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The Brothers
The Brothers (1976), left to right:Derek Benfield, Margaret Ashcroft, Jennifer Wilson, Robin Chadwick, Jean Anderson, Colin Baker
Created byGerard Glaister & N.J.Crisp
Written byN.J. Crisp
Eric Paice
John Pennington
Simon Raven
Douglas Watkinson
Brian Finch
Ray Jenkins
Elaine Morgan
Directed byPhilip Dudley
Lennie Mayne
Ronald Wilson
Timothy Combe
Mary Ridge
Quentin Lawrence
Eric Price
Roderick Graham
Vere Lorrimer
Christopher Baker
StarringJean Anderson
Glyn Owen
Richard Easton
Robin Chadwick
Patrick O'Connell
Jennifer Wilson
Derek Benfield
Gabrielle Drake
Colin Baker
Theme music composerDudley Simpson
Country of originUnited Kingdom
Original languageEnglish
No. of series7
No. of episodes92
ProducerGerard Glaister
Production locationsGreenwich, London, England, United Kingdom
Running time50 minutes
Original release
Release10 March 1972 (1972-03-10) –
19 December 1976 (1976-12-19)

The Brothers is a British television series, produced and shown by the BBC between 1972 and 1976.[1]

Debuting with the death of road haulage magnate Robert Hammond, the series followed the trials and tribulations of the company and family/families he left behind, with equal shares in Hammond Transport Services left to each of his three sons and to his secretary (who was revealed to have been Hammond's mistress and the mother of his illegitimate daughter).


The series was based around conflict within the Hammond family over the direction of the family firm, a London-based road haulage business called Hammond Transport Services, after the death of patriarch Robert Hammond.[2] The eldest son, Edward (played by Glyn Owen during the first series and by Patrick O'Connell for the remainder of the show's run), prepares to take over the running of the business, only to find that his father has left equal shares to his two other sons, Brian (Richard Easton), a dull accountant and David (Robin Chadwick), a young graduate - and to his mistress and secretary Jennifer Kingsley (Jennifer Wilson). Storylines throughout the series dealt with plans to expand the business into an international concern, coupled with more family-orientated plots as Edward and Jennifer fall in love and marry.

Other prominent characters included Robert Hammond's hard-faced widow and the mother of the three brothers, Mary (Jean Anderson), who is determined to continue exercising her own influence over her family, Brian's shrewish wife Ann (Hilary Tindall) and David's girlfriend then wife Jill (Gabrielle Drake). Later characters to be introduced included the loathsome[3] financial whizkid, merchant banker and proto-yuppie Paul Merroney (Colin Baker), April Winter (Liza Goddard), who became Merroney's wife, and Jane Maxwell (Kate O'Mara), the tough female boss of an air freight business.[4] Baker and Goddard married in real life in 1976, but divorced in 1978.

Bill, the foreman (Derek Benfield), demonstrated how the workplace of the 1970s was changing. His elevation from the shop floor to a key member of the board was met with resistance from both ends, and the subsequent decades allow this to be seen in context, one way that management and workers may work closer together to maintain the company's competitive outlook. The character of Paul Merroney can in hindsight be viewed as a prototype for the new Thatcher-inspired generation of corporate go-getters.

The show also featured Mike Pratt playing the character Don Stacey (1975–76).[5] This was the final role that he played before his early death.[6]

After the end of the seventh series in 1976, the show finished. There was no formal cancellation of the show but a further series was never commissioned.

Created by Gerard Glaister and N. J. Crisp, Glaister was also the producer of the series.[1] The Brothers became a highly popular Sunday night favourite with BBC viewers throughout its run.[2]

A re-run of the series on Talking Pictures TV began on Monday 01 January 2024

Cast album

The popularity of the series in The Netherlands (where it was titled The Hammonds) resulted in a Christmas album recorded by the main characters. Christmas with The Hammonds, produced by Dutch TV host Willem Duys, reached number 22 in the Dutch LP Top 50 in December 1976.[7]

Main cast list

Character Actor Series
Series 1 Series 2 Series 3 Series 4 Series 5 Series 6 Series 7
Mary Hammond Jean Anderson
Edward Hammond Glyn Owen
Edward Hammond Patrick O'Connell
Brian Hammond Richard Easton
David Hammond Robin Chadwick
Jennifer Kingsley Jennifer Wilson
Bill Riley Derek Benfield
Ann Hammond Hilary Tindall
Jill Williams Gabrielle Drake
Barbara Kingsley Julia Goodman
Sally Woolfe Annette Andre
Harry Carter Mark McManus
Nicholas Fox Jonathan Newth
Julie Lane Gillian McCutcheon
Nancy Lincoln Claire Nielson
Pamela Graham Anna Fox
Johnny Trent Malcolm Stoddard
Gwen Riley Margaret Ashcroft
Martin Farrell Murray Hayne
Paul Merroney Colin Baker
Jane Maxwell Kate O'Mara
Don Stacy Mike Pratt
Clare Miller Carole Mowlam
April Winter Liza Goddard
Van der Merwe [8] Joby Blanshard

