Episode guide

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Series 1

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    Carla Lane's Liverpudlian sitcom, one of the most popular programmes of the 1980s. Joey claims an incontinence allowance for Grandad. The first ever episode!

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    Carla Lane of the 'Liver Birds' turned her attention back to Liverpool in the 1980s sitcom. Billy soon learns that opals are bad luck when he buys a ring for girlfriend Julie.

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    Laughs and some outrageous 80s fashions with the close-knit Liverpudlian family. Freddie's mistress leaves him, but he decides to pay her a visit anyway.

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    Laughs and japes in the show about the Liverpudlian family scraping a living any way they can. A photographer takes advantage of Aveline, while Jack dabbles in art.

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    Carla Lane's Liverpudlian sitcom, the most popular show of its era. When Freddie's seafaring brother dies, the Boswells decide on a burial at sea.

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    Carla Lane's Liverpudlian sitcom which topped the ratings in the 1980s. Adrian is out of a job. Aveline bares all on the front cover of a magazine. And Freddie is in debt.

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Series 2

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    It's the first episode in the second series of the Liverpool-based sitcom written by Carla Lane. Jack is held at gunpoint by two scallywags - only their gun is a water pistol!

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    More fun with the Boswells as they duck and dive their way through life's mishaps in Carla Lane's Liverpudlian sitcom. Will all run smoothly when Caroline gives birth?

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    More from Carla Lane's top-rated Liverpudlian sitcom about a family of loveable rogues. Here, Jack tries to make a profit on a batch of antique hats.

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    1980s fashions going haywire only adds to the fun in this sitcom about a roguish Liverpudlian family. Here, Adrian's not having a good time, and Aveline stays in Manchester.

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    Cheeky comedy with the Liverpudlian dysfunctional family. Pa Boswell causes disruption when he returns home, but Aveline and Julie create even more when they leave.

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    Carla Lane's Liverpudlian sitcom about a family of loveable rogues. The neutering of the Boswell's dog sparks off some unusual behaviour in the household.

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Series 3

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    Carla Lane's Liverpudlian sitcom about the Boswells, a family of loveable rogues. To Mrs Boswell's horror, Billy and Julie have their baby christened in a Protestant church.

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    Eighties Liverpool is our destination for the family sitcom from 'Butterflies' writer Carla Lane. Grandad receives a valuable gift from Jack and Adrian on his birthday.

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    Carla Lane's other Liverpudlian sitcom, a follow-up to the hugely successful 'Liver Birds'. Mrs Boswell meets Lilo Lill, Joey meets Roxy and Adrian buys something really stupid.

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    A visit to the Liverpool family trying to make ends meet, even if that means the odd brush with the law. Adrian undergoes a character change.

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    Popular 80s sitcom about the Liverpool family doing what they can to make ends meet. Aveline is taken to hospital and Adrian has an encounter with an overpowering woman.

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    Carla Lane's Liverpudlian sitcom about the Boswells, a family of loveable rogues trying to make ends meet in the 80s of high unemployment. Aveline has a bad catwalk experience.

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    Carla Lane's sitcom about the Boswells, a family of loveable rogues. The family is thrown into panic when Mr Boswell is arrested for stealing the Corporation's cart.

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Series 3

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    Liverpudlian laughs in one of the most popular sitcoms of the 1980s. Mr Boswell hears the date of his court case, but it clashes with a wedding. Written by Carla 'Liver Birds' Lane.

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    The smash hit 80s comedy series about a Liverpudlian family doing what they can to survive unemployment and poverty. Mr Boswell is being tried for stealing the Corporation dustcart.

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    1980s fashions run wild in the sitcom following the Liverpudlian family struggling to survive. Adrian and Eddie are kidnapped by Yizzel over gambling debts.

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    Carla Lane's popular 1980s sitcom revolving around a family of loveable, Liverpudlian rogues. Here, the Boswells all get jobs, and Jack loses the van in the Mersey!

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    More laughs with the Liverpudlian family. Joe meets up with Roxy but her husband is not pleased to see him. Mr Boswell and Lilo Lill are in a watchman's hut when an accident occurs.

