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Mind Your Language to The More We Are Together

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The Ultimate Guide to British Sitcoms

All sitcoms starting with the letter M. This is part two and takes you from Mind Your Language to The More We Are Together.

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MIND YOUR LANGUAGE

LWT / 29×30 minute episodes / 1977-79 Three seasons
Writer: Vince Powell / Producer: Stuart Allen / Theme Music: Max Harris With the Tony Mitchell Singers / Costume: Robin Pidcock / Graphics: Martin Lambie-Nairn
Sitcom. The put upon problems of Jeremy Brown, an English Language night school teacher for mature foreign students. Along with Love Thy Neighbour, candidate for most controversial and unPC Sitcom ever. The show features every racial stereotype imaginable.
Jeremy Brown…………………………… BARRY EVANS
Danielle Favre…………………………… FRANCOISE PASCAL
Miss Courtney………………………….. ZARA NUTLEY
Ali Nadim………………………………… DINO SHAFEEK
Jamila Ranja……………………………. JAMILA MASSEY
Ranjeet Singh………………………….. ALBERT MOSES
Jan Cervantes………………………….. RICARDO MONTEZ
Giovanni Capello………………………. GEORGE CAMILLER
Maximillian Papandrious…………….. KEVORK MALIKYAN
Tara Nagazumi…………………………. ROBERT LEE
Anna Schmidt…………………………. JACKI HARDING
Chung Su-Lee…………………………. PIK-SEN LIM

 

MIND YOUR LANGUAGE

ITV/TRI / 13×30 minute episodes / 1986 4 January – 12 April Saturdays 2.15pm
Writer: Vince Powell / Executive Producer: Bachu Patel / Producer: Albert Moses / Director: Stuart Allen
Sitcom. Independently made revival of of the 1970’s show (see above entry), with a lot of the original cast going back to school, however, several of the ITV regions(including LWT who made the original) declined to show this series.
Jeremy Brown……………………………. BARRY EVANS
Ingrid Svenson…………………………… ANNA BERGMAN
Miss Courtney…………………………… ZARA NUTLEY
Ranjeet Singh…………………………… ALBERT MOSES
Anna Schmidt…………………………… JACKI HARDING
Giovanni………………………………….. GEORGE CAMILLER
Rita………………………………………… SUE BOND
Michelle Dumas………………………… MARIE-ELISE GREPNE
Maria Papandrious…………………….. JENNY LEE-WRIGHT
Juan Cervantes…………………………. RICARDO MONTEZ
Fu Wong Chang……………………….. VINCENT WONG
Farrukh Azzam………………………… RAJ PATEL
Henshawe………………………………. HARRY LITTLEWOOD

 

MIND YOUR MANNERS

BBC / 7×10 minute episodes / 1951 13 January – 7 April Saturday 5.00pm Shown Fortnightly black and white
Creator: Cecil Madden / Writers: Jill Allgood, Henry Hemsley / Producer: Jill Allgood
Comedy. A couple find themselves getting rebuked by their young daughter whenever they misbehave. The star Harry Hemsley died before the final episode, the series continued with someone else providing an off camera voice for Elsie.
Elsie…………………………………………… HARRY HEMSLEY
Peter…………………………………………… PETER MADDEN
Irene……………………………………………. IRENE PRADOR

 

MIRRORBALL

BBC1 / 1×30 minute episodes / 2000 (Friday 22 December 9.00pm)
Writer: Jennifer Saunders / Producers: Jon Plowman, Jonathan P. Llewellyn / Director: Adrian Edmondson
Comedy. A pair of middle aged fading actresses Vivienne Kiell and Jackie Riviera are both determined to get back into the big time. Absolutely Fabulous in all but name, reuniting the cast and with the same feel.
With:- JENNIFER SAUNDERS as Vivienne Keill / JOANNA LUMLEY as Jackie Riviera / JULIA SAWALHA as Frieda Keill / JANE HORROCKS as Yitta Hilberstam / JUNE WHITFIELD as Dora Vermouth / TIM WYLTON as Brice Michaels / BONNIE LANGFORD as Herself / HARRIET THORPE as Cat Rogers / ANDY CLARKSON as Postman / NIGEL ELLACOTT as Jackie Fan / PETER ROBBINS as Jackie Fan / MATTHEW FRANCIS as Theatre Producer

