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Joan and Leslie to Just Liz

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The Ultimate Guide to British Sitcoms

All sitcoms starting with the letter J. This takes you from Joan and Leslie to Just Liz.

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JOAN AND LESLIE

ATV/Incorporated / 52×30 minute episodes 19×15 minute episodes / 1956-58 Three seasons
Writers: Gerald Kelsey, Dick Sharples , John Law, Bill Craig, Leslie Randall / Producers: Bill Ward, Hugh Rennie
Sitcom. Episodes in the domestic life of real life husband and wife team of Leslie Randall and Joan Leslie. Most of the series was shown fortnightly. Initially the series was known as Leslie Randall Entertains but halfway through season two changed to Joan and Leslie. Some of season two was broadcast from the stage of the Hackney Empire in London. In 1969 the couple made an Australian series also called Joan and Leslie.
Leslie Randall……………………………. LESLIE RANDALL
Joan Randall…………………………….. JOAN REYNOLDS
Mike Kelly (Seasons 2-3)…………….. HARRY TOWB
Mrs Henshawe (Seasons 2-3)……….. NOEL DYSON

 

JOE’S POP SHOP

UK Play-UKTV-BBC / x30 minute episodes / 1999
Writers: Joe Mace, Ben Dunn / Music: Tom Findlay / Executive Producer: Myfanwy Moore / Producer: Simon Lupton / Director: Ben Schaffer
A kind of sitcom about the slacker owner of a record shop and his best mate, interspersed throughout were pop music videos.
With:- JOE MACE / BEN DUNN

 

 

JOKING APART

BBC2/Pola Jones / 12×30 minute episodes / 1993/95 Season One: 7 Jan – 11 Feb 93 Season Two:3 Jan – 7 Feb 95
Writer: Steven Moffat / Producer: Andre Ptasynski / Director: Bob Spiers
Sitcom. Stand up comic Mark Taylor will do anything to win back his estranged wife Becky.A one off pilot aired under the Comic Asides banner on 12 Jul 1991.
Mark Taylor……………………………….. ROBERT BATHURST
Becky Taylor……………………………… FIONA GILLIES
Trevor………………………………………. PAUL MARK ELLIOTT
Tracey Glazebrook……………………… TRACIE BENNETT
Robert Glazebrook……………………… PAUL RAFFIELD

 

JUST A GIGOLO

Central / 7×30 minute episodes / 1993 8 April – 20 May Thursdays 8.30pm
Writers: Carl Gorham, Michael Hatt, Amanda Swift / Music: Richard Vranch / Producer: Paul Spencer / Director: Martin Dennis
Sitcom. The ‘Ups and Downs’, as it were, of male escort Nick Brim.
Nick Brim………………………………….. TONY SLATTERY
Simon Brim……………………………….. PAUL BIGLEY
Natalie……………………………………… ROWENA KING
Arabella……………………………………. JULIA ST JOHN
Sandy……………………………………… JANE HAZLEGROVE
Marge Payne…………………………….. WANDA VENTHAM

 

JUST GOOD FRIENDS

UK / BBC1 / 20×30 minute episodes 1×35 minute episode 1×90 minute episode / 1983-86 3 Seasons + 1 Special

Writer: John Sullivan / Theme sung by Paul Nicholas / Producer: Ray Butt

Very funny and well remembered romantic sitcom about the relationship ups and downs of wideboy Vince Pinner and genteel Penny Warrinder. When the series began Penny bumped into Vince in a pub five years after he jilted her at the altar. Penny is unwilling to get involved with Vince again, even as a friend, but after some persuasion they begin seeing each other again.

