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Mornin’ Sarge to My Wife Next Door

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The Ultimate Guide to British Sitcoms

All sitcoms starting with the letter M. This is part three and takes you from Mornin’ Sarge to My Wife Next Door.

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MORNIN’ SARGE

BBC2 / 7×30 minute episodes / 1989 Pilot: 16 June / Season: 17 Nov – 22 Dec Fri 9.00pm
Writers: Tony Haase, Pete McCarthy, Rebecca Stevens / Producer/Directors: Jamie Rix, John Kilby
Sitcom. Stories of the coppers at Middleford Police Station. The pilot was part of the Comic Asides series of one offs.
Ted……………………………………………… ROBIN DRISCOLL
Ben…………………………………………….. TONY HAASE
Kevin…………………………………………… PETE McCARTHY
Wendy………………………………………… REBECCA STEVENS
‘Sarge’ ………………………………………… PAUL BROOKE

 

MORRIS MINOR’S MARVELLOUS MOTORS

BBC1/Noel Gay / 6×25 minute episodes / 1989 8 April – 13 May Saturdays 6.00pm
Writers: Tony Hawks, Neil Mullarkey / Producer: Nick Symons / Director: Juliet May
Sitcom. The exploits of the staff of a garage specialising in repairing Morris Minors, of which the town of Normalton doesn’t have many. Tony Hawks, the creator, had a hit record as Morris Minor and the Motors with a song called the Stutter Rap.
Morris………………………………………. TONY HAWKS
Crawford……………………………………. TIMOTHY BATESON
Angus Head……………………………….. TONY HAASE
Sonia Head………………………………… CAMILLE CODURI
Mrs Plugs………………………………….. UNA STUBBS
Sedgefield………………………………….. CARL GORHAM
Martin……………………………………….. PHILIP HERBERT
Sparky Plugs……………………………… ANDY SERKIS
Winkworth…………………………………. DONALD HEWLETT
Helen……………………………………….. BRIDGET THORNBARROW

 

THE MOST LIKELY GIRL

ATV / 4×30 minute episodes / 1957 23 Sep – Nov Mon 8.30pm shown Fortnightly. black and white
Writer: Robert Bishop / Producer/Director: Cecil Petty
Sitcom. Arethusa Wilderspin sets out to get herself a man.
Arethusa Wilderspin…………………….. BERYL REID
Eve Edwards……………………………… NOELE GORDON
Madge Dresswell………………………… BARBARA COUPER

 

MOTHER’S RUIN

Granada / 6×30 minute episodes / 1994 29 May – 10 July Sunday 7.00pm
W:John Stevenson  P:Antony Wood
Sitcom. 50 year old bachelor Leslie Flitcroft still lives at home under the thumb of his mother. Leslie’s kind of girlfriend Brucella was desperate for him to assert himself but he never quite managed to get on top of the situation. This was a starring vehicle for Barraclough fresh from his role as Alec Gilroy in Coronation Street.
Leslie Flitcroft…………………………….. ROY BARRACLOUGH
Kitty Flitcroft……………………………… DORA BRYAN
Brucella Pashley………………………… JULIA DEAKIN
Wendy Watson………………………….. KAY ADSHEAD
Clive Watson…………………………….. JASON DONE

 

MOVING

BBC / 6×30 minute episodes / 1985 9 January – 13 February Wednesdays 8.30pm
Writer: Stanley Price / Director: Moira Armstrong
Sitcom. The problems of a couple trying to sell their house after the kids have left home. On 2 September 1987a 90 minute amalgamation of the six episodes was shown.
Sarah Gladwyn………………………….. PENELOPE KEITH
Frank Gladwyn………………………….. RONALD PICKUP
Liz Ford…………………………………… PRUNELLA GEE
Eileen Lewis……………………………… NATALIE SLATER
Jimmy Ryan……………………………… ROGER LLOYD PACK
Bill Lomax………………………………… DAVID ASHFORD
Beryl Fearnley…………………………… ELIZA HUNT
Jane Gladwyn……………………………. BARBARA WILSHERE

 

MULBERRY

BBC1 / 13×30 minute episodes / 1992-93
Writers: John Esmonde, Bob Larbey / Producer: John B. Hobbs / Directors: John B. Hobbs, Clive Grainger
Sitcom. The strange and mysterious Mulberry arrives at Farnaby Manor to work as a servant to lonely spinster Miss Farnaby. This strange series got stranger as it progressed with Mulberry turning out to be the son of Death and his mother was Springtime.
With:- KARL HOWMAN as Mulberry / GERALDINE McEWAN as Miss Rose Farnaby / TONY SELBY as Bert Finch / LILL ROUGHLEY as Alice Finch(92) / MARY HEALEY as Alice Finch(93) / JOHN BENNETT as The Stranger

