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Filthy, Rich and Catflap to The Fuzz

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The Ultimate Guide to British Sitcoms

All sitcoms starting with the letter F. This is part two and takes you from Filthy, Rich and Catflap to The Fuzz.

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FILTHY, RICH AND CATFLAP

BBC2 x35 1987

Writer: Ben Elton; Director/Producer: Paul Jackson

Sitcom about an actor, his minder and his agent.

Starring RIK MAYALL as Richie Rich / ADRIAN EDMONDSON as Eddie Catflap / NIGEL PLANER as Filthy Ralph

 

A FINE ROMANCE

LWT / 26×30 minute episodes / 1981-84 Four seasons
Writer: Bob Larbey / Producers: James Cellan Jones, Don Leaver
Sitcom. Middle aged couple Mike and Laura begin a somewhat hesitant relationship. The two stars were married in real life.
With:- JUDI DENCH as Laura / MICHAEL WILLIAMS as Mike / SUSAN PENHALIGON as Helen / RICHARD WARWICK as Phil / GEOFFREY ROSE as Harry(S1-2) / GEORGE TOVEY as Charlie(S1-2)

 

FIRECRACKERS

ATV / 13×30 minute episodes / 1964-65 black and white
Creator: Fred Robinson / Producer: Alan Tarrant / Director: Josephine Douglas
Sitcom. The misadventures of the inept firemen in the village of Copper’s End.
Charlie……………………………………….. ALFRED MARKS
Jumbo……………………………………….. JOE BAKER
Weary Willie………………………………. SIDNEY BROMLEY
Hairpin……………………………………… CARDEW ROBINSON
Loverboy…………………………………… RONNIE BRODY
Station Officer Blazer,,,………………… JOHN ARNATT

 

FIRST OF THE SUMMER WINE

BBC1 / 12×30 minute episodes / 1988-89 Sundays 7.15pm
Writer: Roy Clarke / Producer: Gareth Gwenlan
Period sitcom. Prequel to Last of the Summer Wine. The early days(1930’s and 40’s) of Compo, Clegg and Foggy etc. There was a 45 minute pilot broadcast 3 Jan 1988.
Clegg’s Dad…………………………………. PETER SALLIS
Norman Clegg………………………………. DAVID FENWICK
Compo……………………………………….. PAUL WYATT
Foggy………………………………………… RICHARD LUMSDEN
Seymour…………………………………….. PAUL McLAIN
Nora………………………………………….. HELEN PATRICK
Mrs Clegg…………………………………… MAGGIE OLLERENSHAW
Scrimshaw………………………………….. DEREK BENFIELD

 

THE FITZ

BBC2-BBC Northern Ireland-Tiger Aspect / 6×30 minute episodes / 2000 Fridays 9.30pm 4 August – 8 September
Writer: Owen O’Neill / Producer: Claudia Lloyd / Theme Music: Sharon Shannon / Additional Music: Philip Pope / Titles: Triffic Films / Costume: Yves Barre / Design: James Dillon / Executive Producers: Lucy Hoare (BBC), Paul Evans (BBC N.I.), Charles Brand (Tiger Aspect) / Director: John Birkin
Sitcom. Tales of an extremely strange Irish family called The Fitzgerald who lived in a weird house on the border of Northern and Southern Ireland. The kids were all named after differing members of the Kennedy clan.
With:- RUTH McCABE as Ma / EAMON MORRISSEY as Da / JON KENNY as John F / PAT SHORTT as Bobby / BRONAGH GALLAGHER as Teddy / BILLY CARTER as Kennedy / EAMON OWENS as Joe / DEBORAH BARNETT as Jackie / DEIDRE O’KANE as Fiona / WARWICK DAVIS as Basil Hodge

 

FOREIGN AFFAIRS

UK / ITV – Granada / 8×30 minute episodes / Broadcast 1964 2 January – 20 February Thursday 7.30pm

Creator: Barry Took / Script Editor: Peter Jones / Producer: Peter Eton / Director: Milo Lewis

Sitcom. Spin off from Bootsie and Snudge in which the those characters found themselves working at the British Embassy in Bosnik.