Series overview

Series Episodes Originally aired
First aired Last aired
Series 1 10 10 March 1972 12 May 1972
Series 2 13 14 January 1973 8 April 1973
Series 3 13 3 February 1974 5 May 1974
Series 4 14 1 September 1974 8 December 1974
Series 5 13 6 April 1975 29 June 1975
Series 6 13 25 January 1976 18 April 1976
Series 7 16 5 September 1976 19 December 1976


Series 1

Broadcast on Friday evenings on BBC1, in varying time slots, with the most common time slot being 8:10pm–9:00pm.[9]

Ep. no. (overall) Ep. no. in series Title Directed by Written by Original air date
11"End Of The Beginning"Ronald WilsonN.J.Crisp10 March 1972 (1972-03-10)
The death of Robert Hammond bring the inevitable grief to the Hammond family. However,there are shocks in store at the reading of the will. Robert has left his flourishing haulage business to the equal care of his three sons – and his secret mistress, company secretary Jennifer Kingsley. In addition he has made provision for Barbara Kingsley, his illegitimate daughter.
22"Down To Business"Ronald WilsonN.J.Crisp17 March 1972 (1972-03-17)
The newly appointed Hammond Board sets to work. It proves a somewhat uneasy alliance. Barbara Kingsley is still troubled by the revelation of her real parentage and Ted is determined he will be the majority share holder and sets about persuading the others to sell.
33"Confrontation"Philip DudleyN.J.Crisp24 March 1972 (1972-03-24)
David's romance with Jill continues to be rocky. Mary summons Jennifer and Barbara to the family home for an explosive meeting. Ann schemes to get Brian to return to his old job.
44"Decisions"Eric PriceN.J.Crisp31 March 1972 (1972-03-31)
A new sales rep, Frank Walker, makes an impression on Jennifer. Ted keeps up the pressure to get his hands on further shares and Ann plays the femme fatale with her brother in law David.
55"The Party"Ronald WilsonN.J.Crisp7 April 1972 (1972-04-07)
An important client throws a party and the Board of Directors of Hammond's are all invited. David uses it as an opportunity to finish with Jill and Ann is determined to make the most of her night without husband Brian in tow.
66"Turning Point"Philip DudleyEric Paice14 April 1972 (1972-04-14)
Brian is concerned about Ann's movements after the Birkett party as cracks in their marriage continue to widen. David touts for business with paint mogul Sir John Borret and appears to secure a deal. Edward smells a rat but his opposition to major financial outlay to accommodate the new Borret deal is overridden in a Board vote.
77"The Perfect Day"Eric PriceEric Paice21 April 1972 (1972-04-21)
Work begins on building a storage facility for the Borret paint. The firm has borrowed substantially so its future depends on the success of the contract. A looming dock strike suddenly brings dark storm clouds over Hammond's. Financially they are stretched to the limit so if the strike continues for a short period the firm could be placed in a perilous situation. Has Sir John played a cunning hand?
88"Crisis"Ronald WilsonEric Paice28 April 1972 (1972-04-28)
The strike by Docks workers spells potential disaster for Hammonds Transport, thanks to the extra financial outlay for the Borret contract. Ann continues to put pressure on Brian to move to a larger house. Bill and David attempt to cross the picket line.
99"A Worm In The Bud"Philip DudleyEric Paice5 May 1972 (1972-05-05)
Sir John invites the Hammond Board to lunch - but he has an agenda to trap them as the strike reaches its conclusion. Following an extravagant shopping expedition Ann finally leaves Brian.
1010"Full Circle"Ronald WilsonEric Paice12 May 1972 (1972-05-12)
With the strike over, Hammond's can finally look to the future with possible expansion plans. Ann is finding it harder than she thought away from her husband and Ted is growing closer to Jennifer - but Mary is determined to have her say on the matter.

Series 2

Broadcast on Sunday evenings on BBC1 from 7:25pm–8:15pm.

