Early Doors is a BBC sitcom written by Craig Cash and Phil Mealey. The setting is The Grapes, a small pub in Manchester where daily life revolves around the issues of love, loneliness and blocked urinals.
The action centres on pub Landlord Ken (John Henshaw), especially his preoccupation with his daughter Melanie (Christine Bottomley), who is preparing to meet her real dad, and his nervous relationship with barmaid Tanya (Susan Cookson). Ken's wife left him for his best friend.
The series reflects more than a little of the northern humour displayed The Royle Family (co-written by Cash). In a similar style to The Royle Family every scene unfolds within the spatial context of The Grapes.
The title is a British slang phrase meaning those who arrive earlier than is customary, particularly with regard to drinking in a pub. Until relatively recently pubs in England closed in the afternoon (now most are open all day). Early Doors refers to customers who were waiting or arrived soon after the pub re-opened in the evening.