Tuesday, 16 February 2016
339 Mixed Blessings
First viewed : 3 March 1978
Mixed Blessings was a new comedy series based around the inter-racial relationship between a white guy ( Christopher Blake ) and a black girl ( Muriel Odunton ) and the mutual wariness of their respective families. It seems to have escaped the opprobrium meted out to the likes of Mind Your Language ( which it followed on Friday nights ) but whether that's because its cautiously liberal approach passes the pc test or it's simply been forgotten I couldn't say.
Regardless of that , it was certainly an improvement to the Friday schedule when it replaced the awful Maggie And Her, without ever being really funny. It lasted for three series, the last being in 1980. It ended with them having a child which I remember ( about the only incident I can recall ) though whether I'd watched it all the way through is questionable.
Blake worked steadily , with regular roles in two more sitcoms That's My Boy and Down To Earth until his death in 2004. Odunton , who was originally from Ghana, relocated to the USA as soon as the series finished and hasn't been heard from since.