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Alfie Bass as Bootsie / Bill Fraser as Snudge / Nicholas Phipps as Ambassador / Arthur Barrett as Third Secretary

 

FOREIGN AFFAIRS

BBC1 / 6×30 minute episodes / 1966 16 September – 21 October Fridays 7.30pm
Creator: Leonard Samson / Writers: Johnnie Mortimer, Brian Cooke, Leonard Samson / Producer: John Street
Sitcom. Misadventures of the personal assistant of a Foreign Office official.
Dennis Proudfoot…………………………. LESLIE PHILLIPS
Taplow………………………………………. RICHARD O’SULLIVAN
Sir Hugh Marriot………………………….. AUSTIN TREVOR
Miss Jessup……………………………….. DOROTHY FRERE
Grischa Petrovich………………………… RONNIE BARKER
Serge Volchanivov……………………….. JOE MELIA
Irinka……………………………………….. SONIA GRAHAM

 

FOREIGN BODIES

BBC2 / 18×30 minute episodes / 1987-89
Writers: Bernard Farrell, Graham Reid / Producer: Sydney Lotterby
Sitcom. Stories of two young nurses living in Dublin but working in Belfast, especially ones relationship with a protestant car mechanic.
Roisin………………………………………….. HILARY REYNOLDS
Septa………………………………………….. MAEVE GERMAINE
Tom……………………………………………. DAN GORDON
Alex……………………………………………. COLUM CONVEY
Soup…………………………………………… LOUIS ROLSTON
Madge………………………………………… TRUDY KELLY
Harry………………………………………….. JOHN HEWITT
Elaine………………………………………… CATHERINE BRENMAN

 

FOR THE LOVE OF ADA

Thames / 26×25 minute episodes 1×45 minute episodes / 1970-71 4 seasons + 1 Special
Writers: Vince Powell, Harry Driver / Producer: Ronnie Baxter
Sitcom. Ada and Walter, a pair of pensioners, suprise their families by falling in love.
Ada Cresswell…………………………….. IRENE HANDL
Walter Bingley……………………………. WILFRED PICKLES
Leslie Pollitt……………………………….. JACK SMETHURST
Ruth Pollitt………………………………… BARBARA MITCHELL

 

THE FOSSETT SAGA

LWT / 7×30 minute episodes / 1969 10 January – 21 February Fridays 8.30pm
Writer: Dave Freeman / Producer: David Askey
Sitcom. Stories of James Fossett an author of Victorian Penny Dreadfuls.
James Fossett…………………………… JIMMY EDWARDS
Herbert Quince…………………………… SAM KYDD
Millie Goswick……………………………. JUNE WHITFIELD

 

THE FOSTERS

LWT / 27×30 minute episodes / 1976-77 2 Seasons + 1 Special.
Producer/Director: Stuart Allen
Sitcom. Exploits of the black Foster family living in a tower block in South London. The show was based on a US show called Good Times.
Samuel Foster…………………………….. NORMAN BEATON
Sonny Foster……………………………… LENNY HENRY
Vilma……………………………………….. CARMEN MUNROE
Pearl Foster……………………………….. ISABELLE LUCAS
Shirley Foster…………………………….. SHARON ROSITA
Benjamin Foster………………………….. LAWRIE MARK

 

FOUR TALL TINKLES

BBC2 / 4×30 minute episodes / 1967 2 – 23 January Mondays 8.05pm
Writer: N.F. Simpson / Producer: Stuart Allen
Sitcom. A sequel to the previous years Three Rousing Tinkles and featuring further episodes in the bizarre lives of the Paradocks. See also A Resounding Tinkle.
Middie Paradock………………………… PAULINE DEVANEY
Bro Paradock…………………………….. EDWIN APPS

 

