Bless This House (UK)

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Bless This House centres around life in Birch Avenue, Putney, where travelling stationery salesman Sid Abbott and his wife Jean live with their teenage children, Mike, who is fresh from art college and more preoccupied with protests than finding a job, and Sally, a trendy schoolgirl. The children are 18 and 16 years old at the start of the series. Sid and Jean constantly battle to comprehend the permissive ways of the new generation and are usually out of touch. Their neighbours and best friends are Trevor and his wife Betty.

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Episode Description

1

All This... And Christmas Too

Made in the gap year when there was no Carry On production for the small screen, this one-off special stars Sid James as Sid Jones, a put-upon father of two who is not too far distant from one Sid Abbot.

2

Bless This House (Feature Film)

It's uproar for the Abbot family when they are graced by the arrival of new next-door neighbours. They don't exactly get off to a good start due to some accidental property destruction on Sid's part, and they newly-arrived neighbours catch them trying to clean up. And, if that wasn't enough, Sally - a fanatical anti-pollution campaigner - soaks them all with the garden hose in a bid to put out a smoking garden bonfire. All Sid wants is to enjoy a quiet, peaceful lie-in with time to persue his wine-making hobby with his pal, Trevor Lewis. But what with the neighbour troubles and his wife's new found passion to run an antique stall, it doesn't seem at all likely he's going to get his wish...
Episode Description

1

The Generation Gap

Sid Abbott is a family man but he doesn't find it easy, especially with two teenage children whose values and attitudes he doesn't really understand.

2

Mum's The Word

It wasn't that Sid was evesdropping, the trouble was he only heard half the conversation...

3

Father's Day

The best laid plans of mice and men (and women) sometimes go astray, and Jean should have known that when she planned a surprise for Sid.

4

Be It Ever So Humble

Sid gets more than he bargained for when he tells Mike to 'get a job' and 'spread his wings'.

5

Another Fine Mess...

Sally and Mike try to persuade Sid to be honest with Jean, but Sid decides there's a time and a place to be honest - and now's not the time or the place.

6

For Whom The Bells Toll

When a young couple marry, the groom's family have a 'do' on the house. But if the youngsters go off then Sid misses out.

7

A Woman's Place

Sid is convinced a woman's place is in the home - or more precisely, "in the kithcen, facing the sink". Jean feels otherwise...

8

The Day Of Rest

Mike's latest piece of modern sculpture causes trouble when new neighbours move in next door.

9

Make Love, Not War

It all started wih Sid trying to listen to Tchaikovsky. That is soon interrupted by a visitor from next door.

10

Charity Begins At Home

Sid's saturday morning 'lie-in' is disturbed by Mike's hunger strike for charity.

11

If The Dog Collar Fits... Wear It!

When Sally, in a do-gooder mode, provides Fred with shelter, Sid thinks it is time to ignore those big pleading eyes - Sally's and Fred's - and be master in his own home.

12

The Morning After The Night Before

It may have been thirty years since Sid left the Boy Scouts but the annual get-together is always a night to remember!
Episode Description

1

Two Heads Are Better Than One

Something is missing from Sid's garden, and he has his suspicions as to who is responsible....

2

Love Me, Love My Tree

Sid's problems start when the family returns from holiday. Apart from having nothing to wear, everything seems as it was before they left - or is it?

3

It's All In The Mind

It doesn't often happen that Sid is able to get home from work early, but when he can, he does - and this time it doesn't do him much good.

4

Another Lost Weekend

Of course Sid doesn't have to ask Jean if he can go fishing for the weekend. But Jean is expecting Sid to be home - after all, Sid never plans anything without consulting her.

5

Parents Should Be Seen And Not Heard

When Sid gets home after a hard day's work, he's perfectly right in expecting his dinner to be waiting for him - but circumstances dictate otherwise...

6

Strangers In The Night

Sid and Jean's reminiscences of what happened just after the war make "The Naked Flesh" seem like the epilogue.

7

Get Me To The Match On Time

Sid's plans for the Saturday afternoon do not include Jean's sister; and if she can't make arrangements to fit in then the only course for Sid is to take to his bed - dangerously ill.

8

Wives And Lovers

If Jean hadn't started checking up on Sid, because he was late home for supper, then she wouldn't have discovered that he had a date the following evening.

9

Never Again On Sunday

It's not often that Sid agrees with Jean about anything, and when he does it usually takes her by surprise and ends in disaster.

10

People In Glass Houses...

It comes as quite a surprise to Sid to discover Mike would rather not have a gold watch for his birthday - but what he wants instead comes as an even bigger surprise.

11

A Rolls By Any Other Name

Sid waits in trepidation when he finds out that Mr Marshall, his boss, is coming round on Saturday morning. Of course, nothing goes to plan.

12

A Touch Of The Unknown

Sid's problems start when Betty brings something into the house. Mike also brings something into the house and things get worse.
Episode Description

1

It Comes To Us All In The End

The Abbotts have to cope with a death in the family...

2

Tea For Two And Four For Tea

Mike goes off his food, takes to wearing a collar and tie, and is reluctant to say where he disappears to every evening...

3

To Tell Or Not To Tell

It is not that Sid and Jean are actually spying, but when they do happen to notice something going on next door, they can't ignore it, can they?

4

Blood Is Thicker Than Water

Most families have a skeleton in the cupboard, and Sid's skeleton has been hidden away for forty years...

