5 June 2007 | kenmal-1
One of the Great Example of British 60's Comedy
What memories this brings back. I remember, with my two older sisters (I was around 10 years old and they were 14 and 16 years old respectively) how we looked forward to the start of this series. It must have been a good trailer that foretold of this upcoming show on TV that I remember, at such a young age, we were so eager in our anticipation.
The title role of Mrs Thursday was played by that wonderful character actress Kathleen Harrison (famous for her many maid-servant roles and appearances as 'Charles Dickens' type characters throughout the four or five decades of her career).
The premise for the series, that a working class lady comes into a fortune, was good. So was the acting. My main memory is of her kindliness and the ability to portray someone that you would just love to have as an Aunt, Mother or Grandmother. In fact, she did remind me of a favourite Aunt (Ada) of mine. Perhaps that is why I enjoyed it so much, but I think the reason it probably struck home was that she was (or seemed) to remain so genuine and nice, despite the money and all it could do to change a person's character (not always for the best).
I can't really remember why it affected me so much, all those years ago. All I remember, apart from her cockney accent (eg, Mr 'Unter), was a warm feeling that came over me before, during and after the broadcast, when my sisters and I stopped whatever arguments and disagreements we may have been having to sit down and be enthralled by this wonderful show.