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Happy Apple, The

SEEMS LIKE LESLIE ASH spent an entire decade appearing in obscure shows, to wit this comedy set in an advertising agency (there’s the 80s for you, right there) with Les as bimbettish secretary Nancy and NICKY HENSON as the young executive out to “woo” her. Two older execs provided the interlinking banter about dairy farms, sex, poinsettias, sex and Eine Kleine Nachtmusik, which Chas and Dave updated with lyrics for the theme song. Title explained away as contrast between popular fruits such as apples, and sad ones like figs. Obviously.



  1. Glenn Aylett

    September 25, 2021 at 8:46 am

    One of a long list of poor ITV sitcoms from the eighties that would come and go after a critical slaughtering and viewer apathy. The Happy Apple was among a batch of post Coronation St ITV sitcoms that would last their six episodes and then be never seen again. Yet occasionally ITV did try in the Monday sitcom slot and get the odd winner, such as the undertaker sitcom In Loving Memory, that ran for five series, and The Kit Curran Radio Show about the shenanigans at a local radio station.

  2. Droogie

    March 3, 2022 at 3:54 pm

    I remember as a kid watching the first episode of this unfunny flop and reading the TV review in the Daily Mirror the next day. Their critic was Hilary Kingsley, and she was in a right pickle in being unable to say how shite this show really was as one of the Mirror’s other columnists was Keith Waterhouse who wrote this cack. Kingsley gave unconvincing praise to the Leslie Ash character instead saying how she was very “believable”.

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