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The Ultimate Guide to British Sitcoms

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IDEAL

UK / BBC3-Baby Cow Productions / 53×30 minute episodes / 11 January 2005 – 30 June 20011

Writer: Graham Duff with additional material by Tony Burgess / Executive Producers: Kenton Allen, Steve Coogan, Henry Normal / Associate Producer: Johnny Vegas / Producer: Ted Dowd

Sitcom. Moz is a small fry drug dealer living an inner city life Moz has no ambitions beyond spending a quiet life dealing cannabis to a small group of friends and acquaintances. His key drugs supplier is a local copper called PC who spends more time doped than straight. Season two advanced the plot with Moz’s long term girlfriend, Nicki, about to give birth, but the father could be any one of three men. Is Moz really about to become a dad for the first time and, if so, will imminent parenthood force him to rethink his choice of career? Probably not.. Ideal has become something of a cult hit so expect to see it transferred to BBC1 or 2 sometime soon, especially as season one has already been repeated on BBC-2 (22 October – 3 December 2005).

On Wednesday 28 December 2005 @ 8.30pm BBC-3 showed Three’s Outtakes which featured an interview with Vegas about Ideal and various bloopers.

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Johnny Vegas as Moz / Nicola Reynolds as Nicki / Tom Goodman-Hill as Policeman (PC) / Sunetra Sarker as Sungita / Ronny Jhutti as Kuldip / Sinead Matthews as Jenny / James Foster as Cartoon Head / Natalie Gunmede as China / Rebecca Atkinson as Asia / Jason Manford as Jack / Ben Crompton as Ben / Sunetra Sarker as Sungita

 

I DIDN’T KNOW YOU CARED

BBC1 / 27×30 minute episodes / 1975-79 Four seasons.
Writer: Peter Tinniswood / Producer: Bernard Thompson . Episodes in the life of a morose Yorkshire family. One of the best characters was the tone deaf Uncle Stavely who would utter the sentence “I heard that, pardon” at the drop of a hat.
Uncle Mort…………………………………. ROBIN BAILEY
Les Brandon………………………………. JOHN COMER
Annie Brandon……………………………..LIZ SMITH
Carter Brandon(Seasons 1-2)…………. STEPHEN REA
Carter(Seasons 3-4)…………………….. KEITH DRINKEL
Pat Partington(Seasons 1-2)………….. ANITA CAREY
Pat(Seasons 3-4)………………………… LIZ GOULDING
Uncle Stavely (seasons 1-3)…………….BERT PALMER
Uncle Stavely(season 4)…………………LESLIE SARONY

 

IF IT MOVES, FILE IT

LWT / 6×30 minute episodes / 1970 28 August – 2 October Friday 8.30pm
Writer: Troy Kennedy Martin / Executive Producer: Humphrey Barclay / Producer/Director: Derek Bennett
Sitcom. Exploits of two devious civil servants.
Quick………………………………………….. JOHN BIRD
Foster…………………………………………. DUDLEY FOSTER
Froggett………………………………………. JOHN NETTLETON
Minister………………………………………. JOHN BARRARD

 

IF THE CROWN FITS

ATV / 6×30 minute episodes / 1961 29 April – 3 June Saturday 9.30pm black and white
Writer: Robert Morley / Director: Alan Tarrant
Sitcom. Episodes in the life of King Rupert, ruler of Mediterranean Grabnia.
King Rupert……………………………… ROBERT MORLEY
Major Domos……………………………. PETER BULL
Princess Amelia……………………….. TRACY REED
Prime Minister………………………….. MILES MALLESON
Stevens the Footman…………………. ERIK CHITTY
Horace the Sentry…………………….. RICHARD WALTER
George…………………………………… DAVID COLE
Chancellor………………………………. CHARLES LLOYD PACK
Paxton…………………………………… RICHARD CALDICOTT

 

