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Here’s Harry to Human Remains

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The Ultimate Guide to British Sitcoms

All sitcoms starting with the letter H. This is part two and takes you from Here’s Harry to Human Remains.

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HERE’S HARRY

BBC1 / 59×30 minute episodes / 1960-65 7 Seasons black and white
Producers: John Ammonds, John Street
Sitcom. The misadventures of bumbling trilby hatted ditherer Harry Worth.
Harry………………………………………….. HARRY WORTH
Mrs Williams………………………………… VI STEVENS
Mrs Benson…………………………………. DORIS GAMPBELL
Tommy……………………………………….. REGINALD MARSH
Alf……………………………………………… JOE GLADWIN

 

HER MAJESTY’S PLEASURE

Granada / 13×25 minute episodes / 1968-69
Creator: Leslie Duxbury / Writers: Leslie Duxbury, John Stevenson / Producer: Peter Eckerley
Sitcom. The exploits of a group of prison officers and the convicts they guard.
Prison Officer Mills…………………….. KEN JONES
Prison Officer Clisset…………………. JOHN SHARP
Pongo Little…………………………….. JOHN NETTLETON
Arthur……………………………………. NEVILLE SMITH
Grizzly Bear Ryan……………………. TOMMY MANN
Mushy Williams………………………. JOHN NORMINGTON
Freda Little…………………………….. KATE BROWN

 

HI-DE-HI

BBC1 / 53×30 minute episodes 1×40 minute episodes 3×45 minute episodes 1×60 minute episodes / 1981-88 8 seasons First Ep:26 Deb 1981 Last Ep:30 Jan 1988
Writers: Jimmy Perry, David Croft / Theme sung by Paul Shane / Producers: David Croft, John Kilby, Mike Stephens
Period sitcom. Stories of the staff at Maplin’s holiday camp in the late fifties and early sixties, especially comedians Ted and Spike, hungry for love Gladys Pugh, chalet maid and would be yellow coat Peggy and the put upon entertainments officer Jeffrey Fairbrother(later Clive Dempster).There was a 40 minute pilot broadcast in 1980.
Ted Bovis…………………………………… PAUL SHANE
Gladys Pugh………………………………. RUTH MADOC
Jeffrey Fairbrother(Seasons 1-4)……… SIMON CADELL
Peggy Ollerenshaw……………………… SU POLLARD
Spike Dixon………………………………. JEFFREY HOLLAND
Sq Ldr Clive Dempster(Seasons 5-8).. DAVID GRIFFIN
Mr Partridge………………………………. LESLIE DWYER
Fred Quilley………………………………. FELIX BOWNESS
Barry Stewart-Hargreaves……………… BARRY HOWARD
Yvonne Stewart-Hargreaves…………… DIANE HOLLAND
Sylvia………………………………………. NIKKI KELLY
The Twins…………………………………. THE WEBB TWINS
April(Seasons 5-8)………………………. LINDA REGAN
Julian Dalrymple-Sykes………………… BEN ARIS

 

HIGH AND DRY

Yorkshire / 6×30 minute episodes / 1986 7 Jan – 18 Feb Wed 8.30pm
Writers: Alan Sherwood, Michael Knowles / Music: Neil Innes / Producer/Director: Ronnie Baxter
Period sitcom. At the end of the second world war Ron Archer takes over the running of a down at heel pier. The BBC broadcast a pilot version called Walking the Planks .
Ron Archer……………………………….. BERNARD CRIBBENS
Richard Talbot…………………………… RICHARD WILSON
Miss Baxter……………………………… VIVIENNE MARTIN
Trevor Archer……………………………. ANGUS BENNETT
Fred Whattle……………………………. ARTHUR ENGLISH
Mrs Briggs………………………………. DIANA COUPLAND

 

