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Dad to Dr Terrible’s House of Horrible

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The Ultimate Guide to British Sitcoms

All sitcoms starting with the letter D. This is part one and takes you from Dad to Doctor Terrible’s House of Horrible.

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DAD

BBC1 / 12×30 minute episodes 1×40 minute episodes / 1997-99
Writer/Executive Producer: Andrew Marshall / Producer: Marcus Mortimer
Sitcom. Middle aged Alan Horrox copes with looking after his elderly father and his relationship with his son Vincent. Forty minute Christmas special appeared Dec 1999.
With:- KEVIN McNALLY as Alan Hook / GEORGE COLE as Brian Hook / TOBY ROSS-BRYANT as Vincent Hook / JULIA HILLS as Beryl Hook

 

DARK AGES

ITV – Granada / 5×30 minute episodes / 1999 20 Dec – 27 Dec

Writer: Rob Grant / Music: Joby Talbot / Design: John Anderson / Titles: Glam Prod. / Costume: Caroline Pitcher / Executive

Producer: Andy Harries / Producer: Justin Judd / Director: Steve Bendelack

Period sitcom. In the year 999 with the world on the cusp of a new Millennium, Britain is facing riots and invasion by the Vikings, but Gudrun of the village of Sludgebrook has more pressing things on his mind, such as where his next meal is coming from. The shows episodes were shown over the festive period in three blocks with 1 and 2 and 4 and 5 being shown together, start time was usually around 10.00pm.

Gudrun………………………………………… PHILL JUPITUS
Redwald………………………………………. ALISTAIR McGOWAN
Agnes…………………………………………. PAULINE McLYNN
Baldsmith……………………………………. DAVE LAMB
Bigwart……………………………………….. PAUL PUTNER
Byrnoth………………………………………. MIKE HAYLEY
Matilda……………………………………….. SHERIDAN SMITH
Cedric………………………………………… LAURENCE HOWARTH
Arland………………………………………… JASON BYRNE
Starbuck…………………………………….. TONY GARDNER

THE DAVE SAINT SHOW

UK Play – Channel X / x30 minute episodes / 2000
Writers: Alexander Kirk, Simon Messingham / Script Consultant: Stacy Herbert / Music: Steve Cripps, Dan Mendford / Costume: Pookie Russell / Producer: Jim Reid / Director: Mark Mylod
Comedy about a useless heavy metal DJ on a local radio station. As was usual with with shows on extra terrestrial channel UK Play music videos were interspersed throughout the show.
With:- JOHN THOMSON as Dave Saint / ALEXANDER KIRK as AK / KATE LOUSTOU as Jeneane

DAVE’S KINGDOM

ATV / 6×30 minute episodes / 1964 21 October – 9 December Wednesdays 9.10pm
Producer: Francis Essex
Sitcom. Episodes (often fantasy based) in the life of Dave King, usually set in his apartment.
With:- DAVE KING as Dave / VICTOR MADDERN / PAT GOH / JACK DOUGLAS / BILLY CORNELIUS

 

DEAD ERNEST

Central/Witzend / 6×30 minute episodes / 1982 15 Feb – 29 Mar Mon 8.00pm
Writers: Julian Roach, John Stevenson / Executive Producer: Allan McKeown / Producers: Alan Wallis, Tony Charles / Director: Alan Wallis
Sitcom. After he dies Ernest Springer finds himself in Heaven.
Ernest Springer…………………………. ANDREW SACHS
Archangel Derek……………………….. KEN JONES
Cherub Fred…………………………….. HARRY FOWLER
Archangel Doreen……………………… JANET RAWSON
Edna Springer………………………….. ZENA WALKER
Arthur ……………………………………. BILL WADDINGTON
Alice …………………………………….. GRETCHEN FRANKLIN

 

DEAR DOTTY

BBC / 6×30 minute episodes / 1954 13 Jul – 6 Oct / Fortnightly
Writers: Sid Colin, Talbot Rothwell / Producer: Bill Ward
Sitcom. Dotty Binns, a dogsbody at a woman’s magazine would love to become a proper journalist.
Dotty Binns………………………………… AVRIL ANGERS
Mr Tibbett………………………………….. JACK MELFORD
Margo Fairfax……………………………… NAOMI CHANCE
Ian Prendergast(1)……………………….. CECIL BROCK
Ian Prendergast(2)……………………….. STEPHEN HANCOCK

 

