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The Gnomes of Dulwich to Grundy

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The Ultimate Guide to British Sitcoms

All sitcoms starting with the letter G. This is part two and takes you from The Gnomes of Dulwich to Grundy.

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THE GNOMES OF DULWICH

BBC1 / 6×30 minute episodes / 1969 12 May – 16 June Mondays 8.50pm
Writer: Jimmy Perry / Producers: Graeme Muir, Sydney Lotterby
Sitcom. The adventures of three garden gnomes who lived in a garden in Dulwich.
Big………………………………………………. TERRY SCOTT
Small…………………………………………… HUGH LLOYD
Old……………………………………………… JOHN CLIVE
Plastic…………………………………………. LEON THAU
Dolly……………………………………………. ANNE DE VIGEUR

 

GOING STRAIGHT

BBC1 / 6×30 minute episodes / 1978 24 February – 7 April Friday 8.30pm
Writers: Dick Clement, Ian La Frenais / Producer: Sydney Lotterby / Theme Sung by Ronnie Barker
Sitcom. Sequel to Porridge in which Fletcher is released from prison but finds life on the outside less than easy, he also discovers Lenny Godber engaged to his daughter Ingrid and practically living in his home.
Norman Stanley Fletcher……………… RONNIE BARKER
Lenny Godber……………………………. RICHARD BECKINSALE
Ingrid Fletcher……………………………. PATRICIA BRAKE
Raymond Fletcher………………………. NICHOLAS LYNDHURST

 

GOODBYE MR KENT

BBC / 7×30 minute episodes / 1982 28 January – 11 March Thursdays 8.30pm
Writers: Peter Vincent, Peter Robinson / Producer: Gareth Gwenlan
Sitcom. Divorcee Victoria Jones takes in the irritating Travis Kent as her lodger.
With:- HANNAH GORDON as Victoria Jones / RICHARD BRIERS as Travis Kent / TALLA HAYES as Lucy Jones

THE GOODIES

BBC (1970-80)-London Weekend Television (1981-82) / 73×30 minute episodes 1×50 minute episodes 1×45 minute episodes 1×25 minute episodes / 1970-82
Writers: Bill Oddie, Graeme Garden, Tim Brooke-Taylor / Music: Bill Oddie
Anarchic, frantic, fast series about initially three flat sharing go anywhere, do anything, anytime troubleshooters. Later the series became more a collection of loosely linked sketches, the trio made ample use of special effects and speeded up film etc and the they also managed a number of chart hits in the process (most notably the Funky Gibbon). The Goodies switched from the BBC to the ITV Network (LWT) for one special and one season at the end of their TV run. The Goodies were Bill Oddie, Graeme Garden and Tim Brooke-Taylor.

 

GOODNIGHT AND GOD BLESS

Central / 6×30 minute episodes / 1983 12 April – 17 May Tuesdays 8.30pm
Writer: Donald Churchill, Joe McGrath / Executive Producer: Joe McGrath / Producer/Director: Alan Dossor
Sitcom. Exploits of the obnoxious Ronnie Kemp, a comic with his own Television gameshow.
Ronnie Kemp………………………………… DONALD CHURCHILL
Celia…………………………………………… JUDY LOE
Geoffrey………………………………………. JAMES COSSINS
Harry………………………………………….. NICK STRINGER
Debbie………………………………………… TRACEY PERRY
Audrey………………………………………… ROWENA COOPER

 

GOODNIGHT SWEETHEART

BBC1/SelecTV/ Alamo / 56×30 minute episodes 1×50 minute episodes / 1993-99
Creators: Laurence Marks, Maurice Gran / Music: Anthony & Gaynor Sadler / Sung by Nick Curtis / Executive Producer: Allan McKeown
Scifi sitcom. Married TV engineer Gary Sparrow wanders down an alley that is actually a time hole, he ends up in the 1940’s where he falls for barmaid Phoebe Bamford. As the series progressed Gary kept flitting between the two era’s in the nineties he opened a shop selling 1940’s artifacts and in the forties led a double life as a secret agent (pretend) and songwriter of popular music (Sparrow sang hits by the Beatles and the like claiming them as his own.)
Gary Sparrow…………………………….. NICHOLAS LYNDHURST
Yvonne Sparrow(-96)……………………. MICHELLE HOLMES
Phoebe Bamford(-96)…………………… DERVLA KIRWAN
Eric(93)……………………………………. DAVID RYALL
Ron Wheatcroft………………………….. VIC McGUIRE
PC Reg Deadman………………………. CHRISTOPHER ETTERIDGE
Phoebe Bamford(97-99)……………….. ELIZABETH CARLING
Yvonne Sparrow(97-99)………………… EMMA AMOS

 

GRACE AND FAVOUR

BBC1 / 12×30 minute episodes / 1992-93 Season One: 10 Jan – 14 Feb 92 Season Two: 4 Jan – 8 Feb 93
Writers: Jeremy Lloyd, David Croft / Producer/Director: Mike Stephens
Sitcom. A sequel to Are You Being Served. After being made redundant from Grace Brothers, most of the gang decide to help Mr Rumbold run an hotel called Millstone Manor.
Mrs Slocombe…………………………… MOLLIE SUGDEN
Miss Brahms……………………………. WENDY RICHARD
Mr Humphries…………………………… JOHN INMAN
Captain Peacock………………………. FRANK THORNTON
Mr Rumbold…………………………….. NICHOLAS SMITH
Jessica Lovelock………………………. JOANNE HEYWOOD
Maurice Moulterd………………………. BILLY BURDEN

 

THE GREEN GREEN GRASS

BBC1 / 13x30m / started 9 September 2005 – 2006
Writer: John Sullivan / Director: Tony Dow / Producer: Gareth Gwenlan

A spin-off from ONLY FOOLS AND HORSES. Former second-hand car dealer Boycie sells up and he and his family move from Peckham to the country where he becomes a farmer. He does this because Peckham’s local criminals (The Driscol Brothers) have been imprisoned and he is suspected of being the super grass that put them away.

