The Lovers
Opening title card
Created byJack Rosenthal
Written byJack Rosenthal
Geoffrey Lancashire
Directed byMichael Apted (Series 1)
Les Chatfield (Series 2)
StarringPaula Wilcox
Richard Beckinsale
Robin Nedwell
Joan Scott
Country of originUnited Kingdom
Original languageEnglish
No. of series2
No. of episodes13
Running time30 minutes
Production companyGranada Television
Original release
Release27 October 1970 (1970-10-27) –
18 November 1971 (1971-11-18)

The Lovers is a British television sitcom by Jack Rosenthal, starring Richard Beckinsale and Paula Wilcox as a courting couple, Geoffrey and Beryl. It was made between 1970 and 1971 by Granada Television for the ITV network. A spin-off feature film was released in 1973. The series was also given a repeat run on Channel 4 in 1996.

The show is based on the struggles of the two protagonists as they develop their relationship, particularly in the area of sex (which Beryl calls "Percy Filth," presumably a play on the name of Canadian bandleader Percy Faith). Beryl is a slightly dizzy character obsessed with marriage, while Geoffrey is instead determined to bed her.[1]


The series ran for 13 episodes over two series. Michael Apted directed Series 1, while Les Chatfield directed Series 2.

Series 1 (1970)

Series 2 (1971)


Character Actor
Geoffrey Scrimshaw Richard Beckinsale
Beryl Battersby Paula Wilcox
Mrs Battersby Joan Scott
Roland Lomax Robin Nedwell

Film spin-off

Main article: The Lovers! (1973 film)

The series was used as the basis for a feature film. The Lovers! was released in 1973 and featured Beckinsale, Wilcox and Scott, together with Susan Littler, Rosalind Ayres and John Comer (as Geoffrey's father).[2]

See also

DVD release

The Lovers was released on DVD by Network in 2007 and featured all episodes from the two series runs.



  1. ^ "BFI Screenonline: Lovers, The (1970-71)".
  2. ^ "The Lovers! (1973)". BFI. Archived from the original on 28 March 2018.