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Yanks Go Home to Yus M’Dear

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YANKS GO HOME

Granada / 13×30 minute episodes / 1976-77
Producer: Eric Prytherch
Period sitcom. During World War II a group of US Airforce men are stationed in Lancashire and are soon stirring up the locals.
Corporal Pasquale……………………….FREDDIE EARLIE
Private Tutt……………………………….JAY BENEDICT
Cpl Vince Rossi…………………………STUART DAMON
Colonel Irving (Season 2)……………..LIONEL MURTON
Harry Duckworth………………………..DAVID ROSS
Col Ralph Kruger (Season 1)………..ALAN MacNAUGHTON
Phoebe Sankey………………………..MEG JOHNSON
Randall Todd (Season 2)……………..PETER SALLIS

 

YES HONESTLY

LWT / 26×30 minute episodes / 1976-77
Writers: Charlotte Bingham, Terence Brady / Music: Georgie Fame / Producer: Humphrey Barclay.
Sitcom. A continuation of No Honestly No Honestly but with a new cast. It concerned the exploits of Songwriter Matt Browne and his secretary Lili Pond.
Matt Browne…………………………………DONAL DONNELLY
Lily Pond……………………………………..LIZA GODDARD
Mr Krokski…………………………………..DUDLEY JONES

 

YES MINISTER

BBC2 / 21×30 minute episodes 1×60 minute episodes / 1980-82
Writers: Anthony Jay, Jonathan Lynn / Producers: Stuart Allen, Sydney Lotterby, Peter Whitmore / Titles: Gerald Scarfe / Music: Ronnie Hazlehurst
Sitcom. Misadventures of Tory MP Jim Hacker who was kept in his place by his permanent under secretary Sir Humphrey Appleby. When the show returned in 1986 Hacker was now Prime Minister (see separate entry below).
UK Format Video Available: Yes Minister: Series 2 (DVD)
Jim Hacker………………………………..PAUL EDDINGTON
Sir Humphrey…………………………….NIGEL HAWTHORNE
Bernard Wolley………………………….DEREK FOWLDS
Anne Hacker…………………………….DIANA HODDINOTT
Sir Arnold Robinson……………………JOHN NETTLETON

 

YES, PRIME MINISTER

BBC2 / 16×30 minute episodes / 1986-88 2 Seasons
Writers: Anthony Jay, Jonathan Lynn / Producer/Director: Sydney Lotterby
Sitcom. A continuation of Yes Minister which saw Jim Hacker somehow become Prime Minister and taking up residence at 10 Downing Street (and still being helped/hindered by Sir Humphrey).
Rt Hon James Hacker……………………PAUL EDDINGTON
Sir Humphrey Appleby…………………..NIGEL HAWTHORNE
Bernard Woolley…………………………..DEREK FOWLDS
Annie Hacker………………………………DIANA HODDINOTT
Dorothy Wainwright………………………DEBORAH NORTON
Sir Arnold Robinson……………………..JOHN NETTLETON

 

YOU MUST BE THE HUSBAND

BBC1 / 13×30 minute episodes / 1988-90
Writer: Colin Bostock Smith / Producer: John Kilby
Sitcom. A couple’s married life changes when the wife writes a blockbuster of a novel and becomes the main breadwinner.
Tom…………………………………………….TIM BROOKE-TAYLOR
Alice……………………………………………DIANE KEEN
Gerald…………………………………………GARFIELD MORGAN
Miranda……………………………………….SHEILA STEAFAL

 

YOUNG AT HEART

ATV/Central (1982) / 19×30 minute episodes / 1980-82
Writer: Vince Powell / Producer/Director: Stuart Allen / Theme sung by John Mills
Sitcom. Former pottery worker Albert Collyer has time on his hands now he has retired.
Albert Collyer………………………………..JOHN MILLS
Ethel Collyer…………………………………MEGS JENKINS
Barbara Charlton (Seasons 1-2)…………CAROL LEADER
Norman Charlton (Seasons 1-2)…………DAVID NEILSON

 

