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Robin’s Nest to Running Wild

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The Ultimate Guide to British Sitcoms

All sitcoms starting with the letter R. This is part two and takes you from Robin’s Nest to Running Wild.

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ROBIN’S NEST

Thames / 47×30 minute episodes / 1977-81 6 seasons + 1 special
Creators: Johnnie Mortimer, Brian Cooke / Producer: Peter Frazer-Jones / Theme Music: Richard O’Sullivan
Sitcom. Spin Off from Man About the House. See also George and Mildred. Robin Tripp, now a qualified chef, opens his own restaurant, with a little help from his girlfriend Vicky’s father, James Nicholls.
Robin Tripp……………………………….. RICHARD O’SULLIVAN
Vicky………………………………………. TESSA WYATT
James Nicholls………………………….. TONY BRITTON
Albert Riddle…………………………….. DAVID KELLY

 

ROGER DOESN’T LIVE HERE ANYMORE

BBC / 6×30 minute episodes / 1981 24 Sep – 29 Oct Thurs 9.00pm
Writer: John Fortune / Producer: Dennis Main Wilson / Director: John Hobbs
Sitcom. Problems of newly divorced Roger Flower, trying to restart his social life.
Roger Flower……………………………… JONATHAN PRYCE
Emma Flower…………………………….. DIANE FLETCHER
Arabella Flower…………………………… ALICE BERRY
Rose………………………………………… KATE FAHY
Stanley…………………………………….. MICHAEL ELPHICK

 

ROLL OVER BEETHOVEN

Central / 13×30 minute episodes / 1985 2 seasons
Writers: Laurence Marks, Maurice Gran / Producers: Tony Charles, Allan McKeown
Sitcom. Rock star Nigel Cochrane gives up touring and moves to a small village to concentrate on his music, once there he ends up falling in love with his piano teacher Belinda Purcell.
Nigel Cochrane…………………………… NIGEL PLANER
Belinda Purcell…………………………… LIZA GODDARD
Oliver Purcell……………………………… RICHARD VERNON
Lem………………………………………… DESMOND McNAMARA
Marvin (Season 2)………………………. EMLYN PRICE

 

ROMANY JONES

LWT / 27×30 minute episodes / 1972-75 1 pilot + 4 seasons
Writers: Ronald Woolfe, Ronald Chesney / Producer: Stuart Allen
Sitcom. Misadventures of two layabout families living on a caravan site. Leading actor James Beck(Private Walker in Dads Army) died after season two and new neighbours were brought in. The show had a pilot broadcast in 1972 and a spin off in 1976 with Yus M’Dear.
Bert Jones (Seasons 1-2)……………………. JAMES BECK
Wally Briggs……………………………………. ARTHUR MULLARD
Lilly Briggs……………………………………… QUEENIE WATTS
Betty Jones (Seasons 1-2)…………………. JO ROWBOTTOM
Jeremy Crichton-Jones (Seasons 3-4)…… JONATHAN CECIL
Susan Crichton-Jones (Seasons 3-4)……. GAY SOPER
Eileen (Seasons 3-4)………………………… MAUREEN SWEENEY

 

A ROOF OVER MY HEAD

BBC1 / 8×30 minute episodes / 1977 Pilot: 5 Apr 77 Season: 3 Aug – 16 Sep 77
Writer: Barry Took / Book: The Art of Coarse Moving by Michael Green / Producer: Douglas Argent
Sitcom. A couple experience the joys and heartaches of moving house. The pilot featured a mainly different cast.
James……………………………………….. BRIAN RIX
Sheila………………………………………… LYNDA BARON
Jack Askew………………………………… FRANCIS MATTHEWS
Flamewell…………………………………… ALFIE BASS
Sir Philip Comer…………………………… DENNIS RAMSDEN
Bert………………………………………….. MICHAEL STAINTON
Gaye…………………………………………. GAIL HARRISON
Maureen…………………………………….. LOUISA RIX
Mrs Bogworth……………………………… SHEILA KEITH

 

