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I Didn't Know You Cared 

The life and times of the Brandon family which is often hilarious. Mr. Brandon (John Comer), Mrs. Brandon (Liz Smith) and Uncle Mort (Robin Bailey) accompanied by Carter Brandon (Stephen ... See full summary »


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Series cast summary:
Robin Bailey Robin Bailey ...  Uncle Mort 27 episodes, 1975-1979
John Comer ...  Mr Brandon / ... 27 episodes, 1975-1979
Liz Smith ...  Mrs Brandon / ... 27 episodes, 1975-1979
Deirdre Costello Deirdre Costello ...  Linda Preston 18 episodes, 1975-1979
Keith Drinkel Keith Drinkel ...  Carter Brandon 14 episodes, 1978-1979
Liz Goulding Liz Goulding ...  Pat 14 episodes, 1978-1979
Bert Palmer Bert Palmer ...  Uncle Staveley 14 episodes, 1975-1978
Stephen Rea ...  Carter Brandon 13 episodes, 1975-1976
Anita Carey Anita Carey ...  Pat 13 episodes, 1975-1976


The life and times of the Brandon family which is often hilarious. Mr. Brandon (John Comer), Mrs. Brandon (Liz Smith) and Uncle Mort (Robin Bailey) accompanied by Carter Brandon (Stephen Rea) and his fiancé Pat (Anita Carey) live in South Yorkshire. The series starts with Uncle Mort becoming a widower and moving in with the Brandon family. The humour is very Northern but some of the situations that arise from this family are very funny. Their world seems to revolve around Unsworth's Pork Pies. Enough said.

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27 August 1975 (UK) See more »

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(27 episodes)

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1.33 : 1
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Did You Know?


Remarkably the 1973 source novel "I Didn't Know You Cared" sees Uncle Mort's friend Vernon Collinson make a passing reference to "the celebrated light comedian Leslie Sarony." Sarony would go on to play Uncle Staveley during the final season of the show six years later. See more »


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TV version of wonderful books
8 April 2002 | by geffersSee all my reviews

One series of this show has been released to TV, and it's pretty good, but a little slow.

It is a poor cousin of a marvellous series of books. The first novel, A Touch of Daniel introduces us to a family, the Brandons, which becomes more and more extended as aunts and uncles move in. There's a huge sense of reality in the dialogue and characters. In "A Touch of Daniel", a baby born to the household seems to have a miracle power... Hugely funny - books that you will read and re-read.

The other books in the series develop the characters, and focuses mostly on Carter Brandon, his girlfriend Pat, and his Uncle Mort. The reading order is: Touch of Daniel, I Didn't Know You Cared, Except You're a bird and Call it a Canary.

Hopefully they will release more of the series, but I'd really recommend you read at least the first book, if not all four.

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