 

THE MISFIT

ATV / 13×60 minute episodes / 1970-71
Writer: Roy Clarke / Producer: Dennis Vance / Directors: James Gatward, Dennis Vance
Sitcom. When Basil ‘Badger’ Allenby-Johnson returns home to Englandafter a long time away, he is suprised by the changes he finds.
‘Badger’……………………………………… RONALD FRASER
Ted Allenby-Johnson…………………….. SIMON WARD
Alicia Allenby-Johnson(Season 1)……. SUSAN CARPENTER
Stanley Allenby-Johnson(Season 2)…. PATRICK NEWELL

 

MISFITS

Yorkshire / 7×30 minute episodes / 1981 5 June – 17 July Fridays 8.30pm
Writer: Eric Chappell / Producer: Ronnie Baxter
Sitcom. Middle class Mrs Ridgeway takes in a couple of strange young men as lodgers.
Mrs Ridgeway……………………………….. ANNE STALLYBRASS
Skinner……………………………………….. ENN REITEL
Oscar…………………………………………. KEVIN LLOYD
Monica Forbes …………………………….. MARCIA ASHTON

 

MISS JONES AND SON

Thames / 12×30 minute episodes / 1977-78
Writer: Richard Waring / Music: Roger Webb / Producer: Peter Frazer-Jones
Sitcom. Young single mum Elizabeth Jones tries to cope with bringing up her baby son alone.
Elizabeth Jones……………………………. PAULA WILCOX
Mr Jones…………………………………….. NORMAN BIRD
Mrs Jones (Season 1)……………………. CHARLOTTE MITCHELL
Mrs Jones (Season 2)……………………. JOAN SCOTT
Geoffrey……………………………………… CHRISTOPHER BEENY
David (Season 2)………………………….. DAVID SAVILLE
Rose Tucker……………………………….. CASS ALLEN

 

MISLEADING CASES

BBC1 / 19×30 minute episodes / 1967/71 Three seasons
Stories: A.P. Herbert / Producers: Michael Mills, John Howard Davies
Comedy series. Albert Haddock finds himself regularly in trouble with the law and in the dock, but thanks to his encyclopedic knowledge of ancient cases and laws he is usually able to get off. Season three was known as A.P. Herbert’s Misleading Cases.
Albert Haddock…………………………. ROY DOTRICE
Mr Swallow (Magistrate)……………… ALASTAIR SIM
Mrs Haddock…………………………… AVICE LANDON
Sir Joshua Hoot QC …………………. THORLEY WALTERS

 

MR AITCH

Associated-Rediffusion / 15×30 minute episodes / 1967 6 January – 21 April Fridays 9.10pm
Creators: Dick Clement, Ian La Frenais / Writers: Dick Clement & Ian La Frenais, Ray Galton & Alan Simpson, Dave Freeman, John Junkin / Producer: Peter Eton
Sitcom. Exploits of Mr Aitch, the owner of a run down car park who had ideas above his station.
Mr Aitch………………………………………. HARRY H. CORBETT
Albie…………………………………………… NORMAN CHAPPELL
Lefty…………………………………………… GORDON GOSTELOW

 

MR BEAN

Thames – Tiger Aspect / 13×30 minute episodes / 1990-95
Creators: Rowan Atkinson, Richard Curtis, Robin Driscoll
Occasional comedies. Misadventures of an almost silent, child like, accident prone, very strange man. The Mr Bean comedies were already very popular throughout the world but following the release in the late 1990’s the character became truly massive.
With:- ROWAN ATKINSON as Mr Bean

 

