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Plaza Patrol to Queenie’s Castle

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The Ultimate Guide to British Sitcoms

All sitcoms starting with the letter P. This is part two and takes you from Plaza Patrol to Queenie’s Castle.

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PLAZA PATROL

Yorkshire / 6×30 minute episodes / 1991 15 July – 19 August Mondays 7.00pm
Writers: Richard Lewis, Louis Robinson / Costume: Brian Castle / Producer: Graham Wetherall
Sitcom. The misadventures of a pair of incredibly inept security guards working in a shopping precinct.
Bernard Cooney………………………… TOMMY CANNON
Trevor Purvis…………………………….. BOBBY BALL

 

POOR LITTLE RICH GIRLS

Granada / 7×30 minute episodes / 1984 12 July – 23 August Thursdays 9.00pm
Writer: Charles Laurence / Producer: Pieter Rogers / Director: Nicholas Ferguson
Sitcom. Cousins Daisy and Kate team up following the death of Daisy’s husband and Kate’s divorce, the pair both believed that the other was well off although the truth is that both are not.
Daisy Troop………………………………. JILL BENEDICT
Kate Codd………………………………… MARIA AITKEN
Dave Roberts…………………………….. RICHARD WALKER
Larry Codd……………………………….. LEWIS FIANDER
Lady Harriet……………………………… JOAN HICKSON

 

PORKPIE

C4-Humphrey Barclay Productions / 12×30 minute episodes / 1995-96
Writer: Trix Worrell / Producers: Humphrey Barclay (Season 1), Paulette Randall (Season 2)
Sitcom. A spin off from Desmonds. Porkpie, who was a regular at Desmond’s barbershop, wins a fortune on the lottery.
With:- RAM JOHN HOLDER as Porkpie / DEREK GRIFFITHS as Benji / GEOFF FRANCIS as Michael / KIM WALKER as Gloria / ROBBIE TURNER as Alloysius

 

PORRIDGE

BBC1 / 18×30 minute episodes / 2×40 minute episodes / 1974-77 3 seasons + 2 specials
Writers: Dick Clement, Ian La Frenais / Music: Max Harris / Producer: Sydney Lotterby
Sitcom. Exploits of recidivist Norman Stanley Fletcher serving a five year sentence in Slade prison and Lenny Godber the young first time offender he takes under his wing. Episode one of Ronnie Barker’s 1973 anthology series Seven of One was called Prisoner and Escort (with Fletcher being taken to Slade prison by Mackay and Barraclough) and effectively served as a pilot for Porridge.
With:- RONNIE BARKER as Norman Stanley Fletcher / RICHARD BECKINSALE as Lennie Godber / FULTON MACKAY as Mr Mackay / BRIAN WILDE as Mr Barraclough / SAM KELLY as Warren / TONY OSOBA as McClaren / KEN JONES as Ives / DAVID JASON as Blanco / MICHAEL BARRINGTON as Mr Venables / PETER VAUGHAN as Harry Grout / CHRISTOPHER BIGGINS as Lukewarm

 

POSH NOSH

BBC2 / 8x10m / started 4 February 2003 / 9:50pm
Writers: Jon Carter, Arabella Weir / Director: Chris Langham / Producer: Gareth Edwards

A series of comedy shorts lampooning personality cookery shows.

With:- ARABELLA WEIR as Minty / RICHARD E GRANT as Simon

 

POTTER

BBC1 / 20×30 minute episodes / 1979-80/83
Writer: Roy Clarke / Producers: Peter Whitmore, Bernard Thompson
Sitcom. Retired businessman Redvers Potter just can’t help himself when it comes to get on people’s nervces. Arthur Lowe died after season two but three years later the series briefly returned with Robin Bailey in the lead role.
Redvers Potter (Seasons 1-2)……………… ARTHUR LOWE
Redvers Potter (Season 3)…………………. ROBIN BAILEY
Aileen ‘Madge’ Potter………………………… NOEL DYSON
‘Tolly’ Tolliver………………………………….. JOHN WARNER
The Vicar………………………………………. JOHN BARRON
Harry Tooms………………………………….. HARRY H. CORBETT

 

A PRESENT FOR DICKIE

Thames / 6×30 minute episodes / 1969-70 30 Dec 69 – 5 Feb 70 Thursdays 7.00pm
Creator: Jimmy Grafton / Producer/Director: Peter Frazer-Jones
Sitcom. Comedian Dickie Henderson finds himself saddled with an Indian elephant brought back as a gift for him.
Dickie………………………………………….. DICKIE HENDERSON
Jane……………………………………………. JUNE LAVERICK
Mrs Upshot-Mainwaring……………………. FABIA DRAKE
William………………………………………… BILLY BURDEN
Parker…………………………………………. DENNIS RAMSDEN
Abdul the Elephant Minder……………….. JERRY RAM

 

A PRINCE AMONG MEN

BBC1 / 12×30 minute episodes / 1997-98
Writers: Tony Millan, Mike Walling / Creators: Chris Barrie, Mike Stephens / Producer/Director: Mike Stephens
Sitcom. Famous ex-footballer Gary prince will stop at nothing to promote himself and his company.
Gary Prince……………………………….. CHRIS BARRIE
Lisel…………………………………………. FRANCESCA HUNT
Sonia……………………………………….. SAMANTHA POWER
Beverly………………………………………SUSIE BLAKE
Dave………………………………………… CLIFF PARISI
Mark………………………………………… TIMOTHY BENTINCK
Vince……………………………………….. BRYAN PRINGLE

 

THE PRINCE OF DENMARK

BBC1 / 6×30 minute episodes / 1974 10 April – 15 May Wednesdays 7.40pm
Writers: Barry Cryer, Graham Chapman / Producer: Douglas Argent
Sitcom. Spin off from Now Look Here. The two main characters from that show, Ronnie and his new wife Laura, run a pub she had inherited.
Ronnie………………………………………… RONNIE CORBETT
Laura………………………………………….. ROSEMARY LEACH

 

PULL THE OTHER ONE

Central / 6×30 minute episodes / 1984 15 June -20 July Friday 8.30pm
Writer: Michael McStay / Producer: Joan Brown / Director: Peter Ellis
Suburban sitcom. The ups and downs of married couple the Mundys.
Sidney Mundy……………………………. MICHAEL ELPHICK
Sadie Mundy……………………………… SUSAN TRACY
Grandma…………………………………… LILA KAYE
Terry……………………………………….. TIM PREECE
Barmaid…………………………………… DIANA GOODWIN

 

QUEENIE’S CASTLE

Yorkshire / 18×30 minute episodes / 1970-72 3 Seasons
Creators: Keith Waterhouse, Willis Hall / Executive Producer: John Duncan
Sitcom. A northern mother keeps a firm grip on her family.
Queenie Shepherd…………………….. DIANA DORS
Douglas Sheperd………………………. BARRIE RUTTER
Raymond Shepherd…………………… FREDDIE FLETCHER
Bunny Shepherd………………………. BRYAN MARSHALL
Jack……………………………………… TONY CAUNTER
Mrs Petty……………………………….. LYNNE PERRIE

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