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Nathaniel Titlark to Next of Kin

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The Ultimate Guide to British Sitcoms

All sitcoms starting with the letter N. This is part one and takes you from Nathaniel Titlark to Next of Kin.

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NATHANIEL TITLARK

BBC / 10×30 minute episodes / 1956-57 black and white
Creator: Bernard Miles / Writers: James Lansdale(Season 1), Bill Naughton (Season 2) / Producers: Adrian Waller (Season 1), Andrew Osborn(Season 2)
Sitcom. Exploits of country bumpkin Nathanial Titlark.
Nathaniel Titlark………………………… BERNARD MILES
Jessie Titlark(56)………………………. MEGS JENKINS
Jessie Titlark(57)………………………. MAUREEN PRYOR

 

NEAREST AND DEAREST

Granada / 46×30 minute episodes 1×60 minute episodes / 1968-72 7 seasons and 1 special
Creators: Vince Powell, Harry Driver / Script Editor: Lew Schwarz / Producers: Peter Eckerlsley, Bill Podmore
Sitcom. After the death of their father, brother and sister Eli and Nellie Pledge form an uneasy alliance to run their dad’s pickle factory.
Nellie Pledge……………………………… HYLDA BAKER
Eli Pledge…………………………………. JIMMY JEWEL
Walter……………………………………… EDWARD MALIN
Lily………………………………………….. MADGE HINDLE
Stan………………………………………… JOE GLADWIN

 

NELSON’S COLUMN

BBC1 / 12×30 minute episodes / 1994-95
Writer: Paul Mayhew-Archer / Producer/Director: Susan Belbin
Sitcom. Gavin Nelson starts working as a reporter for the provincial newspaper ‘The Herald’, where he is desperate to get to know colleague Clare a little better.
Gavin…………………………………………… JOHN GORDON-SINCLAIR
Clare……………………………………………. SOPHIE THOMPSON
Tim……………………………………………… RUPERT SMITH
Mike……………………………………………. STEVEN O’DONNELL
Jackie………………………………………….. ELIZABETH COUNSELL
Lorraine (Season 2)…………………………. CAMILLE CODURI

 

THE NESBITTS ARE COMING

Yorkshire / 6×30 minute episodes / 1980 17 April – 22 May Tuesdays 9/00pm
Writer: Dick Sharples / Music: Dick Sharples, Laurie Holloway / Producer/Director: Ronnie Baxter
Sitcom. Family of crooks The Nesbitts travel the country in an open top van, causing trouble wherever they go. The Nesbitt family were previously seen in a 2 part Z Cars episode written by Sharples and called The Nesbitts Are Back(1967).
Ernie Nesbitt……………………………… CLIVE SWIFT
Mrs Nesbitt……………………………….. MAGGIE JONES
Marlene Nesbitt………………………….. DEIDRE COSTELLO
Len Nesbitt……………………………….. JOHN PRICE
Tom Nesbitt………………………………. CHRISTIAN RODSKA
Det Sgt Tom Arnold…………………….. KEN JONES
Station Sgt Billy Machin………………. TONY MELODY
PC Elwyn Harris………………………… JOHN CLIVE
WPC Kitty Naylor………………………. PATSY ROWLANDS
PC Crowther…………………………….. ARTHUR WHITE

 

NEVER A CROSS WORD

LWT / 6×45 minute episodes 7×30 minute episodes 1968/70 Season 1 black and white
Writers: Donald Churchill (68), Michael Pertwee and Jack Watling(70) / Producer: Stuart Allen
Sitcom. Suburban couple the Baldocks reverse roles when she becomes the breadwinner while he stays at home.
Ronald Baldock………………………… PAUL DANEMAN
Deidre Baldock(68)……………………. NYREE DAWN PORTER
Deidre Baldock(70)……………………. BARBARA MURRAY

 

NEVER MIND THE QUALITY, FEEL THE WIDTH

ABC/Thames / 38×30 minute episodes / 1967-71 Six seasons
Writers: Vince Powell, Harry Driver( and 2 episodes by Dick Sharples) / Producers: Ronnie Baxter, Stuart Allen
Sitcom. Jewish coat maker Manny Cohen teams up with Irish trouser maker Patrick Kelly. Grew out of a 1967 Armchair Theatre entry of the same name (see above).
Manny Cohen………………………………. JOHN BLUTHAL
Patrick Kelly……………………………….. JOE LYNCH
Rabbi Levy………………………………….. CYRIL SHAPS
Father Ryan………………………………… EAMONN KELLY

 

