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In Loving Memory

All Episodes 1982 - 1986

  • Ended
  • ITV
  • 1969-11-04T12:00:00+08:00
  • 25 mins
  • 15 hours, 0 mins
  • United Kingdom
  • English
  • Comedy
The year is 1929 and in the opening episode Jeremiah Unsworth (Freddie Jones), the proprietor of the undertakers, dies. This leaves his widow Ivy (Thora Hird) and gormless nephew Billy (Christopher Beeny) to take over the business. As might be expected, the accident-prone Ivy and Billy have numerous mishaps, and hardly a funeral goes by without something untoward occurring. The setting for the show is the fictional Yorkshire town of Oldshaw during the 1930s. The writer Dick Sharples chose this period as this was the time when undertakers were switching from horse drawn hearses to mechanical ones.

38 episodes

Tis Christmas Eve, Oh Joy, what fun, We undertakers hope you'll come To see our merry pantomime.

Tis Christmas Eve, Oh Joy, what fun, We undertakers hope you'll come To see our merry pantomime.

1x01 In Loving Memory

  • Series Premiere

    1979-05-21T07:00:00+08:00 — 25 mins

Every resident of Oldshaw stands a chance of becoming an Unsworth's client, and being given one of the most disastrous funerals in the long history of undertaking.

1x02 The Legacy

  • 1979-05-28T07:00:00+08:00 — 25 mins

The funeral parlour is 'CLOSED - DUE TO BEREAVEMENT'. The reading of the late, unlamented Jeremiah Unsworth's will brings little comfort to Ivy, and even less for Billy.

1x03 Gone Dancing

  • 1979-06-04T07:00:00+08:00 — 25 mins

Billy sees the girl of his dreams at the Temperance Hall Tearooms. The trouble with being an undertaker as Billy complains, is that 'it puts the jessies right off you'.

1x04 The Rivals

  • 1979-06-11T07:00:00+08:00 — 25 mins

Competition rears its ugly head, with Ivy embroiled in a bitter trade war with Percy Openshaw. the winner takes it all, and the loser catches the next hearse out of town.

1x05 Pork

  • 1979-06-18T07:00:00+08:00 — 25 mins

Following an unfortunate incident with a short-sighted pallbearer and a professional mourner with a permanent grin, Billy is given an opportunity to learn a new trade - away from home.

1x06 Come Back Little Malcolm

  • 1979-06-25T07:00:00+08:00 — 25 mins

Undertaking is the only profession in which the customer can't complain or ask for a refund. At Unsworth & Co., it seems there is a first time for everything...

1x07 Onions

  • 1979-07-02T07:00:00+08:00 — 25 mins

A string of onions and a bicycle wheel stuck in the tram-lines set billy on the road to High Adventure - via a trip to France in the hearse.

2x01 The Outing

  • Season Premiere

    1980-10-27T08:00:00+08:00 — 25 mins

The annual undertaker's picnic ends in a romantic tryst for Billy, and even Ivy gets to taste some forbidden fruit!

2x02 Play To Me, Gipsy

  • 1980-11-03T08:00:00+08:00 — 25 mins

When a gypsy arrives hawking her wares, Ivy recognises her as old schoolmate Vera and promptly shows her the door, paying no heed to Vera's threats of a gypsy curse. Various unfortunate events unfold and Ivy is convinced it is the gypsy's curse.

2x03 The Honeymooners

  • 1980-11-10T08:00:00+08:00 — 25 mins

Billy reluctantly agrees to bring his new lady-friend home to meet his Aunt Ivy, convinced that she will send this one packing too. The lady-friend is made of sterner stuff....

2x04 Happy Birthday

  • 1980-11-17T08:00:00+08:00 — 25 mins

Ivy's ambition to be the first woman president of the local British Undertakers' Association isn't helped when Billy 'misplaces' a client, and has to follow the example of Messrs Burke and Hare to get him back.

2x05 Madam President

  • 1980-11-24T08:00:00+08:00 — 25 mins

It's election day for the presidency of the local British Undertakers' Association, and Ivy intends to be its first female president. Will accident-prone Billy let her down?

2x06 The Angels Want Me For a Sunbeam

  • 1980-12-01T08:00:00+08:00 — 25 mins

When a travelling evangelist comes to Oldshaw to save souls, he has his work cut out. Billy's decision to 'seek a better life' is no help to Ivy, or the business.

2x07 The Fall Of The House Of Unsworth

  • 1980-12-08T08:00:00+08:00 — 25 mins

Unsworth Undertakers are fighting off the bailiffs and don't even have the money for coffin nails. Is this the final nail in the coffin for Ivy's ailing business?

3x01 The Actress And The Undertaker

  • Season Premiere

    1982-10-12T07:00:00+08:00 — 25 mins

A visit to the local music hall on a knife-thrower's off-night leads to Billy's backstage involvement with a real thespian, much to Auntie Ivy's apprehension.

