The situation comedy, or sitcom to give it it’s more well known nom de plume, has always been one of the most popular of TV show genres. It’s a genre that television is particularly well suited for too, the small scale box in the corner (at least until our recent conversion to giant wall dominating LCD screens anyway) perfectly suited to the often domestic tribulations of shows like Meet The Wife, Terry and June, The Good Life and Rising Damp. Not to say that there isn’t room for the way out, almost every concept has found it’s way into sitcomland – from high concept Red Dwarf to the historical antics of Blackadder.
This mammoth A-Z encyclopedia guide pulls together details about every UK sitcom you’ve ever heard of as well as lots you haven’t. From the true icons to the obscure how did that get made, they are all here.
This page covers all shows starting with the letter A and you can use the previous/next and pagination buttons to traverse your way through the shows.
ITV 1 – Baby Cow / 1×25 m-e / Broadcast 14 February 2007
Writer: Morwenna Banks / Executive Producer: Henry Normal / Producer; Alison MacPhail / Director: Jonny Campbell
One off comedy with a top flight cast. A series was commissioned by ITV for broadcast on ITV-2 but it was cancelled and never made.
Morwenna Banks as Marianne Hope / Omid Djalili as Tony / Russell Brand as Terry / Reece Shearsmith as Doctor Darren / Miranda Hart as Helen / Liz Smith as Elsie / Tamsin Egerton as Tiffany / Marti Pellow as Eddie Coogan / Rasmus Hardiker as Dean
ABOVE THEIR STATION
BBC-3 – Granada / 1×30 m-e / Broadcast 22 February 2010
Writer: Rhys Thomas / Script Supervisor: Suzanne Baron / Production Design: Neil Griffiths, Sam Harley and James Dillon / Executive Producers: Simon Lupton and Saurabh Kakkar / Producer: Jon Rolph / Director Tony Dow
Comedy pilot for a series that never emerged.
Luke Gell as Len / Ashley Madekwe as Kelly / Rhys Thomas as Perry / Sonny Rooney as Danny / Andy Linden as Dino / Andrew Brooke as Police Constable Preston / Dudley Sutton as Chester Thompson / Denis Lawson as Keith Boone / Ruth Connell as Olga / Tony Way as Techno Benson / Simon Day as Doctor Barry Clack
BBC – Saunders and French prods. /32×30 minute episodes 2×45 minute episodes 1×40 minute episode and 1×55 minute episode / Broadcast 12 November 1992 – 1996 and 2001 – 25 December 2004 / season one BBC2 rest BBC1
Writer:Jennifer Saunders / Script EditorRuby Wax / Producer and Director:Bob Spiers
Sitcom. Magazine editor Edina Monsoon and her best friend, champagne swilling Patsy, try to keep one step ahead of coming trends.
The series returned in 2001 after a five year lay off for a new series of 6 episodes. In the new series Saffy was on the verge of entering politics whilst Mother had become hooked on the Internet. Patsy and Edina meanwhile were still hooked on every trend going. There was Christmas special (1×55 minute episodes) on 27 December 2002 guest starring Whoopi Goldberg.
Meanwhile another series of 8 emerged in 2003 with a final 40 minute special on Christmas Day 2004. The series had it’s roots in a sketch called Modern Mother and Daughter that appeared on the French and Saunders show with French in the daughter role and Saunders as mother.
JENNIFER SAUNDERS as Edina Monsoon / JOANNA LUMLEY as Patsy / JULIA SAWALHA as Saffron / JUNE WHITFIELD as Mum / JANE HORROCKS as Bubble / HELEN LEDERER as Catriona (seasons 2-3)
BBC-2 / 12×30 m-e / Broadcast 10 November 2003 – 25 August 2005
Creator: Mark Tavener / Producer: Paul Schlesinger
Stephen Fry as Charles / John Bird as Martin / James Lance as Jamie / Zoe Telford as Alison / Sally Bretton as Cat
ACCORDING TO BEX
BBC-1 / 8×30 m-e / Broadcast 7 January – 25 February 2005
Creator: Fred Barron / Theme Music: Morgan Pochin / Executive Producers: Fred Barron, Sophie Clarke-Jervoise, Kenton Allen / Producer: Alex Walsh-Taylor / Director: Dewi Humphreys
Comic exploits of Bex Atwell at home and at work.
JESSICA STEVENSON as Bex / GREG WISE as Charles / RAQUEL CASSIDY as Chris / CLIVE RUSSELL as Jack / ZITA SATTAR as Jan / OLIVER CHRIS as Ryan
AN ACTOR’S LIFE FOR ME
BBC-1 / 6×30 minute episodes / Broadcast 14 November – 19 December 1991 Thursdays at 8.30pm
Writer:Paul Mayhew-Archer / Producer and Director:Bryan Izzard
Sitcom. Struggling actor Robert Neilson is determined to make the big time.
JOHN GORDON SINCLAIR as Robert Neilson / GINA McKEE as Sue Bishop / VICTOR SPINETTI as Desmond Shaw / BENEDICT TAYLOR as Sebastian Groom
BBC-3 – Channel X / 1×30 m-e / Broadcast 12 May 2008
Writer: David Isaac / Script Supervisor: Jane Houston / Theme Music: Little Man Tate / Production Design: Gavin Lewis / Executive Producers: Jon Mountague, Alan Marke / Producer: Matt Tiller / Director: Michael Buffong
One off pilot for a series that never emerged.
