Nearest and Dearest Classic TV Show
The comic talents of Jimmy Jewel and Hylda Baker join forces in the roles of Eli and Nellie, a brother and sister who inherit their father's pickle factory - and a pile of problems.
Nearest and Dearest Fan Tributes8 elaine anne williams from manchester: I used watch it when I was little I loved it xx
7 Kit from Lancashire: I saw this programme as a little child and I had forgotton all about it until someone said, 'I must get a little hand put on this watch' which I think was one of Hylda's catchphrases.
6 Caroline from Coventry: I was talking to my husband about good old comedy shows you could laugh at as we watched last of the summer wine and only fools and horsees on GOLD, we were naming some of our favourites, In Loving memory with Thora Hird, and then we both said nearest and dearest, I love the guy who always said I'll av half, walter. I feel sorry for the younger generation either the shows now are not funny, or they swear too much. Shame. My kids av watched many old comedies I have bought on DVD, love THy Neighbour, On the Buses, Father Dear Father, Bless this House to name but a few.
5 marian slight from south tyneside england: there was only one every great female commedian and that was hylda baker followed by peggy mount true comic geniuses of british tv .
4 Garry Herring from HARTLEPOOL: Oh, there will never be another one like Hylda Baker, with her mis-pronounced lines ("don't you contracept me") and ("I can safely say without fear of Incineration") and insults towards Jimmy Jewel. Our Hylda was the tops and made me laugh every week when I first watched this classic series. Sadly, she died a lonely forgotten person and deserved much more tribute for her contribution to Comedy. my favourite episode is the one where they spend the weekend in Blackpool and Jimmy Jewel has to fight off the amourous attentions of the landlady while Lily and Walter turn up! trying to recapture their youth. Jewel takes one look at Walter and says "By the looks of him, it looks like he never had it in the first place!" Classic stuff! R.I.P.Hylda and Jimmy, to me you are both in the Comedy Hall Of Fame where you rightfully belong.
3 Shaun Moore from Darlington: Me and my Friend were watching the episode of nearest and dearest on Sunday! we were watching "Cindernellie" episode we had to pause it because we were nearly sick due to Laughton so much! HYLDA BAKER come the number 1 comedienne ever to grace screens.
2 jacqui c-w from bournemouth: I remember watching the show as a child but dont remember any show in particular. What I do remember is Nelly frequently ask in Walter if he had been! I loved Hilda Baker she was a natural commedienne.
1 Richard Snape from Manchester: An episode of Nearest and Dearest where Arthur Mullard played a mayor who had been presented with a watch as a boy soprano. Jimmy Jewel had aquired the watch and was going to give it as a present. Will you be showing this episode again?
Nearest and Dearest
Hylda Baker as Nellie Pledge
Jimmy Jewel as Eli Pledge
Madge Hindle as Lily
Eddie Malin as Walter
Joe Gladwin as Stan
Freddie Rayner as Grenville
Bert Palmer as Bert
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