THE HIGH LIFE

BBC2 / 6×30 minute episodes / 1995 6 Jan – 10 Feb
Writers: Alan Cumming, Forbes Masson / Producer: Tony Dow
Sitcom. A pair of Scottish air stewards yearn for something more out of life. A pilot was broadcast in 1994 under the Comic Asides banner.
Sebastian Flight…………………………… ALAN CUMMING
Steve McCracken………………………… FORBES MASSON
Shona Spurtle…………………………….. SIOBHAN REDMOND
Captain Duff……………………………….. PATRICK RYECART

 

HIGH STREET BLUES

LWT / 6×30 minute episodes / 1989 6 Jan – 10 Feb Fri 7.00pm
Writers: Jimmy Perry, Robin Carr / Executive Producer: Marcus Plantin / Producer/Director: Robin Carr
Sitcom. A quartet of high street shop owners fight to prevent their shops being bought out by a hypermarket.
With:- PHIL McCALL as Charlie McFee / RON PEMBER as Chesney Black / VALERIE WALSH as Rita Franks / ELIZABETH STEWART as Mavis Drinkwater / CHRIS PITT as Bob Farthing / VICTORIA HASTED as Susan Drinkwater / EVE BLAND as Sheila / GEORGIA MITCHELL as Paul Franks / JOHNNY SHANNON as Sharpe / MARTIN TURNER as Valentine

 

HIGH STAKES

ITV Network / 6×30 minute episodes / 2001 (First Episode: Sunday 22 April / 10.00pm)
Writer: Tony Sarchet / Producer: Ann Scott / Director: Dewi Humphreys
Sitcom. Stories of Bruce Morton, managing director of an investment bank, Morton is none too happy when former civil servant Nicholas Quinn is made chairman.
With:- RICHARD WILSON as Bruce Morton / JACK SHEPHERD as Nicholas Quinn / JASON O’MARA as Greg Hayden / DAVID WALLIAMS as Stephen Clay / TAMSIN GREIG as Delphina / DANIELLE TARENTO as Rebecca

 

HILARY

BBC2 / 12×30 minute episodes / 1984-86 2 seasons Mon 9.00pm
Writers: Peter Robinson, Peter Vincent / Producer/Director: Harold Snoad
Sitcom. Single mum works hard on a TV show whilst bringing up her teenage son.
With:- MARTI CAINE as Hilary / PHILIP MADOC as George / JACK SMETHURST as Kimberley / CAROLYN MOODY as Lyn

 

HIPPIES

BBC2/Talkback / 6×30 minute episodes / 1999 12 Nov – 17 Dec Fri 9.30pm
Writer: Arthur Matthews / Music: Simon Brint / Costume: Caroline Pitcher / Design: Dennis De Groot / Executive Producer: Peter Fincham / Producer: Geoffrey Perkins
Period sitcom. In 1969, at the fag end of the swinging sixties, a bunch of hippies run their own underground magazine called Mouth.
Ray Purbbs…………………………………. SIMON PEGG
Alex Picton-Dinch…………………………. JULIAN RHIND-TUTT
Jill Sprint……………………………………. SALLY PHILLIPS
Hugo Yemp………………………………… DARREN BOYD
Mum…………………………………………. GERALDINE McNULTY
Dad…………………………………………… JOHN BENFIELD
Jeremy Gurvitz…………………………….. ROLF SAXON
Peter Mountstewart………………………. KEVIN ELDON
Desmond Kemp…………………………… PAUL SHEARER

 

HIS LORDSHIP ENTERTAINS

BBC2 / 7×30 minute episodes / 1972 5 June -17 July Mondays 8.55pm
Writer: Jonathan Cobbald (AKA Ronnie Barker) / Producer: Harold Snoad
Sitcom. A change of channel and title for Ronnie Barker’s series Hark at Barker and continuing the misadventures of Lord Rustless at Chrome Hall.
Lord Rustless…………………………… RONNIE BARKER
Mildred Bates…………………………… JOSEPHINE TEWSON
Dithers……………………………………. DAVID JASON
Cook……………………………………….. MARY BAXTER
Effie……………………………………….. MOIRA FOOT
Badger……………………………………. FRANK GATLIFF

 

