UK / BBC-1 / 26×30 Minute Episodes 1×45 minute episode / Broadcast 9 January 1973 – 24 December 1974
Writers: Dick Clement, Ian La Frenais / Producers: James Gilbert, Bernard Thompson / Theme Music: Mike Hugg, Ian La Frenais / Incidental Music: Ronnie Hazlehurst
Sitcom. Even better sequel to The Likely Lads. The lads are now older but certainly not wiser. Bob is now a rising executive on the verge of marriage to childhood sweetheart Thelma. Terry, following a spell in the army based in Germany, hasn’t changed and is proud of his working classness.
The whole of the first season moves towards Bob and Thelma’s wedding whilst the second [...]
UK / ITV-Central-Witzend-BBC / 40×60 minute episodes / Broadcast 11 November 1983 – 16 May 1986 (ITV) and 28 April 2002 – 29 December 2004 (BBC)
Creators: Dick Clement,Ian La Frenais, Franc Roddam / Producer: Martin McKeand / Theme Music: Joe Fagin
A much loved comedy drama series that followed a group of seven British Workmen as they lived and worked in Dusseldorf, Germany. The seven were Geordie Brickies Neville, Oz and Dennnis, brummie sparkie Barry, scouse plasterer Moxy, cockney chippy Wayne and Bristolian man mountain Bomber. The group came together after arriving in Germany and finding the accommodation they had been promised had fallen through [...]
UK / BBC-2 / 7×30 minute episodes / Broadcast 1973 March – 6 May 1973
Executive Producer: James Gilbert
Ronnie Barker proves his versatility with this 1973 collection of seven single comedies, two of which would lead to his best known series. Barker had tried this anthology format twice before with The Ronnie Barker Playhouse from 1968 and Six Dates With Barker in 1971 but its this collection that sees him at his best. Writing one of the episodes himself (under the pen name Jack Goetz) and bringing in giants of the genre such as Roy Clarke and Clement and La Frenais as well co-acting talent of the calibre of the legendary Talfryn Thomas, David Jason and Sam [...]
UK / BBC-1 / 18×30 minute episodes and 2×40 minute episodes / Broadcast 5 September 1974 – 25 March 1977 3 seasons + 2 specials
Writers: Dick Clement, Ian La Frenais / Music: Max Harris / Producer: Sydney Lotterby
“Norman Stanley Fletcher you are an habitual criminal” …
One of the all time great sitcoms, Porridge had Ronnie Barker as recidivist thief Fletch sent to Slade prison for five years, he finds himself sharing a cell with young first time offender Lenny Godber and proceeds to give him the benefit of his wisdom.
The show began as an entry in Ronnie Barker’s comedy anthology of 1973 Seven of One. In the episode [...]