Dear John

Dear John

DEAR JOHN

BBC1 / 13×30 minute episodes 1×45 minute episodes / 1986-87 Season 1:17 Feb – 31 Mar 86 Season 2: 7 Sep – 12 Oct 87 Special: 21 Dec 1987
Writer: John Sullivan / Producer: Ray Butt / Theme sung by Paul Nicholas
Sitcom. A divorced schoolteacher joins the 1-2-1 encounter group where he meets a motley collection of characters. Remade for the US where like The Office it notched many more episodes than it’s UK parent.
John Lacey…………………………………. RALPH BATES
Kate………………………………………….. BELINDA LANG
Kirk St Moritz………………………………. PETER BLAKE
Ralph Dring…………………………………. PETER DENYER
Louise Williams……………………………. RACHEL BELL
Mrs Arnott………………………………….. JEAN CHALLIS
Mrs Lemenski……………………………… IRENE PRADOR
Sylvia Watkins…………………………….. LUCINDA CURTIS
Ricky Fortune(1987)……………………… KEVIN LLOYD
Wendy………………………………………. WENDY ALLNUT

DEAR LADIES

BBC2 / 20×30 minute episodes 1×40 minute episodes / 1983-84 3 Seasons + 1 Special
Writers: George Logan, Patrick Fyffe, Gyles Brandreth / Director: Mike Stephens
Sitcom. Life for Dr Evadne Hinge and Dame Hilda in the village of Stackton Tressel. Hinge and Bracket were in fact played by a pair of cross dressing men.
Dr Evadne Hinge………………………. GEORGE LOGAN
Dame Hilda Bracket………………….. PATRICK FYFFE

DEAR MOTHER – LOVE ALBERT

Thames/Yorkshire / 26×30 minute episodes / 1969-72
Writer/Producer: Rodney Bewes, Derrick Goodwin / Theme sung by Rodney Bewes / Executive Producer: John Duncan
Sitcom. Naive northern lad Albert Courtnay moves to London but sends regular letters home to his mother. Season one made by Thames rest Yorkshire. Season four called simply Albert.
Albert Courtnay…………………………….. RODNEY BEWES
Mr A.C. Strain……………………………… GARFIELD MORGAN
Vivien McKewan…………………………… SHEILA WHITE
Leslie Willis………………………………… LUAN PETERS
Doreen Bissel……………………………… LIZ GEBHARDT
Doreen(Albert)…………………………….. CHERYL HALL

 

THE DENNY WILLIS SHOW

ATV / 2×30 minute episodes / 1962 16 – 23 June / Saturday 10.20pm
Writers: Jeremy Lloyd, Stan Mars / Producer: Colin Clews
Sitcom. Misadventures of the stage manager of the Sedgewick Empire.
With:- DENNY WILLIS / JOHNNIE MACK / JANIE MARDEN / BILLY McCOMB

 

DESMONDS

C4/HBP / 70×30 minute episodes 1×60 minute episodes / 1989-94
Creator: Trix Worrell / Music: John Collins Lyrics by Trix Worrell and theme sung by Norman Beaton / Producer: Humphrey Barclay
Sitcom. Exploits of Desmond Ambrose the West Indian proprietor of a barber shop in the heart of Peckham. See also Porkpie.
With:- NORMAN BEATON as Desmond Ambrose / CARMEN MUNROE as Shirley Ambrose / RAM JOHN HOLDER as Pork Pie / ROBBIE GEE as Lee / GYEARBOUR ASANTE as Matthew / KIM WALKER as Gloria Ambrose

 

THE DETECTIVES

BBC1/Celador / 29×30 minute episodes 1×50 minute episodes / 1993-97
Writers: Steve Knight, Mike Whitehill / Producers: Ed Bye, Nic Phillips
Sitcom. Cases of two inept detectives. This show was originally a five minute segment in the Jasper Carrott Sketch show.
Bob Louis…………………………………… JASPER CARROTT
Dave Briggs………………………………… ROBERT POWELL
Supt Frank Cottam………………………. GEORGE SEWELL

 

DEVENISH

Granada / 13×30 minute episodes / 1977-78 2 Seasons
Writer: Anthony Couch / Producer: John G. Temple / Director: Brian Mills
Sitcom. The exploits of Arthur Prufrock Devenish who cannot resist interfering in the running of the toy factory where he works.
Arthur Prufrock Devenish………………… DINSDALE LANDEN
Hugh Fitzjoy……………………………….. TERENCE ALEXANDER
Neville Liversedge………………………… GEOFFREY BAYLDON
Admiral Wallow…………………………… GEOFFREY CHATER
Angela Nuttall…………………………….. VERONICA ROBERTS
George Craddock………………………… MICHAEL ROBBINS
Prudence Devenish……………………… POLLY ADAMS

