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The Gaffer to The Glums

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The Ultimate Guide to British Sitcoms

All sitcoms starting with the letter G. This is part one and takes you from The Gaffer to The Glums.

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THE GAFFER

Yorkshire / 20×30 minute episodes / 1981-83 three seasons
Writer: Graham White / Producer: Alan Tarrant
Sitcom. Misadventures of Fred Moffatt, the owner of a decrepit building works, who if not a cowboy was certainly very close to it.
With:- BILL MAYNARD as Fred Moffat / RUSSELL HUNTER as Harry / PAT ASHTON as Betty

 

GAME ON

BBC2/Hatrick / 18×30 minute episodes / 1995-97
Writers: Andrew Davies, Bernadette Davis / Producer: Geoffrey Perkins
Sitcom. A Pair of twentysomethings, the sexy Mandy Wilkins and the nerdish Martin Henson share the flat of fellow twentysomething the agoraphobic Matthew Malone.
Mandy Wilkins……………………………. SAMANTHA JANUS
Martin Henson……………………………. MATTHEW COTTLE
Matthew Malone(Season 1)…………… BEN CHAPLIN
Matthew Malone(Seasons 2-3)………. NEIL STUKE

 

GARTH MARENGHI’S DARKPLACE

C4 / 6x30m / started 29 January 2004
Writers: Matthew Holness, Richard Ayoade / Director: Richard Ayoade / Producer: Charlie Hanson

A comedy-horror made by Channel 4 in the 1980s (supposedly), but banned up until now. Set in Darkplace hospital where the gates to hell have been opened and all sorts of bad things happen. Fictionally, it was written by, directed by and starred Garth Marenghi who appears in interspersed interview sequences along with the rest of the “cast” about the making of it. Each actor plays the fictional cast member in the modern “retrospective” interviews as well as their Darkplace character in the TV show episodes “from the 1980s”.

With:- MATTHEW HOLNESS as Rick (played by Garth) / RICHARD AYOADE as Thornton (Dean) / ALICE LOWE as Liz (Madeleine) / MATT BERRY as Lucien (Todd)

 

A GENTLEMAN’S CLUB

BBC2 / 6×30 minute episodes / 1988 23 September – 28 October Fridays 9.00pm
Writer: Richard Gordon / Producer/Director: Sydney Lotterby
Sitcom. Stories of the members of Gentleman’s Club ,The Albany, in London’s Pall Mall.
Aubrey………………………………………. WILLIAM GAUNT
George………………………………………. RICHARD VERNON
Ann…………………………………………… JILL MEAGHER
Willie………………………………………… CHRISTOPHER BENJAMIN
Quentin……………………………………… RUPERT FRAZER

 

GEORGE AND MILDRED

UK / ITV Network-Thames / 38×30 minute episodes / 1976-79 Four seasons

Writers: Johnnie Mortimer, Brian Cooke / Producer:Peter Frazer-Jones

Sitcom. Spin off from Man About the House and see also Robin’s Nest. Robin’s Nest. George and Mildred move to middle class suburbia and quickly outrage their new next door neighbours The Fourmiles. George knew that their street was full of “toffee-nosed snobs” and their address was 46 Peacock Crescent, Hampton Wick, Middlesex, England.

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BRAIN MURPHY as George Roper / YOOTHA JOYCE as Mildred Roper, his wife / NORMAN ESHLEY as Jeffrey Fourmile, their snobbish neighbor / SHEILA FEARN as Anne Fourmile, Jeffrey’s wife / NICHOLAS BOND – OWEN as Tristram Fourmile, their son / AVRIL ELGAR as Ethel, Mildred’s sister / REGINALD MARSH as Humphrey, Ethel’s husband / JEAN MARLOW as Hilda, Mildred’s sister / GRETCHEN FRANKLIN as Mildred’s mother

 

GEORGE AND THE DRAGON

ATV / 26×30 minute episodes / 1966-68 Four seasons black and white
Writers: Vince Powell, Harry Driver / Theme Music: Tom Springfield / Producers: Alan Tarrant, Shaun O’Riordan
Sitcom. Wily chauffeur George Russell more than meets his match when his boss Colonel Maynard hires housekeeper Gabrielle Dragon.
George Russell……………………………… SID JAMES
Gabrielle Dragon……………………………. PEGGY MOUNT
Colonel Maynard…………………………… JOHN LE MESURIER
Ralph………………………………………….. KEITH MARSH