IF YOU SEE GOD TELL HIM

BBC1 / 4×45 minute episodes / 1993
Writers: Andrew Marshall, David Renwick / Producer/Director: Marcus Mortimer
Sitcom. A retired widower is involved in an accident which leaves him with an attention span of just thirty seconds. Just long enough to be taken in by TV commercials.
Godfrey Spry………………………………. RICHARD BRIERS
Gordon Spry………………………………. ADRIAN EDMONDSON
Muriel Spry………………………………… IMELDA STAUNTON
Leonard Ewbank…………………………. TONY MILLAN

 

I, LOVETT

BBC2 / 6×30 minute episodes / 1993 24 March – 28 April Wednesdays 10.05pm
Writers: Norman Lovett, Ian Pattison / Producer: Colin Gilbert
Sitcom. Episodes in the life of eccentric inventor Norman Lovett whose home is full of talking objects as well as a talking dog. There was a Comic Asides pilot broadcast 9 June 1989.
Norman……………………………………… NORMAN LOVETT
Darren……………………………………….. DICKEN ASHWORTH
Darren’s Partner…………………………… SARA COOPER
Voice of Dirk………………………………. GEOFFREY HUGHES
Voice of Horse…………………………….. LEON SINDEN
Voice of Spider……………………………. MARY RIGGANS

 

I’M A JUVENILE DELINQUENT JAIL ME

BBC2 / 1x30m / 14 January 2004
Writer: Todd Davies / Director: Alex Cox / Producer: Solon Papadopoulos

A spoof reality show (with the above title) where the viewers of it vote on which crimes they want to see a gang of juveniles commit next. Shown in BBC Learning Zone.

With:- JAMES STONE, GARY MOLYNEUX, NICOLAS MCCRANE and PAISLEY REID as Contestants / BARRY SLOANE and NEIL FITZMAURICE as Presenters / CARLA HENTRY as The Producer / Other roles:- SHAWN MASON / CHRISTINE TREMARCO

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I’M ALAN PARTRIDGE

BBC2 / 6×30 minute episodes / 1997 3 November – 8 December Mondays 10.10pm

Writers: Steve Coogan, Peter Baynham, Armando Iannucci / Producer: Armando Iannucci

Sitcom. While presenting a daily show on Radio Norwich, former chat show host Alan Patridge will stop at nothing to revive his career. The show had it’s roots in the classic fake news show The Day Today which featured Partridge as a sports presenter, this was followed by the equally brilliant Knowing Me Knowing You With Alan Partidge out of his depth as a chat show host. On 11 November 2002 the series finally returned for six more episodes with Partridge still at Radio Norwich. Partridge is still going strong with a series for Sky Atlantic called Mid Morning Matters (a series was made in 2010 and then another in 2016 – this was funded by Fosters Lager and first seen on their website and YouTube) and in 2013 a full blown big screen movie called Alpha Papa as released.

Cast: STEVE COOGAN as Alan Partridge / FELICITY MONTAGU as Lynn / PHIL CORNWELL as Dave Clifton / BARBARA DURKIN as Susan / DAVID SCHNEIDER as Tony Haers / AMELIA BULLMORE as Sonja (2002)

 

I’M NOT BOTHERED

Associated-Rediffusion/Jack Hylton / 26×30 minute episodes / 1956 2 March – 11 September Tuesdays 7.30pm
Creator: Glen Melvyn / Producers: Richard Bird, Henry Kendall
Sitcom. Exploits of milkman Alf Hall and his stuttering mate Wally Binns. The two lead characters first appeared in Arthur Askey’s sitcom Love and Kisses. The 8 May 1956 episode marked the television debut of a young Ronnie Barker in a small role. The series was broadcast live and never recorded.
Wall Binns………………………………….. GLENN MELVYN
Alf Hall……………………………………….. DANNY ROSS
Dolly Binns…………………………………. BETTY MARSDEN
George Gallop……………………………… ARTHUR RIGBY
Rose Binns…………………………………. EILEEN MAYERS

 

