After You’ve Gone

UKTV – Saturdays from 4 September, 7pm

Continuing the trying times of Jimmy Venables, the only man in Britain to have divorced his wife and ended up with his mother-in-law. When Jimmy Venables’ ex-wife Ann decides to go to Africa on a volunteering mission, weekend-dad Jimmy – believing it to be short term – agrees to take care of their two teenage kids with the help of his ex-mother-in-law, the posh and interfering Diana.

In Series Three, Jimmy now finds that he’s in for the long haul and what he thought of as a temporary domestic arrangement is likely to become permanent. Shocked by the idea of spending the rest of his life with Diana, Jimmy resolves to be a ‘proper’ Dad and takes on the running of the house. He sets out with good intentions but before long, work suffers, social life suffers, and Jimmy suffers.

As Molly and Alex struggle for more freedom, Diana struggles to tighten her grip on the family. Jimmy, just struggles.

Elsewhere, Jimmy vows to prove his masculinity the only way he knows how: by buying a motorbike; Molly and Alex date a brother and sister; Diana looks up an old flame; Jimmy gets dumped by his long-term girlfriend, Siobhan; Diana challenges Jimmy to audition for her choral society; Molly joins a Celibacy Group (but only because she fancies one of the members) and Alex confesses to being Aunt Daisy – the agony aunt in the school paper.

Starring: Nicholas Lyndhurst (Goodnight Sweetheart, Only Fools and Horses), Celia Imrie (Nanny McPhee, Mr Harvey Lights a Candle, Dinnerladies, Kingdom), Ryan Sampson (Doctor Who), Amanda Abbington (Man Stroke Woman),

Vincent Ebrahim (The Kumars at Number 42), and Lee Oakes (Two Pints of Lager and a Packet of Crisps).

Friday 27 June, 9.05pm

Jack-of-all-trades Jimmy Venables (Nicholas Lyndhurst) is probably the only man in Britain who gets divorced and ends up with his mother-in-law.

When teenage Molly and Alex’s mum decides to travel to Africa for an eight-week nursing aid mission, ex-husband and handy-dad Jimmy (Nicholas Lyndhurst) is called up to cover the parenting.
Diana (Celia Imrie), grandest of grandmothers, isn’t impressed with her ex-son-in-law’s casual attitude and unreliable history. During her daughter’s absence, her watchful eye will be ever-present. She and Jimmy alternate goading each other with trying to prove to the kids that they ‘get it’.

Jimmy’s new responsibilities are no picnic for girlfriend Siobhan (Amanda Abbington), who constantly feels let down by his failure to commit time and attention to her. Pulled in all directions, Jimmy constantly tries to do the right thing by everyone – with as little effort as possible.

Creator Fred Barron who says, “After You’ve Gone was a complete joy to write, but the real pleasure and surprise came with the casting. Nicholas Lyndhurst of Only Fools And Horses fame read the script and decided to return to television to play the working class Jimmy and the wonderful Celia Imrie signed on to play his patrician mother-in-law Diana.”

“Even though Celia was younger than the Diana I’d imagined, the chemistry between the two actors was palpable and I immediately rewrote her part, tailoring it to take advantage of Celia’s unique vivacity and wit.”