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Alf Stokes (Paul Shane) and James Twelvetrees (Jeffrey Holland) first meet as soldiers in the trenches in France during the First World War.

They find the body of an officer and, assuming that he's dead, Alf robs him of his valuables. Then they find that the officer, the Honourable Teddy Meldrum (Michael Knowles), is still alive so they carry him off to a field hospital.

Ten years later, James is working in the household of Teddy's brother, Lord Meldrum (Donald Hewlett). Alf suddenly turns up and is taken on as the new butler, against James' wishes.

Alf's daughter, Ivy (Su Pollard) also starts working in the household as a parlour maid. Her relationship with Alf is kept secret.

Other characters include Poppy (Susie Brann), Cissy (Catherine Rabett), Lady Lavender (Mavis Pugh), Lady Agatha (Angela Scoular), Mrs Lipton (Brenda Cowling), Henry (Perry Benson), Mabel (Barbara New) and PC Wilson (Bill Pertwee).

Series: 4
Episodes: 26
Transmitted: 1988-1993

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