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Ukridge to Us Girls

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The Ultimate Guide to British Sitcoms

All sitcoms starting with the letter U. This takes you from Ukridge to Us Girls.

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UKRIDGE

BBC1 / 7×30 minute episodes / 1968 15 July – 26 August Mondays 7.30pm black and white
Writer/Producer: Richard Waring / Book: P.G. Wodehouse / Director: Joan Kemp-Welch
Period comedy drama serial. Stanley Featherstone Ukridge cons his way through the 1930’s.
Ukridge……………………………………… ANTON RODGERS
Corky……………………………………….. JULIAN HOLLOWAY
Aunt Julia………………………………….. MARIAN SPENCER

 

UNDER AND OVER

BBC1 / 6×30 minute episodes / 1971 Pilot: 8 January 1971 / Season: 24 September – 22 October 1971 Fridays 8.00pm
Writers: David Climie, Austin Steele / Producer: Austin Steele
Sitcom. Three Irish navvies get a job working on the London Underground. The three leads were better known as Irish singing group The Bachelors.
Dec………………………………………… DEC CLUSKEY
John……………………………………….. JOHN STOKES
Con………………………………………… CON CLUSKEY
Lord Brentwood…………………………. ROBERT KEEGAN
Landlord………………………………….. TOMMY GODFREY
Hawkins………………………………….. JACK HAWKINS

 

UNFINISHED BUSINESS

BBC1-Alamo / 12×30 minute episodes / 1998
Creators: Laurence Marks, Maurice Gran / Producer: Sioned Williams / Director: Baz Taylor
Sitcom. Bitter middle aged divorcee Amy has a somewhat prickly relationship with her ex-husband Spike.
Amy…………………………………………….. HARRIET WALTER
Spike…………………………………………… HENRY GOODMAN
Tanya………………………………………….. JAYE GRIFFITHS
Ruth……………………………………………. BRIGITTE KAHN
Tam……………………………………………. ART MALIK
Toby…………………………………………… WILLIAM MANNERING

 

UNION CASTLE

Granada / 7×30 minute episodes / 1982 19 April – 7 June Mondays 8.00pm
Writer: Eric Paice / Producer: Eric Prytherch / Director: Douglas Argent
Sitcom. A staunch trade unionist is made a lord and moves into a large castle in Wales.
Lord Mountainash……………………….. STRATFORD JOHNS
Wordsworth………………………………. MORAY WATSON
Ursula,Lady Thaxted…………………… WANDA VENTHAM
Annie………………………………………. LYNDON HUGHES
Elizabeth Steel…………………………. CAROL MACREADY

 

THE UPCHAT LINE

Thames / 7×30 minute episodes / 1977 26 September – 7 November Monday 8.00pm
Writer: Keith Waterhouse / Music: Mike Batt / Producer/Director: Robert Reed
Sitcom. Little known author Mike Upchat, with a fondness for women and booze, sponges his way about town. See also the sequel The Upchat Connection.
Mike Upchat…………………………….. JOHN ALDERTON

 

THE UPCHAT CONNECTION

Thames / 7×30 minute episodes / 1978 24 October – 5 December Tuesdays 8.30pm
Writer: Keith Waterhouse / Producer/Director: Robert Read
Sitcom. A continuation of the Upchat Line following the departure of John Alderton. This season saw Mike Upchat ‘bequeath’ his address book and key to his locker at Marylebone station in a raffle after moving to Australia.
‘Mike Upchat’…………………………….. ROBIN NEDWELL
Maggie……………………………………. SUSAN JAMESON
Polly………………………………………. BERNADETTE MILNE

 

THE UPPER CRUSTS

LWT / 6×30 minute episodes / 1973 25 February – 1 April Sundays 9.30pm
Writers: Keith Waterhouse, Willis Hall / Producer/Director: Mark Stuart
Sitcom. When their elderly father loses the family fortune, Lord and Lady Seacroft are forced to move into a high rise council flat.
Lord Seacroft Sr……………………….. CHARLES GRAY
Lady Seacroft………………………….. MARGARET LEIGHTON
Lord Seacroft………………………….. CHARLES GRAY
Davina Seacroft……………………….. LALLA WARD
Gareth Seacroft……………………….. MARTIN NEIL

 

UP POMPEII!

BBC1 / 13×35/30 minute episodes / 1970 Season 1: 30 March – 11 May / Season 2: 14 September – 26 October
Creator: Talbot Rothwell / Writers: Sid Colin, Talbot Rothwell
Sitcom. In Ancient Rome, put upon slave Lurcio has trouble juggling the demands of his family employers. Pilot was broadcast on 17 September 1969.See also Further Up Pompeii!
Lurcio……………………………………… FRANKIE HOWERD
Ludicrus Sextus(1)…………………….. MAX ADRIAN
Ludicrus Sextus(2)…………………….. WALLAS EATON
Erotica……………………………………. GEORGINA MOON
Ammonia………………………………… ELIZABETH LARNER
Ambrosia………………………………… LYNDA BARON
Odius…………………………………….. JOHN JUNKIN
Plautus(Pilot)…………………………… WALTER HORSBRUGH
Plautus(season 1)…………………….. WILLIE RUSHTON

 

