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Nice Day at the Office to Now Take My Wife

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The Ultimate Guide to British Sitcoms

All sitcoms starting with the letter N. This is part two and takes you from Nice Day at the Office to Now Take My Wife.

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NICE DAY AT THE OFFICE

BBC1 / 6×30 minute episodes / 1994 26 September – 31 October Mondays 10.10pm
Writers: Paul Shearer, Richard Turner / Producer: Stephen McCrum / Director: John Kilby
Sitcom. The misadventures of a group of bored office workers.
Phil Bachelor……………………………. TIMOTHY SPALL
Tippit……………………………………… JOHN SESSIONS
Janice Troutbeck……………………….. ANNA MASSEY
Chris Selwyn……………………………. DAVID HAIG
Dave Morrison………………………….. BRIAN PETTIFER
Lizzie Kershaw………………………… NICOLA STEPHENSON

 

NICE WORK

BBC1 / 8×30 minute episodes / 1980 1 season + 1 special
Writer: Anthony Couch / Producer: Bernard Thompson
Sitcom. Exploits of labour relations officer Edwin Thornfield working at a German owned British factory.
Edwin Thornfield……………………….. EDWARD WOODWARD
Monica Thornfield……………………… HILARY TINDALL
Mr Blundell……………………………… JOHN COMER
Frank Lazenby………………………… AUBREY WOODS
Granville Walker………………………. CHRISTOPHER GODWIN
Alice Morrison…………………………. AMANDA KEMP
Robert Thornfield………………………. RUSSELL LEWIS

 

NIGHT BEAT NEWS

C4/S4C/WP / 13×30 minute episodes / 1984 5 – 25 March Weekdays 5.00pm
Writer: Bill Keenan / Producer: Peter Miller / Director: Jim Darnley-Smith
Sitcom. Behind the scenes of local Welsh TV news station Channel 9. Shown in Wales in 1983 and the cast recorded each episode twice, once in Welsh and again in English.
Vicky………………………………………….. NIA CEIDIOG
Monique………………………………………. CARYS LLEWELYN
Simon…………………………………………. DEWI MORRIS
David………………………………………….. DYFED THOMAS
Owen Lewis…………………………………. JOHN PIERCE JONES
Garfield………………………………………. TIMOTHY BATESON
Emlyn………………………………………… CADFAN ROBERTS

 

NIGHTINGALES

C4/Alamo / 13×30 minute episodes / 1990/93
Writer: Paul Makin / Producers: Esta Charkham (Season 1), Rosie Hunting (Season 2) / Music: Clever Music / Executive Producer: Lawrence Marks
Sitcom. Exploits of three highly unconventional night shift security guards.
Carter…………………………………………. ROBERT LINDSAY
Bell……………………………………………. DAVID THRELLFALL
Sarge…………………………………………. JAMES ELLIS
Mary…………………………………………… LIA WILLIAMS
Eric ‘The Werewolf’ Swan…………………. IAN SEAR

 

NIGHTY NIGHT

BBC2 / 6x30m / started 15 March 2004 (previously shown on BBC3)
Writer: Julia Davis / Director: Tony Dow / Producers: Alison MacPhail, Ted Dowd

Dark comedy. Jill is a beautician with romantic designs on her next door neighbour and she won’t let the man’s wife, who suffers from multiple sclerosis, get in her way. Her own husband is in hospital receiving cancer treatment although she tells everyone he has died.

With:- JULIA DAVIS as Jill / ANGUS DEAYTON as Don / REBECCA FRONT as Cath / KEVIN ELDON as Terry / RUTH JONES as Linda

 

THE NINETEENTH HOLE

Central/Regent / 7×30 minute episodes / 1989 5 June – 17 July Mondays 8.00pm
Writer: Johnny Spieght / Producer: William G. Stewart
Sitcom. Misadventures of the secretary of Prince’s Hill Golf Club.
The Secretary…………………………….ERIC SYKES
George Brady…………………………….GARFIELD MORGAN
Mr Woodley………………………………JOHN QUAYLE
Dennis……………………………………. JOHN LYONS
Mr Bennett………………………………. DEREK NEWARK
John the Steward………………………. RONNIE BRODY
Jack………………………………………. MICHAEL REDFEARN
Jim Goatman……………………………. NORMAN ROSSINGTON

