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Thundercloud to Tygo Road

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The Ultimate Guide to British Sitcoms

All sitcoms starting with the letter T. This is part two and takes you from Thundercloud to Tygo Road.

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THUNDERCLOUD

Yorkshire TV / 13×25 minute episodes / 1979 22 May – 31 July Tuesday 7.30pm
Creator/Executive Producer: Ian Mackintosh / Producer: Keith Richardson
Period sitcom. Exploits of a group of Naval men stationed in Yorkshire during World War II.
Cmdr Flint…………………………………… DEREK WARING
Bella Harrington…………………………… SARAH DOUGLAS
C.P.O. Harrington………………………… JAMES COSMO
Lt Cmdr Monty Morgan…………………. JOHN FRASER
Dr Smith……………………………………. FRANK GATLIFF

 

TILL DEATH US DO PART

BBC1 / 56 episodes 50×30 minute episodes + 6 specials of varying length. / 1965-68/72-75
Writer: Johnny Speight / Producer: Dennis Main Wilson,
Sitcom. Bigoted Eastender Alf Garnett finds fault with everything around him. The series grew out of a 1965 Comedy Playhouse in which Alf was called Alf Ramsey. ATV brought out a short lived revival in 1981 called Till Death… (see below entry) and see also In Sickness and In Health and A Word With Alf.
Alf Garnett………………………………….. WARREN MITCHELL
Else Garnett………………………………… DANDY NICHOLS
Rita……………………………………………. UNA STUBBS
Mike …………………………………………. ANTHONY BOOTH

 

TILL DEATH…

ATV / 6×30 minute episodes / 1981 22 May – 3 July Fridays 10.30pm
Writer: Johnny Speight / Producer/Director: William G. Stewart
Sitcom. Belated revival of Till Death Us Do Part (see above entry) with Alf and Else retired to Eastbourne.
Alf Garnett………………………………….. WARREN MITCHELL
Else Garnett………………………………… DANDY NICHOLS
Min……………………………………………. PATRICIA HAYES
Rita…………………………………………… UNA STUBBS
Michael Jr………………………………….. JOHN FOWLER

 

TIME AFTER TIME

ITV / 15×30 minute episodes / 1993-94
Writers: Paul Minett. Brian Leveson / Producer: John Kaye Cooper
Sitcom. Ex-Con Kenny Conway determines to go straight, especially if he can get his probation officer Gillian to help him and if he can prevent his crooked family and friends drawing him back to a life of crime. A pilot (included in above episode count) broadcast 3 Jul 1993 as Brian Conley – Outside Chance. Kim Thomson played the role of Gillian in the pilot.
With:- BRIAN CONLEY as Kenny Conway / SAMANTHA BECKINSALE as Gillian Walcott / KATE WILLIAMS as Ma Conway / RICHARD GRAHAM as Jake Brewer / GEORGIA ALLEN as Donna Strachan / DAVID SHANE as Robbie Conway / NEIL McCAUL as Mike Tredwell / DEDDIE DAVIES as Auntie Dot

 

TIME GENTLEMEN PLEASE

Sky One-Avalon / 22?x30 minute episodes / 2000-2001 Mondays 10.30pm
Creator: Al Murray / Writers: Al Murray, Richard Herring / Script Editor: Stewart Lee / Music: Grand western / Producer: Phil Bowker / Executive Producers: Martin Freeland, Richard Allen-Thomas, Richard Herring, Sara Geater, Al Murray, Jon Thoday / Director: Gareth Gwenlan
Sitcom. Highly opinionated, some would say bigoted, the Pub Landlord lords it over the regulars and staff of his hostelry. Based on Murray’s own Perrier award winning stand up act.
With:- AL MURRAY as The Pub Landlord / JULIA SAWALHA as Janet (the barmaid) / PHIL DANIELS as Terry / JASON FREEMAN as Steve (the barman) / ANDREW MACKAY as Professor / ROY HEATHER as The Old Geezer

 

TIME OF MY LIFE

BBC1 / 6×30 minute episodes / 1980 18 March – 22 April Tuesdays 8.30pm
Writer: Jim Eldridge / Producer: Dennis Main Wilson / Director: Martin Shardlow
Sitcom. Ken Archer goes through a mid life crisis when he is made redundant and on the same day his leaves him for a younger man. His life then goes from bad to worse.
With:- MARK KINGSTON as Ken Archer / AMANDA BARRIE as Joan Archer

 

TIME OUT FOR PEGGY

ABC / 24×30 minute episodes / 1958-59 black and white
Creator: Budd Grossman
Sitcom. Young Peggy Spencer inherits (and decides to keep) a run down boarding house.
With:- BILLIE WHITELAW as Peggy Spencer

 

TLC

BBC2 / 6x30m / started 11 November 2002 / 9:30pm
Writer: Fintan Coyle / Director: Geoff Posner / Producer: David Tyler, Geoff Posner

Hospital based comedy about a newly qualified junior doctor in a South Middlesex hospital.