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JAN FRANCIS as Penny Warrender
PAUL NICHOLAS as Vince Pinner
SYLVIA KAY as Daphne Warrender
JOHN RINGHAM as Norman Warrender
ANN LYNN as Rita Pinner
SHAUN CURRY as Les Pinner
ADAM FRENCH as Clifford Pinner

 

JUST JIMMY

ABC / 45×30 minute episodes / 1964-68 black and white Five seasons
Producer: Ronnie Baxter
Sitcom. Misadventures of unruly schoolboy Jimmy (played by midget Jimmy Clitheroe).
Jimmy………………………………………. JIMMY CLITHEROE
Mrs Clitheroe……………………………… MOLLIE SUGDEN
Danny………………………………………. DANNY ROSS

 

JUST LIZ

Thames / 6×30 minute episodes / 1980 1 Sep – 6 Oct Mondays 8.30pm
Writers: John Esmonde, Bob Larbey / Producer/Director: Robert Reed
Sitcom. Liz Parker has to cope alone after her fiancee goes to work in Bahrain to earn enough money for them to get married.
Liz Parker………………………………….. SANDRA PAYNE
Reg Last……………………………………. RODNEY BEWES
Mr Chatto…………………………………… GORDEN KAYE
Mr Dalzell…………………………………… TERENCE ALEXANDER
Jessie Worth………………………………. AVRIL ANGERS
Trevor……………………………………….. MIKE WALLING

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Ape And Essence (The Wednesday Play BBC-1 1966, Alec McCowen)

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In Scifi drama Ape and Essence, based on the novel by Aldous Huxley, a group of New Zealand scientists conduct a survey on a Britain ravaged by atomic war 80 years previously.

Series: The Wednesday Play Season 2 Episode 29

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Alec McCowen as Alfred Poole
Robert Eddison as Arch Vicar
Derek Sydney as Chief
Jenny Lee as Flossie
Yvonne Antrobus as Young Girl
Sydney Bromley as Craigie
Martin Carroll as Director of Food
Hazel Douglas as Mies Hook
John Falconer as Patriarch
Petra Markham as Loola
Ken Parry as Science Praet
Amanda Reiss as Polly
Jonathan Scott as Int. Priest
Fiona Fraser as Part of Crowd
Ann Mitchell as Shaven-Head
Jacki Salt as Mulatto Girl
Carol Blake as Shaven-Head
Gordon Craig as Part of Crowd
Robert Cude as First Man

crew details
Writer: John Finch
Book: Aldous Huxley
Music: BBC Radiophonic Workshop
Producer: Peter Luke
Director: David Benedictus.

production details
Country: UK
Network and Production Companies: BBC One
Duration: 1×75 minute episode
Aired From: 18 May 1966

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Plane Makers, The (ITV 1963-1965, Patrick Wymark, Barbara Murray)

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Plane Makers Patrick Wymark

Drama series The Plane Makers took us behind the scenes in the boardroom and shop floor of the Scott Furlong Aircraft Factory. After two seasons the lead character John Wilder took a place on the board of a merchant bank and the series was then renamed The Power Game.

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Patrick Wymark as John Wilder
Jack Watling as Don Henderson
Barbara Murray as Pamela Wilder (Seasons 1-2)
Ann Firbank as Pamela Wilder (Season 3)
Reginald Marsh as Arthur Sugden
Alan Dobie as David Corbett

crew details
Creator: Wilfred Greatorex
Producers: Rex Firkin (seasons 1-2), David Reid (season 3)

production details
Country: UK
Network: ITV – ATV
Duration: 57×50 minute episodes
Aired From: 4 February 1963 – 12 January 1965 black and white

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Running Wild (ITV 1987, Ray Brooks, Janet Key)

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Sitcom Running Wild was about the ups and downs of separated couple, Max and Babs, trying to get on with their lives. In season two Max wants to return to his wife but Babs is not so keen.

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Ray Brooks as Max Wild
Janet Key as Babs Wild
Sharon Duce as Wanda
Michelle Collins as Stephanie Wild
Peter Amory as Rob
Berwick Kaler as Tom Coleman (Season 1)
Brigit Forsyth as Jenny (Season 2)

crew details
Writer: Philip Trewinnard
Producers: Marcus Plantin (Season 1), Derrick Goodwin (Season 2)
Directors: Vic Finch (Season 1), Derrick Goodwin (Season 2)

production details
Country: UK
Network and Production Companies: ITV – London Weekend Television
Duration: 13×25 minute episodes
Aired From: 6 March 1987 – 4 June 1989

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