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Dear John

"Life goes on, right or wrong..."THE LATE, great RALPH BATES was the eponymous hero, dumped via mantlepiece-mounted letter by his wife and forced to take solace in a lonely hearts-style encounter group which turns out to be nutter haven. Group leader is bizarre, rotund woman with no clue whatsoever, other members included a slightly dippy woman for developing love interest with Bates, Ralph, a wooly-hatted loser (“Would you like a ride in my motorcycle combination”) played by PETER “PLEASE, SIR” DENYER and Kirk St. Moritz, medallion chauvinist who turned out to be shy mummy’s boy in real life.



  1. Matthew Rudd

    August 2, 2009 at 1:03 pm

    Sullivan’s best work.

  2. Richard Davies

    October 25, 2010 at 5:57 pm

    My Dad really liked this, was it’s short run due to Ralph Bates’ ill health or John Sullivan being too busy with Just Good Friends, & Only Fools & Horses.

  3. Anatole

    April 25, 2011 at 11:53 pm

    This was a lovely show. The characters grew on you over time, and only Kirk’s bizarre action-hero turn in the last episode, completely dismantling his quite poignant alter-ego, left a sour note. Proof that traditional sitcoms could create room for likeable characters. John Sullivan RIP.

  4. Ben Hammy

    April 26, 2011 at 11:50 am

    “Any…………*sexual* problems..??” is a line that will stay with me forever.
    As an easily-embarrassed youngster, my mum loved to repeat this line, followed by a huge cackle of laughter.
    And still does.

  5. THX 1139

    December 2, 2015 at 12:45 pm

    Sometimes depress-o-coms are just, well, depressing, but this was one downbeat comedy that had some real laughs because John Sullivan obviously had great affection for his characters. If a lot of them could have been grotesques, the excellent cast made them more human but still made them funny.

    I wonder if they had made more the quality might have gone downhill? Maybe it’s better as a two season gem. Also, the last episode ended on a bittersweet note that summed up the whole thing very nicely.

  6. Andrew Barton

    October 15, 2021 at 9:01 am

    Peter Blake, who played Kirk, was brought into The Mysti Show in it’s second series when that show underwent a drastic revamp to boost flagging ratings.

    By drastic, the title of the show was changed to just Mysti, the character of Jack was made older and recast with another actor, and some of the original cast were written out (Ashley Campbell, who played Ollie, was one of the actors to be axed in the revamp). Not to mention the entertainment angle of the first series was dropped and it became just a standalone drama.

  7. Droogie

    March 14, 2022 at 1:40 pm

    I always thought Peter Blake who played Kirk deserved more stardom. He was funny, charismatic and always really good in everything he did, even when the scripts weren’t great. Starring in Mike Read’s disastrous 2004 musical about Oscar Wilde couldn’t have helped his career much.

  8. Sidney Balmoral James

    March 14, 2022 at 6:35 pm

    Agree, Peter Blake was fantastic as Kirk and should have been much bigger – same of course goes for Ralph Bates.

  9. Richardpd

    September 25, 2022 at 10:01 pm

    At least Belinda Lang managed to shine a few years later as Bill in 2.4 Children.

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