THE IMPORTANCE OF BEING HAIRY

BBC1 (for Comedy Playhouse) / 1×30 minute episode / Broadcast Thursday 6 May 1971 @ 7.40pm
Writer: Kingsley Amis / Producer: Graeme Muir
One off comedy. The staff at the University of Wessex try to elect a new Reader in the Popular Arts whilst all around them their students are creating havoc.
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GERALD FLOOD as Peter Hastings / DOUG FISHER as Tom Potts / JOHN CATER as Dr Chatterjee / LOUIE RAMSEY as Jill Hastings / GEORGE HOWE as Prof Shillito / PEARL HACKNEY as Dora Leach / JAMES COPELAND as Prof MacDonald

 

THE INCREDIBLE MR TANNER

Thames / 6×30 minute episodes / 1981 19 February – 26 March Thursdays 8.00pm
Writers: Johnnie Mortimer, Brian Cooke / Producer/Director: Peter Frazer-Jones
Sitcom. Exploits of street entertainer and escapologist Ernest Tanner and his assistant Sidney Pratt. The characters (with different names) were first seen in an episode of The Ronnie Barker Playhouse and the series Kindly Leave The Kerb.
Ernest Tanner……………………………… BRIAN MURPHY
Sidney Pratt……………………………….. ROY KINNEAR
Archie………………………………………. TONY MELODY
Prudence…………………………………… ROSIE COLLINS

 

IN EXILE

C4 / 7×30 minute episodes / 1998
Writer: Tunde Babala / Director: Jeremy Ancock
Sitcom. Deposed African dictator General Mukate is forced to live in exile in London.
General Mukate…………………………. PATRICE NAIAMBANA
Ellen………………………………………. EMILY JOYCE
Solomon………………………………….. FRASER JAMES
Bishop……………………………………. OWEN BRENMAN
Professor………………………………… PAUL BEECH

 

IN FOR A PENNY

LWT / 6×30 minute episodes / 1972 7 July – 12 August
Writers: John Hawkesworth, John Whitney / Producers: Mark Stuart, Philip Casson
Sitcom. Exploits of Dan, a lavatory attendant of some 25 years standing. Often cited as one the worst UK sitcoms ever.
Dan……………………………………………. BOB TODD
The Sergeant……………………………….. JACK WOOLGAR
Ali…………………………………………….. KEVORK MALIKYAN
Cllr Bundy…………………………………… IVOR SALTER

 

IN LOVING MEMORY

Yorkshire / 36×30 minute episodes / 1979-86s Five seasons
Writer: Dick Sharple / Producer: Ronnie Baxter
Period sitcom. In the 1920’s and 30’s spinster Ivy Unsworth and her nephew Billy run an undertakers in the Lancashire mill town of Oldshaw.
Ivy Unsworth………………………………. THORA HIRD
Billy Unsworth……………………………. CHRISTOPHER BEENY
Tom Wringley…………………………….. PAUL LUTY
Mary Braithwaite………………………… SHERRIE HEWSON

 

IN SICKNESS AND IN HEALTH

BBC1 / 47×30 minute episodes / 1985-92 6 seasons + 5 specials
Writer: Johnny Speight / Producers: Roger Race, Richard Boden
Sitcom. Sequel to Til Death Us Do Part, catching up with Alf Garnett and Else as pensioners. After Else’s death Alf had to struggle on alone.
Alf Garnett…………………………………. WARREN MITCHELL
Else(85-86)………………………………… DANDY NICHOLS
Rita…………………………………………. UNA STUBBS
Mrs Hollingbury………………………….. CARMEL McSHARRY
Arthur……………………………………… ARTHUR ENGLISH

 

INSIDE GEORGE WEBLEY

Yorkshire / 12×30 minute episodes / 1968-70 Season One: 24 Sep – 29 Oct 1968 / Season Two: 4 Feb – 25 Mar 1970
Writers: Keith Waterhouse, Willis Hall / Producers: Bill Hitchcock(Season 1), John Duncan (Season 2)
Sitcom. Episodes in the life of inveterate worrier George Webley.
With:- ROY KINNEAR as George Webley / PATSY ROWLANDS as Rosemary Webley

 

