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Safe and Sound to Shelley

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The Ultimate Guide to British Sitcoms

All sitcoms starting with the letter S. This is part one and takes you from Safe and Sound to Shelley.

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SAFE AND SOUND

BBC1 / 6×30 minute episodes / 1996 9 August – 13 September
Writer: Timothy Prager / Producer: Joanna Willett
Sitcom. Exploits of a pair of Belfast garage owners, one of whom is Catholic, the other Protestant.
With:- DES McALEER as Tommy Delaney / SEAN McGINLEY as Dougy Flynn / MICHELLE FAIRLEY as Eleanor Delaney / GABRIELLE REIDY as Maggie Delaney / BRIAN MILLIGAN as Kevin / CONOR O’DWYER as Hughie Delaney

 

SAM AND JANET

ATV / 15×30 minute episodes / 1967-68
Writer: David Cumming / Producer: Alan Tarrant
Sitcom. Well off married couple Sam and Janet don’t get on.
With:- JOHN JUNKIN as Sam Marshall / JOAN SIMS as Janet Marshall(Season 1) / VIVIENNE MARTIN as Janet Marshall(Season 2) / HARRY LOCKE as Charlie

 

SAM’S GAME

ITV Network / 6×30 minute episodes / 2001 (First Episode Broadcast Monday 14 May / 9.00pm)
Writer: Paul Waite / Producer: Sue Birbeck / Director: Tristram Shapeero
Sitcom. Stories of London based, flat sharing flirty-something Sam who shared a flat with Alex.
With:- DAVINA McCALL as Sam / ED BYRNE as Alex / TRISTAN GEMMILL as Phil / TAMEKA EMPSON as Marcia / DEBRA STEPHENSON as Larry

 

THE SAVAGES

BBC1 / 6×30 minute episodes / 2001 (First Episode: Tuesday 24 April / 9.00pm)
Writer: Simon Nye / Producer: Sue Vertue / Director: Martin Dennis
Sitcom. Married life with the Savages, Adam and Jessica, as they try to cope with the pressures of the 21st century as they bring up their two young children.
With:- MARCUS BRIGSTOCKE as Adam Savage / VICTORIA HAMILTON as Jessica Savage / GEOFFREY PALMER as Donald / LIBERTY MORRIS as Nicola / JAKE FITZGERALD as Luke

 

SAXONDALE

UK / BBC2 / 7x30m / started 19 June 2006

Writers: Steve Coogan, Neil McLennan / Director: Ben Miller / Producer: Ted Dowd

Saxondale is an opinionated angry man who was once a roadie for some “top names” in the music business and is now a pest control officer.

With:- STEVE COOGAN as Tommy Saxondale / RUTH JONES as Magz / MORWENNA BANKS as Vicky

 

SCOTT FREE

BBC / 6×30 minute episodes / 1957 22 July – 26 August Mondays 8.00pm
Writer: Lew Schwarz / Producer: Harry Carlisle
Sitcom. Two out of work actors get jobs as entertainment officers at Bogmouth seaside resort.
Terry…………………………………………… TERRY SCOTT
Norman……………………………………….. NORMAN VAUGHAN
Gribble………………………………………… WALLAS EATON
Cllr Bland…………………………………….. HENRY LONGHURST
Bland’s Daughter……………………………. MARCIA ASHTON

 

SCREAMING

BBC1 / 8×30 minute episodes / 1992 15 March – 3 May Sundays 9.05pm
Writer: Carla Lane / Producer/Director: Mike Stephens
Sitcom. Three female, forty-something, former school friends share a house. Shouldn’t really be classed as a sitcom being more of a comedy drama series.
Annie………………………………………… GWEN TAYLOR
Beatrice……………………………………… PENELOPE WILTON
Rachael……………………………………… JILL BAKER
Ralph………………………………………… TIM BERRINGTON

 

SEARCHING

BBC1 / 7×30 minute episodes / 1995 8 June – 20 July Thursdays 9.30pm
Writer: Carla Lane / Producer: John Bartlett / Director: Robin Nash
Sitcom. Stories of a group of women attending a therapy centre.
Mrs Tilston…………………………………….. PRUNELLA SCALES
Chancy………………………………………… JULIA ST. JOHN
Lena……………………………………………. VICTORIA CARLING
Dora……………………………………………. CLARE CATHCART
Milly……………………………………………. REGINA FREEDMAN
Daniel………………………………………….. ROBERT GWILYM
Chancy’s Mum………………………………. MARCIA WARREN
Hetty…………………………………………… AMANDA BELLAMY

 