Neil Fitzmaurice as Mike / Peter Slater as Mr Jordan / Chris Hannon as Darrel / Christian Foster as Kenny / Abdullah Afzal as Asif / Rachel Rae as Shelley / Jessica Hall as Tania / Sian Reeves as Gloria / Kulvinder Ghir as Mohammed / Samira Chahhary as Receptionist / Chereen Buckley as Lee Ann / Jarrod Cooke as Danny / Mohammed Rafique as Mr Ahmed
ADRIAN MOLE: THE CAPPUCCINO YEARS
BBC-1 – Little Dancer / 6×30 minute episodes / Broadcast 2 February – 9 March 2001 Fridays at 9.30pm
Writer and Executive Producer: Sue Townsend / Producer: Sarah Smith / Director: Sandy Johns
Sitcom. Sequel to The Secret Diary of Adrian Mole. 1997: Angst ridden Adrian Mole is now 31 and a celebrity chef, he is also a single dad and determined to become a novelist. Love of his life Pandora is about to become a ‘Blair’ babe MP. See also The Growing Pains of Adrian Mole.
STEPHEN MANGAN as Adrian Mole / ALISON STEADMAN as Pauline Mole / HELEN BAXENDALE as Pandora Braithwaite / ALUN ARMSTRONG as George Mole / ZOE WANAMAKER as Tania Braithwaite / JAMES HAZLEDINE as Ivan Braithwaite / KEITH ALLEN as Peter Savage / HARRY TOMES as William Mole / RODERIC CULVER as Nigel Hetherington / MELISSA BATCHELOR as Rosie Mole / JOSEPH LONG as Luigi / BARRY FARRIMOND as Malcolm / LYNNE LOWTON as Justine
THE ADVENTURES OF BRIGADIER WELLINGTON-BULL
BBC / 5×30 minute episodes / 1959 12 June-17 July Fri 7.30pm
Writer:Austin Melford / Producer:Ronald Marsh
Sitcom. A newly retired Brigadier has trouble adjusting to civilian life.
With:- ALEXANDER GAUGE as Brig Garnett Wellington-Bull / VALERIE SINGLETON as Jane Wellington-Bull / DONALD HEWLETT as Capt ‘Snooty’ Pilkington
THE ADVENTURES OF CHARLIE QUICK
BBC / 6×10 minute episodes / Broadcast 11 November – 16 December 1957 Mondays at 5.15pm
Writer: Peter Newington / Producer and Director: John Hunter Blair
Children’s sitcom. The misadventures of the title character.
Clive Dunn as Charlie Quick
THE ADVENTURES OF DANIEL
BBC-3 – BBC Scotland / 1×30 m-e / Broadcast 23 August 2010
Writers: Stewart Williams, Tim Allsop / Additional Material: Daniel Sloss / Executive Producer: Jemma Rodgers / Director: Ben Gosling Fuller
One off comedy pilot
Daniel Sloss as Daniel / Jenny Hulse as Emma / Jordan McCurrach as Matt / Kevin Guthrie as James / Laura Aikman as Suzie / Finlay Johnston as Daniel’s brother / Bailey Edmondson as Daniel’s brother / Jonathan Slinger as Mr Wallace / Imogen Stubbs as Mrs Wallace / Susan Vidler as Daniel’s mum / Ed Byrne as Xantar / Robert McDevitt as Warrior
THE ADVENTURES OF FRANCIE AND JOSIE
Scottish TV / 16×25 m-e / Broadcast 16 November 1961 – 15 August 1965
Misadventures of the duo of the title.
Rikki Fulton as Josie / Jack Milroy as Francie
AFFAIRS OF THE HEART
ITV – Granada / 7×30 minute episodes / Broadcast dates Pilot: 23 Aug 1983 Season: 22 July-26 August 1985
Writer: Paul Daneman / Music: Bill Connor / Producer: Brian Armstrong / Director: Charles Kitchen
Sitcom. A middle aged family man suffers a heart attack which causes him to re-evaluate his life.
DEREK FOWLDS as Peter Bonamy / SARAH BADEL as Jane Bonamy / HOLLY AIRD as Rosemarie Bonamy / The role of Rosemarie was played in the pilot by Elizabeth Anson.
AFTER YOU’VE GONE
BBC-1 / 24×30 m-e / Broadcast 12 January 2007 – 21 December 2008
Creator: Fred Barron / Music: Jamie Cullum / Producer: Rosemary McGowan
Nicholas Lyndhurst as Jimmy Venables / Celia Imrie as Diana Neal / Dani Harmer as Molly Venables / Vincent Ebrahim as Bobby / Ryan Sampson as Alex Venables / Amanda Abbington as Siobhan
Ape And Essence (The Wednesday Play BBC-1 1966, Alec McCowen)
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
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
Writer: John Finch
Book: Aldous Huxley
Music: BBC Radiophonic Workshop
Producer: Peter Luke
Director: David Benedictus.
Network and Production Companies: BBC One
Duration: 1×75 minute episode
Aired From: 18 May 1966
Plane Makers, The (ITV 1963-1965, Patrick Wymark, Barbara Murray)
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.
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
Creator: Wilfred Greatorex
Producers: Rex Firkin (seasons 1-2), David Reid (season 3)
Network: ITV – ATV
Duration: 57×50 minute episodes
Aired From: 4 February 1963 – 12 January 1965 black and white
Running Wild (ITV 1987, Ray Brooks, Janet Key)
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.
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)
Writer: Philip Trewinnard
Producers: Marcus Plantin (Season 1), Derrick Goodwin (Season 2)
Directors: Vic Finch (Season 1), Derrick Goodwin (Season 2)
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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