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Home to Roost

All Episodes 1987 - 1990

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  • Ended
  • ITV1
  • 1985-04-01T00:00:00-05:00
  • 30 mins
  • 14 hours, 30 mins (29 episodes)
  • United Kingdom
  • English
  • Comedy
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Henry Willows is a middle-aged divorcee contentedly living alone. Feathers really fly as his orderly life is disrupted when his teenage son Matthew, whom he has not seen for seven years, appears out of the blue, intending to stay. While Henry has never quite seen himself as the typical loving parent, he reluctantly agrees to give the arrangement a try. The differences in age and temperament between father and son produce hilarious situations as they attempt to adjust to life together. Matthew is a typical teenager who likes rock music, girls, telling lies and drinking his father's whiskey. From the moment he moves in, life for poor Henry will never be the same.
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30 episodes

Special 1 Family Ties

  • 1987-12-26T19:00:00-05:00 — 30 mins

There's a full menu of seasonal fare in store for this special Christmas edition. Henry is planning an intimate Yuletide break for two with his girlfriend Cynthia at a posh hotel. But his children arrive expecting Christmas to be a real family affair.

1x01 A New Life

  • Series Premiere

    1985-04-18T18:00:00-05:00 — 30 mins

Henry was divorced seven years ago and, apart from the daily visits of his cleaning lady Mrs. Thompson, he has grown accustomed to living alone. The sudden arrival of his teenaged son Matthew disturbs the quiet orderly running of his home.

1x02 Bad Apples

  • 1985-04-25T18:00:00-05:00 — 30 mins

Henry and Matthew's differences in age and taste are constant and comic irritants in their daily confrontations, but they rise to new levels when the subject of education is raised and they must choose a school for Matthew.

1x03 All You Need Is Love

  • 1985-05-02T19:00:00-04:00 — 30 mins

When Matthew brings a girlfriend home, the cleaning lady finds incriminating evidence in his bedroom.

1x04 Suspect

  • 1985-05-09T19:00:00-04:00 — 30 mins

When Henry's next door neighbour's son returns from college, comparisons between Matthew and the student are inevitable. But while the neighbour boy might look to be industrious, considerate, well-mannered and a great sportsman, Matthew knows the truth.

1x05 Dating Henry

  • 1985-05-16T19:00:00-04:00 — 30 mins

Wine is chilling, candlesticks are on the table and Henry has shaved. Who is coming to dinner? Matthew attempts to find out.

1x06 Small Change

  • 1985-05-23T19:00:00-04:00 — 30 mins

As most young people are, Matthew is desperate for money, but his father refuses to invest in his future unless he finds more suitable employment.

1x07 The Way We Were

  • 1985-05-30T19:00:00-04:00 — 30 mins

It's Henry's wedding anniversary, but after seven years of separation there is nothing to celebrate, so he goes to the club. While he is out, Matthew welcomes a special guest into his father's home.

2x01 Protest

  • Season Premiere

    1986-10-02T19:00:00-04:00 — 30 mins

Henry and Matthew's relationship is strained further when Matthew becomes an animal rights activist.

2x02 Open House

  • 1986-09-11T19:00:00-04:00 — 30 mins

Henry comes home to find the house full of Matthew's friends—more of an orgy than a party, says Henry—but rather than throw them all out, he joins in with hilarious results.

2x03 Plastic Dreamworld

  • 1986-09-04T19:00:00-04:00 — 30 mins

Matthew inherits a large sum of money, but finds it impossible to hold on to. Matthew opens a bank account, but how long can he withstand the temptation of ATMs and credit cards?

2x04 Acting Out

  • 1986-09-18T19:00:00-04:00 — 30 mins

Henry is stunned to find Matthew wearing makeup, and even more stunned when he finds out Matthew wants to become an actor. Matthew has joined the college drama group to play Othello, with a married woman as his Desdemona. Henry is horrified at the result.

2x05 The Test

  • 1986-09-25T19:00:00-04:00 — 30 mins

Henry suffers every father's nightmare—teaching his son to drive. Inevitably, Henry's pristine new car begins to show signs of stress.

2x06 Any Questions?