IS IT LEGAL

Carlton/Hartswood/ C4 / 20×30 minute episodes / 1995-98
Writer: Simon Nye / Producer: Beryl Vertue
Sitcom. Exploits of the staff of a firm of shambolic solicitors. The show did a kind of Men Behaving Badly by moving from ITV to Channel Four for its final season.
Bob…………………………………………… PATRICK BARLOW
Stella………………………………………… IMELDA STAUNTON
Colin…………………………………………. RICHARD LUMSDEN
Dick…………………………………………. JEREMY CLYDE
Alison……………………………………….. KATE ISIT
Darren………………………………………. MATTHEW ASHFORDE

 

IT AIN’T HALF HOT MUM

BBC1 / 56×30 minute episodes / 1974-81 Eight seasons

Writer: Jimmy Perry, David Croft / Theme Music: Jimmy Perry, Derek Taverner / Producer: David Croft

“meet the gang cos the boys are here, the boys are to entertain you”

“SHUUTTT UUUPPP”

Having created a true gem with Dad’s Army writers Jimmy Perry and David Croft stuck with world war two for their next venture, this time transplanting the action to the Indian subcontinent and the exploits of the Royal Artillery Concert Party.

Regimental Sergeant Major Williams (a majestic Windsor Davies) rules the boys with a rod of iron determined to drill them to perfection, the boys though would sooner be putting on their make up (literally in the case of Melvyn Hayes’s “Gloria” Beaumont) and preparing for the show they put on each week; In this first season George Layton’s Solly Solomon organises the show (Layton actually soon quit the show preferring to concentrate on writing).

It’s interesting looking at the class divisions within the platoon too, the CO’s (Donald Hewlett and Michael Knowles) are out of touch and the mostly working class boys are wilting in the heat whilst Michael Bates’s Rangi Ram is the servant who hears everything and misses nothing.

cast: Windsor Davies as RSM B.L. Williams / Melvyn Hayes as ‘Gloria’ Beaumont / George Layton as Bombadier Solomons (Seasons1-2) / Michael Bates as Ranji Ram (Seasons 1-5) / Don Estelle as Gunner ‘Lofty’ Sugden / Donald Hewlett as Colonel Reynolds / Michael Knowles as Capt Ashwood / Kenneth MacDonald as ‘Nobby’ Clark / Dino Shafeek as Char Wallah Muhammad / Stuart McGugan as Gunner Mackintosh / John Clegg as Gunner ‘Paderuski’ Graham / Christopher Mitchell as Gunner Parkin / Mike Kinsey as Gunner ‘Nosher’ Evans / Babar Bhatti as Punkar Wallah

 

THE IT CROWD

UK / Channel 4-talkbackTHAMES / 6×30 minute episodes/ 3 February – 3 March 2006 Fridays @ 9.30pm

Writer/ Director: Graham Linehan / Series Producer: Ash Atalla / Producer: Derrin Schlesinger

Sitcom. The IT Crowd centres on Roy (Chris O’Dowd – Festival), Moss (Richard Ayoade – Garth Marenghi, Nathan Barley) and Jen (Katherine Parkinson – Doc Martin). They make up the I.T. department of Reynholm Industries. However, while their social betters work upstairs in fantastic surroundings, Roy, Moss and Jen work in a horrible dark basement underneath it all.

In addition to the three main cast, the series also features a wealth of cameos from the comedy world including Adam Buxton (The Adam & Joe Show), Noel Fielding (The Mighty Boosh), Oliver Chris (Green Wing) and Danny Wallace. For more details see the episode guide.

With:- Chris O’Dowd as Roy / Richard Ayoade as Moss / Katherine Parkinson as Jen

 

I THOUGHT YOU’D GONE

Central / 6×30 minute episodes / 1984 27 July – 7 September Fridays 8.30pm
Writers: Peter Jones, Ken Laffan / Producer: Shaun O’Riordan / Director: Paul Harrison
Sitcom. A middle aged couple with grown up children move to a smaller home in the country, planning a bit of peace, however they have reckoned without their children descending on them once more.
Gerald………………………………………. PETER JONES
Alice………………………………………… PAT HEYWOOD
Ruby Pugh………………………………… ROSALIND KNIGHT
Justin……………………………………….. JAMES TRELFA
Tony………………………………………… IAN GELDER
Charlie……………………………………… NORMAN MITCHELL
Sue…………………………………………. ROWENA ROBERTS
Virginia…………………………………….. VALERIE TESTA
Donald……………………………………… DONALD DELVE
Lucy………………………………………… CHARLOTTE WALKER
Mandy………………………………………. LOUISA HAIGH

