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The Mistress
Format Sitcom
Directed by Gareth Gwenlan
Starring Felicity Kendal
Jack Galloway
Peter McEnery
Jane Asher
Country of origin United Kingdom
Language(s) English
No. of series 2
No. of episodes 12
Producer(s) Gareth Gwenlan
Running time 30 minutes
Original channel BBC2
Original run 17 January 1985 – 26 February 1987

The Mistress is a British sitcom that aired on BBC2 from 1985 to 1987. Starring Felicity Kendal, it was written by Carla Lane.[1]

The Mistress features Kendal playing Maxine, a young florist who is having an affair with a married man. It was disliked by some viewers, who were unhappy at seeing Felicity Kendal, who was best known as the innocent Barbara Good, playing a woman sleeping with someone else's husband.[2]



Similar to Carla Lane's other sitcoms, including Butterflies and Solo, which also starred Felicity Kendal, The Mistress has a serious theme, that of an affair.[1] The series was produced and directed by Gareth Gwenlan.[3] The Mistress was filmed in Bath, Somerset.[4]



Maxine is the manager of a florist shop and is having an affair with married man Luke Mansel.[2] His wife, Helen, is totally unaware of the affair.[3] While Maxine occasionally feels guilty and insecure about the affair, she is a generally optimistic and happy person.[1]


The Mistress aired for two series, each of six 30 minute episodes, from 17 January 1985 to 26 February 1987.[1] The episodes originally at 9.00pm on Thursdays on BBC2.[1]


Series One (1985)

# Title Original airdate[5]
1 "Episode One" 17 January 1985 (1985-01-17)
2 "Episode Two" 24 January 1985 (1985-01-24)
3 "Episode Three" 31 January 1985 (1985-01-31)
4 "Episode Four" 7 February 1985 (1985-02-07)
5 "Episode Five" 14 February 1985 (1985-02-14)
6 "Episode Six" 21 February 1985 (1985-02-21)

Series Two (1987)

# Title Original airdate[5]
1 "Episode One" 22 January 1987 (1987-01-22)
2 "Episode Two" 29 January 1987 (1987-01-29)
3 "Episode Three" 5 February 1987 (1987-02-05)
4 "Episode Four" 12 February 1987 (1987-02-12)
5 "Episode Five" 19 February 1987 (1987-02-19)
6 "Episode Six" 26 February 1987 (1987-02-26)


  1. ^ a b c d e Lewishohn, Mark (2003). Radio Times Guide to TV Comedy. London: BBC Worldwide. ISBN 0563487550. 
  2. ^ a b "Felicity Kendal". Memorable TV. 2002-07. Retrieved 2008-01-12. 
  3. ^ a b "The Mistress - Summary". British TV Comedy. 2006. Retrieved 2008-01-12. 
  4. ^ "Enthralling drama centres on love and loss". Variety Club. 28 September 2006. 
  5. ^ a b "The Mistress - Episode List". British TV Comedy. 2006. Retrieved 2008-01-12. 

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