  • 1986-10-09T19:00:00-04:00 — 30 mins

Prospective candidate Henry is opposed by an attractive woman in the election, creating a quandary for first-time voter Matthew.

2x07 Julie

  • 1986-10-16T19:00:00-04:00 — 30 mins

Matthew's sister Julie decides to stay, but Henry and Matthew soon find that three's a crowd.

3x01 Human Interest

  • Season Premiere

    1987-10-23T19:00:00-04:00 — 30 mins

Henry and Matthew's search for a new cleaning lady is undermined by their disagreements about employee qualifications.

3x02 Success Story

  • 1987-10-30T19:00:00-05:00 — 30 mins

Henry's brother decides to pay a rare visit to the Willows household. Matthew is impressed with young, single, successful Uncle Edward, but Henry has difficulty expressing brotherly love.

3x03 High Spirits

  • 1987-11-06T19:00:00-05:00 — 30 mins

Matthew goes ghost hunting in the spare room. Henry is skeptical and refuses to believe Matthew's claim that there is life on the other side, until Matthew takes him to an abandoned railway station which is supposedly haunted.

3x04 The Real Thing

  • 1987-11-13T19:00:00-05:00 — 30 mins

Why is Matthew tingling in the morning? Henry gives him the benefit of his experience with women and love, but, not surprisingly, the advice doesn't really help. Father and son quickly discover that the path of true love runs anything but smoothly.

3x05 Crime Watch

  • 1987-11-20T19:00:00-05:00 — 30 mins

Henry becomes paranoid about security and joins the neighbourhood watch.

3x06 Getting On

  • 1987-11-27T19:00:00-05:00 — 30 mins

A visit to an optician and an ear surgeon make Henry feel his age. Matthew decides he ought to do more for old people so he adopts Shady Gray and gives him food and shelter, but is Shady all he seems?

3x07 Paper Chase

  • 1987-12-04T19:00:00-05:00 — 30 mins

Matthew seems doomed to fail his exams until his pal comes up with a crafty scheme. But who is more worried about these exams, Matthew or Henry?

3x08 Family Ties

  • 1987-12-26T19:00:00-05:00 — 30 mins

There's a full menu of seasonal fare in store for this special Christmas edition. Henry is planning an intimate Yuletide break for two with his girlfriend Cynthia at a posh hotel. But his children arrive expecting Christmas to be a real family affair.

4x01 Bridge of Sighs

  • Season Premiere

    1989-11-30T19:00:00-05:00 — 30 mins

A voice from the past sets Henry thinking of romance. Matthew tries to help him regain his lost youth and that's when trouble starts.

4x02 Front Runner

  • 1989-12-07T19:00:00-05:00 — 30 mins

Henry suggests that Matthew look for a part-time job to supplement his tiny grant cheque. But when Matthew turns up as the new post boy at his father's company, Henry's problems multiply.

4x03 The Boyfriend

  • 1989-12-14T19:00:00-05:00 — 30 mins

Henry has high expectations for his daughter Julie. So when she arrives for the weekend with boyfriend Robin, Henry checks him out carefully. Henry is convinced there is an engagement planned, but Matthew is more skeptical.

4x04 Thought for the Day

  • 1989-12-21T19:00:00-05:00 — 30 mins

When Henry agrees to take in a lodger, Matthew is pleased at the prospect of having some young blood around the house. But Matthew is aghast to discover that the new lodger is the curate. Not only do meal times take on a spiritual air, but Henry decides that it is time that they both became reacquainted with the local church.

4x05 Return to Clagthorpe

  • 1990-01-04T19:00:00-05:00 — 30 mins

Henry doesn't think much of foreign vacations. Instead he decides, much to Matthew's dismay, that Britain is best and the pair should retrace old steps in sunny Clagthorpe with the kindly guest house owner Mrs. Blackett. Will Clagthorpe be the holiday paradise Henry remembers?

4x06 High Noon

  • 1990-01-11T19:00:00-05:00 — 30 mins

Matthew's involvement with the local boxing champion's girlfriend leads to a fight. He is horrified to find that Henry is up for it.

4x07 Leaving

  • 1990-01-18T19:00:00-05:00 — 30 mins

Matthew is set to leave for college, and Henry is far from sad—he's been looking forward to this day for a long time.

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