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The Ultimate Guide to British Sitcoms

All sitcoms starting with the letter L. This is part two and takes you from Let Them Eat Cake to Luv.

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LET THEM EAT CAKE

BBC1 / 6×30 minute episodes / 1999 9 Sep – 14 Oct Thurs 9.30pm
Writer: Peter Learmouth / Producer: Christopher Skala / Director: Christine Gernon
Period sitcom. Episodes from the court of Louis XVI in 1792 where the Comtesse de Vache rules the roost.
Lisette……………………………………….. DAWN FRENCH
Columbine,Comtesse de Vache………… JENNIFER SAUNDER
Bouffant……………………………………… ADRIAN SCARBOROUGH
Madame de Plonge………………………… ALISON STEADMAN
Marie Antoinette…………………………… ELIZABETH BERRINGTON
Eveline……………………………………….. LUCY PUNCH
Advisor………………………………………. JULIAN RHIND-TUTT
Comte de Vache………………………….. JAMES GREENE

 

LIFE AFTER BIRTH

C4/Tiger Aspect / 6×30 minute episodes / 1996 17 May – 21 June
Writers: Simon Block, Teresa Poland / Producer: Rachel Swann / Director: Liddy Oldroyd
Sitcom. Fun loving twenty year Alison has her life turned upside down when she gives birth to a baby boy.
Alison………………………………………….. EMMA CUNIFFE
Judith…………………………………………… PAULA BACON
Sylv…………………………………………….. PAULA WILCOX
Trish……………………………………………. JACKIE DOWNEY

 

LIFE BEGINS AT FORTY

Yorkshire / 14×30 minute episodes / 1978 and 80
Writer: Jan Butlin / Producer/Director: Graeme Muir
Sitcom. Middle class, middle aged couple the Buntings, learn they are to be parents for the first time.
Chris Bunting…………………………….. DEREK NIMMO
Katy Bunting……………………………… ROSEMARY LEACH
Jill Simpson (Season 1)………………… ROSEMARY MARTIN
Jill Simpson (Season 2)……………….. ANNA DAWSON
Gerry Simpson…………………………… MICHAEL GRAHAM COX

 

A LIFE OF BLISS

BBC / 20×30 minute episodes / 1960-61 black and white
Writer: Godfrey Harrison / Producers: Graeme Muir, Godfrey Harrison
Sitcom. The misadventures of shy young bachelor David Bliss.
David Bliss………………………………… GEORGE COLE
Zoe Hunter(Season 1)………………….. SHEILA SWEET
Tony Fellows (Season 1)………………. COLIN GORDON
Anne Fellows(Season 1)………………. ISOBEL DEAN
Pam Batten(Season 2)………………… FRANCES BENNETT
Bob Batten(Season 2)…………………. HUGH SINCLAIR

 

THE LIFE OF RILEY

Granada / 7×30 minute episodes / 1978
Writers: H. V. Kershaw, Brian Finch / Producer/Director: Eric Prytherch
Sitcom. Exploits of Frank Riley, a widower insurance agent with a roving eye.
Frank Riley…………………………………. BILL MAYNARD
Brian Riley………………………………….. FRANK LINCOLN
George Pollitt……………………………… JOHN COMER
Ethel Goodchild…………………………… EILEEN KENNALLY
Janice Butcher……………………………. SUSAN LITTLER
Clifford Pringle…………………………….. JOHN McKELVEY
Mrs Pringle………………………………… PEARL HACKNEY

 

LIFE WITHOUT GEORGE

BBC1 / 20×30 minute episodes / 1987-89 Three seasons
Writers: Penny Croft, Val Hudson / Music: Penny Croft / Producer: Susan Belbin / Executive Producer: Robin Nash
Sitcom. Estate agent Larry Wade begins a relationship with aerobics instructor Jenny Russell, but Larry is troubled because Jenny cannot forget her previous love George. Penny Croft is the daughter of classic BBC writer/producer David Croft (Dad’s Army, Hi-De-Hi etc).
Jenny Russell……………………………… CAROL ROYLE
Larry Wade………………………………… SIMON CADELL
Ben Morriss……………………………….. MICHAEL THOMAS
Amanda(Seasons 1-2)………………….. ROSALIND MARCH
Amanda(Season 3)………………………. ELIZABETH ESTENSEN
Carol………………………………………… CHERYL MAKER
Mr Harold Chambers……………………. RONALD FRASER
Josie……………………………………….. SELINA CADELL

 

