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Brenda and Pamela Wilson are sisters whose idea of fun is to go out to their local pub, The Grapes, and watch men, trying to guess their backgrounds, how old they are, what religion and what job they have. Into the pub walks Malcolm Stoneway, a watcher of a different kind: he's a keen ornithologist. Unaware of this, Brenda manoeuvres him into asking her out, and for their first date he collects her in his motorcycle sidecar and heads out into the country with his binoculars. She hates every minute of it, thinking of him as 'a 14-carat wimp'. And yet, against all odds, a relationship develops. The Wilsons live in Liverpool. Brenda is a very vocal Scouser, out for a slightly dangerous life. Exuding coarse manners, she's every inch a rough diamond. Pamela drinks ale and is similarly hewn. Their mother, Joyce (seen regularly from the fifth series) wants rid of all her offspring ('I like to think of my children having a good time...somewhere else') because they interfere with her own social life. This extends, even, to Brenda and Pamela's much younger brother, the super-sharp-witted Gerald. The Stoneways live in the more upmarket Meols [pronounced mells], over on the Wirral. Mrs Stoneway, mother of the slow-witted Malcolm, is more welcoming and accommodating, but would rather her son went around with someone she perceives as having their more refined class and standing. But Brenda and Malcolm fall in love, and while the relationship is fraught with difficulties they end up sharing a flat together. Pamela, too, settles down, marrying David Lynch and giving birth to daughter Zelda, but theirs is an even more tempestuous relationship. Malcolm was also married, at the end of the fifth series - but not to Brenda: their relationship had stuttered to a halt and he was immediately wooed and won by a nursing sister, Lucinda, someone much more suited to his mother's taste. In an episode reminiscent of The Graduate, Brenda raced to the church to interrupt the wedding but arrived too late. All was well in the end, though: Malcolm and Lucinda broke up, he reunited with Brenda and they headed for the altar in the final episode.moreless
Al T. Kossy

Al T. Kossy

Harold

Liz Crowther

Liz Crowther

Susan Roberts [ 2 - 3 ]

Emma Wray

Emma Wray

Brenda Wilson

Paul Bown

Paul Bown

Malcolm Stoneway

Patsy Byrne

Patsy Byrne

Mrs. Marjorie Stoneway

Liza Tarbuck

Liza Tarbuck

Pamela Wilson/Lynch

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