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The Ultimate Guide to British Sitcoms

All sitcoms starting with the letter E – from Early Doors to Eyes Down.

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EARLY DOORS

BBC2 / 12x30m / 2003-2004 (started 12 May 2003)
Writers: Craig Cash, Phil Mealey / Director: Adrian Shergold / Producers: Lucy Ansbro, John Rushton

Comedy set in a Manchester pub run by landlord Ken.

With:- JOHN HENSHAW as Ken / CRAIG CASH as Joe / PHIL MEALEY as Duffy

 

EAST END WEST END

Associated-Rediffusion / 6×30 minute episodes / 1959 4 Feb – 11 Mar black and white

Director: Peter Croft / Writer: Wolf Mankowitz

Sitcom. Exploits of shady London businessman Sid.

with:- Sid James as Sid

 

EDUCATED EVANS

BBC / 23×30 minute episodes / 1957-58 2 Seasons
Creator:Edgar Wallace / Writers:Sidney Nelson, Maurice Harrison with additional material by Bernard Botting, Charlie Hart / Producer: Eric Fawcett
Sitcom. Exploits of cockney race horse tipster Educated Evans as he attempted to stay one step ahead of the law, mainly in the form of Detective Sergeant Miller.
Educated Evans………………………… CHARLIE CHESTER
Det Sgt Miller……………………………. JACK MELFORD
Emma Toggs…………………………….. PATRICIA HAYES
Insp Pirie…………………………………. KEITH PYOTT
Gertrude………………………………….. MYTRLE REED
Mrs Wilkes………………………………. MAI BACON

 

EDUCATING ARCHIE

Associated-Rediffusion / 27×30 minute episodes / 1958-59 2 Seasons Season 1 fortnightly
Writer:(mostly) Marty Feldman also with Ronald Wolfe& Ronald Chesney, Barry Pevan / Directors: Christopher Hodson, Bill Turner, Pat Baker
Sitcom. The somewhat dubious talents of ventriloquist Peter Brough in a continuation of his popular radio series. Archie of the title was a little wooden schoolboy and the series was based around his mischief making capabilities.
Mrs Twissle…………………………………. IRENE HANDL
Mr Monty……………………………………. DICK EMERY

 

END OF PART ONE

LWT / 14×30 minute episodes / 1979-80
Writers: Andrew Marchall, David Renwick / Producers: Simon Brett (Season 1), Humphrey Barclay (Season 2) / Director: Geoffrey Sax
Sitcom. A normal suburban couple find their lives being constantly interrupted by people from the world of TV.(Not the actual celebrities but actors portraying them.)
Vera Straightman………………………. DENISE COFFEY
Norman Straightman………………….. TONY AITKEN

 

THE ESTATE AGENTS

C4 / 6×30 minute episodes / Broadcast 7 February  – 14 March 2002

Sitcom. The misadventures of three hapless estate agents. Note: Electric Eel is apparently the better known stage name of Cliff Kelly when he’s working as a stand-up comedian

With:- Barry J Gordon as Roy Dance / Cliff Kelly (aka Electric Eel) as Mark / Dan Clark as Jerry / Adam G. Goodwin as Mark

 

AN EVENING AT HOME WITH BERNARD BRADEN AND BARBARA KELLY

BBC1 / 6×30 minute episodes / 1951 24 January – 4 April / Shown fortnightly / Wednesdays 8.15pm
Writers: Barbara Kelly, Bernard Braden / Producer: Leslie Jackson
Sitcom. Episodes in the home life of the real life husband and wife team Bernard and Barbara.
Bernard……………………………………… BERNARD BRADEN
Barbara……………………………………… BARBARA KELLY

 

EVER DECREASING CIRCLES

BBC1 / 26×30 minute episodes 1×80 minute episodes / 1984-89
Writers: John Esmonde, Bob Larbey / Producers: Sydney Lotterby, Harold Snoad
Sitcom. Exploits of unbelievably pedantic Martin Brice and his long suffering wife and friends especially his smooth next door neighbour Paul.
Martin Brice………………………………… RICHARD BRIERS
Ann Brice…………………………………… PENELOPE WILTON
Paul Ryman……………………………….. PETER EGAN
Howard Hughes…………………………… STANLEY LEBOR
Hilda Hughes……………………………… GERALDINE NEWMAN

 

EVERY SILVER LINING

BBC1 / 6×30 minute episodes / 1993 27 May – 1 July Thursdays 8.30pm
Writer: Simon Block / Producer: Richard Boden / Director: Nick Bye
Sitcom. A middle aged Jewish couple run a cafe in the East End of London.
Shirley Silver……………………………….. FRANCES DE LA TOUR
Nat Silver……………………………………. ANDREW SACHS
Lorraine Silver……………………………… SARAH MALIN
Leonard …………………………………….. DAVID YIP
Willie…………………………………………. OSCAR QUITAK
Dean…………………………………………. DANNY SWANSON

 

EXECUTIVE STRESS

Thames / 19×30 minute episodes / 1986-88 3 Seasons
Writer: George Layton / Producer: John Howard Davies
Sitcom. A couple working together in a publishing house are desperate for none of the other employees to find out they are married.
Caroline Fairchild………………………. PENELOPE KEITH
Donald Fairchild(Season1)………….. GEOFFREY PALMER
Donald Fairchild(Seasons 2-3)……… PETER BOWLES
Anthea Duxbury……………………….. ELIZABETH COUNSELL
Edgar Frankland………………………. HARRY DITSON
Nicky…………………………………….. HILARY GISH

 

EXTRAS

UK / BBC2 / 12×30 minute episodes and 1×85 minute episode / Broadcast 21 July 2005 – 27 December 2007

Writers/Directors: Ricky Gervais, Stephen Merchant / Producer: Charlie Hanson

Andy Millman is a 40-something actor always working on the fringes as an extra or bit-part player jealous of “proper” actors and always pestering the stars for a few speaking lines. Maggie is his friend, another extra, who always seems to work on the same shows as him. The stars are played by well-known actors playing themselves (or extreme versions of themselves), for instance:- Ben Stiller, Ross Kemp, Kate Winslet, Robert De Niro and David Bowie to name just a few of the stars who popped up.

With:- RICKY GERVAIS as Andy Millman / ASHLEY JENSON as Maggie Jacobs / STEPHEN MERCHANT as Andy’s Agent

EYES DOWN

BBC1 / 14x30m / 2003-2004 started 15 August 2003
Writer: Angela Clarke / Director: Christine Gernon / Producer: Rosemary McGowan
Sitcom revolving around the manager and staff of a Liverpool bingo hall. Writer Angela Clarke is a former actress.
With:- PAUL O’GRADY as Ray / TONY MAUDSLEY as Martin / SHERIDAN SMITH as Sandy / NEIL FITZMAURICE as Bobby / ROSIE CAVALIERO as Christine / EDNA DORE as Mary

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