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    More scrapes for the Boswells in Carla Lane's family sitcom. Joey's relationship with Roxy continues to develop. Freddie is returned home by Lilo Lil with his leg in plaster.

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Series 4

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    Loveable rogues the Boswells in the top-rated sitcom from the mind of Carla Lane. Mrs Boswell goes for a trip in Derek's boat and catches Freddie and Lilo Lill misbehaving.

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    Friendly faces and some serious scrapes in the much-loved Liverpudlian sitcom. Adrian meets Ellia and they go to the woods where, to the family's amusement, she steals his clothes.

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    Jonathon Morris stars as sensitive soul Adrian in Carla Lane's sitcom. Lilo Lil confronts the family when Dad decides to come home. Nellie says goodbye to her new man friend.

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    More fun with the family of loveable rogues. Shifty, a cousin of the Boswells, is released from prison and comes to stay with Grandad. Aveline and Oswald are to be engaged.

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    The Boswells, a family of loveable rogues, duck and dive through life in Liverpool. Shifty tries to get rid of a gold brooch. Adrian signs up as a model.

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    Fun with Liverpool's answer to 'Only Fools and Horses', with the ducking and diving family. Shifty goes on a date. Billy gets a shock when he reads Julie's letter.

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    Laughs from the Eighties with the extended clan of scallies dodging their way through life. Yizzel and Shifty are involved in a plot to get rid of a car.

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    Enjoy an extravaganza of 1980s fashions in Carla Lane's Liverpudlian sitcom. Billy attempts a reconciliation with Julie, but it falls flat and he ends up back at home.

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    More fun with the family fighting to put some money on the table in 1980s Liverpool. Adrian is arrested while riding his bicycle. The family decide to keep a secret from Pa Boswell.

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    A very special edition of the smash hit Liverpudlian sitcom featuring Paul and Linda McCartney playing themselves.

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    Loveable rogues the Boswells get into more sticky situations in the top-rated sitcom from the mind of Carla Lane. Adrian has his poems published and buys the family gifts.

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    Loveable rogues the Boswells get into more sticky situations in the top-rated sitcom from the mind of Carla Lane. Oswald breaks off his engagement to Aveline.

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    Cheeky Liverpool comedy and some shocking 1980s hairstyles in Carla Lane's sitcom about a family of loveable rogues. It's the day of Aveline and Oswald's wedding.

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Series 5

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    Carla Lane's Liverpudlian sitcom. Adrian accidentally becomes a hero, Billy is troubled by his impending divorce, Aveline is preoccupied with pregnancy, and Joey is in real trouble.

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  • 06/02

    Carla Lane's sitcom about a family of loveable Liverpudlian rogues. Billy's divorce, Aveline's desire to get pregnant and Joey's tax troubles are overshadowed by Jack's return home.

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  • 06/03

    More Liverpudlian japes in Carla Lane's family sitcom. Adrian's in love, Jack's back buying and selling, and Aveline's all-out efforts to become pregnant continue.

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  • 06/04

    Carla Lane's 1980s sitcom revolving around a family of loveable Liverpudlian rogues. The recovery of a stolen piano causes repercussions in the Boswell house.

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  • 06/05

    More ducking and diving with the Boswell family. Mrs Boswell seeks the help of a psychiatrist when her entire clan is thrown into disarray by Aveline's phantom pregnancy.

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  • 06/06

    Liverpudlian japes in the family sitcom. When Mongy the dog is accused of biting a neighbour's child, Mrs B receives a visit from the police and passionately defends the animal.

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  • 06/07

    Carla Lane's long-running sitcom about a family of loveable rogues. Here, there's trouble for Shifty, problems for Joey, Billy and Mrs Boswell, but good news for Aveline and Oswald.

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  • 06/08

    More Liverpudlian larks in Carla Lane's popular 1980s sitcom. Jack has hit the bottle. Meanwhile, Freddie is torn between his loyal wife and the passionate Lilo Lill.

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  • 06/09

    After Butterflies, writer Carla Lane returned to her native Liverpool for this family sitcom. There's a new look for Billy, a new love for Jack and a new problem for Freddie.