HIS ‘N’ HERS

Yorkshire / 19×30 minute episodes / 1970-72
Writers: Ken O’Hare, Mike Sharland / Executive Producer: John Duncan / Producer: Graham Evans
Role reversal sitcom. A freelance journalist stays at home while his wife goes to work in the city.
Rupert Sherwin……………………………… RONALD LEWIS
Kay Sherwin (Season 1)…………………. SUE LLOYD
Kay (Season 2)……………………………. BARBARA MURRAY
Toby Burgess (Season 1)……………….. TIM BROOKE-TAYLOR
Janet Burgess (Season 1)………………. MADELINE SMITH
Dorothy……………………………………… JANIE BOOTH

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THE HITCH HIKERS GUIDE TO THE GALAXY

BBC2 / 6×35 minute episodes / 1981 5 Jan – 9 Feb Mon 9.00pm
Writer: Douglas Adams / Music: Paddy Kingsland / Animation: Rod Lord / Producer: Alan J.W. Bell
Scifi sitcom. After the Earth is demolished to make way for a new hyperspace bypass, Arthur Dent finds himself taken on a trip across the galaxy by his alien friend Ford Prefect.
Arthur Dent……………………………….. SIMON JONES
Ford Prefect………………………………. DAVID DIXON
Voice of the Box………………………… PETER JONES
Zaphod Beeblebrox…………………….. MARK WING-DAVY
Trillian……………………………………… SANDRA DICKINSON
Voice of Marvin………………………….. STEPHEN MOORE
Slartifartbast……………………………… RICHARD VERNON

 

HMS PARADISE

Associated-Rediffusion / 26×30 minute episodes 1×55 minute episodes / 1964-65 17 July 64 – 17 January 65 Thursday 7.00pm
Writer: Sid Colin
Sitcom. A group of sailors are posted to the island of Boonsey off the coast of Dorset.
Capt Turvey…………………………………. RICHARD CALDICOTT
Lt Pouter…………………………………….. ROBIN HUNTER
C.P.O. Banyard……………………………. RONALD RADD
Cmdr Fairweather………………………….. FRANK THORNTON

 

HOLDING THE BABY

Carlton / 14×25 minute episodes / 1997-98
Producer: Justin Judd
Sitcom. Father Gordon Muir copes with bringing up his young son alone and holding down a responsible job.
Gordon Muir(97)…………………………. NICK HANCOCK
Gordon Muir(98)………………………… HUGH BONNEVILLE
Rob Muir…………………………………. JOE DUTTINE
Laura……………………………………… SALLY PHILLIPS
Daniel(98)……………………………….. ADAM SANDFORD

 

HOLDING THE FORT

LWT / 20×30 minute episodes / 1980-82 Three seasons
Writers: Laurence Marks, Maurice Gran / Music: Denis King / Producer: Derrick Goodwin
Sitcom. Russell Milburn stays at home bringing up baby and running his own small brewery business in the basement whilst his wife Penny works for the army. The character of Fitz (general help and hindrance in equal measure to Russell) later garnered his own spin off called Relative Strangers.
Russell Milburn…………………………… PETER DAVISON
Penny Milburn……………………………. PATRICIA HODGE
Fitz…………………………………………. MATTHEW KELLY
Capt Hector Quilley…………………….. CHRISTOPHER GODWIN

 

HOME AGAIN

UK / BBC1 / 6x30m / started 5 May 2006

Writers: Ian Brown, James Hendrie / Director: Edward Bye / Producer: Rosemary McGowan

Domestic sitcom in which a middle-aged couple’s grown-up daughter and her husband come back home to live with them until they can afford somewhere of their own. The writers must have been watching No Place Like Home or one of the other 62 sitcoms with the same theme when they came up with this one.

