Albert And Me

Sitcom about Bryan Archer, a single father in charge of his baby son Albert.

Written by Jim Eldridge, and produced by John Fawcett Wilson.

Bryan was played by Richard Beckinsale in series 1, and Robert Lindsay in series 2, due to Beckinsales death in 1979; Pat Coombs played Bryans mother and Albert (!) in both series.

Richard Beckinsale and Pat Coombs star in a sitcom revolving around a doting single father and his son.

Single dad Bryan Archer juggles his work selling cosmetics with his childcare arrangements.

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0101Rate Of Decline1977110520040421 (BBC7)
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Red Riding Hood

Brian needs to raise money quickly.

Single dad Bryan desperately needs cash for his rate arrears.

Single dad Bryan desperately needs cash for his rate arrears. From November 1977.

Single dad Bryan desperately needs cash for his rate arrears. Stars Richard Beckinsale and Pat Coombs. From November 1977.

0102Looking For A Job1977111220040428 (BBC7)
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The Gingerbread Man

Bryan is trying to get a job.

Will Albert get in the way?

Single dad Bryan needs an employer who'll let his son come along.

From November 1977.

Stars Richard Beckinsale and Pat Coombs.

Single dad Bryan needs an employer who'll let his son come along. From November 1977.

Single dad Bryan needs an employer who'll let his son come along. Stars Richard Beckinsale and Pat Coombs. From November 1977.

Single dad Bryan needs an employer who will let his son come along.

Single dad Bryan needs an employer who will let his son come along. Stars Richard Beckinsale and Pat Coombs. From November 1977.

0102Rate Of Decline1977111220080426 (BBC7)
20151009 (BBC7)
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Single dad Bryan desperately needs cash for his rate arrears.

Struggling to bring up his baby son Albert, single dad Bryan Archer desperately needs cash for his rate arrears.

Stars Richard Beckinsale as Bryan Archer, Pat Coombs as Mum/Albert and John Comer as Dad. With Harry Fowler as Joe Billings.

Written by Jim Eldridge.

Producer: John Fawcett Wilson

First broadcast on BBC Radio 2 in November 1977.

0103Looking For A Job1977111920080503 (BBC7)
20151016 (BBC7)
20151017 (BBC7)

Single dad Bryan needs an employer who will let his son come along.

Single dad Bryan needs a job, but can he find an employer who'll let him bring his young son Albert along?

Stars Richard Beckinsale as Bryan Archer, Pat Coombs as Mum/Albert and John Comer as Dad. With Terence Alexander as Rex and Madeline Smith as Stephanie.

Written by Jim Eldridge.

Producer: John Fawcett Wilson

First broadcast on BBC Radio 2 in November 1977.

0103Spanner In The Works1977111920040505 (BBC7)
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This Little Piggie

Albert starts nursery.

What could possibly go wrong?

Single dad Bryan's son is starting nursery - what could go wrong? From November 1977.

Single dad Bryan's son is starting nursery - what could go wrong? Stars Richard Beckinsale and Pat Coombs.

From November 1977.

Single dad Bryan's son is starting nursery - what could go wrong? Stars Richard Beckinsale and Pat Coombs. From November 1977.

Single dad Bryan's son is starting nursery - what could go wrong?

0104Holiday1977112620040512 (BBC7)
20050126 (BBC7)
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20061203 (BBC7)
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Billy Goat Gruff

Brian and Albert set off on their holiday to Frimlington - they've packed enough stuff to sink a battle ship - but their fellow holiday makers aren't so welcoming.

When Bryan and son arrive in Frimlington, their fellow holidaymakers aren't too welcoming.

Stars Richard Beckinsale.

From 1977.

When Bryan and son arrive in Frimlington, their fellow holidaymakers aren't too welcoming. Stars Richard Beckinsale. From 1977.

When Bryan and son arrive in Frimlington, their fellow holidaymakers aren't too welcoming. Stars Richard Beckinsale. From November 1977.

0104Spanner In The Works1977112620080510 (BBC7)
20151023 (BBC7)
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Single dad Bryan's son is starting nursery - what could go wrong?

Single dad Bryan's son Albert is starting nursery - what could possibly go wrong?

Stars Richard Beckinsale as Bryan Archer, Pat Coombs as Mum/Albert and John Comer as Dad. With John Junkin as Harry.

Written by Jim Eldridge.

Producer: John Fawcett Wilson

First broadcast on BBC Radio 2 in November 1977.

0105Holiday1977120320080517 (BBC7)
20151030 (BBC7)
20151031 (BBC7)

When Bryan and son arrive in Frimlington, their fellow holidaymakers aren't too welcoming.

Stars Richard Beckinsale as Bryan Archer, Pat Coombs as Mum/Albert and John Comer as Dad. With Helen Worth (Gail from ITV's Coronation Street) as Deirdre, Peter Vaughan as Mr Wiggins and Cheryl Hall as Mavis.

Written by Jim Eldridge.

Producer: John Fawcett Wilson

First broadcast on BBC Radio 2 in November 1977.

0105Mind That Baby1977120320040519 (BBC7)
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Snow White

Single dad Bryan is wrapped in red tape at the benefits office.

