CLASSIC TV SHOW OF THE WEEK This week, it has to be Rooms. Made by Thames TV and first broadcast between 1974 and 1977, the afternoon drama tells the stories of the tenants of 35 Mafeking Terrace, a large Victorian house in West London, converted into bedsits. Over the space of three years, plenty of tenants pass through the doors, all under the watchful eye of landlady Dorothy, played by Sylvia Kay, and her husband, Clive, played by Brian Marshall.
Each double episode focuses on a different tenant. Every Wednesday and Thursday we’ll show both parts of a double episode, at 2pm and 5.30pm, so you won’t have to wait long to know how the story turns out. The first storyline features actors John Duttine and Jan Francis. Like many of the stars of Rooms, they went on to become household names. Later episodes feature Jill Gascoigne, Graham Crowden, Tessa Wyatt and Lewis Collins. 115 episodes were produced in all, with plans for more, but contractual issues meant they were never made. We think that’s a shame, as we love these intimate stories and the people in them.