3x02 Wedding Bells

  • 1982-10-19T07:00:00+08:00 — 25 mins

It could be the wedding of the year, as Billy finally ties the knot. Ivy, not to be outdone, arranges her own funeral.

3x03 Bowls

  • 1982-10-26T08:00:00+08:00 — 25 mins

The Undertakers' Association Annual Bowling Tournament is well under way, but life is all bowls to Ivy and Billy.....until Ivy wins a prize she was not expecting!

3x04 Memories Are Made Of This

  • 1982-11-02T08:00:00+08:00 — 25 mins

Ivy takes a trip down Memory Lane to recall the 'high spots' of her career for readers of the British Undertakers' Journal.

3x05 Gone But Not Forgotten

  • 1982-11-09T08:00:00+08:00 — 25 mins

Not many people have had the chance to watch their own funeral procession, but anything can happen when Ivy is making the arrangements - even for kith and kin.

3x06 To Billy a Son

  • 1982-11-16T08:00:00+08:00 — 25 mins

Billy finally, if unexpectedly, becomes a proud father. there's just one small snag; the parents haven't actually been churched.

3x07 The Last Post

  • 1982-11-23T08:00:00+08:00 — 25 mins

When Ivy attends Sunday service at the chapel, she doesn't foresee spending the night alone with a man - or being condemned by all and forced to depart for pastures new.

Tis Christmas Eve, Oh Joy, what fun, We undertakers hope you'll come To see our merry pantomime.

4x01 Flying Undertaker

  • Season Premiere

    1983-11-28T08:00:00+08:00 — 25 mins

Jeremiah Unsworth and Co. Undertakers and Embalmers, finally go up in the world - in more ways than one!

4x02 Trouble at t'Mill

  • 1983-12-05T08:00:00+08:00 — 25 mins

Billy meets an old flame at the mill, and Ivy meets an even older flame when invited to present prizes for good attendance to the infants of the local school.

4x03 Blood Will Out

  • 1983-12-12T08:00:00+08:00 — 25 mins

A return to her roots and a night in a haunted house are enough to convince Ivy that the blood running through her veins is bluer than a bottle of Stephenson's ink!

4x04 Criminal Records

  • 1983-12-19T08:00:00+08:00 — 25 mins

A series of anonymous phone calls brings a welcome upsurge of business - but Billy suspects Unsworths' new clients 'accidental deaths' were anything but...

4x05 Cuckoo In The Nest

  • 1984-01-23T08:00:00+08:00 — 25 mins

As Billy finally leaves home to find a place of his own, a visitor from the past returns to comfort Ivy in her loneliness, with unexpected results.

4x06 Cash And Carry

  • 1984-01-30T08:00:00+08:00 — 25 mins

Church organist Annie Greenhalgh books her own funeral. Billy scoffs when Ivy tells him of Annie's amazing clairvoyant powers, but later receives astonishing news.

4x07 Do You Take This Woman?

  • 1984-02-06T08:00:00+08:00 — 25 mins

Confirmed bachelor Ernie Hadfield goes the way of all young men in the mating season, and is promised his fiancée's hand in marriage. Ivy and Billy help make it the Wedding of the Year.

5x01 And Auntie Came Too

  • Season Premiere

    1986-02-13T08:00:00+08:00 — 25 mins

Billy finally marries his beautiful bride - only to find that Ivy intends to accompany the newlyweds on their honeymoon to Robin Hood's Bay.

5x02 Three's a Crowd

  • 1986-02-20T08:00:00+08:00 — 25 mins

Billy and his new bride have scarcely a minute to themselves on their honeymoon...until the ever-present Auntie Ivy makes a startling announcement.

5x03 They Shoot Undertakers, Don't They?

  • 1986-02-27T08:00:00+08:00 — 25 mins

Mary's feeling jealous of Billy's past girlfriends, with her worst fear confirmed when he's seen with district nurse Tiger Lilly Longstaff, the Mata Hari of Oldshaw East.

5x04 The Second Time Around

  • 1986-03-06T08:00:00+08:00 — 25 mins

It's smiles all round as Ivy shows family photos to her nephew's new bride...until an old wedding group photo turns up, apparently showing Billy as the groom!

5x05 King Of The Mountains

  • 1986-03-13T08:00:00+08:00 — 25 mins

The strenuous sport of fell running has obvious attractions for any undertaker on the lookout for clients, and Ivy's greatest rival will stop at nothing to get in first.

5x06 The Undertaker's Apprentice

  • 1986-03-20T08:00:00+08:00 — 25 mins

An unfortunate accident in the planting of the late Alderman Cartwright, caused by the incompetence of the hired help, drives Ivy to advertise for a proper apprentice.

5x07 Up In The World

  • 1986-03-27T08:00:00+08:00 — 25 mins

When a leading competitor goes bankrupt, the extra business for Unsworth's puts Billy's marriage under strain...to Ivy's apparent glee.