 

GERT AND DAISY

A-R/Jack Hylton / 6×30 minute episodes / 1959 10 August – 16 September Mondays 8.30pm
Creator: Ted Willis / Director: Milo Lewis
Sitcom. A pair of ex-theatricals open a boarding house catering to the people from the world of showbusiness.
Gert……………………………………………… ELSIE WATERS
Daisy…………………………………………… DORIS WATERS
Boris……………………………………………. HUGH PADDICK
Bonnie…………………………………………. PATSY ROWLANDS
Lulu……………………………………………. JENNIFER BROWNE
Maureen………………………………………. DUDY NIMMO
Harry…………………………………………… JULIAN D’ALBIE

 

GET BACK

BBC1/Alamo / 15×30 minute episodes / 1992-93 Mondays 8.30pm
Writers: Lawrence Marks, Maurice Gran / Producers: Bernard McKenna, Rosie Bunting / Director: Terry Kinane
Sitcom. Martin and Loretta Sweet have to move in with Martin’s wealthy brother Albert after falling on hard times.
Martin Sweet……………………………… RAY WINSTONE
Albert Sweet……………………………… LARRY LAMB
Loretta Sweet……………………………. CAROL HARRISON
Prudence Sweet………………………… JANE BOOKER
Bernice Sweet…………………………… JOHN BARDON
Eleanor Sweet…………………………… KATE WINSLET
Joanna Sweet……………………………. MICHELLE CATTINI
Bungalow Bill……………………………. ZOOT MONEY

 

GET REAL

ITV / 7×30 minute episodes / 1998
Creators: Alan Davies, Paul Waite / Writer: Paul Waite / Producer: Sue Birbeck
Sitcom. The relationships of a group of thirtysomethings.
Louise………………………………………… LINDSAY DUNCAN
Adam…………………………………………. LLOYD OWEN
Lester………………………………………… SIMON GODLEY
Francine…………………………………….. LESLEY VICKERAGE

 

GET WELL SOON

BBC1 / 6×30 minute episodes / 1997 2 November – 7 December Sundays 6.40pm/6.30pm
Writers: Ray Galton, John Antrobus / Theme Sung by Aled Jones / Producer: Philip Kampff
Period sitcom. In 1947 Two young lads, Roy Osborne and Brian Clapton share a room in a TB Sanitarium in Surrey. This series is based on the meeting between classic sitcom writers Ray Galton and Alan Simpson (Hancock, Steptoe and Son etc).
Roy Osborne………………………………. MATTHEW COTTLE
Brian Clapton……………………………… EDDIE MARSAN
Mrs Howell………………………………… SAMANTHA BECKINSALE
Sister Shelley…………………………….. KATE O’TOOLE
Mrs Osborne……………………………… ANITA DOBSON
Mr Walpole……………………………….. NEIL STACY
Sq Ldr Fielding…………………………… ROBERT BATHURST

 

GIMME GIMME GIMME

BBC2/Tiger Aspect / 13×30 minute episodes / 1999-2000 2 seasons + 1 special
Writer: Johnathon Harvey / Music: Philip Pope / Script Editor: Kathy Burke / Titles: Tim Searle / Producer: Sue Vertue / Director: Liddy Oldroyd
Sitcom. Sex obsessed Linda La Hughes shares a flat with gay Tom Farrell. Tom was a seemingly always out of work actor whilst Linda didn’t actually do anything.
With:- KATHY BURKE as Linda La Hughes / JAMES DREYFUS as Tom Farrell / ROSALIND KNIGHT as Beryl Merit / BRIAN BOVELL as Jez / BETH GODDARD as Suze

 

THE GINGERBREAD GIRL

Yorkshire / 6×30 minute episodes / 1993 9 April – 21 May Fridays 8.30pm
Writer: Alex Shearer / Theme sung by Janet Dibley / Executive Producer: David Reynolds / Producer/Director: Robin Carr
Sitcom. Young single mother Linda does her best to cope on her own.
With:- JANET DIBLEY as Linda / TYLER BUTTERWORTH as Eddie / JOHN DIEDRICH as Matt / ISABELLA MARSH as Kerry / TRACIE BENNETT as Stella