With:- REECE SHEARSMITH as Dr Flynn / ALEXANDER ARMSTRONG as Dr Noble / RICHARD GRIFFITHS as Mr Ron / GEORGIA MACKENZIE as Staff Nurse Judy / LLEWELLA GIDEON as Sister Hope / TIM BROOKE-TAYLOR as The Chaplain

 

TOM DICK AND HARRIET

Thames / 12×30 minute episodes / 1982-83 Season 1: 13 September – 18 October 1982 / Season 2: 13 January – 17 February 1983
Writers: Johnnie Mortimer,Brian Cooke / Producer: Michael Mills
Sitcom. Dick and Harriet Madison have Dick’s father Tom to live with them.
With:- LIONEL JEFFRIES as Tom Madison / IAN OLGILVY as Dick Madison / BRIGIT FORSYTH as Harriet Madison

 

TOO MUCH SUN

BBC1-Talkback / 6×30 minute episodes / 2000 (Fridays 10.35pm / 20 October – )
Writers: Jim Piddock, Margaret Oberman / Producer: Jamie Rix / Director: John Stroud
Sitcom. Tired of not making it in England writer Nigel Conway and actor Julian Edgbaston-Bowles decide to pack their bags and move out to Hollywood but still find life less than perfect.
With:- MARK ADDY as NIgel Conway / ALEX JENNINGS as Julian Edgbaston-Jones / LEE MAJORS as Scott Reed / NIGEL LINDSAY as Dave Stamp / MATILDA ZIEGLER as Sandi / JULIENNE DAVIS as Kimberley / CARLOS DOUGLAS as Roderigo

 

THE TOP SECRET LIFE OF EDGAR BRIGGS

LWT / 13×30 minute episodes / 1974
Creators: Bernard McKenna, Richard Laing / Producer: Humphrey Barclay
Spy sitcom. Misadventures of inept secret agent Edgar Briggs.
Edgar Briggs……………………………… DAVID JASON
Commander………………………………. NOEL COLEMAN
Jennifer Briggs…………………………… BARBARA ANGELL
Buxton…………………………………….. MICHAEL STAINTON
Cathy………………………………………. ELIZABETH COUNSELL
Spencer…………………………………… MARK EDEN

 

TO THE MANOR BORN

BBC1 / 21×30 minute episodes / 1979-81 3 seasons + 1 special
Creator: Peter Spence / Script Associate: Christopher Bond / Music: Ronnie Hazlehurst / Producer: Gareth Gwenlan
Sitcom. Widowed Audre Fforbes-Hamilton is forced to sell her beloved stately home Grantleigh Manor to pay death duties. Moving into a lodge house on the estate she soon begins a love hate relationship with Grantleigh’s new owner, supermarket tycoon Richard DeVere.
Audrey Fforbes-Hamilton……………… PENELOPE KEITH
Richard DeVere…………………………. PETER BOWLES
Marjory Frobisher………………………. ANGELA THORNE
Mrs Polouvicka…………………………. DAPHNE HEARD
Brabinger………………………………… JOHN RUDLING
Rector……………………………………. GERALD SIM
Ned……………………………………….. MICHAEL BILTON

 

THE TOTTENHAM TWO

C4/Iron / 12×30 minute episodes / 1998-2000
Writer: Ashmead Sohoye / Design: Georgia Cooke(1), Netty Chapman / Music: The Sons of Silence / Script Editor: Ben Ward / Executive Producer: Jaswinder Bancil / Director: Bruce Goodison
Sitcom. The exploits of two unemployed Londoners. Flimed in a very basic video camera style and shown in the dark hours of the early morning.
Ronni…………………………………………… ASHMEAD SOHOYE
Jaz……………………………………………… RAF UDIN