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  • 06/10

    Carla Lane's sitcom about a close-knit, Liverpudlian family. The Boswell boys are in love, and Oswald is confused by Aveline's overnight transformation into a career woman.

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  • 06/11

    After The Liver Birds, Carla Lane returned to Liverpool for this family sitcom. When Billy injures his finger, the Boswell clan put squabbles aside and visit him in hospital.

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  • 06/12

    Family sitcom. Grandad is traumatised after his house is burgled. Meanwhile, Mrs Boswell seeks advice from a priest about her friendship with a man she met in the park.

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    Sitcom about a Liverpudlian family and their struggle to make ends meet. Mrs B hears shattering news on her birthday. Aveline gets a lecture on the responsibilities of motherhood.

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Series 7

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    Sitcom about a working class Liverpudlian family, from the writer of The Liver Birds and Butterflies. A new resident in the street causes consternation for the Boswells.

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    Carla Lane's long-running sitcom about a family of loveable Liverpudlian rogues. Aveline has had a baby, and Leonora offers Adrian a job as her personal assistant.

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    Sitcom about a close-knit family and their struggle to make ends meet. Lilo Lill returns to pursue Freddie and tell him some sad news. Joey rents a shop to sell his organic produce.

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  • 07/04

    Carla Lane's sitcom about a Liverpudlian family. Love is in the air as Lilo Lill pursues Freddie. Nellie meets her man from the park. Grandad reminisces about his beloved Edie.

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    More ducking and diving in Carla Lane's Liverpudlian sitcom. Joey's new shop is vandalised. Jack confesses to Adrian that he and Leonora are an item.

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  • 07/06

    Carla Lane's long-running sitcom about a close-knit family and their struggle to make ends meet. Billy makes an important decision after complaining that he is being neglected.

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  • 07/07

    More Liverpudlian japes in Carla Lane's long-running family sitcom. In this episode, Joey urgently tries to contact his mother after an accident in the family.

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  • 07/08

    Carla Lane's popular 1980s sitcom. Adrian surprises his family by becoming successful, Jack plans to move in with Leonora, and Grandad's homing pigeon is given its first flight.

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  • 07/09

    Liverpudlian sitcom from Carla Lane, the writer of Butterflies, The Liver Birds and Solo. Here, Mrs Boswell is concerned about Grandad, and Aveline is desperate for work.

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    After The Liver Birds and Butterflies, writer Carla Lane returned to her native Liverpool for this family sitcom. Here, the Boswells go off on their holiday.

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Series 8

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    Carla Lane's sitcom about a close-knit family of loveable rogues. Joey's past returns to haunt the Boswell family, and Billy is in trouble with the law.

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    Carla Lane's 1980s sitcom about a family of loveable Liverpudlian rogues. Freddie Boswell is reported missing. Meanwhile, Billy's love life takes a turn for the better.

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    After Butterflies, writer Carla Lane returned to her native Liverpool for this hugely popular family sitcom. Here, the Boswells receive a rather unwelcome visitor.

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    Liverpudlian sitcom from Carla Lane, the writer of The Liver Birds and Butterflies. Lilo Lill joins the family in the ongoing search for Freddie Boswell.

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    More ducking and diving in the long-running sitcom about a family of loveable rogues. Nellie is unwell, and a visit to her in hospital proves very disturbing.

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    More laughs with the family of loveable rogues that would give the Trotters a run for their money! Nellie receives two surprise visitors in hospital.

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  • 08/07

    After The Liver Birds and Butterflies, writer Carla Lane returned to her native Liverpool for this family sitcom. Here, the Boswells go off on their holidays.

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  • 08/08

    More Liverpudlian larks in Carla Lane's popular family sitcom. As the Boswells' holiday draws to a close, Adrian and Irenee face a few problems.

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  • 08/09

    Long-running family sitcom from Carla Lane, writer of Butterflies and The Liver Birds. Adrian has made a decision while Aveline has problems at home.

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  • 08/10

    Carla Lane's long-running sitcom about a family of loveable rogues. Lilo Lill tells Mrs Boswell that the elusive Freddie has been seen.

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