FOXY LADY

Granada / 13×30 minute episodes / 1982-84 2 Seasons
Writer: Geoffrey Lancashire / Producer: John G. Temple
Period sitcom. In 1959, glamorous Daisy Jackson takes over as editor of a northern newspaper much to the suprise of her male staff.
Daisy Jackson……………………………. DIANE KEEN
Joe Prince…………………………………. GEOFFREY BURRIDGE
J.P. Schofield…………………………….. PATRICK TROUGHTON
Ben Marsh………………………………… MILTON JOHNS
Owen Buckley……………………………. STEVEN PINDER
Hector Ross………………………………. GREGOR FISHER
Acorn Henshaw………………………….. TOM MENNARD

 

FRANKIE HOWERD

BBC1 / 12×30 minute episodes / 1965-66 black and white
Writers: Ray Galton, Alan Simpson / Producer: Duncan Wood
Comedy series. A mixture of stand up comedy and sitcom as Frankie Howerd related to his audience his latest calamity etc. The show then cut to a sitcom telling of Frankie’s story.
Himself……………………………………….. FRANKIE HOWERD

 

FRANKLY HOWERD

BBC / 6×30 minute episodes / 1959 1 May – 5 June Fridays 7.30pm
Writers: Reuben Ship and an uncredited Phil Sharp / Producer: Harry Carlisle
Comedy series. Episodes in the life of Frankie Howerd ‘ala’ Tony Hancock. The series stemmed from a previous collaboration between Howerd, Ship and Sharp called Frankie Howerd In Shakespeare Without Tears.
Frankie………………………………………. FRANKIE HOWERD
Fred Thompson…………………………… SIDNEY VIVIAN
Gladys Thompson……………………….. HELEN JESSOP

 

FREDDIE AND MAX

Thames/SelecTV / 6×30 minute episodes / 1990
Writers: Dick Clement, Ian La Frenais / Producer/Director: John Stroud
Sitcom. Young Freddie Latham gets a job as personal assistant to fading middle aged American actress.
Freddie Latham…………………………. CHARLOTTE COLMAN
Maxine Chandler……………………….. ANNE BANCROFT
Isabel……………………………………… FLAMINIA CINQUE
Malcolm Parkes………………………… RICHARD PEARSON
Gary………………………………………. IAN CONGDON-LEE

 

FRENCH FIELDS

Thames / 18×30 minute episodes 1×45 minute episodes / 1989-91
Creator: John Chapman / Producer: James Gilbert
Sitcom. Sequel to Fresh Fields (see below). Hester and William, the couple from Fresh Fields decide to up sticks and move to France.
Hester…………………………………………. JULIA McKENZIE
William……………………………………….. ANTON RODGERS
Chantal Moriac……………………………… PAMELA SALEM
Monsieur Dax………………………………. OLIVIER PIERRE
Madame Romoleux……………………….. VALERIE LUSH
Jill Trendle…………………………………… LIZ CROWTHER

 

FRESH FIELDS

Thames / 26×30 minute episodes 1×45 minute episodes / 1984-86 Four seasons
Creator: John Chapman / Producer: Peter Frazer-Jones
Sitcom. The ups and downs of middle class, middle aged couple Hester and William Fields.
Hester Fields……………………………… JULIA McKENZIE
William Fields…………………………….. ANTON RODGERS
Sonia Barratt……………………………… ANN BEACH
Nancy Penrose………………………….. FANNY ROWE
Guy Penrose…………………………….. BALLARD BERKELY

 

FRIENDS AND NEIGHBOURS

BBC / 6×30 minute episodes / 1954 27 January – 7 April Wednesdays 8.15pm Shown Fortnightly
Writers: Sid Colin, Talbot Rothwell / Producer: Bill Ward
Sitcom. Stories of two married couples living next door to each other in a converted Victorian house.
George Bird……………………………….. PETER BUTTERWORTH
Constance Bird………………………….. JANET BROWN
Arthur Honeybee………………………… BENNY LEE
Maisie Honeybee……………………….. AVRIL ANGERS

