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Keeping Mum to The Kumars at No 42

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The Ultimate Guide to British Sitcoms

All sitcoms starting with the letter K. This is part one and takes you from Keeping Mum to The Kumars at Number 42.

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KEEPING MUM

BBC1 / 14×30 minute episodes / 1997-98
Writer: Geoffrey Atherden / Producer: Stephen McCrum / Executive Producer: Geoffrey Perkins
Sitcom. Middle aged Andrew looks after his demanding Elderly mother Peggy. Based on an Australian original called Mother and Son.
Peggy……………………………………….. STEPHANIE COLE
Andrew……………………………………… MARTIN BALL
Richard……………………………………… DAVID HAIG
Tina………………………………………….. MEERA SYAL

 

KEEPING UP APPEARANCES

BBC1 / 42×30 minute episodes 1×60 minute episodes 1×50 minute episodes / 1990-95 Five seasons
Writer: Roy Clarke / Script Editor: Christopher Bond / Producer: Harold snoad
Sitcom. Misadventures of the social climbing housewife Hyacinth Bucket(pronounced ‘Bouquet’). Much to her distress Hyacinth’s super slobbish family kept in close touch.
Hyacinth Bucket…………………………. PATRICIA ROUTLEDGE
Richard Bucket…………………………… CLIVE SWIFT
Daisy ………………………………………. JUDY CORNWELL
Onslow…………………………………….. GEOFFREY HUGHES
Elizabeth………………………………….. JOSEPHINE TEWSON
Emmet…………………………………….. DAVID GRIFFIN
Rose(Season 1)…………………………. SHIRLEY STELFOX
Rose(Seasons 2-5)…………………….. MARY MILLAR

 

KEEP IT IN THE FAMILY

Yorkshire / 6×30 minute episodes / 1971 21 September – 26 October Tuesdays 6.55pm
Writers: David Nobbs, Peter Vincent / Producer: Ian Davidson / Executive Producer: John Duncan
Sitcom. James and Norah Bannister allow their parents (his mother, her father) to move in with them.
James Bannister……………………… TIM BARRATT
Yvonne Bannister…………………….. VIVIENNE MARTIN
Norah……………………………………. JOYCE GRANT
Des……………………………………… JACK HAIG
Val………………………………………. TONY MAIDEN

 

KEEP IT IN THE FAMILY

Thames / 31×30 minute episodes / 1980-83 Five seasons
Creator: Brian Cooke / Producers: Mark Stuart, Robert Reed, Michael Mills
Sitcom. Hassled cartoonist Dudley Rush copes with the demands of his wife, his job and his two teenage daughters who live in a converted flat in the basement of the main family home.
Dudley Rush………………………………. ROBERT GILLESPIE
Muriel Rush……………………………….. PAULINE YATES
Duncan Thomas………………………….. GLYN HOUSTON
Susan Rush……………………………….. STACY DORNING
Jacqui Rush(Seasons 1-2)…………….. JENNY QUAYLE
Jacqui Rush(Seasons 3-5)…………….. SABINA FRANKLYN

 

KELLY MONTEITH

BBC2 / 36×30 minute episodes / 1979-84 Six seasons
Writers: Kelly Monteith, Neil Shand / Producers: James Muir (Seasons 1-3), Bill Wilson (Season 4), Geoff Posner (Season 5), John Kilby (Season 6)
Sitcom. The problems of living in England faced by American stand up comedian Kelly Monteith.
Kelly…………………………………………… KELLY MONTEITH
Mrs Monteith………………………………… GABRIELLE DRAKE

 

KINDLY LEAVE THE KERB

LWT / 6×30 minute episodes / 1971 22 May – 26 June Saturdays 9.30pm
Writers: Johnnie Mortimer, Brian Cooke / Producer: Derek Bennett
Sitcom. The exploits of a pair of old buskers. Mr Tanner later appeared in the sitcom The Incredible Mr Tanner.
Ernest Tanner………………………….. PETER BUTTERWORTH
Sidney Rochester…………………….. PETER JONES
Archie…………………………………… MEREDITH EDWARDS

