General description/synopsis of the show
"Watching" , a classic offbeat comedy about a pair of totally mismatched lovebirds, is one of those unusual situation comedy's of the 80's/90's in that it was quietly very successful and despite not getting major re-airings is still fondly and widely remembered by many many people.
One of Granada/ITV's most durable sitcoms of recent years. Brimming with scouse wit and pathos, not just (although obviously) based in Liverpool, but embracing all that is Liverpool , the Merseyside area, it's people and culture.
Brenda and Pamela Wilson are sisters who live in the Sefton Park area of Liverpool. To stop them getting bored at their local pub, 'The Grapes', they play a game of "people watching". They watch the patrons, regulars and strangers, and try to guess their backgrounds, how old they are, where they live, what they do, what foot they kick with (which religion) etc. The more outrageous the better.
Malcolm Stoneway is a clean-cut, but slow witted, young man who works as a sales assistant in a men's tailors and lives with his overbearing snobbish mother in the upmarket area of Meols (pronounced mells) over on the Wirral. He has two hobbies, one is his vintage Norton motorbike and the other is bird watching.
Brenda and Malcolm meet when he walks into 'The Grapes' wanting a wee wee. Thinking that he's a "hells angels" type biker, she manoeuvers him into taking her out (to a hells angel rally in Rhyll) or so she thinks. He thinks they're going for a nice quiet day out bird watching at Burton Marsh.
This forms the basis of the unlikely relationship. We watch as they manage to stagger from one disaster to the next and yet over time they grow closer. We also see the life of Pamela develop as she falls in love, gets married and has a family, but even she has an up and down relationship with her husband David.
But the path to true love is never an easy one, as just about anyone will tell you. Brenda and Malcolm split up and get back together numerous times, but one of those times Malcolm meets and marries Lucinda (even though he still deeply loves Brenda). Is this the end?.
Brenda and Malcolm just can't get over each other, so they begin an affair. Malcolm and Lucinda break up amicably, admitting that they were never really suited. Brenda and Malcolm get back together and eventually they manage a "Meeting" at the church alter.
The show was set in the (then) current time. i.e the 80's with all that defined them, the bright colour fashion, big hair, music and culture that we fondly remember (oh come on now tell the truth, you loved it all and still do).
Emma Wray sung the theme tune.
The wit and entertaining storylines from Jim Hitchmough, the good acting performances from all the cast, but particularly the 3 main stars, Paul Bown, Emma Wray and Liza Tarbuck (the daughter of comedian Jimmy), the latter two in their first TV Roles, all came together to make this sitcom an enduring success.
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