 

MUM’S BOYS

BBC1 / 7×30 minute episodes / 1968 3 Apr – 22 May Wed 8.30pm
Writers: Jimmy Grafton, Jeremy Lloyd / Producer: Eric Fawcett
Sitcom. Ex chorus girl Crystal Pallise molly coddles her two grown up sons.
Crystal Pallise………………………….. IRENE HANDL
Leaonard Pallise……………………….. BERNARD BRESSLAW
Robin Fosdyke…………………………. PETE MURRAY

 

MY BROTHERS KEEPER

Granada / 13×30 minute episodes / 1975-76 Season 1: 7 Sep – 19 Oct 75 / Season 2: 10 May – 21 Jun 76
Writers: George Layton, Jonathan Lynn / Producer: Bill Podmore
Sitcom. Exploits of a pair of twin brothers, Brian, a policeman and Pete a bolshy student.
Brian Booth…………………………………. GEORGE LAYTON
Pete Booth………………………………….. JONATHAN LYNN
Mrs Booth…………………………………… HILARY MASON
Sgt Bluett ………………………………….. TENNIEL EVANS

 

MY DAD’S THE PRIME MINISTER

UK / BBC1 / 12x30m / 2003-2004
Writers: Ian Hislop/Nick Newman / Director: Juliet May / Producer: Matthew Francis

Comedy. Dillon Phillips is a normal 12-year old schoolboy – except his father is the Prime Minister. Series 1 was shown as a Sunday teatime children’s comedy. For series 2 it was “promoted” to a prime time BBC1 slot – showing at 8:30pm. Episode guide here.

With:- ROBERT BATHHURST as Prime Minister / JOE PROSPERO as Dillon Phillips / CARLA MENDONCA as Clare Phillips / EMMA SACKVILLE as Sarah Phillips

 

MY DEAD DAD

C4/Scottish / 6×30 minute episodes / 1992 28 July – 1 September Tuesdays 8.00pm
Writer: John McKay / Executive Producer: Sandy Ross / Producer/Director: Alan Nixon
Sitcom. Alex ‘Eck’ Dundee is shocked when his long dead father appears as a ghost to offer him advice and generally ruin his life.
William Farquhar Dundee……………. ROY HANLON
Alex ‘Eck’ Dundee…………………….. FORBES MASSON
Jools……………………………………… DEBRA GILLETT

 

MY FAMILY

BBC1-DLT Entertainment UK / 61×30 minute episodes 2×50 minute episodes/ 19 September 2000-2007
Creator: Fred Barron / Producer: John Bartlett / Director: Baz Taylor
Sitcom. Episodes in the life of middleclass Dentist Ben and his family, wife Susan and kids Nick, Janey and Michael. A rare example of a UK sitcom using the American team method of writers with this using combinations of five different writers. The five writers were:- Fred Barron, Steve Armigoda, John Armigoda (all from the USA), Ian Brown and James Hendrie. Interestingly the lead character shared the same name as the Dentist husband in Butterflies. From the 2002 season daughter Janey left for university and has only appeared in cameo roles in a couple of episodes since.A 30 Minute Christmas special episode was broadcast 25 December 2002. Series 5 saw DANIELA DENBY-ASHE returns to the series as a regular and KRIS MARSHALL leaves as a regular but making occasional guest-appearances. Christmas special December 2006. 2007 season began Friday 6 April.
With:- ROBERT LINDSAY as Ben / ZOE WANAMAKER as Susan / KRIS MARSHALL as Nick / DANIELA DENBY-ASHE as Janey (-2002 and 2004-))/ GABRIEL THOMSON as Michael / DAISY DONOVAN as Brigitte / KARINE ADROVER as Isabelle / SIOBHAN HAYES as Abi (from 2002)

 

MY GOOD FRIEND

Anglia/Hartswood / 14×30 minute episodes / 1995-96 Season 1: 4 April – 16 May 95 / Season 2: 27 August – 8 October 96 Tuesdays 8.30pm
Writer: Bob Larbey / Producer: Beryl Vertue
Comedy drama series. Stories of elderly Peter and Harry, whose friendship gives them a new lease of life.
Peter…………………………………………… GEORGE COLE
Harry…………………………………………… RICHARD PEARSON
Ted Thurston…………………………………. MALCOLM TERRIS
Ellie(Season 1)………………………………. MINNIE DRIVER
Betty(Season 1)…………………………….. MATILDA ZIEGLER
Betty(Season 2)…………………………….. ANNABELLE APSION
Ellie(Season 2)………………………………. LESLEY VICKERAGE
Brian…………………………………………… MICHAEL LUMSDEN
David(Season 1)…………………………….. IAN KEITH