With:- JOHN CHALIS as Boycie / SUE HOLDERNESS as Marlene / JACK DOOLAN as Tyler / JACK DOOLAN as Elgin Sparrowhawk / IVAN KAYE as Bryan / ELLA KENION as Mrs Cakeworthy / PETER HEPPELTHWAITE as Jed

 

GREEN WING

C4 / 15x60m / started 3 September 2004-2006
Multiple Writers / Directors: Dominic Brigstocke, Tristram Shapeero / Producer: Victoria Pile

Hospital comedy. Loose dramatic plotlines knit together a succession of sketches set amongst the medical staff of a hospital wing.

With:- TASMIN GRIEG as Dr Caroline Todd / JULIAN RHIND-TUTT as Dr McCartney / STEPHEN MANGAN as Dr Guillame Secretan / PIPPA HAYWOOD as Joanna Clore / MARK HEAP as Dr Alan Startham . MICHELLE GOMEZ as Sue White / KARL THEOBALD as Dr Martin Dear / SARAH ALEXANDER as Dr Angela Hunter

 

THE GRIMLEYS

Granada / 23×30 minute episodes / 1999-2001
Writer: Jed Mercurio / Music: Tot Taylor / Producers: Spencer Campbell, Jed Mercurio / Executive Producer: Andy Harries
Period sitcom. In 1970’s Birmingham young Gordon Grimley who lives on a council estate, dreams of making his gorgeous English teacher Geraldine Titley fall in love with him, even though she is engaged to sadistic PE teacher Doug Digby. Season three saw the action move to the late seventies where Gordon was now a trainee teacher at his old school and PE teacher Digby met a tragic end thanks to a stray javelin. There was a one hour pilot show broadcast 1997(this featured Samantha Janus as Miss Titley and Jack Dee as Doug Digby.)
Geraldine Titley…………………………… AMANDA HOLDEN
Doug Digby……………………………….. BRIAN CONLEY
Neville Holder…………………………….. NODDY HOLDER
Gordon Grimley………………………….. JAMES BRADSHAW
Darren Grimley…………………………… RYAN CARTWRIGHT
Lisa Grimley……………………………… CORRIEANN FLETCHER
Janet Grimley……………………………. JAN RAVENS
Baz Grimley……………………………… NIGEL PLANER
Nan………………………………………… BARBARA KEOGH
Shane Titley…………………………….. SIMON LOWE
Reg Titley(99)…………………………… PAUL ANGELIS

 

THE GROOVY FELLERS

C4/Border / 6×60 minute episodes / 1989 20 January – 24 February Fridays 10.30pm
Writers: Roland Rivon, Jools Holland / Executive Producer: Paul Corley / Producer: John Gwyn / Director: Tim Pope
Bizarre sitcom. Musician Jools Holland travels around Britain with a Martian, explaining odd things about Earth.
Jools…………………………………………… JOOLS HOLLAND
Martian………………………………………… ROWLAND RIVRON

 

THE GROWING PAINS OF ADRIAN MOLE

Thames / 6×30 minute episodes / 1987
Writer: Sue Townsend / Music: Ian Dury / Producer: Peter Sasdy
Sitcom. Sequel to The Secret Diary of Adrian Mole. Further adolescent episodes in the angst filled teenage life of Adrian Mole, mostly concerning the break up of his parents marriage and his burgeoning relationship with Pandora. See also Adrian Mole: The Cappuccino Years.
With:- GIAN SAMMARCO as Adrian Mole / LULU as Pauline Mole / STEPHEN MOORE as Dad / BERYL REID as Gran / LINDSEY / STAGG as Pandora / BILL FRASER as Bert Baxter / DORIS HARE as Queenie

 

THE GROWING PAINS OF P.C. PENROSE

BBC1 / 7×30 minute episodes / 1975 2 Sep – 14 Oct Tues 9.25pm
Writer: Roy Clarke / Producer: Douglas Argent
Sitcom. Probationary cop PC Michael Penrose starts his career in the Yorkshire town of Slagcaster. Two years later Michael ‘Rosie’ Penrose was transferred back to his hometown for the series Rosie.
P.C. Michael Penrose…………………… PAUL GREENWOOD
Sgt W.T. Flags……………………………. BRYAN PRINGLE
P.C. Buttress……………………………… DAVID PINNER
P.C. Toombs………………………………. ALAN FOSS
Insp Fox……………………………………. CHRISTOPHER BURGESS
WPC Dean………………………………… CATHERINE CHASE

 

GROWN UPS

BBC2/Alamo / 6×30 minute episodes / 1997 7 Jan – 11 Feb Tues 10.00pm
Producer: Esta Charkham / Executive Producer: Lawrence Marks, Maurice Gran, Claire Hinson / Director: Angela de Chastelaine Smith
Sitcom. The differing lives of a group of friends who first met at University fifteen years previously.
Mel……………………………………………… PENNY BUNTON
Bob…………………………………………….. JASON WATKINS
Jim…………………………………………….. JAMES SIMMONS
Murray………………………………………… TONY GARDNER
Claire………………………………………….. PIPPA HAYWOOD
Dennis………………………………………… GARETH HARRIS
Martin…………………………………………. ANDREW POWELL

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