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Widowed single mother Erica Parsons (Brenda Blethyn, Vera) has spent her life looking after other people. But as her 40th birthday approaches, she finds her childhood list of things she wanted to accomplish by that age. Confronting all the hopes and dreams she has never achieved, Erica resolves to make drastic changes in her approach to life in this sparkling British comedy.

The Labours of Erica is a series that is currently running and has 2 seasons (12 episodes). The series first aired on March 13, 1989.

Where do I stream The Labours of Erica online? The Labours of Erica is available for streaming on Acorn TV, both individual episodes and full seasons. You can also watch The Labours of Erica on demand at Amazon Prime online.

Acorn TV
2 Seasons, 12 Episodes
March 13, 1989
Cast: Brenda Blethyn, Clive Merrison
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The Labours of Erica Full Episode Guide

  • Erica is down to the last item on her list: to marry a millionaire. Dexter and Clive find loopholes to qualify and compete for Erica's hand.

  • An incident from Erica's past comes to light and incites a rivalry between Dexter and Clive, much to Erica's delight.

  • When Clive's 17-year-old daughter, Debbie, shows up at Erica's home with news that she's pregnant, Erica tries to balance her friendship with Clive and Debbie's privacy.

  • All the lying going on around her makes Erica tackle the next item on her list: sailing away to a desert island.

  • Erica is concerned about Jeremy's workaholic tendencies and decides that he needs a vacation.

  • Erica and Clive attend dinner with Dexter and Angela-who might be able to help her get on TV.

  • The situation with Erica's boss—with whom she has an on-again, off-again relationship—is really feeling like a broken record.

  • Jeremy is concerned about his mother's newfound zest for life and longs for her to settle down, so he can stop worrying about her.

  • After a challenging conversation with her boss, who happens to be her lover, Erica's starting to think his inability to commit to one woman is the last straw in their relationship.

  • Jeremy thinks that his mother needs to get out more and spend some time in the company of a gentleman.

  • Erica's son, Jeremy, is feeling the effects of her new personality as she tries to become more involved in his education, much to his teachers' dismay.

  • Erica Parsons is a widowed single mother in a 12-year relationship with her boss, but this is all about to change. On the eve of her 40th birthday, she finds a childhood diary listing the things she wanted to do before turning that age, and she decides to set about accomplishing them.