ROOM AT THE BOTTOM

ABC / 4×30 minute episodes / 1964 7 June – 28 June Sundays 3.35pm
Writer: John Antrobus / Director: Dick Lester
Sitcom. Nesbitt Gunn has problems when he is transferred from the drama department of a TV channel to Light Entertainment. This short run show, subtitled Confessions of a Television Producer, was revived in the mid 1980’s. See below entry.
Nesbitt Gunn………………………………. LIONEL JEFFRIES
Mr Hughes…………………………………. DICK EMERY

 

ROOM AT THE BOTTOM

Cre:John Antrobus Yorkshire TV / 12×30 minute episodes 1×55 minute episodes / 1986/88
Writers: John Antrobus, Ray Galton / Producers: Vernon Lawrence (Season 1), David Reynolds (Season 2) / Director: David Reynolds
Sitcom. A revival of the 1964 series of the same name (see above entry). Nesbitt Gunn producer of light entertainment at Megla Television has a hard time at the hands of his power mad boss Kevin Hughes.
Nesbitt Gunn………………………………. JAMES BOLAM
Kevin Hughes……………………………… KEITH BARRON
Chaplain……………………………………. RICHARD WILSON
Celia Pagett-Smythe…………………….. DEBORAH GRANT
Tom…………………………………………. OLIVER COTTON
Nancy………………………………………. ERIKA HOFFMAN
Dr Barton (Season 1)……………………. MALCOLM TIERNEY
Jeffrey (Season 2)……………………….. MARTIN FISK

 

ROOM AT THE BOTTOM

BBC / 8×30 minute episodes / 1967 Pilot: 14 Jun 1966 Season: 14 Mar – 25 Apr 1967
Writers: John Esmonde and Bob Larbey / Producer: David Askey
Sitcom. The misadventures of the Maintenance Men at Saracens Manufacturing.
Gus Fogg……………………………………. KENNETH CONNOR
Mr Powell……………………………………. DEREK GUYLER
Happy Brazier……………………………… GORDON ROLLINGS
Horace Robinson………………………….. KENNY LYNCH
Mr Salisbury……………………………….. BRIAN WILDE
Cyril Culpepper……………………………. PATRICK NEWELL

 

ROOM SERVICE

Thames / 7×30 minute episodes / 1979 2 January – 13 February Tuesdays 8.30pm
Writer: Jimmy Perry / Producer: Michael Mills
Sitcom. Exploits of three room service waiters at the five star Prince Henry hotel.
Aldo………………………………………… FREDDIE EARLLIE
Horace Murphy………………………….. CHRIS GANNON
Mr Spooner………………………………. BRYAN PRINGLE
Mrs McGregor…………………………… JEILLO EDWARDS
Dick Sedgewick………………………… MATTHEW KELLY
Gustav……………………………………. GERTAN KLAUBER
Mr Morris…………………………………. BASIL LORD
Freda……………………………………… JUDI MAYNARD
Marlene Barry…………………………… PENELOPE NICE
Fedros……………………………………. MICHAEL PETROVICH

 

ROOTS

ATV / 6×30 minute episodes / 1981 11 September – 1 November Friday 8.00pm
Writers: Laurence Marks, Maurice Gran / Producer/Director: Keith Farthing
Sitcom. Misadventures of Jewish Melvyn Solomons, a dentist with artistic pretensions.
Melvyn Solomons…………………………… ALLAN CORDUNER
Nettie………………………………………….. JOY SHELTON
Harry………………………………………….. STANLEY MEADOWS
Gilbert………………………………………… ANNA TZELNIKER
Melanie Goldblatt………………………….. LESLEY JOSEPH

 

THE ROYLE FAMILY

BBC2/1/Granada / 13×30 minute episodes 1×60 minute episode / 1998-99 and 2006
Creators: Caroline Aherne, Craig Cash, Henry Normal / Theme Music: Half a World Away by Oasis / Executive Producer: Andy Harries
Sitcom. The Royle family, living in a flat in Manchester, like nothing better than spending their time bickering and watching TV. Made by ITV based Granada TV the show was first seen on BBC2 gaining great popularity it then switched to BBC1 from season two. Currently one of the UK’s most popular shows winning numerous awards with Aherne and Cash currently developing a version for the American market. There was a 1 hour special broadcast in 2006.
Denise Royle………………………………. CAROLINE AHERNE
Dave Best………………………………….. CRAIG CASH
Twiggy………………………………………. GEOFFREY HUGHES
Barbara Royle…………………………….. SUE JOHNSTON
Mary Carroll……………………………….. DOREEN KEOGH
Anthony Royle……………………………. RALF LITTLE
Cheryll Carroll…………………………….. JESSICA STEVENSON
Jim Royle………………………………….. RICKY TOMLINSON