 

NO APPOINTMENT NECESSARY

BBC1 / 7×30 minute episodes / 1977 10 June – 22 July Fridays 8.30pm
Writers: Peter Robinson, Hugh Stackey / Producers: Douglas Argent, Harold Snoad
Sitcom. Shenanigans with greengrocer and ladies hairdressing salon owner Alf Butler.
Alf Butler…………………………………….. ROY KINNEAR
Penelope Marshall………………………… JOSEPHINE TEWSON
Beryl Armitage…………………………….. AVRIL ANGERS
Colonel Marshall………………………….. ROBERT DORNING
Sandra………………………………………. CLAIRE FAULCONBRIDGE
Mervyn………………………………………. DENIS BOND

 

NOBODY’S PERFECT

LWT / 14×30 minute episodes / 1980/82
Writer: Elaine Stritch and one episode by Richard Griffiths / Producer: Humphrey Barclay
Sitcom. A UK adaption of the US sitcom Maude. The ups and downs of married couple, the Hoopers.
Bill Hooper………………………………… ELAINE STRITCH
Sam Hooper……………………………… RICHARD GRIFFITHS
Liz…………………………………………. KIM BRADEN
Mrs Whicker…………………………….. RUBY HEAD
Henry Armstrong……………………….. MORAY WATSON

 

NO FRILLS

BBC / 7×30 minute episodes / 1986 5 September – 17 October Mondays 8.30pm
Writer: Janey Prager / Producer/Director: Mandie Fletcher
Sitcom. A widow moves down south to live with her daughter and grandaughter.
Kate…………………………………………….. BELINDA SINCLAIR
Suzy……………………………………………..KATHERINE SCHLESINGER
Molly……………………………………………. KATHY STAFF
Nicky…………………………………………… JAN RAVENS

 

NO HONESTLY

LWT / 13×30 minute episodes / 1974-75 4 October 74 – 5 January 75
Writers: Terence Brady, Charlotte Bingham / Theme Music: Lynsey De Paul / Producer: Humphrey Barclay
Sitcom. Couple, C.D. Danby and Clara, take a nostalgic look back at the early days of their relationship. When the stars left the title changed to Yes Honestly.
C.D. Danby………………………………… JOHN ALDERTON
Clara………………………………………… PAULINE COLLINS

 

NO JOB FOR A LADY

Thames / 18×30 minute episodes / 1990-92 Three seasons
Writer: Alex Shearer / Producer/Director: John Howard Davies
Sitcom. The exploits of Labour back bench MP Jean Price.
Jean Price………………………………….. PENELOPE KEITH
Godfrey (Seasons 1-2)………………….. GEORGE BAKER
Ken Miller………………………………….. PAUL YOUNG
Norman…………………………………….. GARFIELD MORGAN
Geoff Price………………………………… MARK KINGSTON
Harry (Seasons 2-3)…………………….. NIGEL HUMPHRIES
Richard (Season 3)……………………… MICHAEL COCHRANE

 

NO PLACE LIKE HOME

BBC1 / 43×30 minute episodes / 1983-87 5 Seasons + 1 Special
Writer: Jon Watkins / Producer: Robin Nash
Sitcom. Middle aged couple Beryl and Arthur Crabtree plan to enjoy their freedom now their children have grown into adulthood, if only they could persuade them to leave home that is.
Arthur Crabtree………………………….. WILLIAM GAUNT
Beryl Crabtree……………………………. PATRICA GARWOOD
Nigel Crabtree (Seasons 1-3)………… MARTIN CLUNES
Tracy Crabtree…………………………… DEE SADLER
Paul Crabtree……………………………. STEPHEN WATSON
Lorraine Codd…………………………… BEVERLY ADAMS
Raymond Codd…………………………. DANIEL HILL
Trevor Botting…………………………… MICHAEL SHARVELL-MARTIN
Nigel Crabtree(Seasons 4-5)………… ANDREW CHARLESON
Vera Botting (Seasons 1-4)…………. MARCIA WARREN
Vera Botting (Season 5)…………….. ANN PENFOLD

