With a similar episode count to The Lovers, my next Britcom began running this evening: Technically I started with Poppy And Her, which was the Pilot. I'm not sure why they tweaked it before going to series. If I had to guess, I'd say it was because the name "Maggie" was quite ubiquitous among thirty-somethings at the time (so therefore making the series more relatable). Poppy may have been just a tad too unusual (and therefore potentially more threatening to viewers). The other main tweak between Pilot and the regular series is the title sequence. Poppy And Her had a jaunty Ron Goodwin composition. Maggie And Her has replaced it with a Julia McKenzie number of the "life's a compost heap but I'm smiling through it" variety. It reminds me of another theme. An American sitcom of the same era, I think. It's probably a little different and less obviously a sitcom theme. But I prefer the jaunty Goodwin. Things have started well. As with a rewatch of Fresh/French Fields a few years ago, I'm finding Julia McKenzie very engaging. She's very perky and sparkling. Which would probably annoy me in real life, but for someone carrying a sitcom it's perfect. There's a little location work, some decent lines and the casting is great. Among those appearing in the first few episodes have been Dibley's David Horton; Maggie Forbes's handsome romantic interest from some later episodes of The Gentle Touch and Lou Beale. Oh, and Alison King also appeared in an episode. In a speaking role to boot. What are the odds? This one's brand new to me, so I'm looking forward to seeing it play out.