Fresh Fields (1984)

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Fresh Fields is a British situation comedy written by John T. Chapman and produced by Thames Television for ITV between 7 March 1984 and 23 October 1986. A ratings success at the time, the show is well remembered for its opening titles featuring a silhouette of a person in a rocking chair.

It stars Julia McKenzie and Anton Rodgers as Hester and William Fields, a devoted middle-class couple with an idyllic suburban lifestyle. William works while Hester keeps home. The crux of the show was that she was always looking to try new hobbies or find ways to improve her life, much of which exasperated her hard-working husband.

The family home had a granny flat attached, in which Hester's mother Nancy lived. She was divorced from Hester's father Guy although remarried him as the series progressed. The couple had a daughter called Emma who frequently telephoned but never appeared. Her husband Peter did appear often. They later had a son — the Fields' first grandchild — whom they named Guy, after his great-grandfather.

Perhaps, the best remembered supporting character was Sonia Barrett who would frequently pop round to borrow items to replace hers due to breakage, theft or mislaying. Hester was not perturbed by this, as the two were close friends, but it used to irritate William. Sonia had the show's only catchphrase — she would always knock on the back door of the Fields' home and then say It's only Sonia! as she walked in. This would sometimes lead to applause of recognition from the studio audience, a phenomenon more regularly seen within American sitcoms. Sonia's husband John appeared on occasion, as did William's secretary Miss Denham, played by Daphne Oxenford.

Series Cast

  1. Anton Rodgers as William Fields

    Anton Rodgers

    William Fields

    27 Episodes

  2. Julia McKenzie as Hester Fields

    Julia McKenzie

    Hester Fields

    27 Episodes

  3. Fanny Rowe

    Nancy Penrose

    27 Episodes

  4. Ann Beach as Sonia Barrett

    Ann Beach

    Sonia Barrett

    27 Episodes

  5. Debby Cumming

    Emma

    12 Episodes

  6. Ballard Berkeley as Guy Penrose

    Ballard Berkeley

    Guy Penrose

    10 Episodes

  7. Daphne Oxenford

    Miss Denham

    6 Episodes

  8. Philip Bird

    Peter

    5 Episodes

  9. John Arthur as John

    John Arthur

    John

    5 Episodes

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Last Season

Season 4 - Fresh Fields

Season 4

1986 | 8 Episodes

Season 4 of Fresh Fields premiered on September 4, 1986.

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Fresh Fields

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Status Ended

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Type Scripted

Original Language English

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