Ep. No. (overall) Ep. No. in series Title Directed by Written by Original air date
111"A Family Gathering"Quentin LawrenceN.J.Crisp14 January 1973 (1973-01-14)
Mary Hammond returns from recuperation abroad, determined to drive a wedge between Edward and Jennifer. Harry Carter, of Carter's Express Deliveries, puts in an impressive offer for land adjoining the Hammond depot - land Edward thought was already promised to his firm.
122"Wheels And Deals"Prudence FitzgeraldN.J.Crisp21 January 1973 (1973-01-21)
When Mary finds a phone number in Edward's pocket she learns an ex-girlfriend is back on the scene. It is another weapon in her war against Jennifer. The Board have to vote on a take-over bid for Carter's firm. Edward will be against it. Or will he?
133"The Trojan Horse"Quentin LawrenceEric Paice28 January 1973 (1973-01-28)
The stand-off with Carter continues but David reckons that Carter isn't in as strong a position as he makes out. Mary continues to manipulate the lives of her children but with Edward she may have gone too far.
144"Snakes And Ladders"Terence WilliamsEric Paice4 February 1973 (1973-02-04)
Carter finally lays out his conditions for the take-over. With a seat on the board at the top of the list, the Hammonds Board takes a vote. Ann confronts Brian about his new lady friend.
155"Labour Pains"Prudence FitzgeraldN.J.Crisp11 February 1973 (1973-02-11)
Harry Carter has cunningly invited all the Hammonds around to his apartment for drinks. One by one the brothers drop out, which leaves Mary and Jennifer the only guests that turn up ! Barbara is in awe of her new art tutor Nicholas Fox and at the depot trouble is brewing between the Carter and Hammond drivers.
166"Negotiations"Prudence FitzgeraldN.J.Crisp18 February 1973 (1973-02-18)
With strike action threatened, the Union is called in to settle the conflict with the two sets of drivers. Carter is determined that the Union won't have a say in the way he handles the unrest, but Ted is a much more experienced negotiator. David falls for the charms of Jill's flatmate Julie.
177"Declarations Of Independence"Philip DudleyN.J.Crisp25 February 1973 (1973-02-25)
Ann's continued baiting of Brian reaches a climax when she interrupts his evening with Pamela. The firm sinks deeper into debt, Ted pressures Brian into keeping them afloat. Barbara and her mother clash over her friendship with Nicholas.
188"Errors Of Judgement"Mary RidgeN.J.Crisp4 March 1973 (1973-03-04)
Hammond Transport is struggling to complete its delivery commitments. Barbara intends to go to Paris with Nicholas and Ann is using all her wily skills to gain Mary's support as she makes a move to keep Brian onside. A Board meeting reveals the extent of Hammond's troubles. The cash flow is perilous. They need to recoup their debts urgently.
199"Storm Birds"Philip DudleyEric Paice11 March 1973 (1973-03-11)
The drivers strike continues over the use of Harry Carter's non-Union drivers. A full meeting of the Board members and Union representatives is made more difficult by Carter antagonising the Union. Jill and Julie call on Mary but Julie does not endear herself to the Hammond matriarch. Negotiations falter and Hammond Transport is starting to flounder under the weight of the problem. Brian discovers Ann has been making secret visits to the family home.
2010"Tightrope"Philip DudleyEric Paice18 March 1973 (1973-03-18)
Whilst Harry wines and dines Jennifer, Ted arranges a late night meeting with Reg Turner and Bill. Ann arrives home unexpectedly to find Pamela waiting for Brian. Tom Parker has left the country, he owes Hammond Transport a lot of money. Without it they are sunk. Jill receives some devastating news. Carter plays a masterstroke to end the stalemate.
2111"A Marriage Is Arranged"Ronald WilsonEric Paice25 March 1973 (1973-03-25)
With the lorries back on the road, concern grows about the whereabouts of Tom Parker. Barbara is finding her trip to Paris with Nicholas Fox is not all she wanted it to be. Mary invites Jill to lunch and together they conspire to get David to the altar. Brian's discreet enquiries about Parker shows that he is in trouble, making finding him more urgent. Ted flies out to Parker's last known whereabouts in Corfu in a desperate bid to sort out the debt. Whilst he is away Carter makes a move for the Chair in the Board meeting.
2212"Women Are Trumps"Mary RidgeEric Paice1 April 1973 (1973-04-01)
Edward has returned with grave news - Parker is going bankrupt. He also decides Carter has to go and gives him three options on which he can leave the company. But Carter wants buying out and cash is the one thing Hammonds do not have. Jill reveals the extent of her inheritance - £250,000. It occurs to Jill she might have the means to save Hammond Transport. With Pamela out of the picture, Ann and Brian start rebuilding their marriage.
2313"No Hard Feelings"Ronald WilsonN.J.Crisp8 April 1973 (1973-04-08)
The Hammond Board vote to buy out Harry Carter. He parts company on good terms with everyone - except Mary Hammond. David is not happy that Jill's money alone is keeping the business afloat. Ann plays her final hand in her game to get husband Brian to take her back. Despite constant baiting from Julie, David marries Jill.

