The Appleyards is a long-running drama series that aired on BBC from 1952 to 1957. Created by Philip Burton and produced by Kevin Sheldon, the show follows the lives of a middle-class family. The series was part of the Children’s Television’ strand and consisted of 160 episodes, each lasting 20 minutes.
The main characters of the show are Mr. Appleyard, initially played by Frederick Piper and later by Douglas Muir, and Mrs. Appleyard, portrayed by Constance Fraser. The cast also includes David Edwards as John Appleyard, Tessa Clarke as Janet, Derek Royle as Tommy, and Pat Fryer as Margaret.
In addition to the regular series, a one-off reunion special called Christmas With the Appleyards aired on December 24, 1960. The special was written and produced by Kevin Sheldon.