 

GIRLS ABOUT TOWN

ATV / 12×30 minute episodes / 1970-71
Writer: Adele Rose / Producer: Shaun O’Riordan
Sitcom. Exploits of a pair of bored housewives. There was a pilot broadcast 2 Oct 1969, this was substantially different being made by Thames and featured in the cast Anna Quayle as Rosemary Pilgrim, and Barbara Mullaney as Sylvia(Mullaney is better known under her married name of Knox as Rita in Coronation Street.
With:- JULIE STEVENS as Rosemary Pilgrim / ROBIN PARKINSON as George Pilgrim / DENISE COFFEY as Brenda Liversedge / PETER BALDWIN as Harold Liversedge / DOROTHY REYNOLDS as Mrs Pilgrim

 

GIRLS ON TOP

Central/Witzend / 13×30 minute episodes / 1985-86 Season One:23 Oct – 4 Dec 1985 Season Two:30 Oct -111 Dec 1986
Writers: Dawn French, Jennifer Saunders, Ruby Wax / Script Editor: Ben Elton / Producers: Paul Jackson, Trevor Walton
Sitcom. The distaff side to the Young Ones, Girls On Top is a superbly anarchic sitcom featuring the cream of alternative comedy talent of the early 1980’s. The series sees Tracey Ullman, Dawn French, Jennifer Saunders and Ruby Wax pooling their resources to be able to afford a flat in London, they move into the house of the highly eccentric Lady Carlton (the superb Joan Greenwood).

Their are guest appearances from the likes of Ben Elton, Robbie Coltrane and a young Severus Snape in the shape of Alan Rickman
With:- TRACEY ULLMAN as Candice(1985) / DAWN FRENCH as Amanda / JENNIFER SAUNDERS as Jennifer / RUBY WAX as Shelley / JOAN GREENWOOD as Lady Carlton

 

GLAMOUR GIRLS

Granada / 13×30 minute episodes / 1980 Season One: 23 Oct – 27 Nov Season 2:23 Feb – 6 Apr
Writer: David Nobbs / Music: Derek Hilton / Producer: John G. Temple / Director: Malcolm Taylor
Sitcom. Two women, Veronica Hawlett and Debbie Wilkinson , work for an extremely dodgy modeling agency.
Veronica Hawlett………………………… BRIGIT FORSYTH
Debbie Wilkinson……………………….. SALLY WATTS
Ernest Garstang…………………………. DUGGIE BROWN
Brian Frodsham…………………………. TOM PRICE
Mr Meredith………………………………. JAMES WARRIOR

 

GLENCANNON

Gross-Krasne/Silleman/ NTA / 39×30 minute episodes / 14 Sep 1960 – 6 July 1961 black and white
Writers: Basil Dawson, John Toureen, Ian Dallas. / Stories: Guy Fitzpatrick / Executive Producer: Donald Hyde / Director: John Knight
Comedy series. The exploits of a chief engineer working on a tramp steamer. An English-American co-production.
Glencannon………………………………… THOMAS MITCHELL
Bosun Hughes…………………………….. PATRICK ALLEN
Captain Ball……………………………….. CHARLES CARSON
Cookie …………………………………….. GEORGIE WOOD
Sparks……………………………………… PETER COLLINGWOOD
Mr Montgomery…………………………… BARRY KEEGAN
Mr Macintosh……………………………… KERRY JORDAN

 

THE GLUMS

LWT / 9×10 minute episodes 8×30 minute episodes / 1979
Writers: Frank Muir, Denis Norden / Producer: Simon Brett / Directors: John Kaye Cooper, John Reardon
Sitcom. Exploits of a dour family, based on a long running radio series of the fifties, Season One(9×10 minute episodes) was part of the series Bruce Forsyth’s Big Night Out (7 Oct – 24 Dec 1978). Season two was a full series with two stories per show, each adapted from the old radio broadcasts.
Pa Glum……………………………………… JIMMY EDWARDS
Ron Glum…………………………………….. IAN LAVENDER
Eth…………………………………………….. PATRICIA BRAKE
Ted……………………………………………. MICHAEL STAUNTON

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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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