YOUNG, GIFTED AND BROKE

Central / 7×30 minute episodes / 1989 3 June – 15 July Saturdays 6.15pm
Creators: Laurence Marks, Maurice Gran / Executive Producer: Ray Butt / Producer: Margaret Bottomley
Sitcom. Exploits of five YTS (Youth Training Scheme) teenagers working at an electronics firm.
Frank……………………………………..JAMES HAZLEDINE
Paul………………………………………SIMON O’BRIEN
Linda……………………………………..MARY HEALEY
Lucy……………………………………..KATE EMMA DAVIES
Adrian……………………………………MARK MONERO
Tamsin…………………………………..ELENA FERRARI
Aysha……………………………………CHERYL MILLER
Greg……………………………………..JASON RUSH
Bolton……………………………………STEVEN O’DONNELL
Alan………………………………………BOBBY BRAGG

 

THE YOUNG ONES

BBC2 / 12×35 minute episodes / 1982/84
Writers: Ben Elton, Rik Mayall, Lise Mayer / Producer: Paul Jackson
Sitcom. Four extremely anarchic and very possibly mentally deranged students share a decrepit house. Each week a pop group of the time performed a song (Madness, Motorhead etc). Alexei Sayle appeared on a regular basis as the foursomes ranting landlord, most of his material was self written. This show was extremely influential with the up and coming comedians of the day and was supposedly based on the flat sharing experiences of the university graduates cast and writers.
Rick…………………………………………..RIK MAYALL
Vivyan………………………………………..ADE EDMONDSON
Neil……………………………………………NIGEL PLANER
Mike………………………………………….CHRISTOPHER RYAN
Jerzy Balowski…………………………….ALEXEI SAYLE

 

YOU’RE ONLY YOUNG TWICE

ATV / 6×30 minute episodes / 1971 5 July – 9 August Mondays 8.30pm
Writer: Jack Trevor Story / Script Editor: Philip Hinchliffe / Producer: Shaun O’Riordan
Sitcom. Exploits of the elderly residents of the Twilight Lodge old peoples home.
Matron…………………………………………ADRIENNE CORRI
Henry Armitage……………………………..LIAM REDMOND
Peter…………………………………………..PETER COPLEY
Mark…………………………………………..GEORGE WOODBRIDGE
Reg…………………………………………….LESLIE DWYER
Corrinna………………………………………CARMEN MONROE

 

YOU’RE ONLY YOUNG TWICE

Yorkshire / 31×30 minute episodes / 1977-78 4 Seasons + 1 special
Writers: Pam Valentine, Michael Ashton / Producer: Graeme Muir
Sitcom. Escapades of the residents of Paradise Lodge a home for elderly ladies.
Flora Petty………………………………..PEGGY MOUNT
Cissie Lupin………………………………PAT COOMBS
Dolly Love…………………………………LALLY BOWERS
Mildred Lanshawe………………………DIANA KING
Katy O’Rourke…………………………..PEGGY LEDGER
Miss Milton………………………………CHARMAIN MAY
Miss Finch……………………………….GEORGINA MOON

 

YOU RANG M’LORD

BBC1 / 25×50 minute episodes / 1990-93 Four seasons
Writers: Jimmy Perry, David Croft / Theme sung by Paul Shane / Producer: David Croft
Sitcom. Basically a comedy version of Upstairs Downstairs focusing on the exploits of the uppercrust Meldrum family and their servants in the 1920’s. A 50 minute pilot was broadcast in 1988, this set the premise wherby Alf and James had saved the life of Teddy Meldrum during the Great War.
Alf Stokes………………………………….PAUL SHANE
Ivy Teesdale……………………………….SU POLLARD
James Twelvetrees………………………JEFFREY HOLLAND
Lord George Meldrum…………………..DONALD HEWLETT
Honourable Teddy Meldrum…………..MICHAEL KNOWLES
PC Wilson………………………………..BILL PERTWEE
Cissy Meldrum…………………………..CATHERINE RABETT
Poppy……………………………………..SUSIE BRANN
Lord Lavender……………………………MAVIS PUGH
Myrtle(Season 3)……………………….BARBARA WINDSOR

 

YUS M’DEAR

LWT / 19×30 minute episodes / 1976
Writers: Ronald Wolfe, Ronald Chesney / Producer/Director: Stuart Allen
Sitcom. Sequel to Romany Jones Two of the characters from Romany Jones, Wally and Lilly Briggs move from their gypsy caravan site to a proper home.
Wally Briggs……………………………….ARTHUR MULLARD
Lilly Briggs…………………………………QUEENIE WATTS
Benny……………………………………….MIKE REID
Molly………………………………………..VALERIE WALSH

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