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The Wackers to Wyatt’s Watchdogs

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The Ultimate Guide to British Sitcoms

All sitcoms starting with the letter W. This is takes you from The Wackers to Wyatt’s Watchdogs.

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THE WACKERS

Thames / 6×30 minute episodes / 1975 19 March – 23 April Wednesday 9.30pm
Writer: Vince Powell / Producer: Anthony Parker
Sitcom. Misadventures of Liverpudlian family the Clarksons, half of them Catholic, half of them Protestant.
With:- KEN JONES as Billy Clarkson / SHEILA FAY as Mary Clarkson / ALISON STEADMAN as Bernadette / DAVID CASEY as Tony / KEITH CHEGWIN as Raymond / PEARL HACKNEY as Maggie Clarkson / JOE GLADWIN as Joe Farrell

 

WAITING FOR GOD

BBC1 / 46×30 minute episodes 1×45 minute episodes / 1990-94
Writer: Michael Aitkens / Producer: Gareth Gwenlan
Sitcom. Diana Trent and Tom Ballard are two unwilling residents of an old peoples home, the pair do their best to disrupt things for the staff.
Diana Trent……………………………….. STEPHANIE COLE
Tom Ballard………………………………. GRAHAM CROWDEN
Harvey Bains…………………………….. DANIEL HILL
Jane Edwards…………………………… JANINE DUVITSKI
Marion Ballard………………………….. SANDY PAYNE
Geoffrey Ballard……………………….. ANDREW TOURELL

 

THE WALRUS AND THE CARPENTER

BBC1 / 6×30 minute episodes / 1965 2 March – 6 April Tuesdays 8.00pm black and white
Writers: Barry Took, Marty Feldman / Producer: James Gilbert
Sitcom. Exploits of a pair of mismatched elderly friends. There was a 35 minute pilot broadcast 14 Dec 1963, part of Comedy Playhouse.
Luther Flannery………………………….. HUGH GRIFFITH
Gascoine Quilt……………………………. FELIX AYLMER

 

WATCHING

Granada / 54×30 minute episodes 2×60 minute episodes / 1987-93 7 Seasons + 4 Specials
Writer: Jim Hitchmough / Theme sung by Emma Wray / Producer: Les Chatfield
Sitcom. In Liverpool Motorcycle restorer Malcolm Stoneway has an on-off relationship with Brenda Wilson. The title came from the fact that they were both interested in bird watching.
With:- PAUL BOWN as Malcolm Stoneway / EMMA WRAY as Brenda Wilson / LIZA TARBUCK as Pamela Lynch / PATSY BYRNE as Mrs Stoneway / JOHN BOWLER as David Lynch / NOREEN KERSHAW as Mrs Joyce Wilson / ELIZABETH MORTON as Lucinda Davis (Seasons 5-6)

 

WATCH THIS SPACE

BBC1 / 6×30 minute episodes / 1980 17 January – 21 February Thursdays 8.30pm
Writers: Ronald Woolfe, Ronald Chesney / Producer: Roger Race
Sitcom. Exploits of the staff of an advertising agency.
Brian………………………………………. CHRISTOPHER BIGGINS
Bob………………………………………… PETER BLAKE
Claire………………………………………. LIZA GODDARD
Johnathon………………………………… LEO DOLAN
Brenda……………………………………. GILLIAN TAYLFORTH

 

WELL ANYWAY

BBC2 / 7×30 minute episodes / 1976 24 September – 5 November Fridays 9.00pm
Writers: John Bird, John Fortune / Producer: Dennis Main Wilson
Sitcom. Slacker John Dally has his life turned upside down when John Chance(who claims to have been at Cambridge with him) moves in with him.
John Dally………………………………….. JOHN BIRD
John Chance……………………………… JOHN FORTUNE

 

WE’LL THINK OF SOMETHING

Thames / 6×30 minute episodes / 1986 1 September – 13 October Mondays 8.00pm
Writer: Geoff Rowley / Producer/Director: John Howard Davies
Sitcom. After being made redundant Les Brooks sets out on various money making schemes.
Les Brooks………………………………… SAM KELLY
Maureen Brooks………………………….. MARCIA WARREN
Dennis………………………………………. ROGER SLOMAN
Irene…………………………………………. MAGGIE JONES
Norman……………………………………… RAY MORT
Eddie………………………………………… PHILIP DUNBAR
Dave…………………………………………. JIMMY REDDINGTON
Old Mr Brooks…………………………….. JOHN BARRARD