LIFE WITH THE LYONS

BBC-Associated-Rediffusion / 40×30 minute episodes / 1955-60 black and white
Producers: Bryan Sears(BBC), Barry Baker(A-R)
Sitcom. Stories of an American family living in London. The show did a kind of Men Behaving Badly in reverse when after two seasons it switched to ITV (Associated Rediffusion) for the remainder of its run.
Ben Lyon……………………………………. BEN LYON
Bebe Daniels Lyon…………………………. BEBE DANIELS LYON
Barbara Lyon………………………………. BARBARA LYON
Richard Lyon………………………………. RICHARD LYON
Aggie MacDonald………………………… MOLLY WEIR
Florrie Wainwright……………………….. DORIS ROGERS

 

THE LIKELY LADS

BBC2 / 20×25 minute episodes / 1964-66 black and white
Writers: Dick Clement, Ian La Frenais / Producer: Dick Clement
Sitcom. Exploits of two young working class north eastern lads,Terry Collier and Bob Ferris. Many of the episodes unfortunately no longer exist although in early 2002 a pair of vintage episodes were found and reshown on the BBC with much fanfare. The series was revived in 1973 as Whatever Happened To The Likely Lads and was even better.
With:- JAMES BOLAM as Terry Collier / RODNEY BEWES as Bob Ferris / SHEILA FEARN as Audrey Collier

 

LIL

BBC1/Wales / 13×30 minute episodes / 1965-66 Season One: 7 Jul – 11 Aug 65 / Season Two: 24 Dec 65 – 11 Feb 66
Writer: Elaine Morgan / Producer: David J. Thomas
Sitcom. Stories of Welsh girl Lil Thomas. Season two was seen only in Wales. The character of Lil Thomas had previously been seen in a drama serial called A Matter of Degree.
Lil Thomas……………………………………. JESSIE EVANS
Blod……………………………………………. JOAN NEWELL

 

A LITTLE BIG BUSINESS

Granada / 15×25 minute episodes / 1964-65 black and white
Writer: Jack Pulman / Producer: Peter Eton
Sitcom. Ambitious Simon Lieberman begins working in his father’s furniture workshop. There was a pilot on 8 Aug which featured a mostly different cast.
Marcus Lieberman…………………….. DAVID KOSSOFF
Simon Lieberman……………………… FRANCIS MATTHEWS
Lazlo……………………………………… MARTIN MILLER
Charlie(S1)………………………………. BILLY RUSSELL
Charlie(S2)……………………………… JACK BLIGH
Naomi Lieberman(S1)………………… DIANA COUPLAND
Naomi (S2)……………………………… CONSTANCE WAKE

 

A LITTLE BIT OF WISDOM

ATV / 20×30 minute episodes / 1974-76 Three seasons
Producer: Les Chatfield
Comedy series. Seasons one and two took the form of an anthology of individual comedies, whilst season three was a sitcom that cast Norman as a bumbling clerk in a builders office.
With:- NORMAN WISDOM as Norman / ROBERT KEEGAN as Albert Clark(76) / FRANCES WHITE as Linda Clark(76) / NEIL McCARTHY as Alec Potter(76)

 

THE LITTLE WORLD OF DON CAMILLO

BBC / 13×30 minute episodes / 1980
Writer: Hugh Leonard / Producer: Bill Sellars / Director: Peter Hammond
Sitcom. Priest Don Camillo feuds with the Mayor in a small Italian village.
Don Camillo……………………………….. MARIO ADORF
The Mayor………………………………….. BRIAN BLESSED

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THE LIVER BIRDS

BBC1 / 76×30 minute episodes 3×40 minute episodes 1×35 minute episodes / 1969-79 14 April 1969 – 5 January 1979
Creators: Carla Lane, Myra Taylor, Lew Schwarz / Theme Music: The Scaffold
Sitcom. Two young Liverpudlian girls share a flat. The girls changed over the years with Dawn being replaced by Sandra at the start of season two, then Beryl leaving at the end of Season four being replaced by Carol, when Carol arrived much play was made of the comic antics of various members of her family. The first season consisted of only four episodes and the uncredited script editor was Eric Idle. See also the brief lacklustre 1996 revival also called The Liver Birds.
With:- PAULINE COLLINS as Dawn(Season 1) / POLLY JAMES as Beryl Hennessey(Seasons 1-4) / NERYS HUGHES as Sandra Hutchinson(Seasons 2-9) / ELIZABETH ESTENSEN as Carol Boswell(Seasons 5-9) / EILEEN KENNALLY as Mrs Boswell / MOLLIE SUGDEN as Mrs Hutchinson / SHEILA FAY as Mrs Hennessey / JOHN NETTLES as Paul(Seasons 3-6) / MICHAEL ANGELIS as Lucien Boswell(Seasons 5-9)

