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Haggard to Help

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The Ultimate Guide to British Sitcoms

All sitcoms starting with the letter H. This is part one and takes you from Haggard to Help.

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HAGGARD

ITV / 14×30 minute episodes / 1990-91
Writer: Eric Chappell / Stories: Michael Green / Producer: Vernon Lawrence
Period sitcom. Exploits of 18th Century Squire Haggard, much given to carousing, drinking, wenching and slothfulness.
Squire Haggard……………………….. KEITH BARRON
Roderick Haggard……………………… REECE DINSDALE
Grunge………………………………. SAM KELLY
Landlord…………………………….. WILLIAM SIMONS
Fanny Foulacre……………………….. SARA CROWE

 

HALLELUJAH

Yorkshire / 15×30 minute episodes / 1983-84
Writer: Dick Sharples / Title Music: The James Shepherd Versatile Brass / Producer: Ronnie Baxter
Sitcom. Salvation Army Captain Emily Ridley is determined to stamp out sin in a pair of Yorkshire towns.
Emily Ridley………………………. THORA HIRD
Alice Meredith…………………….. PATSY ROWLANDS
Brother Benjamin(Season2)…………… DAVID DAKER

 

HANCOCK’S HALF HOUR

BBC / 56×30 minute episodes 1×43 minute episodes / 1956-60 six seasons + 1 special black and white
Writers: Ray Galton, Alan Simpson / Music: Wally Stott / Producer: Duncan Wood
Sitcom. Episodes in the life of inveterate dreamer Anthony Aloysius Hancock of 23 Railway Cuttings East Cheam. Hancock’s Half Hour had been a hugely successful radio show and continued to be equally successful in this TV version, towards the end of the shows run Tony Hancock, never the most secure of people, decided that he was becoming ingrained in people’s minds as too much of a double act with Sid James and so brusquely dispensed with his services. This led to the final season being titled simply Hancock. See below for details of that show..
With:- TONY HANCOCK as Hancock / SID JAMES as Sid

 

HANCOCK

BBC1 / 6×25 minute episodes / 1961 26 May – 30 June Fridays 8.00pm
Writers: Ray Galton, Alan Simpson / Producer: Duncan Wood
Sitcom. Basically the final season of Hancock’s Half Hour with Hancock going solo after tiring of working with Sid.
With:- TONY HANCOCK as Hancock

 

HANCOCK

ATV / 13×30 minute episodes / 1963
Producer: Tony Hancock / Executive Producer: Bernard Delfont
Sitcom. After Hancock tired of his writers Ray Galton and Alan Simpson he decided to switch to the commercial channel for this series offering more of the same kind of material.
With:- TONY HANCOCK as Hancock

 

HANCOCK’S

ABC / 6×30 minute episodes / 1967 16 June – 18 July
Writers: John Muir, Eric Green / Producer: Mark Stuart
Sitcom. Tony Hancock lands a job as the host of a swinging London nightspot.
With:- TONY HANCOCK as Hancock / JUNE WHITFIELD as Esmeralda Stavely-Smythe / JOE RITCHIE as Toulouse

 

HAPPILY EVER AFTER

ABC / 12×30 minute episodes / 1961/64 1 Season.
Writers: James Kelly, Peter Miller / Director: Philip Jones
Sitcom. The trials and tribulations of scatterbrained Dora Morgan. The show was based on an American format. Eight episodes were shown 12 Feb – 2 Apr 1961 and the remaining four were shown 10 May -31 May 1964.
With:- DORA BRYAN as Dora Morgan / PETE MURRAY as Peter Morgan / BRYAN COLEMAN as Harry Watkins / AUDREY NOBLE as Grace Watkins

 

HAPPINESS

BBC2-Tiger Aspect / 12×30 minute episodes / 2001-2002
Writers: Paul Whitehouse, David Cummings / Producers: Rosemary McGowan, Paul Whitehouse / Director: Declan Lowney
Sitcom. Recently widowed and creator of a smash hit cartoon character (Dexter the plasticine bear) Danny Spencer is heading for a mid-life crisis feeling his creation is more important than he is, he determines to discover for himself a sense of happiness.
With:- Paul Whitehouse as Danny / Mark Heap as Terry / Fiona Allen as Rachel / Clive Russell as Angus / Johnny Vegas as Charlie / Pearce Quigley as Sid

 

THE HAPPY APPLE

Thames / 7×30 minute episodes / 1983 20 June – 1 August
Writer: Keith Waterhouse / Play: Jack Pulman / Producer/Director: Michael Mills
Sitcom. Nancy Gray who works for an advertising agency is able to predict whether a campaign will be successful or not thanks to her standing as ‘Miss Average’.
With:- NICKY HENSON as Murray / JEREMY CHILD as Maine / JOHN NETTLETON as Spender / LESLIE ASH as Nancy Gray / DEREK WARING as Bassington / PETER HUGO-DALY as Kenilworth / JUDITH PARIS as Miss Wheeler

