A Bit of a Do

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A Bit of a Do

Comedy drama

David Jason
Nicola Pagett
Gwen Taylor

Theme music composer
George Melly
Ray Russell

Country of origin
United Kingdom

Original language(s)

No. of episodes
13 (List of episodes)


Executive producer(s)
Vernon Lawrence

David Reynolds

North Yorkshire

Running time
50 minutes

Production company(s)
Yorkshire Television

ITV Studios


Original network

Picture format

Original release
13 January (1989-01-13) – 1 December 1989 (1989-12-01)

External links


A Bit of a Do is a British comedy drama series based on the books by David Nobbs. The show starred David Jason and Gwen Taylor. It was produced by Yorkshire Television for two series and aired on the ITV network from 13 January to 1 December 1989.
The show was set in a fictional Yorkshire town. Each episode took place at a different social function and followed the changing lives of two families, the working-class Simcocks (David Jason, Gwen Taylor, David Thewlis and Wayne Foskett) and the middle-class Rodenhursts (Nicola Pagett, Paul Chapman, Sarah-Jane Holm and Nigel Hastings), together with their respective friends, Rodney and Betty Sillitoe (Tim Wylton and Stephanie Cole), and Neville Badger (Michael Jayston). The series begins with the wedding of Ted and Rita Simcock’s son Paul to Laurence and Liz Rodenhurst’s daughter Jenny; an event at which Ted and Liz begin an affair. The subsequent fallout from this affair forms the basis for most of the first series.


1 Cast
2 Episode list

2.1 Series 1 (1989)
2.2 Series 2 (1989)

3 Background
4 References
5 External links


Ted Simcock (David Jason) – A working class Yorkshireman in his early fifties, Ted claims to be proud of his roots and paints himself as very down-to-earth. However, he clearly aspires to climb the social ladder, constantly boasting about the success of his business, the Jupiter Foundry, at functions (with a running joke being that no one has ever heard of it). Ted’s downfall is women, having already had three affairs prior to leaving Rita for Liz.
Rita Simcock (Gwen Taylor) – Ted’s wife, who begins the series as a homely woman lacking in confidence, obsessed by what others will think of her and her family. However, after Ted’s desertion she discovers an inner strength, becoming independent and developing an interest in political and s

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