 

THE FRONT LINE

BBC1 / 6×30 minute episodes / 1984-85 6 December 19 84 – 17 January 19 85 Thursdays 8.00pm
Writer: Alex Shearer / Producer/Director: Roger Race
Sitcom. Exploits of two West Indian brothers, one of whom is a policeman the other a Rasta.
Malcolm…………………………………….. PAUL BARBER
Sheridan…………………………………….. ALAN IGBON

 

FULL HOUSE

Thames / 20×30 minute episodes / 1985-86 3 Seasons
Writer: Johnnie Mortimer / Producers: Peter Frazer-Jones, Anthony Parker
Sitcom. Two couples, the Hatfields and the McCoys, both short of funds, decide to team up and buy a house together but soon find that sharing isn’t all it’s cracked up to be.
Paul Hatfield………………………………. CHRISTOPHER STRAULI
Marsha Hatfield………………………….. SABINA FRANKLYN
Murray McCoy……………………………. BRIAN CAPRON
Diana McCoy……………………………… NATALIE FORBES

 

THE FURTHER ADVENTURES OF LUCKY JIM

BBC2 / 6×30 minute episodes / 1982 1 November – 13 December Mondays 9.00pm
Writers: Dick Clement, Ian La Frenais / Producer: Harold Snoad
Sitcom. Updated version of the New Adventures of Lucky Jim. The adventures of North Country lad Jim Dixon now living in London.
Jim Dixon…………………………………. ENN REITEL
Joanna Lassiter…………………………. BARBARA FLYNN
Lucy Simmons………………………….. GLYNIS BARBER
Philip Lassiter…………………………… DAVID SIMEON

 

FURTHER UP POMPEII!

BBC / 1×45 minute episodes / 1975 31 March – Monday 9.10pm
Writer: Talbot Rothwell / Producer: David Croft
Comedy. A revival of Frankie Howerd’s Up Pompeii sitcom and detailing further adventures of Roman slave Lurcio.
With:- FRANKIE HOWERD as Lurcio / MARK DIGNAM as Ludicrus / ELIZABETH LARNER as Ammonia / KERRY GARDNER as Nausius / JOHN CATER as Pollax / JEANNE MOCKFORD as Senna / LEON GREENE as Prodigus / OLWEN GRIFFITHS as Hernia / JENNIFER LONSDALE as Erotica / CYRIL APPLETON as Claudius / LINDSAY DUNCAN as Scrubba

 

FURTHER UP POMPEII!

LWT / 1×45 minute episodes / 1991 14 December – Saturday 7.55pm
Writers: Paul Minett, Brian Leveson / Producer: Paul Lewis / Director: Ian Hamilton
Comedy. 2nd belated and final revival of Up Pompeii, this time Lurcio was based in Caligula, was a freeman and ran his own wine bar.
With:- FRANKIE HOWERD as Lurcio / JOANNA DICKENS as Colossa / ELIZABETH ANSON as Petunia / JOHN BARDON as Villainus Brutus / RUSSELL GOLD as Noxius / PETER GERVES as Ambigous / ROY EVANS as Typhus / TIM KILLICK as Gluteus Maximus / GARY RICE as Umbilicus / BARRY JAMES as Claudius

 

THE FUZZ

Thames / 7×30 minute episodes / 1977 8 Sep – 20 Oct Thursdays 9.00pm
Writer: Willis Hall / Producer/Director: Stuart Allen
Sitcom. The misadventures of a group of bumbling coppers.
D.S. Sidney Marble…………………….. MICHAEL ROBBINS
PC Jumbo Dickinson…………………… MIKE SAVAGE
PC Stevie Cordwainer………………….. NIGEL LAMBERT
WPC Pamela Purvis……………………. LYNDA BELLINGHAM
Doris……………………………………….. ENA CABAYO
Supt Baldwin Allardyce………………… COLIN JEAVONS

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