With:- SINEAD CUSACK as Sheila / PETER EGAN as Graham / SAMANTHA JANUS as Ingrid / BRUCE MACKINNON as Mark

 

HOME JAMES

Thames / 24×30 minute episodes 1×45 minute episodes / 1987-90 4 Seasons + 1 Special
Creator: Geoff McQueen / Script Editor: John Junkin
Sitcom. Cockney wideboy Jim London gets a job as chauffeur to millionaire Robert Palmer.
Jim London………………………………. JIM DAVIDSON
Robert Palmer…………………………… GEORGE SEWELL
Henry Compton…………………………. HARRY TOWB
Sarah(Seasons 1-2)…………………… VANESSA KNOX-MAWER
Paula (Seasons 1-2)………………….. SHERRIE HEWSON

 

HOME TO ROOST

Yorkshire / 28×30 minute episodes 1×60 minute episodes / 1985-90 4 Seasons + 1 Special
Writer: Eric Chappell / Producers: David Reynolds, Vernon Lawrence
Sitcom. Divorced middle aged father Henry Willow is put out when his teenage son Matthew turns up to live with him after years spent living with his mother. See also the American version You Again.
Henry Willow……………………………… JOHN THAW
Matthew Willow………………………….. REECE DINSDALE
Enid Thompson(Seasons 1-2)………… ELIZABETH BENNETT
Fiona Fennell(Season 3)………………. JOAN BLACKHAM

 

HONEY FOR TEA

BBC1 / 7×30 minute episodes / 1994 13 March – 1 May Sundays 7.00pm
Writer: MIchael Aitkens / Producer/Director: Gareth Gwenlan
Sitcom. Widow Nancy Belasco leaves Los Angeles with her twenty year old son to go to Cambridge where her son is to study at the college her husband had a financial stake in.
With:- FELICITY KENDAL as Nancy Belasco / NIGEL LE VAILLANT as Prof Simon Latimer / LESLIE PHILLIPS as Sir Dickie Hobhouse / PATRICK McCULLOUGH as Jake Belasco / CAROLINE HARKER as Hon Lucy Courtney

 

HOPE IT RAINS

Thames / 13×30 minute episodes / 1991-92
Writers: John Esmonde, Bob Larbey / Producer/Director: John Howard Davies
Sitcom. Jace Elliott helps her godfather Harry run his waxworks museum in a seaside town.
Harry Nash…………………………………. TOM BELL
Jace Elliott…………………………………. HOLLY AIRD
Dennis Portland…………………………… EAMONN BOLAND

 

HOTEL IMPERIAL

Associated-Rediffusion / 24×30 minute episodes / 1958-60 black and white
Writer: Alan Melville / Executive Producer: Michael Westmore(Season 2)
Sitcom. Exploits of the staff and guests of London Hotel, the Imperial as seen from the point of view of the Hotel Orchestra’s conductor Monsieur Victor.
Monsieur Victor…………………………… VIC OLIVER
Mr Hay……………………………………… BRIAN OULTON
Mr Pettigrew………………………………. TOM GILL
Mr Griffiths…………………………………. LESLIE HERITAGE
Kate Brett(Season 2)……………………. JOAN BENHAM
Henry(Season 2)…………………………. EDDIE MALIN

 

HOT METAL

LWT/Humphrey Barclay / 12×30 minute episodes / 1986-88 Sundays 10.00pm
Writers: Andrew Marshall, David Renwick / Producer: Humphrey Barclay
Sitcom. Outrageous media baron Twiggy Rathbone takes over run down newspaper The Daily Crucible and begins to revolutionise it.
Terence ‘Twiggy’ Rathbone…………… ROBERT HARDY
Harry Stringer(86)……………………… GEOFFREY PALMER
Richard Lipton(88)…………………….. RICHARD WILSON
Russell Spam………………………….. ROBERT HARDY
Greg Kettle……………………………… RICHARD KANE
Bill Tylla(86)……………………………. JOHN GORDON SINCLAIR

 