THE UPPER HAND

Central/Columbia / 94×30 minute episodes 1×60 minute episodes / 1990-96 7 Seasons
Executive Producer: Paul Spencer / Script Associate: Greg Freeman / Creators: Blake Hunter, Martin Cohan / Producer: Christopher Walker
Sitcom. Ex footballer Charlie Burrows begins working as live in housekeeper to busy executive and single mum Caroline Wheatley. The show was based on the US sitcom Who’s The Boss and at the end of season 6 Charlie and Caroline actually married.
Charlie Burrows…………………………. JOE McGANN
Caroline Wheatley……………………… DIANA WESTON
Laura West………………………………. HONOR BLACKMAN
Joanna Burrows…………………………. KELLIE BRIGHT
Tom Wheatley…………………………… WILLIAM PUTTOCK

 

UP RISING

ITV-Strand-Tiger Aspect / 1×50 minute episodes 4×30 minute episodes / 2000 25 June – 23 Julys Sundays mostly at 10.30pm
Writer: Nick Vivian / Costume: Fiona Chilcott / Music: Michael Storey / Design: Steve Groves / Camera: Francis De Groote / Producers: Margaret Gavan Duffy, Christopher Skala
Sitcom. Life for the generally oddball residents of the idyllic village of Rising, especially neuveau riche couple Maxine and Terry Gaines and old style Ronald and Sally Kegworthy.
With:- ANTON RODGERS as Ronald Kegworthy / NICOLA PAGETT as Sally Kegworthy / MICHELLE COLLINS as Maxine Gaines / KEVIN McNALLY as Terry Gaines / GEORGIA McKENZIE as Harriet Revell / RICHARD COYLE as Martin Marr / CAMILLA POWER as Ariadne / DOMINIC MATHAM as Justin Winterman / TREVOR COOPER as Morrissey

 

UP THE ELEPHANT AND ROUND THE CASTLE

Thames / 23×30 minute episodes / 1983-85 3 Seasons
Producer: Anthony Parker
Sitcom. Cockney Jim London is left a ramshackle terraced house complete with sitting tenant upstairs by his Aunt Mini.
Jim London………………………………… JIM DAVIDSON
Wanda Pickles…………………………… SUE NICHOLLS
Dad London………………………………. JOHN BARRON
Mum London……………………………… ROSALIND KNIGHT
Brian the Barman……………………….. BRIAN HALL
Cllr Bertram Allnut (Season 1)……….. ROGER SLOMAN
Cllr Arnold Moggs (Seasons 2-3)……. NICHOLAS DAY

 

UP THE GARDEN PATH

Granada/HB / 18×30 minute episodes / 1990-93
Writer: Sue Limb / Theme Sung by Imelda Staunton / Producer: Humphrey Barclay / Director: David Askey
Sitcom. Lovelorn schoolteacher Izzy Comyn would like a bit of romance in her life but finds it hard to meet the right kind of man.
Izzy Comyn………………………………… IMELDA STAUNTON
Dick Barnes……………………………….. MIKE GRADY
Maria Shadwell…………………………… TESSA PEAKE-JONES
Louise Tristran……………………………. SUSAN KYDD
Michael Tristran………………………….. NICHOLAS LE PREVOST
Gwyn Jenkins……………………………. TOM MANNION
Bill Bailey (Seasons 2-3)………………. NEIL McCAUL
Linda (Season 3)………………………… ADRIENNE O’SULLIVAN

 

UP THE WORKERS

ATV / 13×30 minute episodes / 1974-76 Season 1: 1 May – 12 June 1974 / Season 2: 25 February – 14 April 1976
Creator: Lance Percival / Writers: Tom Brennand, Roy Bottomley / Producers: John Scholz-Conway, Alan Tarrant
Sitcom. Ups and downs of a group of factory workers at Cocker’s Components Ltd in the Midlands, most of whom seem hell bent of strike action.There was a pilot broadcast 4 Sep 1973 with a mainly different cast (Gordon Rollings, Lynn Smith and Peter Hill were amongst them.)
Dicky Bligh………………………………… HENRY McGEE
Bernard Peck…………………………….. LANCE PERCIVAL
Sid Stubbins……………………………… NORMAN BIRD
Fred Hamflitt (Season 2)………………. VICTOR MADDERN
Sir Henry Carmichael (Season 1)……. IVOR DEAN
Sir Charles (Season 2)………………… CHARLES LLOYD PACK
Bert Hamflitt (Season 1)………………. DUDLEY SUTTON
Andrea (Season 2)……………………… LESLEY DUFF
Fergy (Season 2)……………………….. LEON VITALI

 

US GIRLS

BBC1 / 12×30 minute episodes / 1992-93
Writer: Lisselle Kayle / Script Consultant: Sharon Foster / Script Editor: Anne Pivcevic Producer/Director: David Askey
Sitcom. West Indian Bev tries to juggle her career as a journalist with bringing up her teenage daughter and trying to do her best by her Mam.
JOANNE CAMPBELL as Bev(Season 1) / NICOLA BLACKMAN as Bev(Season 2) / MARLAINE GORDON as Aisha / MONA HAMMOND as Grandma Pinnock / ALLISTER BAIN as Grandad Pinnock / KERRY POTTER as Catherine / DONA CROLL as Gail

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