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Fresh Fields

Fresh Fields
Written by John Chapman
Directed by Peter Frazer-Jones
Starring Julia McKenzie
Anton Rodgers
Ann Beach
Fanny Rowe
Ballard Berkeley
Debby Cumming
Daphne Oxenford
Philip Bird
John Arthur
Country of origin United Kingdom
No. of series 4
No. of episodes 27 (List of episodes)
Producer(s) Peter Frazer-Jones
Running time 30 minutes
(including commercials)
Production company(s) Thames Television
Distributor Fremantle Media
Original channel ITV
Original run 7 March 1984 (1984-03-07) – 23 October 1986 (1986-10-23)
Followed by French Fields

Fresh Fields is a British sitcom starring Julia McKenzie and Anton Rodgers. A ratings success at the time, it was written by John Chapman and produced by Thames Television for ITV, running for four series between 7 March 1984 and 23 October 1986.


  • Premise and series history 1
  • Episodes 2
  • DVD releases 3
  • See also 4
  • References 5
  • External links 6

Premise and series history

Hester and William Fields (McKenzie and Rodgers) are a devoted middle-aged, middle-class couple living in Barnes, London with an idyllic suburban lifestyle. William works as an accountant while Hester keeps home. The crux of the show (and the meaning of the title) was that she was always looking to try new hobbies or find ways to improve her life, much of which exasperated her hard-working husband.[1]

The family home had a granny flat attached, in which Hester's mother Nancy (Fanny Rowe) lived. She was divorced from Hester's father Guy (played by Ballard Berkeley) although they remarried in the last episode. Hester and William had two children of their own, their son Tom was never seen but their daughter Emma telephoned them in every episode though she never appeared in person (Debby Cummings supplied the voice). Emma's husband Peter (Philip Bird) did appear occasionally. They later had a son — the Fields' first grandchild — whom they named Guy, after his great-grandfather.

The Fields' neighbour Sonia Barrett (played by Ann Beach) who would pop round in every episode to borrow items. Hester was not perturbed by this, as the two were close friends, but Sonia's appearances would irritate William to comical effect. Sonia had the show's only catchphrase — she would always knock on the back door of the Fields' home and then say "It's only Sonia!" as she let herself in. Sonia's husband John (John Arthur) appeared on occasion, as did William's secretary Miss Denham, played by Daphne Oxenford.

Fresh Fields ended in 1986 but three years later the series resumed as French Fields, which saw William and Hester relocating to France after William accepted a job there. There were three series of 19 episodes made between 5 September 1989 and 8 October 1991, all written by John T. Chapman and Ian Davidson. Philip Bird appeared as Peter in several episodes (and Emma was finally seen in the series, played by Sally Baxter). Ann Beach also made a guest appearance as Sonia in the final episode.


DVD releases

All four series of Fresh Fields have been released on DVD, A 7-disc set (containing both the series and sequel title) was released in 2011.

DVD Release date
The Complete Series 1
12 April 2010
The Complete Series 2
23 August 2010
The Complete Series 3
21 February 2011
The Complete Series 4
16 May 2011
The Complete Series 1 to 4 Box Set
24 October 2011

See also


  1. ^ Series 1, episode 5, stated by Hester

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