TV

The Fainthearted Feminist to 15 Storeys High

reggie-perrin

The Ultimate Guide to British Sitcoms

All sitcoms starting with the letter F. This is part one and takes you from The Fainthearted Feminist to 15 Storeys High.

Head back to main sitcom page.

THE FAINTHEARTED FEMINIST

BBC2 / 5×30 minute episodes / 1984 19 Mar – 16 Apr Mon 9.00pm
Writers: Jill Tweedie, Christopher Bond / Producer: Zanna Beswick / Director: Mandie Fletcher
Sitcom. The exploits of a somewhat reluctant feminist.
Martha………………………………………….. LYNN REDGRAVE
Josh…………………………………………….. JOHNATHON NEWTH
Mary……………………………………………. SARAH NEVILLE
Mo………………………………………………. HELEN COTTERILL
Mother…………………………………………. JOAN SANDERSON
Irene……………………………………………. POLLY ADAMS

 

FAIRLY SECRET ARMY

C4/Video Arts / 13×30 minute episodes / 1984/86
Writer: David Nobbs / Music: Michael Nyman / Producer: Peter Robinson
Sitcom. Major Harry Kitchener Wellington Truscott decides anarchy is just around the corner and sets up his own private army called the Queen’s Own West Mercia Lowlanders. The character of Truscott bears a striking similarity to the character of Jimmy (also played by Geoffrey Palmer) in Nobb’s own Fall and Rise of Reginald Perrin.
Truscott………………………………………. GEOFFREY PALMER
Nancy………………………………………… DIANE FLETCHER
Beamish…………………………………….. JEREMY CHILD
Sgt Major Throttle…………………………. MICHAEL ROBBINS
Doris Entwhistle…………………………… LIZ FRASER
Stubby Collins(Season1)……………….. RAY WINSTONE
Crazy Colin Carstairs(Season1)………. JAMES COSMO
Jill(Season 2)……………………………… DIANA WESTON
Peg Leg Pogson…………………………. PAUL CHAPMAN
Ron Bent………………………………….. RICHARD RIDINGS.
2nd Lt Bagnall……………………………. JEREMY SINDEN

 

FAITH IN THE FUTURE

LWT / 21×30 minute episodes / 1995-98
Writers: Jan Etherington, Gavin Petrie / Music: Paul Brady / Producer: Jamie Rix
Sitcom. Sequel to Second Thoughts. Single fortysomething Faith is determined to make the most out of life if only her daughter Hannah will let her.
Faith……………………………………………. LYNDA BELLINGHAM
Hannah………………………………………… JULIA SAWALHA
Paul……………………………………………. JEFF RAWLE
Jools(95)……………………………………… CHARLIE CREED MILES
Jools(96-98)…………………………………. SIMON PEGG

 

THE FALL AND RISE OF REGINALD PERRIN

BBC1 / 21×30 minute episodes / 1976-79
Writer: David Nobbs / Music: Ronnie Hazlehurst / Producers: John Howard Davies, Gareth Gwenlan
Sitcom. Put upon suburbanite Reginald Iolanthe Perrin has a mid life crisis, fakes his own death and tries to start a new life. Later he starts his own super successful business and in season three decides to start a commune. See also The Legacy of Reginald Perrin.
With:- LEONARD ROSSITER as Reggie / PAULINE YATES as Elizabeth Perrin / JOHN BARRON as CJ / SUE NICHOLLS as Joan Greengoss / GEOFFREY PALMER as Jimmy / JOHN HORSLEY as Doc Morrissey / TREVOR ADDAMS as Tony Webster / BRUCE BOULD as David Harris-Jones / SALLY JANE SPENCER as Linda / TIM PREECE as Tom (serials 1-2) / LESLIE SCHOFIELD as Tom (serials 3-4) / THERESA WATSON as Prue Harris-Jones / DAVID WARWICK as Mark

 

FAMILY AFFAIRS

BBC / 14×30 minute episodes / 1949-50 29 October 49 – 18 February 50 / Saturdays 9.30pm
Writer: Eric Maschwitz
Sitcom. Episodes in the life of the middle class Conover family.
Linda Conover…………………………… HEATHER THATCHER
Henry Conover………………………….. MICHAEL SHEPLEY
Tony Conover……………………………. DENIS GORDON

 

FANCY WANDERS

LWT / 7×30 minute episodes / 1980 24 Oct – 5 Dec Fridays 7.30pm
Writer: Sid Green / Producers: Derrick Goodwin, Tony Cornford
Sitcom. Unemployed Fancy spends his time philosophising about life.
Fancy………………………………………….. DAVE KING
Alastair………………………………………… JOE MARCELL
Landlady………………………………………. HILDA FENEMORE

 

FARRINGTON OF THE F.O.