SECONDS OUT

BBC1 / 13×30 minute episodes / 1981-82 Season 1: 6 Jan – 10 Feb 1981 / Season 2: 3 Dec 81 – 21 Jan 1982
Writer: Bill Macllwraith / Producer: Ray Butt / Theme sung by Robert Lindsay
Sitcom. Young professional boxer Pete Dodds is determined to hit the big time.
Pete Dodds……………………………….. ROBERT LINDSAY
Dave Locket………………………………. KEN JONES
Tom Sprake………………………………. LEE MONTAGUE
Hazel (Season 2)………………………… LESLIE ASH

 

SECOND THOUGHTS

LWT / 49×30 minute episodes / 1991-94 Five seasons.
Writers: Jan Etherington, Gavin Petrie / Executive Producer: Robin Carr / Producers: David Askey, Robin Carr
Sitcom. Middle aged divorcee Faith Grayshott, with two teenage children, begins a relationship with magazine artist Bill Macgregor. Originally started life as a Radio Four show. See also the sequel Faith In The Future.
Bill Macgregor……………………………. JAMES BOLAM
Faith Grayshott…………………………… LYNDA BELLINGHAM
Liza Ferrari………………………………… BELINDA LANG
Joe Grayshott…………………………….. MARK DENHAM
Hannah Grayshott……………………….. JULIA SAWALHA
Richard…………………………………….. GEOFFREY WHITEHEAD
Marjorie……………………………………. GEORGINA MELVILLE

 

SECOND TIME AROUND

BBC1 / 13×30 minute episodes / 1974-75
Writer: Richard Waring / Producer: Graeme Muir
Sitcom. Midle aged divorcee Harry falls in love with Vicky, who is half his age.
Harry…………………………………………… MICHAEL CRAIG
Vicky………………………………………….. PATRICIA BRAKE
Ronnie………………………………………… GERALD FLOOD
Maggie………………………………………… JACQUELINE CLARKE
Connie………………………………………… PATRICIA DRISCOLL

 

THE SECRET DIARY OF ADRIAN MOLE AGED 13 3/4

Thames / 1×60 minute episodes 5×30 minute episodes / 1985 16 September – 21 October Mondays 8.00pm
Writer: Sue Townsend / Producer: Peter Sasdy / Theme Music: Ian Dury
Sitcom. The growing up of pubescent, spotty, Leicester adolescent Adrian Mole, who is beset with the problems of his mum and dads failing marriage and the sexual angst he is suffering over his love for the wonderful Pandora. See also the Growing Pains of Adrian Mole. and Adrian Mole: The Cappuccino Years.
Adrian Mole……………………………….. GIAN SAMMARCO
Pauline Mole……………………………… JULIE WALTERS
George Mole……………………………… STEPHEN MOORE
Gran………………………………………… BERYL REID
Pandora……………………………………. LINDSAY STAGG
Bert Baxter……………………………….. BILL FRASER
Nigel……………………………………….. STEVEN MACKINTOSH
Mr Scruton……………………………….. FREDDIE JONES

 

SEE YOU FRIDAY

Yorkshire TV / 6×25 minute episodes / 1997 9 May – 13 June Fridays 8.30pm
Writer: Alan Whiting / Producer: Lizzie Taylor
Sitcom. Greg and Lucy meet on the last day of their holidays and are determined to keep their romance alive when they return home.
Greg…………………………………………… NEIL PEARSON
Lucy…………………………………………… JOANNA ROTH
Bernie…………………………………………. MARK BENTON
Sophie………………………………………… HERMOINE NORRIS
Fiona………………………………………….. DAISY BATES
Vanessa……………………………………… DENISE WELCH
Daniel…………………………………………. HUGH BONNEVILLE

 

SELWYN

Yorkshire TV / 7×30 minute episodes / 1978 5 September – 17 October
Writers: Lawrie Kinsley, Ron McDowell / Producer: Ronnie Barker
Sitcom. Spin off from Oh No Its Selwyn Froggitt that saw Selwyn gets a job as entertainments officer at a Yorkshire holiday camp.
Selwyn Froggitt…………………………… BILL MAYNARD
Mervyn Price………………………………. BERNARD GALLAGHER

 