MR BIG

BBC1 / 13×30 minute episodes / 1977 Two seasons
Creator: Peter Jones / Writers: Peter Jones, Christopher Bond / Producer: Dennis Main Wilson / Director: Ray Butt
Sitcom. The misadventures of a gang of crooks. Based on the Comedy Playhouse pilot The Big Job which featured a slightly different cast.
Eddie…………………………………………… PETER JONES
Dolly…………………………………………… PRUNELLA SCALES
Ginger…………………………………………. IAN LAVENDER
Norma………………………………………… CAROL HAWKINS

 

MR CHARITY

BBC2 / x30m / 2001
Comedy set in a charity shop with Stephen Tomkinson’s character in charge with a very cynical approach to charity work.
With:- STEPHEN TOMKINSON

 

MR DIGBY DARLING

Yorkshire / 19×30 minute episodes / 1969-71
Writers: Ken Hoare, Mike Sharland / Producers: Bill Hitchcock, Christopher Hodson
Sitcom. Thelma Teesdale is obsessed with her boss Roland Digby and spends her time catering to his every need.
Thelma Teesdale……………………….. SHEILA HANCOCK
Roland Digby……………………………. PETER JONES
Norman Stanhope(Season 3)……….. MICHAEL BATES
Mr Trumper(Season 1)……………….. BRIAN OULTON
Olive(Season 1)………………………… BERYL COOKE
Joyce(Season 2)………………………. JANET BROWN

 

MR DON AND MR GEORGE

C4/Absolutely / 6×30 minute episodes / 1993 25 Aug – 29 Sep Wed 10.35pm
Writers: Moray Hunter, Jack Docherty / Producer/Director: Alan Nixon
Sitcom. The often surreal adventures of the same surnamed Mr Donald and Mr George McDiarmuid. The two characters had previously been seen in the sketch series Absolutely.
Mr Donald McDiarmuid…………….. MORAY HUNTER
Mr George McDiarmuid…………….. JACK DOCHERTY

 

MR JUSTICE DUNCANNON

BBC / 6×30 minute episodes / 1963 18 Jan – 22 Feb Fri 8.50pm black and white
Writers: Henry Cecil, Frank Muir, Denis Nordern / Producer: Graeme Muir
Sitcom. A spin off from Brothers In Law. Cases of the Judge of the title.Duncannon had appeared in the final episode of Brothers in Law.
With:- ANDREW CRUICKSHANK as Mr Justice Duncannon

 

MR JOHN JORROCKS

BBC2 / 8×25 minute episodes / 1966 23 Jul – 10 Sep Sat 8.15pm black and white
Creator: R.S. Surtees / Writer: Michael Voysey / Producer: David Conroy / Director: Peter Dews
Sitcom. Cockney greengrocer John Jorrocks becomes squire and Master of Foxhounds at Handley Cross, much to the distress of the locals.
John Jorrocks……………………………… JIMMY EDWARDS
Mrs Jorrocks………………………………. ANGELA BADDELEY
Betsy……………………………………….. ANN PENFOLD
Benjamin…………………………………… ALAN BAULCH
James Pigg……………………………….. WALTER CARR
Belinda…………………………………….. HEATHER BELL
Lady Barnington…………………………. MOYRA FRASER
Duke of Donkeyton……………………… MICHAEL BATES

 

MR PASTRY’S PET SHOP

BBC / 6×25 minute episodes / 1962 17 Nov – 22 Dec Sat 5.25pm black and white
Writers: James Cairncross, Richard Hearne / Producer: David Goddard
Sitcom. After visiting Jersey Zoo, Mr Pastry decides to set up his own but then decides on a pet shop.
Mr Pastry……………………………………. RICHARD HEARNE
Miss Print……………………………………. BARBARA HICKS

 

MR PASTRY’S PROGRESS

BBC / 6×15 minute episodes / 1950-51 31 Dec 50 – 4 Feb 51 Sundays 8.15pm
Writer: Richard Hearne / Producer: Ian Carmichael
Sitcom. Slapstick misadventures of the elderly flour haired Mr Pastry. Hearne was only actually 37 when he began playing Mr Pastry.
Mr Pastry……………………………………. RICHARD HEARNE