 

HAPPY EVER AFTER

BBC1 / 42×30 minute episodes / 1974-78 6 Seasons + 3 Specials
Creators: John Chapman, Eric Merriman / Producer: Peter Whitmore
Sitcom. Exploits of a middle class middle aged couple. This forerunner of Terry and June was based on a Comedy Playhouse entry of the same name shown 7 May 1974. The role of Susan was played by Lena Clemo in the Comedy Playhouse edition.
Terry Fletcher…………………………….. TERRY SCOTT
June Fletcher…………………………….. JUNE WHITFIELD
Aunt Lucy…………………………………. BERYL COOKE
Susan Fletcher…………………………… PIPPA PAGE
Debbie Fletcher………………………….. CAROLINE WHITAKER

 

HAPPY FAMILIES

BBC1 / 6×30 minute episodes / 1985 17 October – 21 November Thursdays 8.25pm
Writer: Ben Elton / Producer: Paul Jackson
Sitcom. An elderly grandmother wishes her grandchildren to pay their last respects to her, unfortunately the children all live in different parts of the world. Guy Fuddle agrees to track them down. Jennifer Saunders played all five of the Fuddle women (these being Edith/Cassie/Roxanne/Joyce/ Madeleine.)
Guy Fuddle………………………………… ADRIAN EDMONDSON
Cook………………………………………… DAWN FRENCH
Dr De Quincy…………………………….. STEPHEN FRY
Flossie…………………………………….. HELEN LEDERER
Dalcroix…………………………………… JIM BROADBENT

 

HARDWARE

ITV1 Network – Thames – Fremantle / 12x30m / 2003-2004 started 23 March 2003
Writer: Simon Nye / Director: Ben Kellett / Producer: Margot Gavan Duffy

Sitcom. Watching an episode of Hardware and you might be forgiven for thinking that you have slipped into a timewarp and its suddenly 1973 again, the limited sets, confined cast and dodgy hairstyles of the leads, this is not a bad thing as some of the best sitcoms of all time came from the seventies. Hardware isn’t one of the best sitcoms of all time but it is frequently hilarious and never less than funny. Coming from the always dependable pen of Simon Nye (he of Men Behaving Badly) Hardware is set in the kind of retail emporium that has all but been swallowed whole by the giant conglomerates of Bunnings or B&Q. Hamway’s Hardware mighty sell all manner of stuff but the guys certainly don’t want any pesky customers coming in and threatening to buy any of it.
The excellent Martin Freeman headlines as Mike whose girlfriend Anne (Susan Earl) works in the cafe across the road (the Hardware shop, the Cafe and Mike’s flat are pretty much the only sets on display), the other staff members are Mike’s best friend Kenny who thinks he knows it all when it comes to the ways of women, student Steve who works at Hamways part time and is desperate for some regular sex whilst manager Rex (the brilliant Ken Morley) whose seediness knows no bounds. Mike sees himself as somewhat above the laddish behavior that the guys indulge in but deep down knows he is part of it too.

With:- MARTIN FREEMAN as Mike / SUSAN EARL as Annie / PETER SERAFINOWICZ as Kenny / KEN MORLEY as Rex / RYAN CARTWRIGHT as Steve / ELLA KENION as Julie

 

HARDWICKE HOUSE

Central / 1×60 minute episodes 6×30 minute episodes / 1987
Writers: Richard Hall, Simon Wright / Producer: Paula Burden / Director: John Stroud
Sitcom. Life for the besieged staff of a comprehensive school. The series turned into a hot potato, following the 60 minute opener and 1 other episode, there were numerous complaints and ITV pulled the series. The remaining five episodes have yet to be seen.
R.G. Wickham……………………………. ROY KINNEAR
Paul Mackintosh…………………………. ROGER SLOMAN
Cynthia Crabbie………………………….. PAM FERRIS
Herbert Fowl………………………………. GRANVILLE SAXTON
Dick Flashman…………………………… GAVIN RICHARDS
Erik ‘Moose’ Magnusson………………. DUNCAN PRESTON
Harry Savage…………………………….. TONY HAYGARTH
Peter Philpott……………………………. NICK WILTON
Slasher Bates…………………………… KEVIN ALLEN
Agnes…………………………………….. LIZ FRASER
Ernie………………………………………. MICK O’DONOUGHUE
Spotty…………………………………….. PAUL SPURRIER

 