 

WEST END TALES

ATV / 7×30 minute episodes / 1981 16 February – 6 April Mondays 8.00pm
Writer: Keith Waterhouse / Producers: Colin Frewin, Keith Beckett / Director: James Gatward
Sitcom. Escapades of three ‘executives’ based in Soho.
Fiddler……………………………………….. ROBIN NEDWELL
The Bishop…………………………………. GARFIELD MORGAN
Checkie……………………………………… LARRY MARTYN
Ma……………………………………………. TONI PALMER
Sgt Dobbs………………………………….. PETER CHILDS
Tina………………………………………….. SUSAN SKIPPER

 

WHACK-O

BBC / 60×30 minute episodes / 1956-60/71 Eight seasons black and white
Writers: Denis Norden, Frank Muir / Producers: Douglas Moodie, Eric Fawcett, Douglas Argent
Sitcom. Professor James Edwards headmaster of Chislebury School keeps a firm hand on his pupils, and his hand normally had a cane in it.BBC revived the series in 1971 for 13 further episodes and a feature film (called Bottoms Up) was released in 1960.
Prof James Edwards……………………. JIMMY EDWARDS
Mr Oliver Pettigrew(56-60)…………….. ARTHUR HOWARD
Mr Oliver Pettigrew(71)…………………. JULIAN ORCHARD
Mr F.D. Price Whittaker(Season 1)…. KENNETH COPE
Mr R.P. Trench (Seasons 1-3)……….. PETER GLAZE
Mr Cope-Willoughby (Seasons 5-7)…. FRANK RAYMOND
Lumley (Seasons 1-3)…………………. JOHN STIRLING
Rawlinson (Seasons 6)……………….. GEOFFREY PAGET
Parker (Season 6)……………………… DAVID LANGFORD

 

WHATEVER HAPPENED TO THE LIKELY LADS

BBC / 26×30 minute episodes 1×45 minute episodes / 1972-73
Writers: Dick Clement, Ian La Frenais / Producers: James Gilbert, Bernard Thompson / Music: Mike Hugg, Ian La Frenais
Sitcom. Even better sequel to The Likely Lads. The lads are now older but certainly not wiser. Bob is now a rising executive on the verge of marriage to childhood sweetheart Thelma. Terry, however, hasn’t changed and is proud of his working classness.
Bob Ferris…………………………………. RODNEY BEWES
Terry Collier………………………………. JAMES BOLAM
Thelma…………………………………….. BRIGIT FORSYTH
Audrey…………………………………….. SHEILA FEARN

 

WHAT YOU LOOKIN’ AT?

LWT-Humphrey Barclay Prod. / 7×30 minute episodes / 1993 17 July – 28 August Saturdays 6.00pm
Writer/Director: Trix Worrell / Script Editor: Christopher Skala / Executive Producers: Al Mitchell, Mark Robson / Producer: Humphrey Barclay
Sitcom. Stories of the teenagers attending a youth club in the South London area of Battersea, especially Trevor aka ‘Too Bad’ and his ‘relationship’ with club leader Jane.
Trevor………………………………………… ROBERT McKEWLEY
Jane Wainwright………………………….. TREVYN McDOWELL
Colin………………………………………… BILL MOODY
Lynford……………………………………… GARY McDONALD
Mrs Williams……………………………… ANGELA WYNTER

 

THE WHITEHALL WORRIER

BBC1 / 7×30 minute episodes (inc. pilot) / 1967 13 July – 17 February Fridays 7.30pm
Writer: Alan Melville / Producer: Graeme Muir
Sitcom. Misadventures of an inept MP. Born out of a Comedy Playhouse called The Mallard Imaginaire (July 5 – 1966).
Rt Hon Mervyn Pugh…………………….. ROBERT COOTE
Janet………………………………………… MOIRA LISTER
Roger Deare………………………………. JONATHAN CECIL
Mrs Nicholson……………………………. DAPHNE ANDERSON
Miss Dempster…………………………… NAN MUNRO
Michele Pugh…………………………….. CELIA HEWITT

 