 

NO PROBLEM

C4/LWT / 27×30 minute episodes / 1983-85
Writers: Farrakh Dhondy, Mustapha Matura / Producers: Charlie Hanson, Mickey Dolenz
Sitcom. Episodes in the life of a West Indian London family.
Toshiba………………………………………. CHRIS TUMMINGS
Angel…………………………………………. JANET KAY
Sensimilia…………………………………… JUDITH JACOBS
Bellamy……………………………………… VICTOR ROMERO EVANS

 

NO STRINGS

BBC1 / 7×30 minute episodes / 1974 Pilot: 16 April Season: 4 October – 8 November Fridays 7.45pm
Writer: Carla Lane / Producer: John Howard Davies
Sitcom. A mismatched couple become flat mates.
Leonora………………………………………. RITA TUSHINGHAM
Derek…………………………………………. KEITH BARRON

 

NO STRINGS

Yorkshire / 7×30 minute episodes / 1988
Writer: Jan Butlin / Theme Music: Johnny Dankworth Sung by Cleo Laine / Costume: Val Hurst / Design: Tony Jones / Producer/Director: Ronnie Baxter
Sitcom. A couple whose respective partners have run away together strike up a friendship.
Rosie Tindall……………………………….. JEAN MARSH
Sam Jessop……………………………….. EDWARD PETHERBRIDGE
Grandad…………………………………….. ROBERT FYFE
Sally Tindall……………………………….. AMANDA WARING
Joe Jessop………………………………… JOHN McANDREW
Nick Jessop………………………………. GRAHAM McGRATH

 

NORMAN

ATV / 6×30 minute episodes / 1970 2 April – 7 May Thursdays 9.00pm
Writers: Ray Cooney, John Chapman / Producer: Alan Tarrant
Sitcom. An under talented musician decides to give up his humdrum income tax job to try and make it in show business.
Norman………………………………………. NORMAN WISDOM
Mrs Tate…………………………………….. SALLY BAZELY
Frank Baker………………………………… DAVID LODGE

 

NO THAT’S ME OVER HERE

Associated-Rediffusion/LWT / 25×30 minute episodes / 1967/1968/1970
Writers: Graham Chapman, Eric Idle, Barry Cryer / Executive Producer: David Frost / Producers: Bill Hitchcock, Marty Feldman
Sitcom. A city commuter longs for a higher social standing and is desperate to put one over on his neighbour. Season three LWT.
Ronnie………………………………………… RONNIE CORBETT
Rosemary……………………………………. ROSEMARY LEACH
Henry…………………………………………. HENRY McGEE
Secretary……………………………………. JILL MACMEREDITH
The Boss…………………………………….. IVOR DEAN

 

NOT IN FRONT OF THE CHILDREN

BBC1 / 37×30 minute episodes / 1967-70 Four seasons
Writer: Richard Waring / Producer: Graeme Muir
Sitcom. Mother and housewife Jennifer Corner copes with the running of her household. Based on a Comedy Playhouse of 26 May 1967 called House In a Tree.
Jennifer Corner…………………………. WENDY CRAIG
Henry Corner (Season 1)…………….. PAUL DANEMAN
Henry Corner (Seasons 2-4)………… RONALD HINES
Trudi Corner (Seasons 1-3)…………. ROBERTA TOVEY
Trudi Corner (Season 4)……………… VERINA GREENLAW
Robin Corner…………………………… HUGO KEITH-JOHNSTON
Amanda Corner……………………….. JILL RIDDICK
Mary…………………………………….. CHARLOTTE MITCHELL

 

NOT ONLY… BUT ALSO

UK / BBC2 / 1×50 minute episodes 14×45 minute episodes 7×30 minute episodes / 1965-70 3 seasons plus one special

Writers included Peter Cook, Dudley Moore, Robert Fuest, John Law, Dick Clement / Producers: Joe McGrath, Dick Clement, John Street, James Gilbert

Sketch based series starring Peter Cook and Dudley Moore. One of the regular highlights of the show were the sketches where Pete ‘N’ Dud sat and held forth on any number of ‘insane’ topics which usually saw Dud reduced to fits of giggles. A high calibre of guest stars appeared including John Lennon, Spike Milligan, Ronnie Barker, Alan Bennett, Eric Sykes and Barry Humphries.