Series 3

Broadcast on Sunday evenings on BBC1 from 7:25pm–8:15pm.

Ep. no. (overall) Ep. no. in series Title Directed by Written by Original air date
241"The Hammond Account"Philip DudleyN.J.Crisp3 February 1974 (1974-02-03)
Hammond Transport Services is once again in the position for expansion, thanks to Jill's guarantee. It appears everyone is optimistic for the future, however David is strangely reluctant. He proposes advertising for new accounts. However the search for an Advertising Agency to handle the campaign brings with it two unexpected faces from the past. Bill is cautious about a new scheme being introduced involving the drivers. Barbara returns from months abroad with some shocking news for Jennifer.
252"The Newly Weds"Roderick GrahamN.J.Crisp10 February 1974 (1974-02-10)
Barbara attempts to placate her mother over the news that she has secretly married. But her new husband knows she is a heiress which makes Jennifer even more suspicious. Ted wants a meeting with Johnny Trent so he can find out more about his motives. Bill confesses to Jennifer that all is not well at home, his wife Gwen is not happy living in their house any longer. Mary welcomes the newly weds into her home. Jill returns to find that Julie is once more back in their lives. Ann has an encounter with Nicholas Fox which leaves her shaken.
263"Suspicions"Philip DudleyN.J.Crisp17 February 1974 (1974-02-17)
With plans underway to improve Hammond Transports links with Europe, David travels to Dover to look at sites for a potential new depot. Barbara and Mary chat frankly about Jennifer. Brian's new competitive drive in business excites Ann, but she is consumed by thoughts of Nicholas. David's resistance to the plans for expansion leads to a clash with his elder brothers. He seeks comfort from Julie, but he arrives home to find Jill in suspicious mood.
274"Tug Of War"Roderick GrahamN.J.Crisp24 February 1974 (1974-02-24)
David openly opposes the plan for a new depot at Dover, causing Brian to go behind David's back and appeal directly to Jill. Ted convinces Mary into inviting Jennifer around for dinner, it is an invitation neither are looking forward to. Jill is convinced that David and Julie are having an affair, meanwhile David is furious that Brian has approached Jill without his knowledge and appeals directly to Ted. A new lorry driver, Jim Barker, turns up wanting a job but his motives are less than honourable.
285"Hijack"Philip DudleyEric Paice3 March 1974 (1974-03-03)
Ted and Bill travel to the Continent as the first shipment for Hammond Transport heralds a new era for the company. However they are unaware they are being followed. Nicholas Fox continues to exert his charisma over everyone, and issues a charm offensive against Ann on a trip to an Art Gallery. On the way back to the London depot, the lorry driven by Bill and Jim is hijacked.The lorry is soon found but the load is missing. Suspicion immediately falls on the two drivers, but when Jim's background check comes back clean it is Bill who remains the strongest suspect.
296"Riley"Roderick GrahamEric Paice10 March 1974 (1974-03-10)
Bill and Jim are both taken into custody. An incident in Bill's past on his police record puts him firmly in the hot seat for the hijacking. The dinner party is an uneasy gathering thanks to Jennifer's presence, and Jill is angered by an off-hand comment from Ted. Nicholas and Ann continues to circle each other whilst Jennifer demands to know the extent of Johnny's debts with the boutique. She also reveals her suspicions that Bill has known about her affair with Robert Hammond for years. Jill, finally exhausted with David's constant excuses, suggests a divorce. Mary learns that Julie is destroying their marriage and vows to intercede.
307"Trade Wind"Philip DudleyEric Paice17 March 1974 (1974-03-17)
Barbara sees a way of settling Johnny's debts by borrowing against her future inheritance. Ann holds a dinner party inviting both Nicholas and Pamela Fox. David places the Board under pressure to release Jill's financial guarantee to the company. Barbara finds help with her loan from an ally close to home. Mary confronts Julie about her interference in David's marriage and the two clash. With Nicholas leaving for Brussels on business, Ann makes a confession as the situation starts to spiral out of control.
318"Echoes"Roderick GrahamEric Paice24 March 1974 (1974-03-24)
Julie continues to be an ever present temptation to David as she is appointed to work on the Hammond account by the advertising agency. Nicholas and Ann take another step in their continuing liaison whilst David clashes with Brian whilst standing in for Ted in the Chairman's seat. Ann uses Pamela as a confidante in her ongoing obsession with Nicholas. Ted and Jenny go sailing, and David tells his mother to stop interfering with his life.
329"An Impossible Debt"Philip DudleyN.J.Crisp31 March 1974 (1974-03-31)
Jennifer guesses the source of Barbara's loan and suddenly Johnny's debts assume unimagined importance. Ann seeks medical help for insomnia as she is wrestles with her feelings for Nicholas. The Hammond board release Jill's guarantee and she tells David he is free now the company do not need her financial backing. Jennifer is furious with both Barbara and Mary and makes a drastic decision which will have repercussions for everyone at Hammond Transport.
3310"Power For Sale"Roderick GrahamN.J.Crisp7 April 1974 (1974-04-07)
Ted is floored by Jennifer's announcement and is mystified as to her reasons. A Dutch businessman Van Der Moewe is introduced to the Board by Nicholas Fox, he could be a great ally in their plans to expand their operations into Europe. With Ted refusing to accept that Jennifer is serious, she opens up her offer to the other brothers. The triangle between David, Jill and Julie continues to threaten their marriage much to the concern of Mary.
3411"Conspirators"Philip DudleyEric Paice21 April 1974 (1974-04-21)
The current situation sees Brian and David scrambling to raise cash in an effort to put themselves in the driving seat on the Hammond Board. Bill Riley confides in Mary and Edward the reason he wants to leave the firm. In an effort to keep open her options, Jennifer visits her Bank Manager but the news he has for her isn’t what she was hoping. Jill is appalled to see David and Brian plotting against Ted and makes a decision regarding her role in the proceedings. When Ted finally finds out the reason for Jennifer's decision he sets about putting things back in their natural order, and this means putting his brothers in their place.
3512"Perchance To Dream"Roderick GrahamEric Paice28 April 1974 (1974-04-28)
A desperate Ann tries, and fails, to fly to Brussels to be with Nicholas Fox. Barbara takes Mary news of a debit repaid. The family gather to celebrate David's birthday as they try to restore harmony. Ann's trip to see the children at boarding school leaves her ever more disconsolate, and Brian gets a shock at the end of the evening.
3613"Return To Nowhere"Philip DudleyNo Writer Credit5 May 1974 (1974-05-05)
Ann is taken to hospital as Brian endures an anxious wait. Julie continues to play games with David but this time it is she who gets the biggest surprise. Bill tells Ted that he and Gwen have found the house they want. Ted and Jenny set off on holiday as Ann and Brian try to come to terms with what has happened. On their return to see Mary with important news, they have a shock in store.