 

THE LIVER BIRDS

BBC1 / 7×30 minute episodes / 1996
Writer: Carla Lane / Producer: Philip Kempff
Sitcom. Belated revisiting of the 1970’s series. See above. Beryl and Sandra find themselves living together once more and refusing to admit that they are now middle aged. This series for some reason didn’t quite carry on with the continuity of the previous show with some members of Carol Boswell’s family turning up in this as relatives of Beryl.
With:- NERYS HUGHES as Sandra / POLLY JAMES as Beryl / MOLLIE SUGDEN as Mrs Hutchinson / MICHAEL ANGELIS as Lucien / LEE OAKES as Gwyn / GEOFFREY LEESLEY as Rex

 

LIVING IT UP

Associated-Rediffusion/Jack Hylton / 9×30 minute episodes / 1957-58 black and white
Writers: Sid Colin, Talbot Rothwell / Producer/Directors: Eric Fawcett (Season 1), Bill Hitchcock (Season 2)
Sitcom. The TV version of popular radio series Band Waggon with Arthur Askey and Richard Murdoch living in a flat on top of Associated Rediffusions broadcasting house. Also featured were Anthea Askey, Danny Ross, Hugh Morton, Bill Mercy and Sabrina.

 

LOLLIPOP LOVES MR MOLE

ATV / 13×30 minute episodes / 1971-72
Writer: Jimmy Perry / Producer: Shaun O’Riordan / Directors: David Askey (Season 1), Shaun O’Riordan (season 2)
Sitcom. A happily married couple have their lives turned upside down when the husband’s brother and his wife, freshly back from Africa, move in with them.
Maggie Robinson……………………….. PEGGY MOUNT
Reg Robinson…………………………… HUGH LLOYD
Bruce Robinson………………………… REX GARNER
Violet Robinson………………………… PAT COOMBS

 

THE LONELYHEARTS KID

Thames / 6×30 minute episodes / 1984 17 July – 21 August Tuesdays 8.30pm
Writer: Alex Fisher / Producer: Anthony Parker / Director: Douglas Argent
Sitcom. After living together for years, childhood sweethearts Ken and Judy, begin to drift apart.
Ken……………………………………………… ROBERT GLENISTER
Judy…………………………………………….. DEBORAH FARRINGTON
Ros……………………………………………… JULIA GOODMAN
Ray……………………………………………… GEORGE WINTER

 

THE LOSERS

ATV / 6×30 minute episodes / 1978 12 Nov – 17 Dec Sun 9.15pm
Writer: Alan Coren / Executive Producer: Terence Baker / Producer/Director: Joe McGrath
Sitcom. Wrestling promoter Sydney Foskett decides that the best way to make his new protégé a star is to make him lose all his fights, figuring that the world loves a loser.
Sydney Foskett…………………………… LEONARD ROSSITER
Nigel…………………………………………. ALFRED MOLINA
Dennis Breene……………………………. JOE GLADWIN

 

LOVE AND KISSES

Associated-Rediffusion-Jack Hylton / 5×30 minute episodes / 1955 4 November – 2 December Friday 9.00pm
Writer: Glenn Melvyn / Producer: Bill Luckwell, Derek E.A. Winn / Directors: Richard Bird, Maclean Rogers
Sitcom. A from the stalls version of Arthur Askey’s 1955 summer season show in which he played Bill Brown, the family landlord of a pub.
Bill Brown…………………………………… ARTHUR ASKEY
Sal Brown………………………………….. LALLY BOWERS
Rose Brown……………………………….. ANTHEA ASKEY
Percy Brown………………………………. IAN GARDINER
Wally Binns……………………………….. GLENN MELVYN
Emma Binns………………………………. BARBARA MILLER
Alf Hall……………………………………… DANNY ROSS

 

LOVED BY YOU

Carlton / x30 minute episodes / 1997-98
Creators: Danny Jacobson, Paul Reiser / Executive Producer: Richard Boden
Sitcom. Based on the US hit Mad About You , but nowhere near as funny (adaptions seldom seem to match up to the originals whatever the countries involved). Stories from the relationship between Michael and Kate.
Michael…………………………………….. JOHN GORDON SINCLAIR
Kate…………………………………………. TREVYN McDOWELL
Lander(97)………………………………….. GARY LOVE
Lander(98)………………………………….. GARY WEBSTER
Becky……………………………………….. KIM THOMSON
Ruth…………………………………………. GILLIAM BEVAN
Tom………………………………………….. STEVEN ALVEY

 