NEVER SAY DIE

Yorkshire / 6×30 minute episodes / 1970 4 August – 8 September Tuesdays 8.30pm
Writer: Peter Tinniswood / Executive Producer: John Duncan / Director: Derrick Goodwin
Sitcom. Exploits of the patients and staff of Yorkshire hospital the Victoria Memorial.
Mr Hebden………………………………….. REGINALD MARSH
Mr Oliphant…………………………………. PATRICK NEWELL
Miss Finucane…………………………….. NOEL PURCELL
Nurse Whitethroat………………………… MARY HEALEY
Mr Corker…………………………………… TEDDY GREEN
Mr Bridge……………………………………. LARRY NOBLE
Albert………………………………………… WILFRED BRAMBELL
Sister Ringstead…………………………… KEN PARRY
Poniatowski………………………………… HUGH WALTERS

 

NEVER SAY DIE

Channel 4/Humphrey Barclay Prod. / 6×30 minute episodes / 1987 16 November – 21 December Mondays 9.30pm
Writer/Director: Lou Wakefield / Producer: Humphrey Barclay
Sitcom. A single mum takes over as warden at a block of sheltered flats for the elderly.
Jenny…………………………………………… JANETTE LEGGE
Dorothy………………………………………… IRENE HANDL
Sid……………………………………………… ARTHUR ENGLISH
Jack……………………………………………. TOMMY EYTLE
George………………………………………… PETER COPLEY
Joan……………………………………………. MARGERY MASON
Danny…………………………………………. NICHOLAS DELVE
Connie………………………………………… CONSTANCE CHAPMAN
Muriel………………………………………….. HELENA McCARTHY
Mrs Danvers…………………………………. CAROLE HAYMAN

 

NEVER THE TWAIN

Thames / 67×30 minute episodes / 1981-91 11 Seasons + 1 special
Creator: Johnnie Mortimer / Producers: Peter Frazer Jones, Anthony Parker
Sitcom. The ups and downs of two neighbouring antique dealers, the plummy Simon Peel and not so refined Oliver Smallbridge, whose respective children are married to each other.
Simon Peel………………………………… DONALD SINDEN
Oliver Smallbridge……………………….. WINDSOR DAVIES
David Peel…………………………………. ROBIN KERMODE
Lyn Smallbridge/Peel (Season 1-3)…. JULIA WATSON
Ringo………………………………………. DEREK DEADMAN

 

THE NEW ADVENTURES OF LUCKY JIM

BBC2 / 7×30 minute episodes / 1967
Writers: Dick Clement, Ian La Frenais / Producer: Duncan Wood / Characters: Kingsley Amis
Sitcom. Northern lad Jim Dixon moves down to London. This was a sequel to Lucky Jim, Kingsley Amis’s classic 1950’s novel, previously made into a film in 1957 starring Ian Carmichael.
Jim Dixon…………………………………… KEITH BARRON

 

THE NEW STATESMAN

BBC2 / 7×30 minute episodes / 1984-85 Pilot: 3 December 84 Season: 12 September – 17 October 85 Thursdays 9.00pm
Writer: Douglas Watkinson / Producer/Director: David Askey
Sitcom. George Vance, a Welshman running a museum in England, inherits an Earldom and finds himself taking a seat in the house of Lords. The two lead characters were played by Colin Blakely and Gwen Taylor in the pilot.
George Vance…………………………… WINDSOR DAVIES
Enid Vance………………………………. ANNA DAWSON
Owen Thomas…………………………… ELIAN WYN
Philip Thomas…………………………… IVOR ROBERTS
Clementine Vance……………………… MADELINE ROBERTS
Robert Vance……………………………. SEAN CHAPMAN

 

THE NEW STATESMAN

Yorkshire/Alamo / 27×30 minute episodes 1×70 minute episodes / 1987-94
Writers: Laurence Marks, Maurice Gran / Theme Music: Alan Hawkshaw
Sitcom. The outrageous exploits of rampant Tory MP Alan B’Stard who would stop at nothing to get what ever he wanted (and he usually managed it too).
Alan B’Stard……………………………… RIK MAYALL
Sarah B’Stard……………………………. MARSHA FITZALAN
Piers Fletcher-Devonish……………….. MICHAEL TROUGHTON
Crippen……………………………………. NICK STRINGER
Norman Borman…………………………. ROWENA COOPER
Mrs Thatcher…………………………….. STEVE NALLON
Sidney Bliss……………………………… PETER SALLIS

 

NEXT OF KIN

BBC1 / 22×30 minute episodes / 1995-97 Three seasons
Writers: Jan Ethrington, Gavin Petrie / Producer/Director: Gareth Gwenlan / Theme Music: Tea for Two (sung by Cast)
Sitcom. After the death of their parents three young kids are taken in by their initially unwilling grandparents.
Maggie Prentice…………………………. PENELOPE KEITH
Andrew Prentice………………………… WILLIAM GAUNT
Georgia Prentice……………………….. ANN GOSLING
Philip Prentice………………………….. MATTHEW CLARKE
Jake Prentice…………………………… JAMIE LUCRAFT
Liz (Seasons 1-2)……………………… TRACIE BENNETT

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