Series 4

Broadcast on Sunday evenings on BBC1 from 7:25pm–8:15pm, with a one-week break in the series on 24 November 1974.

Ep. no. (overall) Ep. no in series Title Directed by Written by Original air date
371"Emergency"Roderick GrahamN.J.Crisp1 September 1974 (1974-09-01)
Edward and Jennifer return from holiday, anxious to acquaint Mary with their marriage plans but find her collapsed with another heart-attack. The Hammonds prove their ability to rally round in a crisis. A good time for Riley's wife, Gwen, to lend her assistance.
382"Secret Meetings"Vere LorrimerN.J.Crisp8 September 1974 (1974-09-08)
As the debate about going public begins, manoeuvres are made for control of the board. In readiness Brian meets merchant banker Martin Farrell, while Edward sounds out Riley.
393"Investigations"Roderick GrahamN.J.Crisp15 September 1974 (1974-09-15)
The first steps are made for the Hammonds to go public. Farrell prepares the investigations, and in the process notices the company's organisational weaknesses.
404"Happy Anniversary"Vere LorrimerN.J.Crisp22 September 1974 (1974-09-22)
Riley and Farrell join the Hammonds' Board. At once Brian and Riley come into conflict. But Brian's behaviour is really a reaction of his worsening relationship with Ann.
415"Partings"Roderick GrahamJohn Pennington29 September 1974 (1974-09-29)
Edward and Brian attend a lunch in the city with Paul Merroney, a merchant banker, to launch Hammonds as a public company. Edward begins to act the role but Brian looks far from the part.
426"Loneliness"Lennie MayneJohn Pennington6 October 1974 (1974-10-06)
Brian and Ann apart face the problems of loneliness; by contrast Martin Farrell and Jennifer enjoy dinner together. Meanwhile the Hammonds are invited to a shoot – on business.
437"Hit And Miss"Lennie MayneJohn Pennington13 October 1974 (1974-10-13)
The procedure for making Hammonds a public company get underway, and the directors attend a shooting party to meet Sir Neville Henniswode – the chairman of their merchant bank.
448"Public Concern"Lennie MayneJohn Pennington20 October 1974 (1974-10-20)
A local petition protesting about Hammonds lorries coincides with the firms moves to go public. But it is not only the residents the Board has to face.
459"The Race"Roderick GrahamJohn Pennington27 October 1974 (1974-10-27)
David, with the company's sponsorship, has his first experience of driving in a race. In an atmosphere of tension and excitement, Jill watches his performance.
4610"Saturday"George Spenton FosterEric Paice3 November 1974 (1974-11-03)
The men want a share of the fat profit they think Hammonds will make when they go public – if not, they may strike at a vital moment.Brian is involved in a serious car accident.
4711"The Guilt Beneath The Gingerbread"Gerry MillEric Paice10 November 1974 (1974-11-10)
The unrest at the depot continues – is Bill Riley behind it, trying to jeopardise the share issue?
4812"A Bad Mistake"Roderick GrahamN.J.Crisp17 November 1974 (1974-11-17)
Edward meets prospective business-world share holders, but his frankness causes a setback.
4913"The Fall Guy"Oliver HorsbrughN.J.Crisp1 December 1974 (1974-12-01)
The company goes public – in an atmosphere of tension the share issue is placed on the market.
5014"The Crucial Vote"William SlaterN.J.Crisp8 December 1974 (1974-12-08)
Edward fights for survival as Chairman and Managing Director of Hammond Transport Services Limited – and everyone's loyalty is tested to the full.