LONELY COUPLE

LWT / 13×30 minute episodes / 1979 7 April – 30 June / Saturdays 8.30pm
Writer: Christopher Wood / Producer/Director: Derrick Goodwin
Sitcom. In order for them to go on holiday together June Dent and David Mason pretend to be engaged, their respective families soon rush them headlong towards a wedding which neither really wants.
June Dent………………………………….. ELAINE DONNELLY
David Mason………………………………. ANTHONY O’DONNELL
Mr Hector Dent…………………………… DAVID LODGE
Mrs Madge Dent…………………………. GERALDINE NEWMAN
Mrs Mason………………………………… MAGGIE JONES
Allan Brown……………………………….. NICK EDMETT
Carole Richards………………………….. PAULINE QUIRKE

 

THE LOVE OF MIKE

Associated-Rediffusion / 30×30 minute episodes / 1960 20 April – 7 November Wednesdays 7.55pm/Mon 8.00pm
Producer: Ronald Marriott
Sitcom. The exploits of womanising (but normally broke) dance band trumpeter Mike Lane.
With:- MICHAEL MEDWIN as Mike Lane / BRIAN WILDE / BERNARD FOX / CARMEL McSHARRY / GEORGE RODERICK

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LOVE THY NEIGHBOUR

Thames / 54×30 minute episodes 1×45 minute episodes / 1972-76 8 seasons + 1 special
Writers: Vince Powell, Harry Driver / Producers: Stuart Allen, Ronnie Baxter, Anthony Parker
Highly un-pc sitcom. Bigoted factory worker Eddie Booth’s life is hit for six when a black couple, the Reynolds, move in next door to him. This show was controversial in its day and is even more so now. Its unlikely to be seen on terrestrial TV again although satellite channel UK Gold has shown ‘selected episodes’. In 1980 Jack Smethurst made seven episodes of the show for Australian TV these were broadcast by ITV between September and December of 1982. There was also a USA version called Love Thy Neighbor.
Eddie Booth………………………………. JACK SMETHURST
Bill Reynolds…………………………….. RUDOLPH WALKER
Joan Booth……………………………….. KATE WILLIAMS
Barbie Reynolds………………………… NINA BADEN-SEMPER
Arthur……………………………………… TOMMY GODFREY
Jacko Jackson………………………….. KEITH MARSH
Nobby Garside(Seasons 4-8)………… PAUL LUTY

 

THE LOVERS

Granada / 13×30 minute episodes / 1970-71 Season One: 27 October – 1 December 19 70 / Season Two: 7 October – 25 November 19 71
Creator: Jack Rosenthal / Music: Derek Hilton / Producers: Jack Rosenthal, Les Chatfield
Sitcom. Two young people have an on-off relationship. Geoffrey ‘Bubbles Bon Bon’ was interested only in ‘Percy Filth’ whilst Beryl longed for marriage.
Geoffrey…………………………………….. RICHARD BECKINSALE
Beryl…………………………………………. PAULA WILCOX
Beryl’s Mum……………………………….. JOAN SCOTT
Roland………………………………………. ROBIN NEDWELL

 

LUCKY FELLER

LWT / 13×30 minute episodes / 1976 3 September – 26 November Fridays 7.00pm
Writer: Terence Frisby / Producer: Humphrey Barclay / Directors: Mike vardy, Gerry Mill
Sitcom. Mum’s boy Shorty Mepstead, who runs a plumbing business with his worldly wise brother Randolph, meets and falls in love with Kath Peake.
‘Shorty’ Mepstead……………………….. DAVID JASON
Randolph Mepstead…………………….. PETER ARMITAGE
Mrs Mepstead……………………………. PAT HEYWOOD
Kath Peake………………………………. CHERYL HALL
Mr Peake…………………………………. GLYNN EDWARDS
Mrs Peake……………………………….. MAGGIE JONES

 

LUV

BBC1 / 18×30 minute episodes / 1993-94 Season One: 9 March – 11 May 1993 (10 episodes) Season Two: 2 March – 20 April 1994 (8 episodes)
Writer/Executive Producer: Carla Lane / Producer/Director: Mike Stephens
Sitcom. Successful Liverpudlian businessman Harold Craven, unsuccessfully tries to juggle an affair with his complicated home life.
Harold Craven…………………………………. MICHAEL ANGELIS
Terese Craven………………………………… SUE JOHNSTON
Eden……………………………………………. JULIE PEASGOOD
Lloyd……………………………………………. PETER CAFFREY
Hannah Craven……………………………….. SANDRA HENDRICKSE
Bernie………………………………………….. JACKIE DOWNEY
Martinque……………………………………… JAN RAVENS

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