The comic talents of Jimmy Jewel and Hylda Baker join forces in the roles of Eli and Nellie, a brother and sister who inherit their father's pickle factory in Lancashire - and a pile of problems. Nearest And Dearest was broadcast between 1968 and 1973 on Granada ITV. There were 45 episodes put into 7 series. It was written by Harry Driver, Vince Powell, John Stevenson, Roy Bottomley and Tom Brennand; produced by Peter Eckersley and Bill Podmore; and directed by June Howson and Bill Podmore.
An unsuccessful film version of the series was made by Hammer Films in 1972, complete with a vocal version of the series' theme tune sung by Hylda Baker. The series was also adapted for the American market, re-named Thicker Than Water.