Series 5

Broadcast on Sunday evenings on BBC1 from 7:25pm–8:15pm.

Ep. no. (Overall) Ep. no. in series Title Directed by Written by Original air date
511"Life Goes On"Lennie MayneN.J.Crisp6 April 1975 (1975-04-06)
The Hammond family has changed considerably in recent months – both publicly and privately – their future is wholly uncertain.
522"The Self-Made Cross"Vere LorrimerN.J.Crisp13 April 1975 (1975-04-13)
David finally comes to terms with Jill's death but the effects of Brian's divorce are about to reverberate into the future.
533"Tiger By The Tail"Lennie MayneN.J.Crisp20 April 1975 (1975-04-20)
Paul Merroney is proving to be a man of determined ambition with confident plans for Hammond Transport. Brian however is less sure of himself.
544"Breakdown"Vere LorrimerEric Paice27 April 1975 (1975-04-27)
Combining business and pleasure during a skiing holiday in Switzerland, Edward checks out a depot in Geneva which Merroney is keen to buy. Jennifer interviews potential staff.
555"Special Licence"Lennie MayneEric Paice4 May 1975 (1975-05-04)
While everyone's attention is on Edward and Jennifer's wedding, Paul Merroney tries to manipulate Brian's business affairs.
566"Flight Of Fancy"Vere LorrimerEric Paice11 May 1975 (1975-05-11)
During an early morning Board meeting, the Hammonds and Bill Riley learn that Merroney intends to bid on the same day for the ailing company. His work will be made difficult by a very tough lady – Jane Maxwell.
577"A Very Short Honeymoon"Lennie MayneEric Paice18 May 1975 (1975-05-18)
On the surface, Mary seems to have accepted Jennifer as her daughter-in-law,but Edward doubts his mother's ability to avoid causing trouble.
588"Big Deal"Vere LorrimerN.J.Crisp25 May 1975 (1975-05-25)
The alterations of Edward and Jennifer's new home are well in hand, but however much they would like to relax in their new home, the demands of business are never far away.
599"Package Deal"Lennie MayneN.J.Crisp1 June 1975 (1975-06-01)
While Edward settles comfortably into marriage and David starts to enjoy life again, Paul Merroney quietly and skilfully begins to feather his own nest.
6010"End Of A Dream"Vere LorrimerN.J.Crisp8 June 1975 (1975-06-08)
Edward and Jennifer move into their new home. The furniture has been delivered, and the alterations are complete. All they need now is the go-ahead to start a family.
6111"The Judas Sheep"Lennie MayneN.J.Crisp15 June 1975 (1975-06-15)
Having settled into their new house and discovering they cannot have children, Jennifer and Edward decide to adopt. They little realise the difficulties they must first overcome.
6212"Jennifer's Baby"Vere LorrimerEric Paice22 June 1975 (1975-06-22)
Merroney returns from the Lebanon, bringing with him the man he hopes will finance a new business deal. His interests seem to be with Clare Miller. Edward and Jennifer's only interest is their new baby.
6313"Warpath"Lennie MayneEric Paice29 June 1975 (1975-06-29)
An attempt by the Hammonds to oust Merroney is doomed to failure from the start. Is Merroney a natural winner or are the Hammonds born losers ? There is plenty of evidence to support both points of view.

