Well, Bread (slang for money, sorry bakery enthusiasts) ran from 1986-91 and concerned a Catholic Liverpudlian family trying to make their way through life in Thatcher’s Britain. The show would find its success through its fusion of sitcom and soap opera.
Each episode would end on a cliff-hanger, tying the episodes together in to a more coherent storyline. At the peak of its popularity, the show had 21 million viewers tuning in to see Aveline marry Protestant Vicar Oswald. Paul McCartney even had a cameo on the show! So where are they now?
Nellie (Mam) Boswell
Who could forget the stern yet loving matriarch, played by Jean Boht. In a career spanning from 1971 to the present day, Jean has appeared in such productions as Softly, Softly (1971), Some Mothers Do 'Ave 'Em (1978), Juliet Bravo in the mid 1980s, and most recently in 2004, Mothers and Daughters
In 2006 she starred on-stage in 'Embers' along with Jeremy Irons at the Duke of York Theatre in London and in 2008 she made a guest appearance in BBC daytime soap Doctors, so still acting then...
Peter Howitt would see himself shift to the director’s seat following his years in the show. His debut would be the feature film, Sliding Doors, and he would go on to direct Antitrust, Johnny English, Laws of Attraction and Dangerous Parking. He also seems to have a habit of casting himself in to minor roles within his films, so try and spot him!
Victor McGuire would continue to find success acting through TV and film. His next break would be found as Ron Wheatcroft in Goodnight Sweetheart. He would then sweep through a number of roles in Dalziel and Pascoe, Casualty and 2 Point 4 Children.
His film roles also make for an impressive list, with notable mentions for Lock Stock and Two Smoking Barrels, The Phantom of the Opera, The Black Dahlia and a role in Howitt’s film Dangerous Parking.
Jonathon Morris’ other role of note is as Chela in the Doctor Who episode Snake Dance. He doesn’t seem to have found the success his co-stars enjoy but has enjoyed some success in game shows. He hosted CBBC’s The Movie game from ’91-93, replacing Phillip Schofield. He also competed in Channel 5 show Night Fever and Channel 4’s The Games.
Gilly Coman has had a relatively quiet career in comparison to her onscreen siblings. She enjoyed a role in 1996’s Springhill but has otherwise only seen minor roles in such programmes as Emmerdale, Brookside, Inspector Morse and Coronation Street. She sadly passed in July 2010 of a suspected heart attack.
So there we have Bread, offering the usual blend of surprising success and minor cameos that most late 80s sitcoms contain. With the first three series on DVD, why not take a bite and see what you’ve been missing?
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