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Mr. and Mrs. Appleyard (played by Constance Fraser, 3rd left, and Frederick Piper right, and later by Douglas Muir) and their four children, teenagers John (David Edwards left) and Janet (Tessa Clarke, 3rd right), younger brother Tommy (Derek Rowe, 2nd right) and Margaret (Pat Fryer, centre). The boy at far left isTommy's chum and neighbour Ronnie Grant (Robert Dickens).
Transmitted once a fortnight from 1952 in the Children's Television slot, 'The Appleyards' is generally regarded as Britain's first television soap opera - even if it was made for kids.
A lightweight domestic series about the trivial ups and downs of the rosy Appleyards, a suburban Home Counties family, the show was broadcast live on Thursday's around 4.30 to 5.00pm with a repeat performance the following Sunday. Each episode was approximately 20 minutes in length.
It was a junior version of the adult Grove Family.
Some memories of
The Appleyards from John Matthews:
The Appleyards theme tune is called 'Looking Around' by Colin Smith (alias Lloyd Thomas).
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