 

A TOUCH OF SPICE

BBC1 / 6×30 minute episodes / 1989 9 March – 13 April Thursdays 8.30pm
Writer: Francis Greig / Producer/Director: Sue Bysh
Sitcom. Two girls who share a flat and work at the same restaurant decide to start their own catering company.
Victoria Morrison…………………………….. JULIA WATSON
Dawn McKenzie……………………………… NATALIE OGLE
Clive…………………………………………….. MARTIN JACOBS
Helen…………………………………………… VIRGINIA STRIDE

 

A TOUCH OF THE CASANOVAS

Thames / 1×45 minute episodes / 1975 31 December – Wednesday 10.15pm
Writers: Sid Colin, Hugh Stuckley / Producer/Director: Michael Mills
Comedy. Misadventures (in the style of Howerd’s own Up Pompeii) of Casanova’s servant Francisco. There was ample use made of Howerd’s favourite device of talking direct to camera.
With:- FRANKIE HOWERD as Francisco / STUART DAMON as Casanova / PATSY ROWLANDS as Clementina / MADELINE SMITH as Teresa

 

TRACEY AND ME

Associated-Rediffusion / 3×30 minute episodes / 1956 17 July – 31 July Tuesdays 10.00pm black and white
Writer: John Crilley / Director: Peter Croft
Sitcom. Stories of architect Wally and his wife Tracey.
Tracey………………………………………… JOAN HEAL
Wally…………………………………………. LESLIE PHILLIPS
Mr Crudnick…………………………………. GEORGE BENSON
Dorothy………………………………………. NICOLETTE ROEG
Hyacinth…………………………………….. SANDRA DORNE
Miss Peabody……………………………… EDNA FRYER
Albert………………………………………… ROBERT WEBBER

 

THE TRAIN NOW STANDING

LWT / 15×30 minute episodes / 1972-73 Two seasons
Producer/Director: Derrick Goodwin
Sitcom. Stories of the sleepy old fashioned railway station Burberry Halt and especially its station master Hedley Green.
Hedley Green……………………………… BILL FRASER
Peter Pringle………………………………. HUGH WALTERS
Mr Potts (Season 1)…………………….. DENIS LILL
Rosie (Season 1)………………………… PAMELA CUNDELL
George (Season 1)………………………. NORMAN MITCHELL
Mr Foskins (Season 1)…………………. BARTLETT MULLINS
Fred (Season 1)…………………………. ARTHUR WHITE
Bill (Season 1)…………………………… GEORGE WARING
Charlie (Season 1)……………………… GEOFF L’CISE
Mr Pitts (Season 2)……………………. GARFIELD MORGAN
Brenda (Season 2)……………………… BRENDA PETERS
Ken (Season 2)………………………….. KEN WYNNE

 

TREVOR’S WORLD OF SPORT

BBC1 / 7x30m / started 15 August 2003
Writer/Director: Andy Hamilton / Producer: Sue Howells
Trevor Hislop is a sports agent with a sensitive nature at odds with the cut-throat nature of his profession.
With:- NEIL PEARSON as Trevor / PAUL REYNOLDS as Sammy / ABDUL SALIS as Barry / COSIMA SHAW as Heidrun / MICHAEL FENTON STEVENS as Ralph / ROSALIND AYRES as Theresa / CLAIRE SKINNER as Meryl

 

TRIPPER’S DAY

Thames / 6×30 minute episodes / 1984 24 September – 29 October Mondays 8.00pm
Writer: Brian Cooke / Producers: Anthony Parker, Michael Mills
Sitcom. Misadventures of a harassed supermarket manager. The series was retitled Slinger’s Day after Bruce Forsyth took over following Leonard Rossiters death.
Norman Tripper…………………………….. LEONARD ROSSITER
Hilda Rimmer………………………………. PAT ASHTON
Alf……………………………………………. GORDON GOSTELOW
Sylvia………………………………………… LIZ CROWTHER
Dottie………………………………………… VICKY LICORISH
Higgins………………………………………. ANDREW PAUL
Mr Christian………………………………… PAUL CLARKSON
Hardie……………………………………….. PHILIP BIRD
Laurel……………………………………….. DAVID JOHN

 