From December 1977.

Stars Richard Beckinsale and Pat Coombs.

Single dad Bryan is wrapped in red tape at the benefits office. From December 1977.

Single dad Bryan is wrapped in red tape at the benefits office. Stars Richard Beckinsale and Pat Coombs. From December 1977.

0106Mind That Baby1977121020080524 (BBC7)
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Single dad Bryan is wrapped in red tape at the benefits office.

Single dad Bryan gets wrapped in red tape at the benefits office.

Stars Richard Beckinsale as Bryan Archer, Pat Coombs as Mum/Albert and John Comer as Dad. With Dilys Laye as the Welfare Lady/Mrs Featherstone-Haugh.

Written by Jim Eldridge.

Producer: John Fawcett Wilson

First broadcast on BBC Radio 2 in November 1977.

Single dad Bryan is wrapped in red tape at the benefits office. Stars Richard Beckinsale and Pat Coombs. From December 1977.

0106Where There's A Will1977121020040526 (BBC7)
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Dick Whittington

Brian makes arrangements for Albert as he prepares to go into hospital.

Bryan looks to the future when he goes into hospital.

Starring Richard Beckinsale and Pat Coombs.

From December 1977.

Off to hospital, single dad Bryan makes contingency plans.

Stars Richard Beckinsale and Pat Coombs.

Off to hospital, single dad Bryan makes contingency plans. From December 1977.

Off to hospital, single dad Bryan makes contingency plans. Stars Richard Beckinsale and Pat Coombs. From December 1977.

0107The Homecoming1977121720040602 (BBC7)
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The Ugly Duckling

Brian gets distracted from his big snooker match when he hears that Albert's mum is intending to visit.

Bryan gets distracted from his big snooker match.

Bryan gets distracted from his big snooker match when he hears that Albert's mum is intending to visit.

Stars Richard Beckinsale.

Worried single dad Bryan learns that his son's mum wants to visit.

From December 1977.

Stars Richard Beckinsale and Pat Coombs.

Worried single dad Bryan learns that his son's mum wants to visit. From December 1977.

Worried single dad Bryan learns that his son's mum wants to visit. Stars Richard Beckinsale and Pat Coombs. From December 1977.

0107Where There's A Will1977121720080531 (BBC7)
20140521 (BBC7)
20151113 (BBC7)
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Off to hospital, single dad Bryan makes contingency plans.

With a trip to hospital looming, single dad Bryan must make contingency plans.

Stars Richard Beckinsale as Bryan Archer, Pat Coombs as Mum/Albert and John Comer as Dad. With John Arnatt as the Bank Manager.

Written by Jim Eldridge.

Producer: John Fawcett Wilson

First broadcast on BBC Radio 2 in December 1977.

Off to hospital, single dad Bryan makes contingency plans. Stars Richard Beckinsale and Pat Coombs. From December 1977.

0108The Homecoming1977122420080607 (BBC7)
20140528 (BBC7)
20151120 (BBC7)
20151121 (BBC7)

Worried single dad Bryan learns that his son's mum wants to visit.

Single dad Bryan gets worried when his son's mum wants to visit.

Stars Richard Beckinsale as Bryan Archer, Pat Coombs as Mum/Albert and John Comer as Dad. With Robert Gillespie as the Police Sergeant and Diana Berriman as Rose.

Written by Jim Eldridge.

Producer: John Fawcett Wilson

First broadcast on BBC Radio 2 in December 1977.

Worried single dad Bryan learns that his son's mum wants to visit. Stars Richard Beckinsale and Pat Coombs. From December 1977.

0108 LASTFamily Christmas1977122420041222 (BBC7)
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Cinderella

Bryan finds himself double-booked for Christmas while Gran leads the community singing.

Single dad Bryan finds himself double-booked for the festivities.

From December 1977.

Stars Richard Beckinsale and Pat Coombs.

Single dad Bryan finds himself double-booked for the festivities. From December 1977.

Single dad Bryan finds himself double-booked for the festivities. Stars Richard Beckinsale and Pat Coombs. From December 1977.

0109 LASTFamily Christmas1977123120091222 (BBC7)
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Single dad Bryan finds himself double-booked for the festivities.

Single dad Bryan finds himself double-booked for the festivities. Stars Richard Beckinsale and Pat Coombs. From December 1977.

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Sitcom about Bryan Archer, a single father in charge of his baby son Albert.

Written by Jim Eldridge, and produced by John Fawcett Wilson.

Bryan was played by Richard Beckinsale in series 1, and Robert Lindsay in series 2, due to Beckinsales death in 1979; Pat Coombs played Bryans mother and Albert (!) in both series.

Richard Beckinsale and Pat Coombs star in a sitcom revolving around a doting single father and his son.

Single dad Bryan Archer juggles his work selling cosmetics with his childcare arrangements.

Single dad Bryan Archer struggles to work and bring up his baby son.

Single dad Bryan Archer struggles to work and bring up his baby son. Stars Richard Beckinsale and Pat Coombs. From January 1977.

Single dad Bryan Archer struggles to work and bring up his baby son. From January 1977.

