Skip to content

Classic TV: The Brothers – #82 – S07 E06 – Arrivals And Departures

16/07/2019

Wikipedia

The Brothers is a British television series, produced and shown by the BBC between 1972 and 1976.

Debuting with the death of road haulage magnate Robert Hammond, the series followed the trials and tribulations of the company and family/families he left behind, with equal shares in Hammond Transport Services left to each of his three sons and to his secretary (who was revealed to have been Hammond’s mistress and the mother of his illegitimate daughter).

The series was based around conflict within the Hammond family over the direction of the family firm, a London-based road haulage business called Hammond Transport Services, after the death of patriarch Robert Hammond. The eldest son, Edward (played by Glyn Owen during the first series and by Patrick O’Connell for the remainder of the show’s run), prepares to take over the running of the business, only to find that his father has left equal shares to his two other sons, Brian (Richard Easton), a dull accountant and David (Robin Chadwick), a young graduate – and to his mistress and secretary Jennifer Kingsley (Jennifer Wilson). Storylines throughout the series dealt with plans to expand the business into an international concern, coupled with more family-orientated plots as Edward and Jennifer fall in love and marry.

Other prominent characters included Robert Hammond’s hard-faced widow and the mother of the three brothers, Mary (Jean Anderson), who is determined to continue exercising her own influence over her family, Brian’s shrewish wife Ann (Hilary Tindall) and David’s girlfriend then wife Jill (Gabrielle Drake). Later characters to be introduced included the loathsome] financial whizzkid and proto-yuppie Paul Merroney (Colin Baker); April Winter, who became his wife, (Liza Goddard), and Jane Maxwell (Kate O’Mara), the tough female boss of an air freight business. (Baker and Goddard later married in real life but subsequently divorced.)

Bill, the foreman (Derek Benfield), demonstrated how the workplace of the 1970s was changing. His elevation from the shop floor to a key member of the board was met with resistance from both ends, and the subsequent decades allow this to be seen in context, one way that management and workers may work closer together to maintain the company’s competitive outlook. The character of Paul Merroney can in hindsight be viewed as a prototype for the new Thatcher-inspired generation of corporate go-getters.

The show also featured Mike Pratt (Randall and Hopkirk (Deceased)) playing the character Don Stacey (1975–76). This was the final role that he played before his early death

After the end of the seventh series in 1976, the show finished. There was no formal cancellation of the show but a further series was never commissioned.

Created by Gerard Glaister and N. J. Crisp, Glaister was also the producer of the series, and fulfilled the same role on Colditz and later Secret Army for the BBC. The Brothers became a highly popular Sunday night favourite with BBC viewers throughout its run

No comments yet

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Google photo

You are commenting using your Google account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s

%d bloggers like this: