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The Ultimate Guide to British Sitcoms

All sitcoms starting with the letter B.

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BABES IN THE WOOD

ITV – Carlton – Chrysalis – Lucky Dog / 14 x30 minute episodes / 1998-99

Creator: Geoff Deane /Producer: Kenton Allen / Director: Andy De Emmony

Sitcom. Exploits of three young women living together in St John’s Wood in a kind of Women Behaving Badly type set up.

With:- SAMANTHA JANUS as Ruth (season 1) / DENISE VAN OUTEN as Leigh / NATALIE WALTER as Caralyn / KARL HOWMAN as Charlie / MADELEINE CURTIS as Frankie (from season 2)

 

BACHELOR FATHER

BBC1 / 22×30 minute episodes / 1970-71 Two seasons.

Writer: Richard Waring / Producer: Graeme Muir

Sitcom. Middle aged wealthy bachelor Peter Lamb decides to become a foster parent and takes in five children.

With:- IAN CARMICHAEL as Peter Lamb / BRIONY ROBERTS as Anna / RONALD PICKERING as Donald (season 1) / IAN JOHNSON as Ben / BEVERLY SIMONS as Jane / ANGELA RYDER as Mandy / GERALD FLOOD as Harry(season 1) /RONA ANDERSON as Mary (season 1) / COLIN GORDON as Mr Gibson (season 1) / JACK MAY as Mr Moore (season 1) / PAULINE YATES as Mrs Moore (season 1) / SONIA GRAHAM as Mrs Rathbone / DIANA KING as Norah / JOAN HICKSON as Mrs Pugsley / MICHAEL DOUGLAS as Freddie / JACQUELINE COWPER as Ginny (season 2) / GERRY COWPER as Jo (season 2) / KEVIN MORAN as Christopher(season 2)

 

BACKS TO THE LAND

ITV – Anglia / 19×30 minute episodes / 1977-78

Writer: David Climie / Producer: John Rosenberg

Sitcom. Stories of a group of land girls working on a farm during World War II.

With:- JOHN STRATTON as Tom Whitlow / TERESA STEVENS as Jenny / PHILLIPA HOWELL as Shirley / PIPPA PAGE as Bunny(Seasons 2-3) / MARILYN GALSWORTHY as Daphne Finch-Beauchamp / DELIA PATON as Ethel Whitlow / DAVID TROUGHTON as Roy Whitlow(season 1) / MICHAEL TROUGHTON as Eric Whitlow(season 1) / JEREMY CHILD as Capt Truscott(season 2)

 

BADDIELS SYNDROME

British Sky Broadcasting-Avalon (Pay TV) / 13×30 minute episodes / 2001

Executive Producer, Sky Television: Mark Freeland / Executive Producers: Richard Allen-Turner, David Baddiel, Jon Thoday
Producer: Sam Pinnell / Character of Ethan developed by Victor Wasserberg / Title Music: Cud / Titles: Open House / Music: Peter Baikie, John Collins / Costume Designer: June Nevin /
Make-up Designer: Chrissie Baker

Sitcom. Episodes in the life of comedian David and his friends, including his immigrant cleaning lady Ava whom wanted David to marry her so she could stay in the country. Filmed at Teddington studios.

With:- David Baddiel as David / Morwenna Banks as Ava / Peter Bradshaw as Lord Peter Harrington / Demetri Goritsas as Ethan /
Kim Thomson as Sian / Jonathan Bailey as Josh / Stephen Fry as David’s psychiatrist

 

THE BALDY MAN

ITV – Carlton – Working Title (Season 1) / Yorkshire TV – Working Title(Season 2) / 13×30 minute episodes / 1995-98

Executive Producer: Simon Wright

Comedy series almost silent ala Mr Bean. The Misadventures of an inept man with but a few strands of hair to his name.

With:- GREGOR FISHER as The Baldy Man

 

THE BALLYSKILLEN OPERA HOUSE

ITV – Granada / 6×30 minute episodes / 1981 6 January – 10 February Tuesdays 7.30pm

Writer: Linda Thorber / Executive Producer: Johnny Hamp / Producer: Stephen Leahy / Director: David Liddiment

Sitcom. An old Irish theatre is kept going by its bumbling manager. Each week the show had a different musical guest appearing at the theatre.

With:- FRANK CARSON as Frank O’Grady / ANNA MANAHAN as Theresa Halligan / CHARLIE ROBERTS as Seamus Maguire / BERNADETTE SHORT as Kathleen McMorrow / ANGELA CATHERALL as Mary / TERRY ILAND as Father Hennessey

 

B-AND-B

BBC1 / 6×30 minute episodes / 1968 13 November – 18 December Wednesdays 8.20pm

Writer: Michael Pertwee / Producer: Michael Mills

Sitcom. Stories of a married show business couple. There was a pilot broadcast in the comedy playhouse strand on 7 June 1968.

With:- BERNARD BRADEN as Bernie / BARBARA KELLY as Barbara / KIM BRADEN as Sally / MARK GRIFFITH as Johnny

 

BARBARA

ITV – Carlton / 22×30 minute episodes / 1999-2000 and 2002-2003

Producers: Mark Bussell, Justin Sbresni / Director: Richard Boden

Sitcom. Based on a 1995 Pilot. Stories of acidic middle aged Yorkshire doctor’s receptionist Barbara and her family. After a fairly long gap a third season emerged in April 2002.

With:- GWEN TAYLOR as Barbara / SAM KELLY as Ted / MARK BENTON as Martin / ELIZABETH CARLING as Linda / SHERRIE HEWSON as Jean / MADGE HINDLE as Doreen / BENEDICT SANDFORD as Neil

 

BARNABY SPOOT AND THE EXPLODING WHOOPEE CUSHION

BBC1 ‘Comedy Playhouse’ / 1×25 minute episodes / 1965 28 May – Fri 8.00pm

Writers: Marty Feldman, Barry Took / Producer: Dick Clement / Executive Producer: Graeme Muir

Comedy. A downtrodden joke shop assistant decides to get revenge on his boss.

With:- JOHN BIRD as Barnaby Spoot / JOHN LE MESURIER as Mr Bostock / RONALD LACEY as Justin Fribble / SHEILA STEAFEL as Narcissus Font

 

BARNEY IS MY DARLING

BBC1 / 6×30 minute episodes / 1965-66 / 17 Dec 65 – 21 Jan 66 Fri 7.30pm

Writers: Marty Feldman, Barry Took / Producer: James Gilbert

Sitcom. A couple who have spent most of their marriage apart, he was in the navy, suddenly find themselves thrust together.

Barney Pank……………………………… BILL FRASER

Romana Pank…………………………….. IRENE HANDL

Cissie………………………………………. ANGELA CROW

Miss Hobbitt………………………………. PAT COOMBS

 

A BEAR’S TAIL

UK / Channel 4 / 6x30m / started 8 July 2005

Writer: Leigh Francis / Producer/Director: Ben Palmer

Sitcom style comedy featuring the bear character from Bo-Selecta living with his human mum, dad and teenage sister. The scriptwriter lives under the stairs and the bear has access to him.

With:- LEIGH FRANCIS as The Bear / PATSY KENSIT as Helena (mum) / SEAN PERTWEE as Richard (dad) / YASMIN KERR as Lillian (sister) / DEXTER FLETCHER as Scriptwriter / DAVINA McCALL as Dave

 

BEAST

BBC1 / 12×30 minute episodes / 2000-2001

Writer: Simon Nye / Producers: Julian Meers, Paul Schlesinger / Title Music: Blair / Executive Producer: Juliet Blake / Director: Martin Dennis

Sitcom. Nick is a vet who hates animals and would sooner try and get off with animals female owners, Nick is also madly in love with his next door neighbour Mary.

With:- ALEXANDER ARMSTRONG as Nick / DOON MACKICHAN as Kirsten / SYLVESTRA LE TOUZEL as Briony / STEVEN ALVEY as Andrew / EMMA PIERSON as Jade / LUCY AKHURST as Mary / MELANIE HUDSON as Mrs Baker

 

 

THE BED-SIT GIRL

BBC1 / 12×30 minute episodes / 1965-66 Mondays 7.30pm black and white

Writers: Ronald Wolfe, Ronald Chesney / Producers: Duncan Wood(Season 1), Graeme Muir(Season 2)

Sitcom. Young typist Sheila Ross would love to experience a better lifestyle.

Sheila Ross…………………………………… SHEILA HANCOCK

Dilys……………………………………………. DILYS LAYE

David…………………………………………… DEREK NIMMO

Liz………………………………………………. HI HAZELL

 

BEGGAR MY NEIGHBOUR

BBC1 / 22×30 minute episodes / 1967-68 3 Seasons black and white

Writer: Ken Hoare, Mike Sharland / Producers: David Croft, Eric Fawcett

Sitcom. Two married sisters living next door to one another are locked in a continuous battle of one-upmanship.There was a Comedy Playhouse pilot broadcast 24 May 1966.

