More information from the Radio Times' Guide to TV Comedy
by Mark Lewisohn:
UK-C4 (LIMEHOUSE PRODUCTIONS/HUMPHREY BARCLAY PRODUCTIONS) - SITCOM
[No mention of Wizzened - see first post]
10 x 30 mins - colour (Indeed! This was the 1980s, after all)
6 January - 9 March 1984 - Friday(s), mostly 9pm
Jude .......... Rachael Weaver
Mo .......... Amanda Symonds
Richard .............. Ray Burdis
Bill ...................... Frank Lee
May ................... Maria Charles
Brenda .......... Caroline Quentin
Stella ...................... Alison King
Mrs. Tudge ....... Helen Brammer
Paul Hines/Su Wilkins - director
John Kaye Cooper - producer
A Friday-night series on C4 - the first to be made by the prominent sitcom producer Humphrey Barclay under his own independent aegis - depicting the lives of two down-to-earth urchins, Mo and Jude, living in a high-rise tower block in the East End of London. Others may think that there's not much for them to laugh about in such circumstances, but they manage well enough.
While Jude is permanently on the dole, Mo has work, at a glass-eye factory, although a strike to avert redundancy proves useless: she is laid off part-way into the series, the two friends becoming the scourge of the DHSS employment officer Mrs. Tudge. Friends offer support and a joke, including May (who runs the launderette) and the problematic Brenda (an early role for the future Men Behaving Badly star Caroline Quentin), a colleague from the glass-eye factory who has a baby as the series comes to end.
Neither of the leading ladies are familiar to me by name but it looks like I remember Rachael (now Rachel) Weaver from a Touch of Frost called Quarry (1995). Seeing the names of Nathaniel Parker and especially Del Henney is vaguely bringing something back. If this is the episode where (he?) is chopping a tree trunk in the back woods, I've seen it. If I recall, Rachel was an angry blonde woman protecting her dodgy husband.
EDIT - Disturbingly, the only picture I can find of Rachel Weaver
is this screencap from Doctor Who
As Inga in the story Terminus
(From the show's Image Archive website)
Also with the aid of Google Images, a much smaller one of Amanda Symonds
All I can find:
Maria Charles, who I still mostly remember as Maureen Lipman's mother in sitcom Agony, played a friend of Rita's in Coronation Street a few years ago but was suddenly 'killed off' by the writers, much to my surprise and annoyance. Barbara Young, another great character actress, disappered as well. This seems to be the thread for triggering off Soap memories (EastEnders last time)! I can tell you that, as I suspected, the Alison King listed in the above credits is NOT the one currently starring in 'Corrie' but the strange-looking Woman who was in classic sitcom The Lovers.
Significantly, Dream Stuffing is the only sitcom written by either Paul Hines or Su Wilkins, whose only writing credit this appears to be. It seems nearly all the best writing teams - and comedies - were pre-1980s.