 

DICK AND THE DUCHESS

Associated-Rediffusion / x30 minute episodes / 1958-59 black and white
Writer: Harry Kurnitz / Producer/Director: Sheldon Reynolds
Sitcom. An American insurance agent is transferred to London where he falls in love and marries the titled Jane.
With:- PATRICK O’NEAL as Dick Starrett / HAZEL COURT as Jane / RICHARD WATTIS

 

THE DICKIE HENDERSON SHOW

Associated-Rediffusion / 115×30 minute episodes 1×60 minute episodes / 1960-65/68 9 seasons
Writer:(mostly) Jimmy Grafton / Executive Producer: Ben Lyon / Director: Bill Hitchcock
Sitcom. Episodes in the domestic life of comedian Dickie Henderson. Clearly based on the American model of sitcom popular at the time.
Dickie…………………………………………. DICKIE HENDERSON
June…………………………………………… JUNE LAVERICK
Jack…………………………………………… LIONEL MERTON
Richard Sr…………………………………… DANNY GROVER
John………………………………………….. JOHN PARSONS
Jane(season 9)…………………………….. ISLA BLAIR

 

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DINNERLADIES

BBC1 / 16×30 minute episodes / 1998-99
Writer: Victoria Wood / Producers: Geoff Posner, Victoria Wood
Sitcom. The exploits of a group of dinner ladies working in a factory canteen. With most of the time just the one canteen set, the show is more a procession of one liners than a sitcom.
Bren…………………………………………….. VICTORIA WOOD
Dolly……………………………………………. THELMA BARLOW
Tony……………………………………………. ANDREW BROWN
Anita…………………………………………… SHOBNA GULATI
Phillippa………………………………………. CELIA IMRIE
Twinkle……………………………………….. MAXINE PEAKE
Stan…………………………………………… DUNCAN PRESTON
Jean…………………………………………… ANNE REID
Petula…………………………………………. JULIE WALTERS
Mr Michael………………………………….. CHRISTOPHER GEET
Lisa…………………………………………… JANE HAZLEGROVE

 

DIVIDED WE STAND

BBC1 / 6×30 minute episodes / 1987-88 10 Nov 87 – 5 Jan 88 / Tuesdays 7.00pm
Writer: Myra Taylor / Directors: Sue Bysh, Harold Snoad
Sitcom. A husband and wife separate but neither is prepared to leave their house – so they split it down the middle.
Maisie………………………………………… ANNA KEAVENEY
Bert…………………………………………… SHAUN CURRY
Rita…………………………………………… MAGGIE McCARTHY
Jack………………………………………….. PETER CHILDS
Edna ………………………………………… VIVIENNE MARTIN
Susan……………………………………….. MICHELLE HOLMES

 

DOCTOR IN THE HOUSE

London Weekend Television / 26×30 minute episodes / 1969-70
Creator: Frank Muir / Book: Richard Gordon / Producer: Humphrey Barclay
Sitcom. Exploits of a group of medical students at St Swithins teaching hospital. The other doctor series are :-1.Doctor At Large, 2.Doctor In Charge 3. Doctor at Sea, 4. Doctor on the Go, 5.Doctor At the Top. See below for details of each.
Michael Upton…………………………….. BARRY EVANS
Dick Stuart Clark…………………………. GEOFFREY DAVIES
Paul Collier………………………………… GEORGE LAYTON
Huw Evans…………………………………. MARTIN SHAW
Prof Geoffrey Loftus……………………… ERNEST CLARK
Danny Hooley……………………………. JONATHAN LYNN

 

DOCTOR AT LARGE

London Weekend Television / 29×30 minute episodes / 1971 28 February – 12 September Sundays 7.25pm
Producer: Humphrey Barclay
Sitcom. The doctors are now qualified and working at St Swithins.
Michael Upton……………………………… BARRY EVANS
Paul Collier…………………………………. GEORGE LAYTON
Dick Stuart-Collier………………………… GEOFFREY DAVIES
Laurence Bingham……………………….. RICHARD O’SULLIVAN
Prof Loftus………………………………….. ERNEST CLARK
The Dean…………………………………… RALPH MICHAEL

 