 

A KIND OF LIVING

Central / 26×30 minute episodes / 1988-90 Three seasons
Writer: Paul Makin / Music: Philip Bird / Producer: Glenn Cardno / Director: Paul Harrison
Sitcom. Teacher Trevor Beasley and his wife Carol move to London from Bolton so that Trevor can take up a new post. In season three following the departure of Trevor’s wife, he and his best friend Brian return home to Bolton.
Trevor Beasley………………………….. RICHARD GRIFFITHS
Carol Beasley (Seasons 1-2)………… FRANCES DE LA TOUR
Brian Thompson………………………… TIM HEALY
Linda (Season 3)……………………….. ANITA CAREY
Ken Dixon……………………………….. C.J. ALLEN

 

KINVIG

LWT / 7×30 minute episodes / 1981 4 Sep – 16 Oct Fri 8.30pm
Writer: Nigel Kneale / Producer: Les Chatfield / Directors: Les Chatfield, Brian Simmons
Sitcom. Electrical repairman Don Kinvig is taken to a idyllic planet by a bikini wearing alien – but could it all be a figment of his imagination.
Don Kinvig…………………………………. TONY HAYGARTH
Netta Kinvig……………………………….. PATSY ROWLANDS
Jim Piper………………………………….. COLIN JEAVONS
Miss Griffin………………………………… PRUNELLA GEE
Mr Horsley………………………………… PATRICK NEWELL
Buddo……………………………………… SIMON WILLIAMS
Sagga……………………………………… DANNY SCHILLER

 

KISS ME KATE

BBC1/Carlton / 20×30 minute episodes / 1998-2000
Writers: Chris Langham, John Morton / Music: Philip Pope / Producer: Nick Symons / Executive Producer: Geoffrey Perkins
Sitcom. Episodes in the mainly work based life of counselor Kate and her drippy, permanently depressed business partner Douglas. Mel was the hare brained secretary and the dense Craig ran a travel agency from the same building and had a crush on Kate.
Kate…………………………………………….. CAROLINE QUENTIN
Douglas………………………………………… CHRIS LANGHAM
Mel……………………………………………… AMANDA HOLDEN
Tonya………………………………………….. CLIFF PARESI
Craig…………………………………………… DARREN BOYD
Alan……………………………………………. MALCOLM BROWNING

 

THE KIT CURRAN RADIO SHOW

Thames/C4 / 12×30 minute episodes / 1984-85
Writer: Andy Hamilton, Guy Jenkin / Producer/Director: Anthony Parker
Sitcom. Kit Curran is a manic local radio disc jockey. Season two was called just Kit Curran and followed Kit tackling a variety of jobs after being sacked from his radio job. Season 2 also appeared on Channel Four.
Kit Curran……………………………………. DENIS LAWSON
Damien………………………………………. CLIVE MERRISON
Les Toms……………………………………. PAUL BROOKE
Roland Simpson (Season 1)……………. BRIAN WILDE
Sally Beamish (Season 1)………………. DEBBI BLYTHE

 

THE KUMARS AT No 42

BBC2 / 26x30m / 2001-2003
Writers: Sanjeev Bhaskar, Richard Pinto, Sharat Sardana / Producers: Lissa Evans, Richard Pinto, Sharat Sardana / Executive Producers: Jimmy Mulville, Denise O’Donoghue
Celebrity guests are interviewed in a television studio built into the back garden of the Kumar’s house. Sanjeev presents his self-named chatshow but his parents and grandmother always want to ask their own questions. Mixes sitcom elements with improvised chat.
With:- SANJEEV BHASKAR as Sanjeev / MEERA SYAL as Sushila / INDIRA JOSHI as Madhuri / VINCENT EBRAHIM as Ashwin

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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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