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Classic Comedy: Never The Twain – S01 E04 – A Matched Pair – Donald Sinden,Windsor Davies

09/04/2019

From Wikipedia

Never the Twain is a British sitcom that ran for eleven series from 7 September 1981 to 9 October 1991.

It was created by Johnnie Mortimer, and was the only sitcom he ever created without his usual writing partner, Brian Cooke. Mortimer wrote the entirety of the first two series, one episode of the seventh, and five out of six episodes of the eighth, with the rest being mainly written by John Kane and Vince Powell (who wrote the whole of the last three series).

The series starred Windsor Davies (of It Ain’t Half Hot, Mum fame) and Donald Sinden as rival antique dealers, and also co-starred Robin Kermode (later replaced by Christopher Morris), Julia Watson (later replaced by Tacy Kneale), Honor Blackman, Teddy Turner, Derek Deadman, Maria Charles and Zara Nutley.

It was made by Thames Television for the ITV network. Since it finished, it has been repeated a few times, including on UK Gold, later on ITV3, and more recently on Forces TV.

The title is taken from the Rudyard Kipling poem The Ballad of East and West. The show’s theme tune was composed by Jack Trombey and the track was entitled Domino.

Oliver Smallbridge, played by Windsor Davies, and Simon Peel, played by Donald Sinden, are antiques dealers who are also bitter enemies (after a falling-out having been business partners) and next-door neighbours, both in their homes and shops. They are engaged in a continuous game of one-upmanship, so both of them are shocked when they find out that their respective children (Smallbridge’s daughter Lyn – played by Watson and later Kneale – and Peel’s son David – played by Kermode and later Morris) are in love and want to marry as soon as possible. The fathers are forced to reluctantly accept the relationship and marriage, which takes place at the end of the first series.

 

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