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The Ultimate Guide to British Sitcoms

All sitcoms starting with the letter C.

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THE CABBAGE PATCH

Central / 7×30 minute episodes / 1983 29 July – 9 September Fridays 8.30pm

Writer: John Greening / Producer: Shaun O’Riordan

Sitcom. Family life as seen from the mother’s point of view.

Janet…………………………………………… JULIA FOSTER

Tony……………………………………………. EMLYN PRICE

Lillian…………………………………………… BETTY MARSDEN

Kate……………………………………………. NATASHA PRICE

Elizabeth……………………………………… AMELIA LOWDELL

Susie………………………………………….. BELINDA LANG

 

CALL ME SAM

BBC / 6×30 minute episodes / 1959 26 August – 30 September Wednesdays 7.30pm

Writer: Lee Loab / Producer: Henry Carlisle

Sitcom. Stories of Sam Callahan and his wife Hetty, the pair of whom run a restaurant ‘somewhere off the Strand’.

Sam Callahan…………………………… EDDIE BYRNE

Hetty Callahan………………………….. BETTY McDOWELL

 

CAN WE GET ON NOW PLEASE

Granada / 6×30 minute episodes / 1980 2 June – 7 July Mondays 8.00pm

Writer: Dennis Wolf / Producer: Brian Armstrong / Directors: Eric Prytherch, Richard Holthouse

Sitcom. The exploits of the staff of a magistrates court.

Pettigrew……………………………………. HUGH PADDICK

Mr Butterfield………………………………. ROBERT DORNING

Mrs Pryor…………………………………… SHEILA STAEFAL

Mr Skinner…………………………………. MICHAEL BARRINGTON

Mr Bailey…………………………………… CHARLES LAMB

Miss Teasedale…………………………… VALERIE PHILLIPS

 

CAPTAIN BUTLER

C4/Essential / 6×30 minute episodes / 1997 3 Jan – 7 Feb

Writers: John Smith, Rob Sprackling / Executive Producer: Al Mitchell / Producer: Christopher Skala / Director: Iain McLean

Period sitcom. Exploits of the reluctant and cowardly Captain of a motley bunch of pirates.

Captain Butler……………………………….. CRAIG CHARLES

Bosun…………………………………………. SHAUN CURRY

Cliff…………………………………………….. ROGER GRIFFITHS

Adeel………………………………………….. SANJEEVE BHASKAR

 

CARRY ON CHRISTMAS

Thames / 4×60 minute episodes / 1969-74

Writers:Talbot Rothwell, Sid Colin / Executive Producers:

Comedy specials. A set of Christmas Specials in which the Carry on Team take the mickey out of various genres including a Scrooge and Treasure Island send up. With:-Sid James, Terry Scott, Hattie Jacques, Barbara Windsor, Bernard Bresslaw, Kenneth Connor, Peter Butterworth, Frankie Howerd, Jack Douglas, Joan Sims, The four stories were:1.Carry on Christmas(24 Dec 69- Wed 9.15pm), 2.Carry on Long John(24 Dec 70 Thurs 9.00pm), 3.Carry on Stuffing(20 Dec 72 – Wed 8.00pm), 4.Carry on Christmas(24 Dec 73 – Mon 9.00pm)

 

CARRY ON LAUGHING

ATV / 13×30 minute episodes / 1975 2 Seasons

Executive Producer: Peter Rogers / Producer: Gerald Thomas

Comedy series. The Carry On team send up various genres. The team included Sid James, Barbara Windsor, Joan Sims, Bernard Bresslaw, Kenneth Connor, Peter Butterworth, Jack Douglas and David Lodge.

 

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CASANOVA 73

BBC / 7×30 minute episodes / 1973 13 Sep – 29 Oct

Writers: Ray Galton, Alan Simpson / Producer: Harold Snoad

Sitcom. Married Henry Newhouse can’t stop philandering and reacting to his roving eye. Leslie Phillip’s character’s surname is a literal English translation of the Italian Casa Nova.

Henry Newhouse…………………………. LESLIE PHILLIPS

Carol………………………………………… JAN HOLDEN

 

CASTING OFF

Thames / 4×30 minute episodes / 1988 7 – 28 October Fridays 1.30pm

Writer: David Stafford / Executive Producer: Simon Buxton / Producer/Director: Alan Afriat

Sitcom. A group of friends decide to set up a co-operative company. The show was made by Thames to instruct viewers about the world of business.

Bernard……………………………………… JIM McMANUS

Gary…………………………………………. ASHLEY GUNSTOCK

Sheena……………………………………… JACQUELINE de PEZA

Helen……………………………………….. PAMELA MERRICK

Tim………………………………………….. JOHN FORGEHAM

Gillian………………………………………. SIOBHAN REDMOND

 

CAXTON’S TALES

BBC / 4×30 minute episodes / 1958 21 February – 18 March Fridays 7.30pm black and white

Writers: Sidney Nelson, Maurice Harrison / Producer: Barry Lupino

Sitcom. Shown fortnightly. Stories of a family run printing firm. Somewhat strangely the character names changed half-way through this series short run.