 

ITS AWFULLY BAD FOR YOUR EYES DARLING

BBC1 / 6×30 minute episodes / 1971 18 November – 30 December Thursdays 8.00pm
Writers: Jilly Cooper, Christopher Bond / Producer: Leon Thau
Sitcom. Four glamourous ‘dolly-birds’ share a flat. There was a pilot broadcast 15 April 1971.
Samantha Ryder-Ross………………. JOANNA LUMLEY
Gillian ‘Pudding’ Page-Wood……….. JANE CARR
Clover Mason………………………….. LIZ KNIGHT
Virginia Walker……………………….. JENNIFER CROXTON
Bobby Dutton…………………………. JEREMY LLOYD

 

ITS MURDER – BUT IS IT ART?

BBC1 / 6×30 minute episodes / 1972 23 March – 27 April / Thursdays 8.00pm
Writer: David Pursall, Jack Seddon / Producer: Graeme Muir
Comedy thriller serial. Phineas Drake, an amateur detective, investigates the murder of a young woman.
Phineas Drake……………………………. ARTHUR LOWE
Insp Hook…………………………………. DUDLEY FOSTER
Sillitoe……………………………………… ARTHUR HOWARD
Brig Austin Binghop……………………. RICHARD HURNDALL
Lady Skerrington-Mallett……………… AMBROSINE PHILLPOTTS
Det Sgt Watson………………………… ANTHONY SAGER
Mrs MacPherson………………………. SHEILA KEITH

 

IT’S NOT ME – IT’S THEM

BBC2 / 6×25 minute episodes / 1965 28 July – 1 September Wednesday 8.30pm
Writer: Donald Churchill / Producer: Graeme Muir
Sitcom. Albert Curfew is a young man unable to hold down a job for any length of time. The title came from a regular saying of Curfew’s everytime he lost his job.
Albert Curfew……………………………. DONALD CHURCHILL
Mr Partridge…………………………….. NORMAN BIRD
Lavinia……………………………………. DILYS LAYE

 

IT TAKES A WORRIED MAN

C4/Thames / 19×30 minute episodes / 1981-83
Creator: Peter Tilbury / Producer/Director: Anthony Parker (Seasons 1-2), Douglas Argent (Season 3)
Sitcom. 35 year old insurance salesman Philip Roath is in a permanent state of neurosis and self doubt. Season 3 shown by Channel 4.
Philip Roath……………………………… PETER TILBURY
Liz(Seasons 2-3)……………………….. SUE HOLDERNESS
Ruth……………………………………….. DIANA PAYAN
Napley…………………………………….. ANDREW TOURELL
Simon…………………………………….. NICHOLAS LE PREVOST
The Old Man…………………………….. CHRISTOPHER BENJAMIN
Lillian(Season 1)……………………….. ANGELA DOWN

 

I WOKE UP ONE MORNING

BBC / 12×30 minute episodes / 1985-86 Season One:21 March – 25 April 85 / Season Two: 6 March – 17 April 19 86
Writer: Carla Lane / Producer: Robin Nash / Directors: Roger Race (Season 1), Gareth Rowlands (Season 2)
Sitcom? Problems of a group of alcoholics in a drying out clinic.
Derek…………………………………………. FREDERICK JAEGAR
Max…………………………………………… MICHAEL ANGELIS
Zero…………………………………………… ROBERT GILLESPIE
Danny………………………………………… PETER CAFFREY
Dolly Hamilton……………………………… JEAN BOHT
Rosa…………………………………………. SHIRIN TAYLOR
Sister May………………………………….. FRANCES WHITE
Doris…………………………………………. MARCIA WARREN
Irrelevant (Season 2)……………………… TIM POTTER

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