Gerald Garvey(1)……………………………. PETER JONES

Rose Garvey………………………………… JUNE WHITFIELD

Harry Butt……………………………………. REG VARNEY

Lana Butt……………………………………. PAT COOMBS

Garald Garvey(2-3)………………………… DESMOND WALTER-ELLIS

 

BELIEVE NOTHING

ITV-1 / 6x30m / started 14 July 2002 / 10:05pm

Writers: Laurence Marks, Maurice Gran / Director: John Stroud / Producer: Charlie Hanson

Adonis Cnut (pronounced Canute) is an Oxbridge professor who is the cleverest man in the world. He is invited to join a shadowy organisation called the Council Of International Progress that secretly runs the world. Brian Albumen is his faithful manservant and pretty Dr Hannah Awkward is HIS love-interest although she believes herself to be hideously unattractive and the interest is not reciprocal.

With:- RIK MAYALL as Adonis Cnut / MICHAEL MALONEY as Brian Albumen / EMILY BRUNI as Dr Hannah Awkward / DON WARRINGTON as Chairman of the Council

BEST OF ENEMIES

ITV – Thames / 5×30 minute episodes / 1968-69

Writers: Vince Powell, Harry Driver / Producers: Malcolm Morris, Alan Tarrant

Sitcom. Exploits of rival members of Parliament. The series was disrupted by a technicians strike, episode one was shown 1968 the rest were shown 1969.

Geoffrey Broom MP……………………. TIM BARRATT

Willie Gordon MP………………………. ROBERT COOTE

Wilkins……………………………………. DEREK GUYLER

 

BEST OF FRIENDS

ITV – ABC / 13×30 minute episodes / 1963 28 April – 28 July Sundays 5.10pm

Writers: Brad Ashton, Bob Block, Gerry Maxin / Producer: Ernest Maxin

Sitcom. A mild mannered clerk strikes up a friendship with a cafe owner.

Charles……………………………………….. CHARLES HAWTREY

Hylda………………………………………….. HYLDA BAKER

Sheena……………………………………….. SHEENA MARSHE

Uncle Sidney………………………………… HENRY LONGHURST

 

THE BEST THINGS IN LIFE

ITV – ATV / 13×30 minute episodes / 1969-70

Creator: Bernard Botting / Producer: Shaun O’Riordan

Sitcom. The misadventures of the Pollard family and their lodger Alfred Wilcox.

Mrs Pollard………………………………….. PEARL HACKNEY

Mr Pollard……………………………………. BOB TODD

Mabel Pollard……………………………….. JUNE WHITFIELD

Alfred Wilcox……………………………….. HARRY H. CORBETT

Gloria(season 2)…………………………… DIANA QUICK

Pauline(season 2)…………………………. CARMEL McSHARRY

Yvonne Armitage(season 1)…………….. PAT HEYWOOD

 

BIG BOY NOW

ITV – ATV / 14×30 minute episodes / 1976-77

Writer: Ronnie Taylor / Producer/Director: Les Chatfield

Sitcom. Mum’s boy Tony Merchant tries to free himself from his mother’s apron strings.

Tony Merchant………………………….. LESLIE CROWTHER

Heather Merchant……………………… FABIA DRAKE

Roy Merchent………………………….. RONALD LEWIS

Capt Edgar Bingham…………………. DEREK FARR

 

BIG JIM AND THE FIGARO CLUB

BBC2 / 5×30 minute episodes / 1981 8 July – 12 August

Writer: Ted Walker / Producer/Director: Colin Rose / Narrator:Bob Hoskins

Period sitcom. In the 1950’s a group of building tradesmen are employed by a seaside council.

Big Jim………………………………………… NORMAN ROSSINGTON

Harold Perkins………………………………. ROLAND CURRAM

Turps………………………………………….. SYLVESTER McCOY

Chick………………………………………….. DAVID BECKETT

Old Ned………………………………………. GORDON ROLLINGS

Glad…………………………………………… PRISCILLA MORGAN

Nimrod……………………………………….. DAVID JOHN

Titch………………………………………….. TONY ROBINSON

 

THE BIG NOISE

BBC1 / 6×30 minute episodes / 1964 18 Sep – 23 Oct Fridays 8.00pm

Creators: Bob Monkhouse, Denis Goodwin / Writers: Frank Muir, Denis Norden / Executive Producer: James Gilbert / Producer: Joe McGrath

Sitcom. The series subtitle says it all, ‘Episodes In the Life of a Top Disc Jockey’ in this case Bob Mason.

Bob Mason………………………………… BOB MONKHOUSE

Kim Hunter…………………………………. NORMAN ROSSINGTON