Many of the shows no longer exist as the BBC decided in their infinite wisdom in the late sixties and early seventies to embark on an extensive junking policy of much of their archive (in order to conserve space and save money on tapes apparently). Not Only…But Also was only one of hundreds of shows to suffer in this way.

 

NOT ON YOUR NELLIE

LWT / 17×30 minute episodes / 1974-75 Three seasons
Writers: Tom Brennan, Roy Bottomley / Producer: Bryan Izzard
Sitcom. Northern Nellie Pickersgill moves down south to Fulham to help her father run a pub.
Nellie Pickersgill……………………….. HYLDA BAKER
Jed Pickersgill (Seasons 1-2)………. JOHN BARRETT
Stanley Pickersgill (Season 3)……… JACK DOUGLAS
Charlie……………………………………. LEO DOLAN
Gilbert……………………………………. ROGER HOWLETT
Beryl (Season 1)………………………. ALEXANDRA DANE
Doris (Season 2)………………………. WENDY RICHARD
Big Brenda (Season 3)……………….. SUE NICHOLLS

 

NOT WITH A BANG

LWT / 7×30 minute episodes / 1990 25 March – 6 May Sundays 10.05pm
Writers: Tony Millan, Mike Walling / Producer/Director: Robin Carr
Scifi sitcom. When almost everyone in the world is turned to ash following a freak accident, four survivors set up home in the country.
Brian Appleyard…………………………… RONALD PICKUP
Colin Garrity……………………………….. STEPHEN REA
Graham Wilkins………………………….. MIKE GRADY
Janet Wilkins……………………………… JOSIE LAWRENCE

 

NOW AND THEN

LWT / 13×30 minute episodes / 1983-84
Writers: John Esmonde, Bob Larbey / Director: Derrrick Goodwin
Sitcom. A middle aged man looks back on his wartime childhood as he prepares to sell the house he has lived in all his life. Much of the show consisted of the flashbacks to his younger self.
Peter Elston……………………………… BERNARD HOLLEY
Young Peter……………………………… JOHN ALFORD
Alan Elston………………………………. MARC GILBEY
Bet Elston……………………………….. MARCIA WARREN
Gran………………………………………. LIZ SMITH
Norman Elston…………………………. SAM KELLY
Uncle Gordon…………………………… BARRY STANTON
Aunt Sadie……………………………… JUNE BROWN
Jill Elston……………………………….. JILL KERMAN

 

NOW LOOK HERE

BBC1 / 13×30 minute episodes / 1971-73 Two seasons
Writers: Graham Chapman, Barry Cryer / Producers: Bill Hitchcock (Season 1), Douglas Argent (Season 2)
Sitcom. Exploits of office working mummy’s boy Ronnie. In season two Ronnie fled the coop and got married. A spin off The Prince of Denmark also appeared.
Ronnie………………………………………. RONNIE CORBETT
Mum(71)……………………………………. MADGE RYAN
Mum(73)……………………………………. GILLIAN LIND
laura…………………………………………. ROSEMARY LEACH
Keith(71)……………………………………. RICHARD O’SULLIVAN
Col Sutcliffe………………………………… DONALD HEWLETT

 

NOW TAKE MY WIFE

BBC1 / 13×30 minute episodes / 1971 13 September – 6 December Mondays 7.30pm
Writer: Charles Lawrence / Producers: Duncan Wood, Sydney Lotterby
Sitcom. Problems of the Love family, especially teenage daughter Jenny. Based on the Comedy Playhouse pilot Just Harry and Me.
Claire Love…………………………………. SHEILA HANCOCK
Harry Love………………………………….. DONALD HOUSTON
Jenny Love…………………………………. LIZ EDMISTON

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