THE HOUSE OF WINDSOR

Granada / 6×30 minute episodes / 1994 15 May – 26 June Sundays 10.30pm
Producer: Anthony Wood / Executive Producer: Andy Harries / Director: Graeme Harper
Sitcom. Behind the scenes with the staff of Buckingham Palace.
Max Kelvin…………………………………… WARREN CLARKE
Lord Montague Bermondsey…………….. LESLIE PHILLIPS
Sir Nicholas Foulsham……………………. NEIL STACY
Caroline Finch……………………………… SERENA GORDON
Giles Huntingdon………………………….. JEREMY SINDEN
Ray Barker…………………………………. SEAN GALLAGHER
Kate Hargreaves…………………………… LOUISE GERMAINE

 

THE HOUSE THAT JACK BUILT

BBC1 / 6x30m / started 2 August 2002 / 9:00pm
Writers: Gary Lawson, John Phelps / Director: Nic Phelps / Producer: Tony Charles
Jack Squire is a rich self-made man with a loud wife and three selfish children. Despite a stated 6 episodes when the series began, only 5 episodes were shown. It was critically panned so may have been pulled early (unless the original episode count was incorrect)

With:- ADAM FAITH as Jack Squire / GILLIAN TAYLFORTH as Maxine / RICHARD LUMSDEN as Roger / CARLI NORRIS as Vicky / KELLIE BRIGHT as Lisa

 

HOW DO YOU WANT ME

BBC2/Kensington / 12×30 minute episodes / 1998-99
Writer: Simon Nye / Producer: Margaret Gavan Duffy / Music: Michael Storey / Executive Producer: Roderick Gilchrist, Geoffrey Perkins
Sitcom. Young newly married couple Ian and Lisa Lyons move back to the village where Lisa was brought up. Photographer Ian finds it hard to settle in and becomes convinced that his father in law Astley is out to kill him.
Ian Lyons …………………………………… DYLAN MORAN
Lisa Lyons …………………………………. CHARLOTTE COLMAN
Astley Yardley ……………………………. FRANK FINLAY
Helen Yardley …………………………….. EMMA CHAMBERS
Dean Yardley ……………………………… PETER SERAFINKOWCZ
Derek Few …………………………………. MARK HEAP

 

HOWS YOUR FATHER

Granada / 13×30 minute episodes / 1974
Writer: John Stevenson / Director: Bill Podmore
Sitcom. Misadventures of the three male members (Grandad, Dad and Son) of the Cropper family.
Eddie Cropper …………………………. MICHAEL ROBBINS
Doreen Cropper………………………… BARBARA YOUNG
Edward…………………………………… NICHOLAS HOYE
Christine…………………………………. GEORGINA MOON
Ted……………………………………….. ARTHUR ENGLISH
Ivy Watkins…………………………….. SHEILA STAEFAL

 

HOW’S YOUR FATHER

Yorkshire / 13×30 minute episodes / 1979-80
Writers: Pam Valentine, Michael Ashton / Producer: Graeme Muir / Music: Denis King / Lyric: Myles Rudge / Theme Sung By Harry Worth
Sitcom. Middle aged Harry brings up his teenage son Martin and daughter Shirley.
With:- HARRY WORTH as Harry / GILES WATLING as Martin / DEBBY CUMMING as Shirley / FANNY CARBY as Vera Blacker (season one) / SONIA GRAHAM as Mrs Simkins (Season 2)

 

HUGH AND I

BBC / 77×30 minute episodes / 1962-68 7 Seasons black and white
Writer: John Chapman / Producers: David Croft, Duncan Wood
Sitcom. Misadventures of two friends who were desperate to improve their lot. Season 7 called Hugh and I Spy to cash in on the then craze for all things spy. (I Spy/James Bond/Man From Uncle etc).
With:- TERRY SCOTT as Terry / HUGH LLOYD as Hugh / VI STEVENS as Mrs Scott / WALLAS EATON as Mr Crispin / MOLLIE SUGDEN as Mrs Crispin

 

HUMAN REMAINS

BBC2 / 6×30 minute episodes / 2000 (First Episode: Monday 13 November 10.00pm)
Writers: Rob Bryden, Julia Davis / Producer: Alison MacPhail / Director: Matt Lipsey
6 spot on Spoof documentaries about couples with relationship problems, writers Bryden and Davis also starred as the couple in each of the spoofs.

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