 

ROY’S RAIDERS

BBC1 / 6×30 minute episodes / 1991 20 July – 24 August Saturdays 6.30pm
Writer: Michael Aitkens / Producer: Susan Belbin / Director: Sue Longstaff
Sitcom. The misadventures of a group of motorcycle couriers working for Roy’s Raiders.
Roy……………………………………………… JAMES GROUT
Harry……………………………………………. WILLIAM VANDERPUYE
Bazza………………………………………….. SHANE WITHINGTON
Jill………………………………………………. REBECCA STEVENS
Chris…………………………………………… EDWARD TUDOR-POLE
Daisy………………………………………….. SARA CROWE
Gavin Bailey…………………………………. DES McALEER
Winco………………………………………… MILTON JOHNS
Jack…………………………………………… MARK ADAMS
Jessie………………………………………… PAT COMBS

 

RUDE HEALTH

Channel 4-Elstree- Metropolitan / 14×30 minute episodes / 1987-88
Writers: Phil Gould, Quentin Brown / Director: David MacMahon
Sitcom. Stories of the staff of a small town doctors surgery.
Dr Sweet……………………………………… JOHN WELLS
Dr Pink……………………………………….. JOHN BETT
Dr Putter……………………………………… PAUL MARI
Sir Nigel……………………………………… MORAY WATSON
Sister Bounty……………………………….. AVRIL ANGERS
Mrs Thorpe………………………………….. JOSEPHINE TEWSON
Veronica Sweet…………………………….. GAY SOPER
Leonie………………………………………… SUSIE ANN WATKINS

 

RULE BRITANNIA!

Thames / 7×30 minute episodes / 1975 8 October – 19 November Wednesdays 8.00pm
Writer: Vince Powell / Producer/Director: Anthony Parker
Sitcom. The exploits of a typical Englishman, Scotsman, Irishman and a welshman. More ethnicity from the man who also penned Mind Your Language and My Son Rueben.
George Bradshaw…………………………. TONY MELODY
Taffy………………………………………….. RICHARD DAVIES
Jock McGregor…………………………….. RUSSELL HUNTER
Paddy O’Brien……………………………… JOE LYNCH
Lil Bradshaw……………………………….. JO WARNE
Maggie………………………………………. CAROL MILLS

 

RUMBLE

BBC1 / 6×30 minute episodes / 1995
Writers: Al Hunter-Ashton, Tim O’Mara / Producer: Brian True May / Director: Roger Bamford
Sitcom. Ma Pecs and her ex-wrestler half brother Johnny set up a wrestling organisation much to the consternation of their rival, the evil Alan Enstone.
Ma Pecs…………………………………… LESLEY JOSEPH
Johnny Pecs……………………………… BRIAN GLOVER
Georgy…………………………………….. SARA POWELL
Alan Enstone…………………………….. STEVEN HARTLEY
Wart………………………………………… AL HUNTER-ASHTON
Dumper…………………………………….. BARRY STANTON

 

RUNNING WILD

LWT / 13×30 minute episodes / 1987
Writer: Philip Trewinnard / Producers: Marcus Plantin (Season 1), Derrick Goodwin (Season 2) / Directors: Vic Finch (Season 1), Derrick Goodwin (Season 2)
Sitcom. The ups and downs of separated couple, Max and Babs, trying to get on with their lives. In season two Max wants to return to his wife but Babs is not so keen.
Max…………………………………………… RAY BROOKS
Babs…………………………………………. JANET KEY
Wanda………………………………………. SHARON DUCE
Stephanie………………………………….. MICHELLE COLLINS
Rob………………………………………….. PETER AMORY
Tom Coleman (Season 1)………………. BERWICK KALER
Jenny (Season 2)…………………………. BRIGIT FORSYTH

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