WHOOPS! APOCALYPSE

LWT / 6×30 minute episodes / 1981 14 March – 18 April Sunday 10.00pm
Writers: Andrew Marshall, David Renwick / Producer: Humphrey Barclay / Director: John Reardon
Sitcom. The world’s leaders send the planet hurtling towards nuclear Armageddon.
With:- BARRY MORSE as Johnny Cyclops / JOHN BARRON as The Deacon / BRUCE MONTAGUE as Shah Mashiq Rassim / DAVID KELLY as Abdab / RICHARD GRIFFITHS as Premier Dubienkin / ALEXEI SAYLE as Commisar Solzhenitsyn / ED BISHOP as Jay Garrick / JOHN CLEESE as Lacrobat / GEOFFREY PALMER as Foreign Secretary / PETER JONES as Kevin Pork

 

WHOOPS BAGHDAD

BBC1 / 6×30 minute episodes / 1973 25 January – 1 March / Thursdays 10.10pm
Writers: Sid Colin, David McKellar, David Nobbs / Producer: John Howard Davies
Sitcom. The misadventures of Ali Oopla, servant to the Wazir of Baghdad.
Ali Oopla……………………………………. FRANKIE HOWERD
The Wazir………………………………….. DEREK FRANCIS
Boobiana…………………………………… ANNA BRETT
Saccharine………………………………… HILARY PRITCHARD
Fatima……………………………………… JOSEPHINE TEWSON
Derti Dhoti…………………………………. LARRY MARTYN

 

WILDERNESS ROAD

BBC1 / 6×30 minute episodes / 1986 21 July – 25 August Mondays 8.30pm
Writers: Richard Cottam, Bob Goody / Producer: John Kilby / Director: Susan Belbin
Sitcom. Stories of the staff and punters of London pub the Sun.
Arch……………………………………………… LESLIE SANDS
Moon……………………………………………. ROBIN DRISCOLL
Keith……………………………………………. GARY OLSEN
Alan…………………………………………….. PETER JONFIELD
Nancy………………………………………….. VERONICA QUILLIGAN
Cage…………………………………………… DAVID SIBLEY

 

WILD WILD WOMAN

BBC1 / 7×30 minute episodes / 1969 6 January – 10 February Mondays 7.30pm
Writers: Ronald Wolfe, Ronald Chesney / Producer: G.B. Lupino
Period sitcom. In Victorian times a group of women work in a milliners. There was a pilot broadcast 24 May 1968. The character of Daisy was played in the pilot by Penelope Keith.
Mr Harcourt……………………………….. PAUL WHITSUN-JONES
Millie……………………………………….. BARBARA WINDSOR
Daisy………………………………………. PAT COOMBS
Albert………………………………………. KEN FOX
Maude…………………………………….. ANNA KAREN
Mrs Harcourt…………………………….. JOAN SANDERSON
Flo…………………………………………. YVONNE PAUL

 

WILD WEST

BBC1 / 6x30m 6×60 minute episodes / started 22 October 2002 and 2004
Writer: Simon Nye / Director: Jonathan Gershfield / Producer: Paul Schlesinger

Mary and Angela run the post office/local shop in a remote Cornish village and live together in the flat above. They live in a community that has a dislike of outsiders. For series 2 the role of “Holly” was recast with ROBIN WEAVER taking over the role from Anne-Marie Duff.

With: DAWN FRENCH as Mary Trewednack / CATHERINE TATE as Angela Phillips / ANNE-MARIE DUFF as Holly (series 1) / SEAN FOLEY as Jeff / DAVID BRADLEY as Jake / RICHARD MYLAN as Harry / ROBIN WEAVER as Holly (series 2)

 

THE WILSONS

C4-Hatrick / 6×30 minute episodes / 2000 16 January – 20 February Sundays 9.30pm
Writer/Producer: Bernadette Davis / Executive Producers: Jimmy Mulville, Denise O’Donaghue / Director: Liddy Oldroyd
Sitcom. Episodes in the dysfunctional life of the Wilson family, widower Ray has a drink problem along with three daughters and two sons.
With:- DAVID BRADLEY as Ray Wilson / SOPHIE STANTON as Dilly / MICHAEL TUCEK as Jason / OPHELIA LOVIBOND as Poppy / JAKE WOOD as Dougie / ELIZABETH WOODCOCK as Jo / JULIAN RHIND-TUTT as Colin

 

WINK TO ME ONLY

BBC1 / 6×30 minute episodes / 1969 11 June – 16 July Wednesdays 8.20pm
Writer: Jennifer Phillips / Producer: Douglas Argent
Sitcom. The exploits of often bizarre couple Sydney and Irene Jelliot. Based on the comedy playhouse pilot View By Appointment.
Sydney Jelliot……………………………. HUGH PADDICK
Rene Jelliot………………………………. BERYL REID

 