Yorkshire / 14×30 minute episodes / 1986-87
Writer: Dick Sharples / Music: Alan Hawkshaw / Producer/Director: Ronnie Baxter
Sitcom. Harriet Emily Farrington finds herself British consul in an obscure Latin American Republic.
Harriet Farrington……………………….. ANGELA THORNE
Major Willoughby-Gee…………………. JOHN QUAYLE
Fidel Sanchez…………………………… TONY HAYGARTH
Annie Begley……………………………. JOAN SIMS
P.J. Parker………………………………. TIM BARRETT

 

FATHER CHARLIE

Central / 6×30 minute episodes / 1982 28 February – 11 April Sundays 8.15pm
Writer: Vince Powell / Producer/Director: Stuart Allen
Sitcom. Eccentric vicar Father Charlie is chaplain at the Sisters of St Winifred’s convent.
Father Charlie……………………………. LIONEL JEFFRIES
The Bishop……………………………….. JOHN SAVIDENT
Reverend Mother………………………… ANNA QUAYLE
Sister Lucy……………………………….. JAMILA MASSEY

Father Dear Father

Father Dear Father

FATHER DEAR FATHER

Thames / 45×30 minute episodes / 1968-73 7 Seasons
Writers: Johnnie Mortimer, Brian Cooke / Producer: William G. Stewart
Sitcom. Sucessful novelist and widower Patrick Glover struggles to keep his two daughters on a tight rein. Two series were made in Australia 1978-79.
Patrick Glover……………………………… PATRICK CARGILL
Anna Glover……………………………….. NATASHA PYNE
Karen Glover………………………………. ANN HOLLOWAY
Nanny………………………………………. NOEL DYSON
Bill Mossman(1)………………………….. PATRICK HOLT
Bill Mossman(2)…………………………. TONY BRITTON

 

FATHER MATTHEW’S DAUGHTER

BBC2 / 6×30 minute episodes / 1987 11 May – 22 June Mondays 9.00pm
Writers: Terence Brady, Charlotte Bingham / Producer/Director: David Askey
Sitcom. When his sister is killed a priest becomes the guardian of her 8 year old daughter.
Father Matthew………………………………. JAMES BOLAM
Holly……………………………………………. SAMANTHA HURST
Sharon…………………………………………. GABRIELLE LLOYD
Father Charlie………………………………… RAY WINSTONE

 

FATHER’S DAY

C4/APP / 14×30 minute episodes / 1983-84 2 seasons + 1 special
Writer: Peter Source / Column: Hunter Davies / Producer: Brian Eastman / Director: Leszck Burzynski
Sitcom. A writer has the usual problems bringing up his teenage daughter.
Lyall Jarvis…………………………………. JOHN ALDERTON
Gemma Jarvis…………………………….. DOMINIQUE BARNES
Dee Jarvis(season 1)……………………. ROSALIND AYRES
Dee Jarvis(Season2)…………………….. KAREN ARCHER
Toby Jarvis………………………………… ZAC NICHOLSON
Tasha Jarvis………………………………. KATE ALDERTON
Lyall’s Father……………………………… PAUL ANGELIS

 

FATHER TED

C4/Hatrick / 1×60 minute episodes 24×30 minute episodes / 1995-98
Writers: Graham Linehan, Arthur Matthews / Music: The Divine Comedy / Producer: Geoffrey Perkins
Sitcom. Three (it has to be said) strange priests and their housekeeper live on a small island off the West Coast of Ireland. Dermot Morgan died tragically young just after completing the third series with his potential as a big star just about to be realised.
Father Ted…………………………………. DERMOT MORGAN
Father Dougal McGuire…………………. ARDAL O’HANLON
Father Jack……………………………….. FRANK KELLY
Mrs Doyle…………………………………. PAULINE McLYNN

