was a British comedy television programme running from 1991 onward. It was broadcast on the ITV
network and made by the ITV
. It was followed by a sequel, Faith in the Future
. Second Thoughts
followed the lives of two middle-aged divorcees from very different backgrounds trying to develop a relationship despite the pressures pulling it apart.
Second Thoughts was based upon the real-life relationship of the writers, husband and wife Jan Etherington and Gavin Petrie. It originally aired as a radio series on BBC Radio 4 broadcast between 1988 and 1992. The radio series consisted of four series and a Christmas special broadcast in 1992 with a total of 31 episodes. The radio scripts were used for the television series on ITV. The fifth series was considered weaker than the original four series, it was the only series not to be based on the original radio scripts.
Second Thoughts ended in 1994, but has since been repeated on ITV3. The original radio series is often replayed on BBC7.
- Bill Macgregor (James Bolam) - An art editor of a style magazine where he works alongside his bitchy ex-wife Liza.
- Faith Grayshot (Lynda Bellingham) - Faith is a freelance illustrator who occasionally does work for the style magazine Bill works for. She has two teenagers from her previous marriage, Hannah and Joe. The children and the dog often come before Bill.
- Liza Macgregor (sometimes known as Liza Ferrari) (Belinda Lang) - Bill's ex-wife, Liza is a rather demanding woman with expensive tastes. Liza works for the same magazine as Bill and is constantly interferring with Bill and Faith's relationship.
- Hannah Grayshot (Julia Sawalha) - Faith's teenage daughter and eldest child.
- Joe Grayshot (Mark Denham) - Faith's teenage son. Joe is obsessed with football and only shows interest in girls when they like football.
- Hilary (Louisa Rix in series 1; Paddy Navin in series 2-3) - Faith's best friend who is unlucky in love.
- Richard (Geoffrey Whitehead) - Bill's boss at the magazine. Richard is married to Marjorie, but having an affair with Liza.
- Marjorie (Georgina Melville)
- Callum (Ian Henderson) (series 5) - Bill's cousin.
- Defa the dog (series 1-2)
Series 1: 1991
Series 2: 1992
Series 3: 1992-1993
Series 4: 1993
Series 5: 1994