THE SETBACKS

Thames / 13×10 minute episodes 12×15 minute episodes / 1980-86
Writers: Charlie Stafford (Season 1-2), David Stafford (Seasons 3-5) / Producers: Simon Buxton (Seasons 1-4), Alan Afriat (Season 5) / Director: Alan Afriat
Sitcom. Stories of the accident prone Setback family. This series was basically a public advice show with each episode backed up with fact sheets showing how the viewer could avoid the the misfortunes that dogged the Setbacks. Season two known as The Seven Setbacks of the Setbacks and season five was known as Barry Setback and the Big Wide World.
Lily Setback (Seasons 1-3)…………………… PATSY BYRNE
Lily Setback (Seasons 4-5)…………………… PATSY ROWLANDS
Larry Setback (Seasons 1-2)………………… JOHN CATER
Larry Setback (Season 3)…………………….. ROBIN PARKINSON
Larry Setback (Season 4)…………………….. PATRICK CONNOR
Sylvia Setback (Seasons 1-3)……………….. KIM TAYLFORTH
Barry Setback (Seasons 1-2)……………….. ANDREW PAUL
Barry Setback (Seasons 3-5)……………….. GLYN GRIMSTEAD
Carry (Season 2)……………………………….. ELIZABETH ADARE

 

SET OF SIX

Channel 4-Channel X / 6×30 minute episodes / 1990 12 June – 17 July Tuesday 11.50pm
Writers: Ian Brown, Rowland Rivron / Producer: Katie Lander / Directors: Gerald Scarfe, John Stroud
Sitcom. A remarkable set of grown up sextuplets are the subjects of a fly on the wall style docusoap.
Scrote Sextuplets……………………… ROWLAND RIVRON
Narrator………………………………….. TONY BILBOW

 

SHANE

ITV1 / 7x30m / started 21 April 2004
Writer: Frank Skinner / Director: Audrey Cooke / Producer: Charlie Hanson

Shane is a family man and minicab diver wise-cracking his way through the situations he finds himself in.

With:- FRANK SKINNER as Shane / ELIZABETH BERRINGTON as Myrtle / CARLI NORRIS as Sheila / DAVID SCHNEIDER as Bazza / KELLY SCOTT as Velma / TONY BIGNELL as Lenny

 

SHARON AND ELSIE

BBC1 / 12×30 minute episodes / 1984-85
Writer: Arline Whittaker / Producer: Roger Race (Season 1), Mike Stephens (Season 2)
Sitcom. Elsie Beecroft and young Sharon Wilkes work as secretaries for the printing firm of James Blake and Son in Manchester.
Elsie Beecroft……………………………….. BRIGIT FORSYTH
Sharon Wilkes………………………………. JANETTE BEVERLY
Roland Beecroft…………………………….. BRUCE MONTAGUE
Ivy……………………………………………… MAGGIE JONES
Stanley……………………………………….. JOHN LANDRY
Elvis Wilkes…………………………………. LEE DALEY
Tommy Wallace……………………………. JOHN JUNKIN
Enid…………………………………………… DIANA KING
Olive………………………………………….. CARMEL McSHARRY
Mrs Tibbett………………………………….. PAULA TILBROOK
Wayne……………………………………….. JOHN WILD

 

A SHARP INTAKE OF BREATH

ATV / 22×30 minute episodes / 1978-81 4 seasons + 1 pilot
Creator: Ronnie Taylor / Cartoons: Mel Calman / Producers: Les Chatfield, Stuart Allen
Sitcom. The trials of life and marriage for young couple Peter and Sheila Barnes.
Peter Barnes………………………………. DAVID JASON
Sheila Barnes…………………………….. JACQUELINE CLARKE
RICHARD WILSON and ALUN ARMSTRONG played a different role every time.

 

SHEEP’S CLOTHING

BBC / 7×30 minute episodes / 1957 13 June – 5 September Thursdays 7.30pm Fortnightly
Writers: Sid Green, Dick Hills / Producer: Russell Turner
Sitcom. When work shy Digby is forced to get a job he is determined to start at the top.
Digby…………………………………………… DIGBY WOLFE
Lita……………………………………………… LITA ROZA
Valet…………………………………………… RONNIE CORBETT

 

SHELLEY

Thames / 71×30 minute episodes / 1979-84/88-92 10 Seasons + 2 specials
Creator: Peter Tilbury / Music: George Fenton / Producer: Anthony Parker
Sitcom. Exploits of a university graduate workshy loafer with a wife and child not to support. From 1988-92 the series came back as The Return of Shelley, with Shelley much the same as before but minus wife and child.
James Shelley………………………………. HYWEL BENNETT
SHELLEY CAST
Fran……………………………………………. BELINDA SINCLAIR
Mrs Edna Hawkins…………………………. JOSEPHINE HEWSON
Forsyth……………………………………….. KENNETH COPE
RETURN OF SHELLEY CAST
Carol………………………………………….. CAROLINE LANGRISHE
Graham………………………………………. ANDREW CASTELL
Phil……………………………………………. STEPHEN HOYE
Ted Bishop………………………………….. DAVID RYALL

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