Series 2 (6 episodes on 2 discs)
14 - “Home and Away, Part 1” Charles is looking very run down. His doctor urges the actor to take a vacation, so he and Lydia set off for the south of France, where Edwin is renting a villa. The Bretts don’t realize that Edwin is also hosting a lady friend — the actress wife of the director of his latest movie.
15 - “Home and Away, Part 2” Fergus Ryan, Hegarty’s nephew, shows up on he Bretts’ doorstep. Charles is recovering from his heart attack, Lydia is interviewing new cooks, and Martha is still in the south of France with Edwin, who has just been suspended from his film contract for moral turpitude.
16 - “A House Divided” Charles fights with Equity, wanting to remain independent. Martha thinks Eduardo is paying too much attention to Perdita and breaks it off with him — and gets a brutal response. Oliver Mortimer (Hugh Fraser from Poirot, and Belinda Lang's real-life husband) demonstrates just how unfavorably she would be perceived in court if she tried to bring charges against Eduardo for assault.
17 - “The Luck of the Irish” Hegarty finds out the real reason Fergus is in hiding and tries to protect him. Oliver asks Martha to campaign for him, and all of the younger Bretts get caught up in the campaign — although on differing sides. Lydia and Charles perform as Juliet and Romeo — on the wireless.
18 - “I’ve Got You Under My Skin” Sutton is despondent, feeling responsible for Hegarty’s death. Charles is resistant to Edwin and Martha’s suggestions to turn some of their theatres into cinemas. Martha must sort out her feelings for Oliver.
19 - “The Golden Dustman” Edwin is back with former flame Diana, but this time seems more focused on his career than romance. Lydia has been offered the starring role in the musical Strike Up the Band. Oliver asks Martha to marry him, but she isn’t sure he will support her continuing her career. Edwin, Perdita, and Charles act in the film Our Mutual Friend, with Charles having a hard time making the adjustment from stage to film acting. The Bretts all gather for a celebration and a big announcement.