Goldielocks and the Three Bears

Single dad Bryan Archer juggles his work selling cosmetics with his childcare arrangements

Comedy starring Richard Beckinsale.

Single dad Bryan Archer struggles to work as well as bringing up his baby son, Albert.

Stars Richard Beckinsale as Bryan Archer, Pat Coombs as Mum/Albert and John Comer as Dad. With Frank Thornton as Vernon Wordsworth.

Written by Jim Eldridge.

Producer: John Fawcett Wilson

First broadcast on BBC Radio 2 in January 1977.

0201A Moving Story1983031620140611 (BBC7)
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Single dad Bryan tries to get a loan to move house, but it's not simple.

Single dad Bryan tries to get a loan to move house, but it's not simple. Stars Robert Lindsay and Pat Coombs.

Robert Lindsay takes over as the single parent struggling to find work and raise his baby son. In the original 1977 series, Bryan was played by the late Richard Beckinsale who tragically died in 1979. After a six-year hiatus, the series returned with Bryan's mother and baby Albert played once again by the ever-versatile Pat Coombs.

First broadcast on BBC Radio 2 in 1983.

0202Breaking Up Is Hard To Do1983032320140618 (BBC7)
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Can Bryan save his sister Vera's marriage from breakdown?

Can Bryan save his sister Vera's marriage from breakdown? Stars Robert Lindsay, Gordon Kaye and Pat Coombs.

Robert Lindsay takes over as the single parent struggling to find work and raise his baby son. In the original 1977 series, Bryan was played by the late Richard Beckinsale who tragically died in 1979. After a six-year hiatus, the series returned with Bryan's mother and baby Albert played once again by the ever-versatile Pat Coombs.

First broadcast on BBC Radio 2 in 1983.

0203Minder1983033020140625 (BBC7)
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Bryan is offered a job at last, but where will he find a babysitter?

Bryan is offered a job at last, but where will he find a babysitter? Stars Robert Lindsay and Pat Coombs.

Robert Lindsay takes over as the single parent struggling to find work and raise his baby son. In the original 1977 series, Bryan was played by the late Richard Beckinsale who tragically died in 1979. After a six-year hiatus, the series returned with Bryan's mother and baby Albert played once again by the ever-versatile Pat Coombs.

First broadcast on BBC Radio 2 in 1983.

0204Casual Labour1983040620140702 (BBC7)
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Single dad Bryan is sacked and advertises for work in a local shop window.

Single dad Bryan tries to find work by advertising in a shop window. Stars Robert Lindsay and Pat Coombs.

Robert Lindsay takes over as the single parent struggling to find work and raise his baby son. In the original 1977 series, Bryan was played by the late Richard Beckinsale who tragically died in 1979. After a six-year hiatus, the series returned with Bryan's mother and baby Albert played once-again by the ever-versatile Pat Coombs.

First broadcast on BBC Radio 2 in 1983.

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Single dad Bryan takes a driving job but finds himself caught up in crime. Stars Robert Lindsay and Pat Coombs.

Robert Lindsay takes over as the single parent struggling to find work and raise his baby son. In the original 1977 series, Bryan was played by the late Richard Beckinsale who tragically died in 1979. After a six-year hiatus, the series returned with Bryan's mother and baby Albert played once again by the ever-versatile Pat Coombs.

First broadcast on BBC Radio 2 in March 1983.

Single dad Bryan takes a driving job but finds himself caught up in crime.

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Single dad Bryan takes a temporary filing job and chases a missing file.

Single dad Bryan takes a temporary filing job and chases a missing file. Stars Robert Lindsay and Pat Coombs.

Robert Lindsay takes over as the single parent struggling to find work and raise his baby son. In the original 1977 series, Bryan was played by the late Richard Beckinsale who tragically died in 1979. After a six-year hiatus, the series returned with Bryan's mother and baby Albert played once again by the ever-versatile Pat Coombs.

First broadcast on BBC Radio 2 in April 1983.

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Single dad Bryan attends a garden fete and impresses the guest of honour.

Single dad Bryan attends a garden fete and impresses the guest of honour. Stars Robert Lindsay and Pat Coombs.

Robert Lindsay takes over as the single parent struggling to find work and raise his baby son. In the original 1977 series, Bryan was played by the late Richard Beckinsale who tragically died in 1979.

After a six-year hiatus, the series returned with Bryan's mother and baby Albert played once again by the ever-versatile Pat Coombs.

First broadcast on BBC Radio 2 in April 1983.

0208 LASTUnder Observation1983050420140730 (BBC7)
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Single dad Bryan has a scare when his baby is taken to hospital for tests.

Long Single dad Bryan has a scare when his baby is taken to hospital for tests. Stars Robert Lindsay and Pat Coombs.

Robert Lindsay takes over as the single parent struggling to find work and raise his baby son. In the original 1977 series, Bryan was played by the late Richard Beckinsale who tragically died in 1979.

After a six-year hiatus, the series returned with Bryan's mother and baby Albert played once again by the ever-versatile Pat Coombs.

First broadcast on BBC Radio 2 in April 1983.