 

MRS MERTON AND MALCOLM

BBC1/Granada / 6×30 minute episodes / 1999 Feb 22 – Mar 29 Mon 8.30pm
Writers: Caroline Aherne, Craig Cash / Costume: Anne Hardinge / Design: Tim Hutchinson / Executive Producer: Andy Harries / Producer: Glenn Wilhide / Director: John Birkin
Sitcom. Pensioner Mrs Merton cossets her only son, the middle aged but child like Malcolm whilst caring for her bedridden husband. Based on the character created by Aherne for her chat show and advertisements she was appearing in as Mrs Merton (especially British Gas in which Malcolm made his first appearance).
Mrs Merton…………………………………. CAROLINE AHERNE
Malcolm Merton…………………………… CRAIG CASH
Arthur Capstick …………………………… BRIAN MURPHY

 

THE MISTRESS

BBC2 / 12×30 minute episodes / 1985-87
Writer: Carla Lane / Producer: Gareth Gwenlan
Sitcom. Florist Maxine is the mistress of the married Luke Mansel, she longs for him to leave his wife but he is more than happy with the arrangement as it is.
Maxine…………………………………….. FELICITY KENDAL
Luke Mansel(85)………………………… JACK GALLOWAY
Luke Mansel(87)………………………… PETER McENERY
Helen Mansel……………………………. JANE ASHER
Jamie(87)………………………………… PAUL COPLEY
Simon…………………………………….. TONY AITKEN

 

MIXED BLESSINGS

LWT / 22×30 minute episodes / 1978-80 Three seasons
Writers: Sid Green, Derrick Goodwin / Theme Music: Peter Davison Sung by Christopher Blake / Producer: Derrick Goodwin
Sitcom. White Thomas Simpson causes consternation in his family when he marries black Susan Lambert and her family are none too pleased with the arrangement either.
Thomas Simpson………………………. CHRISTOPHER BLAKE
Susan Lambert/Simpson……………… MURIEL ODUNTON
Aunt Dorothy…………………………….. JOAN SANDERSON
Edward Simpson……………………….. GEORGE WARING
Annie Simpson………………………….. SYLVIA KAY
Matilda Lambert………………………… CARMEN MUNRO
William Lambert………………………… STEFAN KALIPHA
Winston Lambert………………………. GREGORY MUNROE
Mrs Beasley…………………………….. PAULINE DELANEY

 

MOG

Central/Witzend / 13×30 minute episodes / 1985
Writers: Dick Clement, Ian La Frenais / Novel: Peter Tinniswood / Producer: Tony Charles
Sitcom. To evade capture petty crook Mog seeks refuge in a mental home and is soon caught up in the lives of the inmates.
Mog…………………………………………. ENN REITEL
Miranda…………………………………….. ABIGAIL CRUTTENDEN
F.K. Henderson………………………….. TIM WYLTON
Mrs Mortenson…………………………… CATHERINE SCHELL
Oliver……………………………………….. CHRISTOPHER VILLIERS
Capt Greenaway…………………………. ALAN SHEARMAN
Earl…………………………………………. MALCOLM FREDERICK
Mrs Williams……………………………… TONI PALMER
Sir Peter Wakefield……………………… JOHN GRILLO

 

THE MORE WE ARE TOGETHER

Yorkshire / 6×30 minute episodes / 1971 30 Jan – 6 Mar Sat 5.10pm
Writer: Robert Storey / Executive Producer: John Duncan / Producer: Ian Davidson / Director: Mike Bevan
Sitcom. The relationships of four friends. The series was quite near the knuckle for its time and several regions ended up showing it later at night.
Norma Dunk………………………………. BETTY MARSDEN
Doris Tingle……………………………….. AVRIL ANGERS
Frank Wilgoose………………………….. ROY BARRACLOUGH
Wally Dunk(Episodes 1-4)…………….. VICTOR BROOKS
Wally dunk(Episodes 5-6)…………….. KENNETH WATSON

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