Home to Roost (1985)

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Home to Roost is a British television sitcom produced by Yorkshire Television in the 1980s. Written by Eric Chappell, it starred John Thaw as Henry Willows and Reece Dinsdale as his 18-year-old son Matthew.

The premise is that Henry Willows is forty-something, who has been divorced from his wife for seven years and is perfectly happy living alone in London. That is, until his youngest child, Matthew arrives to live with him, after being thrown out by his mother. The plots generally revolved around Henry's annoyance at having his solitude disturbed, and the age gap clash. Henry employed two cleaners throughout the show's life; first Enid Thompson, and, in the third season, Fiona Fennell.

The show's theme tune was Lionel Bart's "Consider Yourself" from Oliver! It was arranged in a jazz style by Peter Knight.

The series was later repeated on Channel 4, and ITV3. All 29 episodes have now been released on DVD by Network DVD.

  1. Eric Chappell


Series Cast

  1. Reece Dinsdale

    Reece Dinsdale

    Matthew Willows

    29 Episodes

  2. John Thaw

    John Thaw

    Henry Willows

    29 Episodes

  3. Elizabeth Bennett

    Elizabeth Bennett

    Mrs. Thompson

    14 Episodes

  4. Joan Blackham

    Joan Blackham

    Fiona Fennell

    6 Episodes

  5. Rebecca Lacey

    Rebecca Lacey

    Julie Willows

    3 Episodes

  6. John Bird

    John Bird

    FG Fielding

    2 Episodes

  7. Clare Clifford

    Clare Clifford


    1 Episode

  8. Frank Mills

    Frank Mills

    Job Centre Assistant

    1 Episode

  9. Sheila Hancock

    Sheila Hancock


    1 Episode

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Last Season

Season 4

1989 | 7 Episodes

Season 4 of Home to Roost premiered on December 1, 1989.

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Status Returning Series


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Type Scripted

Original Language English


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