 

MY GOOD WOMAN

ATV / 38×30 minute episodes / 1972-74 24 February 72 – 15 October 74
Writer: Ronnie Taylor / Producers: Les Chatfield, William G. Stewart, Ronnie Baxter
Sitcom. Clive Gibbons rarely sees his wife, thanks to her obsession with raising money for charity.
Clive Gibbons……………………………. LESLIE CROWTHER
Sylvia Gibbons………………………….. SYLVIA SYMS
Philip Broadmore(Seasons 1-2)…….. KEITH BARRON
Bob Berris(Seasons 4-5)…………….. GLYN HOUSTON
Rev Martin Hooper…………………….. RICHARD WILSON
Carolyn Broadmore(Season 1)……… MARIKA MANN

 

MY HERO

BBC1-Big Bear /32×30 minute episodes / 2000-2003 First Episode Friday 4 Feb 2001 / 8.30pm
Creator: Paul Mendelson / Writers: Paul Mayhew-Archer, Paul Mendelson / Producers: Marcus Mortimer, John Stroud / Executive Producer: Geoffrey Perkins
Scifi sitcom. Shy Health food shop owner George Sunday is really superhero Thermoman who is busy trying to live as normal a life as possible, including having a relationship with nurse Janet Dawkins. In season three George and Janet have a baby with superpowers.

With:- ARDAL O’HANLON as George Sunday-Thermoman / EMILY JOYCE as Janet Dawkins / GERALDINE McNULTY as Mrs Ravens / HUGH DENNIS as Piers / LOU HIRSCH as Arnie / LILL ROUGHLEY as Ella Dawkins

 

MY HONOURABLE MRS

BBC1 / 7×30 minute episodes / 1975 14 July – 26 August Mondays 8.00pm
Writer: Richard Waring / Producer: Graeme Muir / Political Advisor: Andrew Faulds MP
Sitcom. Businessman Henry Prendergast is aghast when his wife becomes an MP.
Henry Prendergast……………………. DEREK NIMMO
Jane Prendergast……………………… PAULINE YATES
Trevor Crichton………………………… AUBREY WOODS
Eric Forbes…………………………….. ALAN CURTIS
Tim………………………………………. ANTHONY HOWDEN
Sarah……………………………………. SYLVESTRA LE TOUZEL
William………………………………….. NICHOLAS DRAKE

 

MY HUSBAND AND I

Associated-Rediffusion-Jack Hylton / 7×30 minute episodes / 1956 20 July – 12 October Fridays 8.30pm – Shown Fortnightly
Writers: Geoffrey Kerr, James Leasor / Producer: Eric Fawcett
Sitcom. Episodes in the domestic life of real life married couple Evelyn Laye and Frank Lawton.
Evelyn………………………………………….. EVELYN LAYE
Frank…………………………………………… FRANK LAWTON
Molly…………………………………………… LINDA GRAY
Jennings………………………………………. PETER COLLINGWOOD
Jane……………………………………………. ALICIA MASSY-BERESFORD

 

MY HUSBAND AND I

Yorkshire / 15×30 minute episodes / 1987-88 / Season 1: 9 Jan – 20 Feb 87 / Special: 18 Dec 87 / Season 2: 8 Apr – 20 May 88
Writers: Pam Valentine, Michael Ashton / Producer/Director: Graham Wetherell
Sitcom. Nora Powers working at Ashvale Advertising is embarrassed when her retired husband gets a job at her company as a commissionaire. Sugden and Moore are married in real life.
Nora Powers…………………………….. MOLLIE SUGDEN
George Powers…………………………. WILLIAM MOORE
Bambi Bamber………………………….. DEDDIE DAVIES
Tracy Cosgrove…………………………. CAROL HAWKINS
Mr Mundy………………………………… JOHN HORSLEY
Pearl………………………………………. ISABELLE LUCAS
Samantha……………………………….. ROBERTA TOVEY
Anita……………………………………… NATASHA GRAY
Henrietta…………………………………. JANE ASHTON

 

MY MAN JOE

ATV / 6×30 minute episodes / 1967 24 February – 31 March Fridays 10.00pm black and white
Writer: Godfrey Harrison / Producer: Alan Tarrant / Director: Dennis Vance
Sitcom. Penniless aristocrat Lord Hansford hires someone to try and regain his fortune.
Joe…………………………………………….. JOE BAKER
Lord Peregrine Hansford………………….. FRANCIS MATTHEWS