David/Wilfred Caxton……………………. WILFRED PICKLES

Mary/Mabel Caxton……………………… MABEL PICKLES

Sally Caxton………………………………. MARY WEBSTER

Willie……………………………………….. PETER HODGSON

Miss Brearley…………………………….. EVELYN LUND

Charlie Haskell…………………………… RICHARD CURNSTOCK

Sam Widgeon……………………………. ALLAN BRACEWELL

 

CELEB

BBC1 / 6x30m / started 6 September 2002 / 9:00pm

Writer: Charles Peattie, Mark Warren / Producer/Director: Ed Bye

Sitcom. Ageing rockstar Gary Bloke is decidedly stupid and is kept on the straight and narrow by his glamorous wife, Debs, in their mansion. Based on a strip-cartoon series that appears in the satirical magazine “Private Eye”.

With:- HARRY ENFIELD as Gary / AMANDA HOLDEN as Debs / LEO BILL as Troy / RUPERT VANSITTART as Johnson

 

CHALK

BBC1 / 12×30 minute episodes / 1997 Season One:20 February – 27 March / Season Two: 17 September – 22 October

Writer: Steven Moffatt / Producer: Andre Masyznski / Executive Producer: Kevin Lygo / Director: Juliet May

Sitcom. The stressed out life of Eric Slatt the headmaster of a comprehensive.

Eric Slatt…………………………………….. DAVID BAMBER

Mr Nixon(Season 1)………………………. JOHN WELLS

Dan McGill………………………………….. MARTIN BALL

Amanda Trippley………………………….. AMANDA BOXER

Mr Carkdale……………………………….. JOHN GRILLO

Suzy Travis………………………………… NICOLA WALKER

 

CHALK AND CHEESE

Thames / 6×30 minute episodes / 1979 2 April – 14 May Mondays 8.00pm

Writer: Alex Shearer / Producer/Director: Michael Mills

Sitcom. A pair of neighbouring couples, one common the other middle class, don’t get on. There was a pilot called Spasms.

Dave Finn…………………………………. MICHAEL CRAWFORD

Rose Finn………………………………… GILLIAN MARTELL

Roger Scott………………………………. ROBIN HAWDON

Amanda Scott…………………………… JULIA GOODMAN

 

CHAMBERS

BBC1 / 12×30 minute episodes / 2000-2001 (Season One:15 June – 20 July Thursday 10.00pm)

Writer: Clive Coleman / Producer: Paul Schlesinger / Director: John Stroud

Sitcom. Misadventures of a group of barristers led by the eccentric Fuller-Carp. The show was based on a successful radio 4 show, this however, appeared without anyone really noticing.

With:- JOHN BIRD as John Fuller-Carp / SARAH LANCASHIRE as Ruth Quirke (season one) / JAMES FLEET as Hilary Tripping / JEREMY CLYDE as Vernon Ames / JONATHAN KYDD as Vince Griffin / NINA WADIA

 

CHANCE IN A MILLION

C4/Thames / 18×30 minute episodes / 1984-86 3 Seasons

Writers: Andrew Norris, Richard Fegan / Producer: Michael Mills

Sitcom. Tom Chance has a strange mode of speech, he begins each sentence with a verb and doesn’t use definite or indefinite articles, this obviously causes him chaos as he goes about his daily life and especially in his relationship with his girlfriend Alison Little.

Tom Chance…………………………………. SIMON CALLOW

Alison Little………………………………….. BRENDA BLETHYN

Mr Little………………………………………. HUGH WALTERS

Mrs Little…………………………………….. DEDDIE DAVIES

 

CHARGE

BBC / 5×30 minute episodes / 1969 28 February – 28 March Friday 8.20pm

Writer: Robert Morley, Jeremy Paul / Producer: Graeme Muir

Sitcom. Exploits of a priggish, bigot of a snob, Herbert Todhunter who lived in a houseboat on the River Thames.

Herbert Todhunter………………………… ROBERT MORLEY

Partridge……………………………………. ROBERT RAGLAN

Mrs Midden……………………………….. JUMOKE DEBAYO

 

CHARLEY’S GRANTS

BBC2 / 6×25 minute episodes / 1970 22 March – 26 April Sundays 10.15pm

Writers: John Fortune, John Wells, N. F. Simpson / Producer: Ian MacNaughton

Sitcom. A certain Lord Charley is determined to lay his hands on a series of artistic grants.

Lord Charley………………………………. WILLOUGHBY GODDARD

Miss Manger………………………………. HATTIE JACQUES

Angus………………………………………. AUBREY MORRIS

Waterbrain………………………………… HOWARD GOORNEY