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Joan and Leslie to Just Liz

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The Ultimate Guide to British Sitcoms

All sitcoms starting with the letter J. This takes you from Joan and Leslie to Just Liz.

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JOAN AND LESLIE

ATV/Incorporated / 52×30 minute episodes 19×15 minute episodes / 1956-58 Three seasons
Writers: Gerald Kelsey, Dick Sharples , John Law, Bill Craig, Leslie Randall / Producers: Bill Ward, Hugh Rennie
Sitcom. Episodes in the domestic life of real life husband and wife team of Leslie Randall and Joan Leslie. Most of the series was shown fortnightly. Initially the series was known as Leslie Randall Entertains but halfway through season two changed to Joan and Leslie. Some of season two was broadcast from the stage of the Hackney Empire in London. In 1969 the couple made an Australian series also called Joan and Leslie.
Leslie Randall……………………………. LESLIE RANDALL
Joan Randall…………………………….. JOAN REYNOLDS
Mike Kelly (Seasons 2-3)…………….. HARRY TOWB
Mrs Henshawe (Seasons 2-3)……….. NOEL DYSON

 

JOE’S POP SHOP

UK Play-UKTV-BBC / x30 minute episodes / 1999
Writers: Joe Mace, Ben Dunn / Music: Tom Findlay / Executive Producer: Myfanwy Moore / Producer: Simon Lupton / Director: Ben Schaffer
A kind of sitcom about the slacker owner of a record shop and his best mate, interspersed throughout were pop music videos.
With:- JOE MACE / BEN DUNN

 

JOHN BROWNE’S BODY

ATV / 7×30 minute episodes / 1969 3 Apr – 15 May Thurs 9.00pm
Writer: Rene Basilico / Producer/Director: Shaun O’Riordan
Sitcom. Virginia Browne is left half her brothers private detective business and sets about getting involved in crime solving.
Virginia Browne………………………………. PEGGY MOUNT
Fitzroy…………………………………………. NAUNTON WAYNE
French…………………………………………. PHILIP STONE
Kiki…………………………………………….. TRISHA MORTIMER

 

JOINT ACCOUNT

BBC1 / 16×30 minute episodes / 1989-90 Season One:26 Jan – 2 Mar 19 89 Season Two:19 Mar – 21 May 19 90
Writer: Don Webb / Producer/Director: Mike Stephens
Role reversal sitcom. Belinda Braithwaite works as a bank manager whilst her husband David stays at home looking after house.
Belinda Braithwaite…………………… HANNAH GORDON
David Braithwaite……………………… PETER EGAN
Ned Race………………………………. JOHN BIRD
Louise…………………………………… LILL ROUGHLEY
Jessica…………………………………. RUTH MITCHELL
Charles Ruby………………………….. RICHARD AYLEN

 

JOKING APART

BBC2/Pola Jones / 12×30 minute episodes / 1993/95 Season One: 7 Jan – 11 Feb 93 Season Two:3 Jan – 7 Feb 95
Writer: Steven Moffat / Producer: Andre Ptasynski / Director: Bob Spiers
Sitcom. Stand up comic Mark Taylor will do anything to win back his estranged wife Becky.A one off pilot aired under the Comic Asides banner on 12 Jul 1991.
Mark Taylor……………………………….. ROBERT BATHURST
Becky Taylor……………………………… FIONA GILLIES
Trevor………………………………………. PAUL MARK ELLIOTT
Tracey Glazebrook……………………… TRACIE BENNETT
Robert Glazebrook……………………… PAUL RAFFIELD

 

JUST A GIGOLO

Central / 7×30 minute episodes / 1993 8 April – 20 May Thursdays 8.30pm
Writers: Carl Gorham, Michael Hatt, Amanda Swift / Music: Richard Vranch / Producer: Paul Spencer / Director: Martin Dennis
Sitcom. The ‘Ups and Downs’, as it were, of male escort Nick Brim.
Nick Brim………………………………….. TONY SLATTERY
Simon Brim……………………………….. PAUL BIGLEY
Natalie……………………………………… ROWENA KING
Arabella……………………………………. JULIA ST JOHN
Sandy……………………………………… JANE HAZLEGROVE
Marge Payne…………………………….. WANDA VENTHAM

 

JUST GOOD FRIENDS

UK / BBC1 / 20×30 minute episodes 1×35 minute episode 1×90 minute episode / 1983-86 3 Seasons + 1 Special

Writer: John Sullivan / Theme sung by Paul Nicholas / Producer: Ray Butt

Very funny and well remembered romantic sitcom about the relationship ups and downs of wideboy Vince Pinner and genteel Penny Warrinder. When the series began Penny bumped into Vince in a pub five years after he jilted her at the altar. Penny is unwilling to get involved with Vince again, even as a friend, but after some persuasion they begin seeing each other again.

cast
JAN FRANCIS as Penny Warrender
PAUL NICHOLAS as Vince Pinner
SYLVIA KAY as Daphne Warrender
JOHN RINGHAM as Norman Warrender
ANN LYNN as Rita Pinner
SHAUN CURRY as Les Pinner
ADAM FRENCH as Clifford Pinner

 

JUST JIMMY

ABC / 45×30 minute episodes / 1964-68 black and white Five seasons
Producer: Ronnie Baxter
Sitcom. Misadventures of unruly schoolboy Jimmy (played by midget Jimmy Clitheroe).
Jimmy………………………………………. JIMMY CLITHEROE
Mrs Clitheroe……………………………… MOLLIE SUGDEN
Danny………………………………………. DANNY ROSS

 

JUST LIZ

Thames / 6×30 minute episodes / 1980 1 Sep – 6 Oct Mondays 8.30pm
Writers: John Esmonde, Bob Larbey / Producer/Director: Robert Reed
Sitcom. Liz Parker has to cope alone after her fiancee goes to work in Bahrain to earn enough money for them to get married.
Liz Parker………………………………….. SANDRA PAYNE
Reg Last……………………………………. RODNEY BEWES
Mr Chatto…………………………………… GORDEN KAYE
Mr Dalzell…………………………………… TERENCE ALEXANDER
Jessie Worth………………………………. AVRIL ANGERS
Trevor……………………………………….. MIKE WALLING

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