DOCTOR IN CHARGE

LWT / 43×30 minute episodes / 1972-73 Season One: 9 Apr – 8 Oct 72(27 eps) / Season Two:15 Sep – 29 Dec 73(16 eps)
Producer: Humphrey Barclay
Sitcom. Further exploits, again at St Swithins.
Duncan Waring………………………….. ROBIN NEDWELL
Paul Collier………………………………. GEORGE LAYTON
Dick Stuart-Collier……………………… GEOFFREY DAVIES
Laurence Bingham……………………… RICHARD O’SULLIVAN
Loftus……………………………………… ERNEST CLARK

 

DOCTOR AT SEA

LWT / 13×30 minute episodes / 1974 21 April – 14 July
Producer: Humphrey Barclay
Sitcom. After getting the sack from St Swithins Dick Stuart-Clark gets a job aboard the HMS Begonia. Duncan Waring walks out in support and joins Dick aboard the ship.
Duncan Waring…………………………….. ROBIN NEDWELL
Dick Stuart-Clark………………………….. GEOFFREY DAVIES
Capt Loftus…………………………………. ERNEST CLARK
The Pursur…………………………………. JOHN GRIEVE
Nurse Wynton…………………………….. ELIZABETH COUNSELL
Entertainments Officer………………….. BOB TODD

 

DOCTOR ON THE GO

LWT / 26×30 minute episodes / 1975/77 Season One: 27 Apr – 20 Jul 75 / Season Two: 16 Jan – 10 Apr 77
Producer: Humphrey Barclay
Sitcom. Further exploits with Stuart-Clark and Waring back at St Swithins. The final LWT series see also brief 1991 BBC revival Doctor at the Top.
Duncan Waring……………………………. ROBIN NEDWELL
Paul Collier………………………………… GEORGE LAYTON
Dick Stuart-Clark…………………………. GEOFFREY DAVIES
Loftus……………………………………….. ERNEST CLARK

 

DOCTOR AT THE TOP

BBC1 / 6×30 minute episodes / 1991 21 February – 4 April Thursdays 8.30pm

Writer: George Layton / Producer/Director: Susan Belbin

Sitcom. The doctors of St Swithins return as older family men.

Duncan Waring…………………………… ROBIN NEDWELL
Paul Collier……………………………….. GEORGE LAYTON
Prof Stuart Clark…………………………. GEOFFREY DAVIES
Sir Geoffrey Loftus………………………. ERNEST CLARK
Dr Lionel Snell……………………………. ROGER SLOMAN
Emma Stuart-Clark……………………… JILL BENEDICT
Rebecca Stuart-Clark………………….. CHLOE ANNETT
Robin Nedwell and Geoffrey Davies appeared as Waring and Stuart-Clark in an Australian version called Doctor Down Under for 13 episodes made in 1979 and 1980. ITV broadcast 12 of these in 1981.

 

DOCTORS AND NURSES

BBC1 / 6x30m / started 13 January 2004 / 10:35pm

Sitcom set in an NHS hospital on the Isle of Wight.

With:- ADRIAN EDMONSON as Roy Glover / MADHAV SHARMA as George Banatwala / MINA ANWAR as Zita Khan / DAVID MITCHELL as Toby Stephens / ABIGAIL CRUTTENDEN as Lucy Potter / STEVEN ALVEY as Flapper / SUSAN EARL as Tara Cummings

 

DOCTOR’S DAUGHTERS

ATV / 6×30 minute episodes / 1980 22 February – 29 March Sunday 7.15pm

Writers: Richard Gordon, Ralph Thomas / Producer: Stuart Allen

Sitcom. A trio of elderly doctors allow their daughters to take over their practice.

Dr Lucy Drake……………………………. LESLEY DUFF
Dr Fay Liston…………………………….. VICTORIA BURGOYNE
Dr ‘Biggin’ Hill…………………………….. RICHARD MURDOCH
Dr Freddie Fellows-Smith……………… BILL FRASER
Archdeacon Bellweather……………….. PATRICK NEWELL
Dr Roland Carmichael………………….. JACK WATLING
Mr Mindows………………………………. NORMAN CHAPPELL
Liz Arkdale……………………………….. BRIDGET ARMSTRONG

 

DOCTOR TERRIBLE’S HOUSE OF HORRIBLE

BBC2 / 6×30 minute episodes / Broadcast 12 November – 17 December 2001

Writers: Graham Duff, Henry Normal, Steve Coogan; Producer: Alison MacPhail

An anthology series of horror film spoofs in which Steve Coogan played a different character each week with a different supporting cast. Coogan also played Dr Terrible who opened and closed each show with a short piece to camera.

With:- STEVE COOGAN as Dr Terrible/Various Characters

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