HARK AT BARKER

LWT / 15×30 minute episodes / 1969-70 season 1 black and white
Creator: Alun Owen / Producer: Humphrey Barclay
Sitcom. Misadventures of the crotchety old Lord Rustless and his dodgy servants at his stately home Chrome Hall. The series switched to BBC2 under the title His Lordship Entertains for one season in 1972. Alan Ackybourn and Ronnie Barker (both under aliases) were among the writers.
Lord Rustless………………………………. RONNIE BARKER
Badger……………………………………….. FRANK GATLIFF
Dithers……………………………………….. DAVID JASON
Mildred Bates……………………………… JOSEPHINE TEWSON
Effie(S2)…………………………………….. MOIRA FOOT
Cook…………………………………………. MARY BAXTER

 

HARRY WORTH

BBC1 / 37×30 minute episodes / 1966-70 Four seasons.
Writer: Ronnie Taylor / Producers: Graeme Muir, Duncan Wood, Eric Fawcett, Douglas Argent
Sitcom. The misadventures of the bumbling accident prone Harry. See also Here’s Harry.
Harry…………………………………………… HARRY WORTH

 

HAVE I GOT YOU…WHERE YOU WANT ME?

Granada / 7×30 minute episodes / 1981 3 June – 15 July
Writers: Philip Harland, Paul Ferris / Producer: Brian Armstrong / Direector: Malcolm Taylor
Sitcom. The ups and downs of the long standing relationship between Dentist Tom and his teacher girlfriend Valerie.
Tom……………………………………………. IAN LAVENDER
Valerie………………………………………… KIM BRADEN
Monty…………………………………………. JOHN ALKIN
Jason…………………………………………. JEREMY SINDEN
Vicky…………………………………………. SUSANNAH FELLOWS
Vera………………………………………….. JOANNE ZORIAN

 

HEALTH AND EFFICIENCY

BBC1 / 12×30 minute episodes / 1993-95 Season One: 30 Dec 93 – 3 Feb 94 / Season Two: 6 Jan – 10 Feb 95
Writer: Andrew Marshall / Producer/Director: Richard Boden
Sitcom. The harassed staff of Surgical B Team at St James’ General Hospital do their best in a world of cutbacks and dilemmas.
Michael……………………………………….. GARY OLSEN
Kate…………………………………………… FELICITY MONTAGU
Rex……………………………………………. ROGER LLOYD PACK
Phil……………………………………………. VICTOR McGUIRE
Beth…………………………………………… ADJOA ANDOH
Diana…………………………………………. DEBORAH NORTON

 

HEARTBURN HOTEL

BBC1 / 12×30 minute episodes / 1998 and 2000
Writers: John Sullivan, Steve Glover / Producer: Gareth Gwenlan
Sitcom. Harry Springer runs the Hotel from Hell, he mistreats his nephew, staff and is horrible to his mostly long term stay immigrant residents.
Harry Springer………………………….. TIM HEALY
Duggie Strachan……………………….. CLIVE RUSSELL
Simon Thorpe…………………………… PETER GUNN
Debbie……………………………………. ZITA SATTAR
Baker…………………………………….. KIM WALL
Morgan…………………………………… IFAN HUW DAFYDD
Scouse………………………………….. STEPHEN AINTREE

 

HEIL HONEY I’M HOME

British Satellite Broadcasting-Noel Gay TV / 8×30 minute episodes / 1990
Writer: Geoff Atkinson / Producer: Harry Waterson / Executive Producer: Paul Jackson
Incredibly bizarre attempt to make a sitcom around Adolf Hitler’s home life painting him as a suburbanite living in an apartment with Eva Braun next door to a Jewish family in 1938. Highly controversial the show was pulled after one episode with the other seven remaining unseen. The show was made by fledging satellite channel BSB so it’s highly likely that hardly anybody saw the show anyway.
With:- NEIL McCAUL as Adolf Hitler / DENICA FAIRMAN as Eva Braun

 

THE HELLO GOODBYE MAN

HELL’S BELLS

BBC / 6×30 minute episodes / 1986 9 June – 14 July Monday 8.30pm
Writer: Jan Butlin / Producer: Mike Stephens
Sitcom. Misadventures of the bumbling Dean of Norchester Cathedral.
Dean Selwyn Makepeace…………… DEREK NIMMO
Bishop Hethercote……………………. ROBERT STEPHENS
Emma Hethercote…………………….. SUSAN JAMESON
Edith Makepeace……………………… PHYLLIDA LAW

 

HELP

BBC1 / 12×30 minute episodes / 1986-88 Season One: 2 Sep – 7 Oct 1986 / Season Two: 9 Apr – 14 May 1988
Writer: Joe Boyle / Producer: Mike Stephens
Sitcom. Stories of three unemployed Liverpool youths.
Lennie………………………………………….. DAVID ALBANY
Tex……………………………………………… STEPHEN McGANN
Davva…………………………………………… JAKE ABRAHAM
Annie…………………………………………… SHEILA FAY

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