Jean Boht (Nellie Boswell)Nick Conway (Billy Boswell)Jonathon Morris (Adrian Boswell)Kenneth Waller (Grandad)Ronald Forfar (Freddie Boswell)Victor McGuire (Jack Boswell)Giles Watling (Oswald)Bryan Murray (Shifty Boswell)Eileen Pollock (Lilo Lill)Hilary Crowson (Julie)Peter Howitt (Joey Boswell)Gilly Coman (Aveline Boswell)Pamela Power (Martina)Graham Bickley (Joey Boswell)Melanie Hill (Aveline Boswell)Peter Byrne (Derek)Deborah Grant (Leonora Campbell)Joanna Phillips-Lane (Roxy)
The Liverpool-based Boswell family are experts at exploiting the system to get by in life. Despite the fact that none of the Boswells are officially employed, they manage to live a fairly good life thanks to government handouts and various cash-in-hand jobs. Family life for the Boswells centres around their God-fearing Catholic mother, Nellie. With her husband having left her for "a tart", she relies upon her eldest son Joey to play the father's role to her other three sons, Jack, Adrian and Billy, and her daughter Aveline. Their ability to squeeze the DHSS dry while the boys earn a living on the side, is legendary. But although the family is the focus of their lives, they each have different reasons to be unhappy.