Series 6

Broadcast on Sunday evenings on BBC1 from 7:25pm–8:15pm.

Ep. no. (overall) Ep. no. in series Title Directed by Written by Original air date
641"Red Sky At Night"John DaviesSimon Raven25 January 1976 (1976-01-25)
Life has changed dramatically for the Hammond brothers. Edward is the father of an adopted son, Brian recovers from his divorce and a breakdown in Italy and David is finding his social feet.
652"A Clean Break"Christopher BakerDouglas Watkinson1 February 1976 (1976-02-01)
Edward and Jennifer's worst fears have been realised and William's natural mother has asked for him back. Jennifer is determined to keep him.
663"Red Sky In The Morning"Christopher BakerSimon Raven8 February 1976 (1976-02-08)
Hammond Transport is on the threshold of expansion into Europe beginning in France. David's enthusiasm for the place has more to do with Therese d'Alembert than with business opportunities.
674"Oranges And Lemons"John DaviesSimon Raven15 February 1976 (1976-02-15)
On their way back from France, David and Stacey have been searched by Customs Officials at Dover. Everyone – particularly Paul Merroney – wonders why.
685"When Will You Pay Me?"Philip DudleySimon Raven22 February 1976 (1976-02-22)
Paul Merroney considers it is high time Edward resumed his responsibilities as Managing Director of Hammond Transport. He enlists Riley's help in the endeavour.
696"Tender"Timothy CombeEric Paice29 February 1976 (1976-02-29)
News that RAI Transport is going into liquidation smothers the Hammond grapevine and Jenny decides that here is her chance to prove what form she is in.
707"The Mole"Philip DudleyEric Paice7 March 1976 (1976-03-07)
Griffith Trevelyan, Chief Sales Executive of RAI Transport, the collapsing firm for whose oil rig installation the Hammonds wish to bid for, decides to play one contender off against another.
718"The Chosen Victim"Timothy CombeN.J.Crisp14 March 1976 (1976-03-14)
Jane Maxwell senses trouble when a small aircraft belonging to Luxury Air, part of John Kirkman's vast private company, stops at Dover airfield ostensibly to refuel.
729"Blood And Water"Philip DudleyBrian Finch21 March 1976 (1976-03-21)
John Kirkman has made an offer of 80p a share for Hammond Transport. The level has been cleverly pitched: not too high to arouse suspicion,not too low for Paul Merroney to ignore.
7310"The Devil You Know"Timothy CombeBrian Finch28 March 1976 (1976-03-28)
Since the Hammond Board is evenly divided about Kirkman's offer, the final decision seems to rest with Paul Merroney. But can Sir Neville influence him?
7411"Try, Try Again"Christopher BakerRay Jenkins4 April 1976 (1976-04-04)
The Hammond Board has rejected Kirkman's offer for the company and this has meant quite a victory for Paul Merroney. But Brian feels that Hammonds need help if they are to function in Europe.
7512"The Bonus"Timothy CombeRay Jenkins11 April 1976 (1976-04-11)
Although Brian and Edward have been discouraged from the idea of Hammonds merging with Van der Merwe, Paul Merroney is determined to find out exactly what the advantages would be.
7613"Birthday"Christopher BakerRay Jenkins18 April 1976 (1976-04-18)
Two important occasions: the first is Mary's birthday, the second is a SGM of the Hammond share-holders whose support for the merger with Van der Merwe, Paul Merroney wishes to obtain.

Series 7

Broadcast on Sunday evenings on BBC1 from 7:25pm–8:15pm.