TROUBLE FOR TWO

BBC / 4×30 minute episodes / 1958 12 May – 2 June Monday 7.30pm black and white
Writers: Johnny White, Jacqueline McKenzie / Producer: Ronnie Marsh
Sitcom. Two young girls, one Australian, share a flat.
Jacqueline……………………………………… JACQUELINE McKENZIE
Lorrae…………………………………………… LORRAE DESMOND
Char…………………………………………….. DONALD CHURCHILL

 

TROUBLE IN MIND

LWT/Highway / 9×25 minute episodes / 1991
Creator: Greg Brennan / Producer: Al Mitchell / Executive Producer: Robin Carr
Sitcom. Problems of middle-aged married psychiatrist Adam Charlesworth.
Adam Charlesworth………………………. RICHARD O’SULLIVAN
Julia Charlesworth……………………….. SUSAN PENHALIGON
Dr Malcolm Barclay……………………… NICHOLAS DAY
Stanley Chambers………………………. JIM McMANUS

 

TROUBLES AND STRIFE

Central / 13×30 minute episodes / 1985-86
Writer: Joan Greening / Producer/Director: Shaun O’Riordan
Sitcom. The new hunky vicar of St Anselm’s Church, The Reverand Clifford James causes a fluttering of the hearts of the Young Wives Club.
Rev Clifford James………………………… STEVEN PACEY
Christine……………………………………. ANNETTE BADLAND
Mary………………………………………… MAUREEN BEATTIE
Cherry………………………………………. PATRICIA BRAKE
Harry Price………………………………… ROBERT BLYTHE
Annette…………………………………….. LIZ GEBHARDT
Rosita Pearman………………………….. ANNA KAREN
Margaret…………………………………… CAROL MACREADY
Fiona……………………………………….. DIANA WESTON
Sophie……………………………………… VICTORIA WILLIAMS
Tess (Season 1)…………………………. JULIA BINSTEAD
Christopher (Season 2)………………… MIKE GRADY

 

THE TROUBLE WITH HARRY

BBC / 6×30 minute episodes / 1960 1 January – 4 February
Writers: Ronnie Taylor, Frank Roscoe / Producer: John Ammonds
Sitcom. Harry, a shy would be author lives with his bossy Aunt Victoria.
Harry…………………………………………. HARRY WORTH
Aunt Victoria……………………………….. NOEL HOOD
Doris…………………………………………. PADDY EDWARDS

 

THE TROUBLE WITH LILIAN

LWT / 6×30 minute episodes / 1971 3 July – 7 August Saturday 5.40pm
Writer: Jennifer Phillips / Director: Howard Ross
Sitcom. Exploits of elderly Madge and her lodger Lilian.
Madge……………………………………….. DANDY NICHOLS
Lilian…………………………………………. PATRICIA HAYES

 

TURNBULL’S FINEST HALF-HOUR

Yorkshire TV / 6×30 minute episodes / 1972 19 November – 31 December Sunday 12.30pm
Writers: Ken Hoare, Mike Sharland / Producer/Director: Bill Hitchcock
Sitcom. Major Clifford Turnbull takes over the running of ailing TV station Pentason Television.
Major Clifford Turnbull……………………. MICHAEL BATES
Bernard Pratt……………………………… BLAKE BUTLER
Faye Bush…………………………………. LIZ FRASER
Roddy Cheever-Jones…………………… JONATHON LYNN
Rex Rivoli………………………………….. RODDY MAUDE-ROXBY
Jellico Withers……………………………. LEONARD TROLLEY
Sir Zachary Stein………………………… RAYMOND HUNTLEY
Charlie……………………………………… ALAN HELM

 

THE TWO CHARLEYS

BBC / 6×30 minute episodes / 1959 8 April – 13 May Wednesday 7.30pm
Writers: Sheila Hodgson, Allan Prior, David Whitaker / Producer: Dennis Main Wilson
Sitcom. The two stars of a variety act detail their various adventures to a TV audience. Loosely based on Noel Coward’s Red Peppers.
Charlie Charles………………………….. CHARLIE CHESTER
Ethal Charles…………………………….. ELEANOR SUMMERFIELD

 

TWO IN CLOVER

Thames / 13×30 minute episodes / 1969-70
Writers: Vince Powell, Harry Driver / Producer/Director: Alan tarrant
Sitcom. A pair of Londoners with big ideas set up home in the country and find it is not the bucolic idyll they were expecting.
Sid Turner…………………………………… SID JAMES
Vic Evans…………………………………… VICTOR SPINETTI
Landlord…………………………………….. VICTOR PLATT
Policeman………………………………….. BILL PERTWEE

