJohn Glenister24 November 1989 (1989-11-24)
It's a sad day as everyone gathers for Neville's funeral - however, the one person who doesn't seem upset is Liz. Rita wonders if she's made of ice, but Geoffrey suspects her positive demeanour is a front for genuine grief. Meanwhile a seriously incapacitated Ted takes Betty's offer of help completely the wrong way. 
7"The Civil Wedding"David ReynoldsJohn Glenister1 December 1989 (1989-12-01)
Rita and Geoffrey prepare for their wedding and wonder where all their guests are, but get a shocking answer when the registry office doors open and a newly married Ted and Sandra walk out. With both receptions in the same hotel, Ted asks Rita and Geoffrey to pop by for a drink as a gesture of reconciliation. But with Jenny having gone back to Paul, Elvis regretting leaving Carol and Simon worried Lucinda has left him, can it really be happy ever after at last? 

Background

Pat Sandys who had produced one of David Nobbs' plays Cupid's Darts was looking for plays for a series called Love and Marriage. The three ideas put forward by David Nobbs were a dentists' dinner dance, a Miss Ball Bearing competition and a diamond wedding. Though the ideas were not used, David Nobbs came up with the idea of having the same characters in different do's. Casting Gwen Taylor as Rita came first. David Nobbs wanted John Thaw and several others to play Ted Simcock, before David Jason was chosen.[1]

References

  1. ^ Nobbs, David (2004). I didn't get where I am today. Arrow Books. ISBN 978-0-09-942164-1. 

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