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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.

5 Comments

5 Comments

  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.

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