5

One Good Turn Deserves A Bother

When's Sid's boss goes on holiday, Sid takes it upon himself to guard the 'goodies', but the family are not too happy to stand guard on rota.

6

The Loneliness Of The Short Distance Walker

It is not that Sid is out of condition, it's just that fridges are getting heavier these days!

7

Watch The Birdie

When Mike has a brilliant idea it usually costs Sid money. But when it only involves the grotty old garage, Sid can be persuaded.

8

Atishoo! Atishoo! We All Fall Down

Jean going down with flu is one thing, Sally is another, and Mike is another - but Sid can cope. Then Betty gets pregant twinges...

9

Entente Not So Cordiale

Most soldiers left their hearts in Paris, but not Sid. However, when Sid and Jean spend a weekend in Paris, they discover that the entente is not so cordiale.

10

Will The Real Sid Abbott Please Stand Up

Jean finds out that Sexy Sandra is what makes a shrivelled-up old prune with a wire brush on top turn into Putney's oldest Teeny Bopper.

11

I'm Not Jealous, I'll Kill Him

When an old flame rekindles warmth in Jean's heart, Sid begins to burn. It really is not as though he's jealous. Then Betty opens her mouth...

12

A Girl's Worst Friend Is Her Father

If Sid had not interfered with Sally's job interview, Sally would not believe there are times when a girl's worst friend is her father.
Episode Description

1

Money Is The Root Of...

Anxious to share in Sid's bonus and commission, Jean, Sally and Mike remind Sid of the things they are always doing for him.

2

And They Will Come Home...

The trouble starts when Sally and Mike go into business buying and selling old junk. Sid puts up with it until 'one big thing' arrives in his garden.

3

Who's Minding The Baby?

When Betty from next door pops in to ask a 'little' favour, Sid is not at all keen - but Jean insists they are friends and encourages her to persist.

4

A Beef In His Bonnet

When Mike and Sally bring home something that has 'fallen off the back of a lorry', Sid warns them about mixing with villains like 'Fingers' Taplock.

5

The Bells Are Ringing

Sid's overjoyed at Mike marrying into a wealthy family but when another close tie between the two families is announced, Sid takes a different view.

6

The First 25 Years Are The Worst

Sid and Jeans 25th Wedding Anniversary is coming up and Sid is planning a party.

7

All This... And Christmas Too

Sid Jones is a put-upon father of two who is not too far distant from one Sid Abbot.
Episode Description

1

They Don't Write Songs Like That Anymore

Sid decides to enter a songwriting competition with his un-acknowledged classic "You Can Have My Welks and Cockles But Leave My Winkles Alone."

2

The Gypsy's Warning

The trouble starts with Sid's morning paper - Sid wants to do the crossword and Jean wants to read her horoscope. Not that she really believes it - unless it turns out right.

3

The Biggest Woodworm in the World

Sid brings home an old wodden chair, but there's something wrong with it. Meanwhile, Mike's dancer girlfriend comes to stay, but Mike doesn't explain what sort of dancer she is.

4

Home Tweet Home

Sid isn't too fond of Mike and Sally's latest scheme to raise some money for a holiday.

5

You're Never Too Old To Be Young

Sid is shocked when Jean tells him she wants a lover!

6

The Policeman, The Paint And The Pirates

Sid's efforts to avoid 'The Pirates of Penzance' lead him into trouble with a pot of paint and a policeman. And then Travor brings in the Japanese...

7

Happy Birthday Sid

What should a husband do if his family give him a birthday present he can't use?

8

Freedom Is...

Sid doesn't like the idea of Sally and Mike befriending a tramp. He likes it even less when Sally brings him home and everyone takes the tramp's side.

9

'Mr Chairman...'

Disenchanted with the local Residents Association, Sid leads a revolt against the Chairman. Then Trevor takes things one step too far.

10

...And Afterwards At...

Family weddings aren't Sid's idea of a good time, but he'll put up with them as long as there's a booze-up.
Episode Description

1

The Frozen Limit

Sid has more than a few problems when Jean convinces him to buy a deep freeze.

2

Beautiful Dreamer

Sid has a series of restless nights.

3

Fish With Everything

Sid is feeling a bit off colour and his doctor suggests he find himself a hobby.

4

The Naked Paperhanger

When Mike moves into a flat of his own Jean decides to re-decorate his old room.

5

Remember Me?

Sid's sponging family are anxious to share in his bonus and commission.

6

Something Of Value

When Sid's Uncle Percy dies, he leaves Sid two large packing cases and a small brown parcel.

7

Men Of Consequence

Sid is awake night after night worrying about the countries troubles.

8

Skin Deep

Sid tells Jean he has a temporary promotion at work. But soon Jean is beginning to doubt what he told her.

9

Friends And Neighbours

Jean is worried about strange noises coming from next door.

10

Well, Well, Well...

A damp patch on the living-room carpet doesn't bother Sid - until he takes the skirting board off.

11

The Phantom Pools Winner

Sid wins a large export order, but Jean's plan for Mike to take a photograph of him for the local paper goes awry.

12

A Matter Of Principle

Sid discovers where the money for his birthday party has come from, and he doesn't like it.

13

Some Enchanted Evening

When Sid discovers why Jean is sulking and Sally and Mike won't talk to him, he goes to the pub with Trevor where they devise a plan to set things right.