My Good Friend

My Good Friend

In his first television role after 15 years in Minder, George Cole plays mischievous, meddling pensioner Peter Banks who refuses to accept it’s time to slow down. He drives his house-proud daughter Betty (Matilda Ziegler) to distraction but the quick wit hides a sad loneliness since the death of his beloved wife. Forging a friendship with retired librarian Harry King (Richard Pearson) brings a new lease of life for both men. The two embark on a series of adventures not entirely appropriate for men of their advanced years. But Harry’s young landlady Ellie (Minnie Driver) and her son Neil always have a warm welcome for his ‘other granddad’.


George Cole, Richard Pearson, Minnie Driver, Matilda Ziegler, Lesley Vickerage and Annabelle Apsion

Produced by

Beryl Vertue

Written by

Bob Larbey

Directed by

Martin Dennis (series one), Jeremy Ancock (series two)



First transmitted

21st May 2000 at 9.30pm


3 x 7 episodes


30 mins

Press comments

“One of the most delightful, beautifully-written sitcoms in ITV history… a perfect balance of comedy and pathos.” The Mirror

“Here is a rarity – a well-scripted, intelligent, witty and pleasantly understated comedy drama… The script is so crammed with sharp one-liners that it is turning into an unmissable sitcom.” The Daily Mail

My Good Friend has come up with the first class team of George Cole and Richard Pearson… It is an extraordinary script with extra-ordinary performances. It’s very funny, but also very warm and moving… It is well produced (Beryl Vertue), exquisitely directed (Martin Dennis) and a total joy in everything it says and does.” The Daily Mirror