 

THE TWO OF US

LWT / 32×30 minute episodes 1×60 minute episodes / 1986-90 Four seasons + 1 special
Writer: Alex Shearer / Producers: Marcus Plantin, Robin Carr
Sitcom. Young couple Ashley and Elaine live together in a small basement flat – he’d like to get married and have a family, she is happy to keep things as they are.
Ashley…………………………………………. NICHOLAS LYNDHURST
Elaine………………………………………….. JANET DIBLEY
Perce (Season 1)…………………………… PATRICK TROUGHTON
Perce (Season 2-4)………………………… TENNIEL EVANS

 

TWO PINTS OF LAGER AND A PACKET OF CRISPS

BBC2 / 31×30 minute episodes / 2001-2004
Writer: Susan Nickson / Producer: Stephen McCrum / Director: Gareth Carrivick
Sitcom. In Runcorn, a small town in the North of England, five late teens/early twenty somethings are determined to enjoy their youth. On 10 May 2004 there was a musical episode revealing the events of the night Janet and Jonny first met with the characters bursting into song at every opportunity. This episode was originally a Christmas special that premiered on digital BBC3 over Christmas 2003. It makes its BBC2 debut some 6 months later.
With:- RALF LITTLE as Jonny / WILL MELLOR as Gaz / NATALIE CASEY as Donna / KATHRYN DRYSDALE as Lousie / SHERIDAN SMITH as Janet / BEVERLY CALLARD as Flo

 

2.4 CHILDREN

BBC1 / 54×30 minute episodes 1×40 minute episodes / 1991-99
Writer: Andrew Marshall / Producers: Richard Boden, Andrew Marshall, Rosemary McGowan
Sitcom. The trials and tribulations of the ‘sometimes’ typically suburban family the Porters.
Bill Porter……………………………………. BELINDA LANG
Ben Porter………………………………….. GARY OLSEN
Jenny Porter(91-92)………………………. CLAIRE WOODGATE
Jenny Porter(93-)…………………………. CLARE BUCKFIELD
David Porter……………………………….. JOHN PICKARD
Rona………………………………………… JULIA HILLS
Christine……………………………………. KIM BENSON

 

TWO’S COMPANY

LWT / 29×30 minute episodes / 1975-79 Four seasons
Creator/Writer: Bill MacIllwraith / Producers: Stuart Allen, Humphrey Barclay
Sitcom. Female American author Dorothy McNab, resident in London, hires uppercrust English butler Robert Hiller, and soon finds herself at odds with him.
Dorothy McNab…………………………… ELAINE STRITCH
Robert Hiller……………………………….. DONALD SINDEN

 

TWO UP, TWO DOWN

BBC1 / 6×30 minute episodes / 1979 11 May – 15 June Friday 8.00pm
Writer: Janey Prager / Producer: Tara Prom / Director: Roger Cheveley
Sitcom. Stan and Sheila move into their new home only to find a couple squatting in the bedroom and find themselves reluctantly forced into sharing their house.
Jimmy…………………………………………. PAUL NICHOLAS
Flo……………………………………………… SU POLLARD
Stan……………………………………………. NORMAN TIPTON
Sheila…………………………………………. CLAIRE FAULCONBRIDGE

 

TYGO ROAD

BBC2-Pola Jones / 6×30 minute episodes / 1990 1 Pilot + 1 season Pilot: 19 May 1989 Season: 15 May – 12 June 90
Writers: Richard Cottam, Christopher Douglas / Executive Producers: John Kilby, Jamie Rix / Producer: Andre Ptaszynski / Director: Bob Spiers
Sitcom. Adam Hartley is assigned to be the new administrator of inner city Tygo Road Community Centre.
Adam Hartley…………………………………. KEVIN McNALLY
Kate…………………………………………….. ISOBEL BLACK
Clare……………………………………………. DEBORAH NORTON
Leo……………………………………………… STEVEN O’DONNELL
Gary……………………………………………. VAS BLACKWOOD
Lionel………………………………………….. GORDON GOSTELOW
Spinni………………………………………….. BILL BAILEY
Val……………………………………………… LEILA BERTRAND
Selina…………………………………………. ALISA BOSSCHAERT

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