Brighton Belles was a short-lived British sitcom, based on the hit U.S. NBC sitcom The Golden Girls. The programme consisted of 11 episodes, which were broadcast from 1993 until 1994.
Plot Differences[edit | edit source]
Apart from the change of location from Miami to Brighton (which is a retiree haven), the names of the characters were changed (see below for names), as was characters to help translate the show.
The changes included:
- Rather than being a Sub Teacher, Frances was headteacher.
- Bridget was Irish.
- Annie was still a Grief Counsellor but she worked for Citizens Advice in place of a specialised centre.
- Josephine was married to a Scottish Mobster.
- The House was now a Period Townhouse.
Cast[edit | edit source]
- Sheila Hancock as Frances (Dorothy)
- Wendy Craig as Annie (Rose)
- Sheila Gish as Bridget (Blanche)
- Jean Boht as Josephine (Sophia)
Airing[edit | edit source]
Pilot[edit | edit source]
9 Mar 1993 · Tue 8.30 pm.
Series[edit | edit source]
7 Sep-12 Oct 1993 · Tue 8.30 pm.
7 Dec-28 Dec 1994 · Wed mostly 7 pm.
Reception[edit | edit source]
The show received a negative reception from audiences and critics alike. The Show was such a failure that it was pulled from airing with the remainder of the series airing a year later. The show's failure was also due to The Golden Girls success in Britain, making a spin-off clearly a mistake.