WINNING WIDOWS

ATV / 13×30 minute episodes / 1961-62
Writers: Sid Green, Dick Hills / Producer: Alan Tarrant
Sitcom. A pair of widowed sisters, Martha and Mildred, share a house.
Martha……………………………………….. PEGGY MOUNT
Mildred………………………………………. AVICE LANDON

 

WOODCOCK

BBC2 ‘Comic Asides’ / 1×30 minute episodes / 1994 16 January – Sunday 9.00pm
Writer: Ian McPherson / Producer/Director: Michael Leggo
Period comedy. In 1793 young Woodcock is press ganged into being cabin boy on a clapped out tug.
With:- PHELIM McDERMOTT as Woodcock / PRUNELLA SCALES as Captain / FRANK SKINNER (voice only) as Jasper (ships parrot) / JONATHON HYDE as Slyme / MICHAEL ANGELIS as Cyril / E IMELDA STAUNTON as dna

 

A WORD WITH ALF

UK Gold-Carlton / x10 minute episodes / 1997
Writer: Johnny Speight / Producer/Director: Richard Boden
Sitcom. Reminiscences with Alf Garnett as he sups ale in a pub with his pal Bert.
Alf Garnett………………………………….. WARREN MITCHELL
Bert…………………………………………… BRIAN MURPHY

 

THE WORKER

ATV / 25×30 minute episodes 10×15 minute episodes / 1965-66 and 1969-70/78
Writers: Charlie Drake, Lew Schwarz / Producers: Alan Tarrant, Shaun O’Riordan
Sitcom. Misadventures of Charlie who seems perennially unable to hold down a job and rules the roost at his local labour exchange. The 1978 revival formed part of the series Bruce Forsyth’s Big Night out.
Charlie………………………………………… CHARLIE DRAKE
Mr Pugh………………………………………. HENRY McGEE
Mr Whittaker………………………………… PERCY HERBERT

 

A WORLD OF HIS OWN

BBC1 / 13×25 minute episodes / 1964-65 2 Seasons – Fri 8.00pm
Writer: Dave Freeman / Producers: David Croft, Graeme Muir
Sitcom. Episodes in the life of Stanley Blake who spends most of his time living in a fantasy world.
Stanley Blake……………………………. ROY KINNEAR
Helen Blake……………………………… ANNE CUNNINGHAM

 

THE WORLD OF WOOSTER

BBC1 / 20×30 minute episodes / 1965-67 Three seasons
Writers: Richard Waring, Michael Mills / Stories: P.G. Wodehouse
Period comedy series. In the 1920’s silly ass Bertie Wooster is helped out of scrapes by his manservant Jeeves. In 1967 the title changed to the World of Wodehouse to take in more of Wodehouse’s characters.
Bertie Wooster…………………………….. IAN CARMICHAEL
Jeeves………………………………………. DENNIS PRICE
Aunt Agatha……………………………….. FABIA DRAKE
Aunt Dahlia………………………………… ELEANOR SUMMERFIELD
Richard ‘Bingo’ Little……………………… DEREK NIMMO
Sir Roderick Glossop…………………….. PAUL WHITSUN-JONES
Mrs Little……………………………………. DEBORAH STANFORD
‘Bobbie’ Wickham………………………… TRACY REED

 

THE WORST WEEK OF MY LIFE

BBC1 / 14x30m / started 12 March 2004
Writers/producers: Mark Bussell, Justin Sbresni / Director: Dan Zeff

The week leading up to Howard and Mel’s wedding proves disastrous for calamity-prone Howard. Season two started 17 November 2005.

With:- BEN MILLER as Howard / SARAH ALEXANDER as Mel / ALISON STEADMAN as Angela / GEOFFREY WHITEHEAD as Dick / EMMA PIERSON as Sophie / RAQUEL CASSIDY as Cassie / JANINE DUVITSKI as Eve

 

WYATT’S WATCHDOGS

BBC1 / 6×30 minute episodes / 1988 17 October – 21 November Mondays 8.00pm
Writer: Miles Tredinnick / Producer/Director: Alan J.W. Bell
Sitcom. A group of neighbours, led by the highly officious Major Wyatt, form their own vigilante action group.
Major Wyatt…………………………………. BRIAN WILDE
Peter Pitt…………………………………….. TREVOR BANNISTER
Edwina……………………………………….. ANNE RIDLER
Virginia………………………………………. APRIL WALKER
Sgt Springer……………………………….. JAMES WARRIOR

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