 

MY NAME IS HARRY WORTH

Thames / 8×30 minute episodes / 1974 22 April – 17 June Mondays 8.00pm
Creator: Ronnie Taylor / Producer: William G. Stewart
Sitcom. Exploits of bumbling middle aged Harry. Harry Worth generally played the same exaggerated version of himself in all his roles. See also Here’s Harry, Harry Worth, How’s Your Father and O Happy Band.
Harry………………………………………. HARRY WORTH
Mrs Maybury ……………………………. LALLY BOWERS
George Bailey…………………………… REGINALD MARSH

 

MY WIFE AND I

Associated-Rediffusion / 11×30 minute episodes / 1958 30 June – 10 September Wednesdays 8.00pm black and white
Writer: Pamela Craig / Producer: Michael Westmore / Director: Eric J. Croall
Sitcom. Domestic shenanigans in the life of Phyllis and David Finley.
Phyllis Finley………………………………. MAI ZETTERLING
David Finley……………………………….. REX GARNER
The Secretary…………………………….. JOAN BENHAM

 

MY WIFE JACQUELINE

BBC / 6×30 minute episodes / 1952 30 July – 22 October Wednesday 8.30pm – Shown Fortnightly black and white
Writer: A.P. Dearsley / Producer: Dicky Leeman
Sitcom. Domestic episodes in the life of Tom and Jacqueline Bridger.
Tom Bridger……………………………….. LESLIE PHILLIPS
Jaqueline Bridger………………………… JOY SHELTON
Margaret…………………………………… ANTHEA HOLLOWAY

 

MY WIFE’S SISTER

Granada / 35×30 minute episodes / 1956-57 16 August 56 – 11 June 57 Tuesdays 8.00pm black and white
Writer: Reuben Ship / Producer: Eddie Pola
Sitcom. This is the continuation of the series Our Dora which ended after four weeks when star Dora Bryan left following the death of her first child. The series continued in the same vein with Ellie Martin lodging with her sister and her husband.
Ellie Martin………………………………….. ELEANOR SUMMERFIELD
Clara Hackett………………………………. HELEN CHRISTIE
Charlie Hackett……………………………. MARTIN WYLDECK
Mavis………………………………………… FANNY CARBY

 

MY OLD MAN

Yorkshire / 13×30 minute episodes / 1974-75
Writer: Gerald Frow / Producers: John Duncan, Paddy Russell
Sitcom. OAP Sam finds himself forced to move in with his daughter and her family after his own home is demolished. My Old Man started out as a one off entry in Ronnie Barker’s 1973 anthology series Seven of One.
Sam…………………………………………….. CLIVE DUNN
Doris……………………………………………. PRISCILLA MORGAN
Arthur ………………………………………….. EDWARD HARDWICKE

 

MY SISTER AND I

ABC / 10×30 minute episodes / 1956 19 May – 21 July black and white
Writer/Producer: Alick Hayes / Directors: James George, Stuart Latham
Sitcom. Exploits of a pair of sisters.
With:- DINAH LEE as Sally / JANE TAYLOR as Jo / JACK HOWARTH / RAY COONEY

 

MY SON REUBEN

Thames / 6×30 minute episodes / 1975 8 September – 13 October Mondays 8.00pm
Writer: Vince Powell / Producer: Anthony Parker
Sitcom. Jewish dry cleaner Reuben Greenberg is still tied to his mother’s apron strings.
Reuben Greenberg………………………. BERNARD SPEAR
Fay Greenberg…………………………… LILA KAY
Vera Caplan……………………………….. STELLA TANNER
Betty Smith………………………………. JO ROWBOTTOM
Rabbi Jackson…………………………… CHRISTOPHER BENJAMIN

 

MY WIFE NEXT DOOR

BBC1 / 13×30 minute episodes / 1972 19 September – 12 December Tuesdays 8.30pm
Creators: Brian Clemens, Richard Waring / Writer: Richard Waring / Music: Dennis Wilson / Producer: Graeme Muir
Sitcom. After they divorce George and Suzy Bassett inadvertently find themselves living side by side in cottages in the country.
George Bassett………………………………. JOHN ALDERTON
Suzy Bassett…………………………………. HANNAH GORDON
Henry…………………………………………… TIM BARRETT
Suzy’s Mother………………………………… DIANA KING
George’s Mother……………………………… MOLLIE SUGDEN
Liz……………………………………………….. PADDY FROST

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