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Meet the Larkins: hen-pecked but crafty Alf and his domineering wife Ada
(played to perfection by BAFTA winner David Kossoff and TV battleaxe par
excellence Peggy Mount), aimless son Eddie, daughter Joyce, and ex-GI son-in-law
The entire family spends the first four series of this classic early ATV sitcom in a state falling somewhat short of domestic bliss at 66 Sycamore Street, East London; series five and six see Alf and Ada upping sticks to run a little cafe and B&B, with former neighbour and general busybody Hetty Prout helping out in the kitchen.
Based on creator Fred Robinson's youthful plays about a fictional Cockney family, The Larkins features scripts that ATV production controller Bill Ward described as the funniest he had ever read, and inspired deep affection among viewers throughout its run between 1958 and 1964. Now, for the first time, this set presents all 40 episodes, all of which have been transferred from the original film telerecordings.