Ep. No. (Overall) Ep. No. in series Title Directed by Written by Original air date
771"To Honour And Obey"Timothy CombeRay Jenkins5 September 1976 (1976-09-05)
Hammonds Transport has merged with Van der Merwe. Merroney is marrying a bankers daughter and today is the wedding day.
782"Home And Away"Mary RidgeRay Jenkins12 September 1976 (1976-09-12)
The honeymoon is over and its business as usual. Ann Hammond visits and wants to see Brian, but Edward is not so sure.
793"Invitations"Timothy CombeRay Jenkins19 September 1976 (1976-09-19)
Ann turns up to see Brian and all the family is drawn into her search for reassurance.
804"The Female Of The Species"Mary RidgeBrian Finch26 September 1976 (1976-09-26)
Jenny's off to Canada, Merroney to Amsterdam again, leaving Edward and April at a loose end.
815"Manoeuvres"Timothy CombeBrian Finch3 October 1976 (1976-10-03)
David makes another attempt to get the better of Paul Merroney... All he needs is Simon Winter's backing.
826"Arrivals And Departures"Mary RidgeElaine Morgan10 October 1976 (1976-10-10)
Merroney pushes Hammond Brothers into further plans for expansion, but a family bereavement reveals a new callous aspect to his character.
837"The Distaff Side"Christopher BakerElaine Morgan17 October 1976 (1976-10-17)
A premature board meeting is far from being a routine matter. It holds several surprises... David has sent a letter of resignation.
848"Cross Currents"Mary RidgeElaine Morgan24 October 1976 (1976-10-24)
Mary returns from convalescence to find her family united in their opposition to Merroney's expansionist plans for the company-but emotionally in disarray.
859"Ripples"Christopher BakerBrian Finch31 October 1976 (1976-10-31)
Merroney, aware that a majority of the Hammond Board will vote against his Middle East scheme decides to pre-empt them and Jennifer's outburst has unforeseen consequences.
8610"Celebration"Mary RidgeBrian Finch7 November 1976 (1976-11-07)
The new freight planes are ready for delivery. To celebrate the occasion Jane throws a party, at which April appears to be getting on famously with her escort until the unexpected arrival of Merroney.
8711"Windmills"Christopher BakerBrian Finch14 November 1976 (1976-11-14)
One of the new freight planes has failed to reach its destination. The loss is covered by insurance -or is it?
8812"The Golden Road"Mary RidgeBrian Finch21 November 1976 (1976-11-21)
Hammond board members cast their votes - ' Yes ' or ' 'No' - to the Middle East project. The line-up is 2-4 against and Merroney needs to level up the odds.
8913"Out Of The Blue"Christopher BakerN.J.Crisp28 November 1976 (1976-11-28)
Will the bank lend Hammonds the money they need? Or will Merroney have to put into action Plan No 2? The cost-the family could finally lose control of the company.
9014"The Knock On The Door"Mary RidgeN.J.Crisp5 December 1976 (1976-12-05)
Merroney's tactics force Mary to call a family meeting. She's fighting a last-ditch battle to prevent the Hammonds losing control of their company... meanwhile Merroney is in danger of losing a more personal battle.
9115"The Ordeal"Christopher BakerN.J.Crisp12 December 1976 (1976-12-12)
The Rileys' son, Ronald, has been involved in an accident. Gwen is summoned to the hospital and with Bill still away she keeps a lonely and anxious vigil. Will Ronnie's injuries be serious? Where is Bill?
9216"The Christmas Party"Mary RidgeN.J.Crisp19 December 1976 (1976-12-19)
At the firm's Christmas party Mary recognises fewer people. She is witness to the fact that the firm is changing. The business is slipping from family control as, apparently, is the family from hers.

DVD releases

In October 2017, the complete series of The Brothers was released in the UK as a 27 disc DVD boxed set, released by Simply Media.[10] The seven different series had previously been released on DVD individually by Simply Media from October 2015 to July 2017.

In October 2006, Series 1 of The Brothers had originally been released on DVD by DD Home Entertainment, and for nine years from 2006-2015 only Series 1 had been available on DVD.

DVD Name Release Date
Series 1 23 October 2006 (re-released on 5 October 2015)
Series 2 9 November 2015
Series 3 28 November 2016
Series 4 9 January 2017
Series 5 27 March 2017
Series 6 12 June 2017
Series 7 10 July 2017
The Complete Collection: Series 1–7 16 October 2017


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  2. ^ a b "N. J. Crisp". The Independent. 18 August 2005.
  3. ^ "Colin Baker Online: The Brothers". Retrieved 10 November 2014.
  4. ^ Mulkern, Patrick (1 April 2014). "My encounters with Doctor Who and Dynasty's Kate O'Mara". Radio Times. Archived from the original on 30 August 2023. Retrieved 31 August 2023.
  5. ^ "The Mole (1976)". British Film Institute. Archived from the original on 3 August 2017.
  6. ^ "Mike Pratt". British Film Institute. Archived from the original on 5 May 2016.
  7. ^ Source: "Albumdossier" by Johan van Slooten, Gottmer Publishing, 2002
  8. ^ In Series 3, Episode 10, Van der Moewe (a different spelling to what was later used) was played by Michael Turner. Van der Merwe returned, played by Joby Blanshard, for Series 6, Episodes 11, 12 and 13; and for Series 7, Episodes 1 and 2.
  9. ^ "The Perfect Day, Series 1, The Brothers - BBC One". BBC.
  10. ^ "The Brothers: The Complete Series". Amazon.