fawlty-towers-cast.jpg

FAWLTY TOWERS

BBC2 / 12×30 minute episodes / 1975/79
Writers: John Cleese, Connie Booth / Producer: John Howard Davies, Douglas Argent
Sitcom. Manic proprietor Basil Fawlty owner of Torquay hotel Fawlty Towers manages to cause chaos all about him as well as making the life of his Spanish bellboy, Manuel, a misery. Often cited as one of the pinnacles of British Sitcom the show really does contain some superb moments (Basil beating up on his car, the entire Germans episode to name but two of many). Cleese is supposed to have based Fawlty on a hotel owner he encountered whilst filming Monty Python’s Holy Grail movie. Each week the sign outside the Fawlty Towers hotel changed to a different funny name each week (Fatty Owls etc). In Spain when Fawlty Towers was first shown Manuel was changed into an Italian. The final episode (“Basil The Rat”) was not shown until 7 months after the rest of the second season. It’s original scheduled broadcast was delayed because of a BBC strike and the unmarked original tape then went missing and was only recovered by chance.
With:- JOHN CLEESE as Basil Fawlty / PRUNELLA SCALES as Sybil Fawlty / ANDREW SACHS as Manuel / CONNIE BOOTH as Polly Sherman / BALLARD BERKELY as Major Gowen / GILLY FLOWER as Miss Tibbs / RENEE ROBERTS as Miss Gatsby / BRIAN HALL as Terry (Season 2)

 

FEEL THE FORCE

BBC2 / 6x30m / started 8 May 2006
Writer: Georgia Pritchett / Director: Tristram Shapeero / Producer: Catherine Bailey

Sally Bobbins and Sally Frank are two incompetent women police officers who mean well and try hard but cause their boss no end of grief.

cast
MICHELLE GOMEZ as Sally Bobbins / ROSIE CAVALIERO as Sally Frank / LEIGH ZIMMERMAN as Beesley

 

FEET FIRST

Thames / 6×30 minute episodes / 1979 8 January – 12 February Mondays 8.00pm
Writers: John Esmonde, Bob Larbey / Producer/Director: Michael Mills, Mark Stuart
Sitcom. A young motor mechanic is signed up to be star player for a Division One football team. 7 episodes of this sitcom were made but only 6 were shown.
Terry Prince………………………………… JONATHAN BARLOW
Viv Prince…………………………………… JACQUIE CASSIDY
Harry Turnbull……………………………… LEE MONTAGUE
Hamilton Defries………………………….. DOUG FISHER

 

FFIZZ

Thames / 12×30 minute episodes / 1987/89
Writers: Richard Fegan, Andrew Norriss / Producer/Director: Derrick Sherwin
Sitcom. A pair of university pals run a slowly going bankrupt wine merchants. In season two the pair were forced to find work in a supermarket.
With:- RICHARD GRIFFITHS as Jack Mowbray / BENJAMIN WHITROW as Hugo Walker / FELICITY MONTAGU as Griselda / ROBIN KERMODE as Alan / GEORGE BALLANTYNE as Samson / PHYLLIDA LAW as Lady Boughton / GABRIELLE DRAKE as Mrs Goslin (Season 2)

 

FIDDLERS THREE

Yorkshire / 14×30 minute episodes / 1991 19 February – 28 May Tuesdays 8.30pm
Writer: Eric Chappell / Music: Robert Hartley / Producer/Director: Graham Weatherall / Executive Producer: Vernon Lawrence
Sitcom. The misadventures of three executives in a computer company. The premise was basically a reworking of Chappell’s own The Squirrels.
Ralph…………………………………………. PETER DAVISON
Harvey……………………………………….. PETER BLAKE
Osborne…………………………………….. TYLER BUTTERWORTH
J.J……………………………………………. CHARLES KAY
Ros………………………………………….. PAULA WILCOX
Norma………………………………………. CINDY DAY

 

15 STOREYS HIGH

BBC2 / 12×30 minute episodes / 2003-2004 (First episode broadcast 8 May 03)
Writer: Sean Lock / Director: Mark Nunnelly / Producer: Phil Bowker

Surreal comedy with Vince and his tenant Errol living on the 15th floor of a high-rise tower block.

With:- SEAN LOCK as Vince / BENEDICT WONG as Errol

back to main sitcom page.