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 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!
After the war, his talent as an impersonator resulted in his becoming a regular on BBC radio programmes such as Take it from Here , Hancock's Half Hour and The Clitheroe Kid . He gradually made the transition to television, where his first major role was in Coronation Street , in which he became Elsie Tanner 's ( Pat Phoenix ) first lover. He appeared as a powerful but shell-shocked ex-soldier in Dr. Finlay's Casebook (TV and radio) , in an episode entitled 'Not qualified' which formed part of the 8th series of the popular British programme. Probably his best-known television role was as Llud , Arthur's craggy sidekick in Arthur of the Britons . His last major TV role was in the award-winning Edge of Darkness (1985). He died 14 years later, at the age of 84.