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The Liver Birds

Series 4

Episode 10: Follow That Ring

Duration: 30 minutes

First broadcast: on BBC One LondonLatest broadcast: on BBC One London

A classic episode of Carla Lane's sitcom set in Liverpool. A mad rush to hospital ensues after Beryl loses her engagement ring while making Sandra a trifle. Show more

Contributors

Writer:
Carla Lane
Mrs Hutchinson:
Mollie Sugden
Mrs Hennessey:
Sheila Fay
Mr Hutchinson:
Ivan Beavis

Yes, Prime Minister

Series 1

Episode 2: The Ministerial Broadcast

Duration: 29 minutes

First broadcast: on BBC Two Northern Ireland (Analogue)Latest broadcast: on BBC Two Northern Ireland (Analogue)

Sitcom about a beleaguered prime minister. Hacker prepares to make his first broadcast as prime minister and finds it is not so easy to speak on camera. Show more

Contributors

Sir Humphrey Appleby:
Nigel Hawthorne
Bernard Woolley:
Derek Fowlds
Malcolm Warren - Press Secretary:
Barry Stanton
James Hacker:
Paul Eddington
Godfrey:
John Wells
David - Employment Secretary:
Brian Gwaspari
Makeup Artist:
Carolyn Lyster

Yes, Minister

Series 1

Episode 2: The Official Visit

Duration: 28 minutes

First broadcast: on BBC Two EnglandLatest broadcast: on BBC Two England

Political sitcom. When Hacker recognises a visiting head of an African nation as a school friend, he does his best to offload some oil rigging gear on him. Show more

Contributors

James Hacker:
Paul Eddington
Sir Humphrey Appleby:
Nigel Hawthorne
Bernard Woolley:
Derek Fowlds
President Selim Mohammed:
Thomas Baptiste
Bill Pritchard:
Anthony Carrick
Producer:
Stuart Allen
Writer:
Antony Jay

Yes, Minister

Series 1

Episode 5: The Writing on the Wall

Duration: 28 minutes

First broadcast: on BBC Two EnglandLatest broadcast: on BBC Two England

Sitcom about a British government minister and the advisers who surround him. Jim Hacker MP and Sir Humphrey learn of a plan that threatens them both. Show more

Contributors

James Hacker:
Paul Eddington
Sir Humphrey Appleby:
Nigel Hawthorne
Bernard Woolley:
Derek Fowlds
Daniel Hughes:
Daniel Moynihan
Sir Frederick 'Jumbo' Stewart:
John Savident
Frank Weisel:
Neil Fitzwiliam
Writer:
Antony Jay

Yes, Minister

Series 1

Episode 7: Jobs for the Boys

Duration: 29 minutes

First broadcast: on BBC Two EnglandLatest broadcast: on BBC Two England

Sitcom about an apparently clueless British government minister and the advisers who surround him. A PFI is in trouble, and Sir Humphrey must rescue it without publicity. Show more

Contributors

James Hacker:
Paul Eddington
Sir Humphrey Appleby:
Nigel Hawthorne
Bernard Woolley:
Derek Fowlds
Sir Desmond Glazebrook:
Richard Vernon
Frank Weisel:
Neil Fitzwiliam
George:
Arthur Cox
Joe Morgan:
Richard Davies
Writer:
Antony Jay

Porridge

Episode 2: Prisoner and Escort

Duration: 29 minutes

First broadcast: on BBC Two EnglandLatest broadcast: on BBC Two England

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Pilot episode that became the classic comedy series Porridge. For Fletcher, the prospect of studying woodwork and botany in prison provokes thoughts of escape. Show more

Contributors

Fletcher:
Ronnie Barker
Mr MacKay:
Fulton Mackay
Mr Barrowclough:
Brian Wilde
Director:
James Gilbert

Genres

Open All Hours

Episode 1: Open All Hours

Duration: 30 minutes

First broadcast: on BBC Two Northern Ireland (Analogue)Latest broadcast: on BBC Two Northern Ireland (Analogue)

First-ever episode of the classic comedy series about miserly shopkeeper Arkwright and his downtrodden nephew and assistant Granville.

Contributors

Arkwright:
Ronnie Barker
Granville:
David Jason
Writer:
Roy Clarke

Some Mothers Do 'Ave 'Em

Series 3

Episode 7: Learning to Fly

Duration: 45 minutes

First broadcast: on BBC One LondonLatest broadcast: on BBC One London

Frank's grandfather offers to pay for flying lessons so that Frank can help on his Australian sheep farm. Show more

Some Mothers Do 'Ave 'Em

Series 3

Episode 5: King of the Road

Duration: 39 minutes

First broadcast: on BBC One LondonLatest broadcast: on BBC One London

Classic 70s sitcom. Frank's local labour exchange puts him to work as a motorbike courier.

Open All Hours

Series 3

Episode 3: Duet for Solo Bicycle

Duration: 29 minutes

First broadcast: on BBC One LondonLatest broadcast: on BBC One London

Classic sitcom. Arkwright is preoccupied by a persistent squeak on Granville's bike and the visitor to a house in Atkinson Terrace.

Contributors

Arkwright:
Ronnie Barker
Granville:
David Jason
Nurse Gladys Emmanuel:
Lynda Baron
Mrs Featherstone:
Stephanie Cole
Milkwoman:
Barbara Flynn
Smart Man:
Donald Morley
Mrs Whittington:
Sally Miles
Writer:
Roy Clarke

Open All Hours

Series 3

Episode 2: The Ginger Men

Duration: 29 minutes

First broadcast: on BBC One LondonLatest broadcast: on BBC One London

Vintage sitcom. Arkwright improves the sale of an overstocked commodity with spellbinding efficiency, while Granville's lust for power falls flat on the floor.

Contributors

Arkwright:
Ronnie Barker
Granville:
David Jason
Nurse Gladys Emmanuel:
Lynda Baron
Mrs Featherstone:
Stephanie Cole
Milkwoman:
Barbara Flynn
Thorndyke:
Alan Starkey
Writer:
Roy Clarke

Open All Hours

Series 2

Episode 6: Shedding at the Wedding

Duration: 30 minutes

First broadcast: on BBC One WestLatest broadcast: on BBC One West

Sitcom about shopkeeper Arkwright and his downtrodden nephew and assistant Granville. Arkwright causes embarrassment at the wedding of Nurse Gladys's niece. Show more

Contributors

Arkwright:
Ronnie Barker
Granville:
David Jason
Nurse Gladys Emmanuel:
Lynda Baron
Mrs Blewitt:
Kathy Staff
Mr Bristow:
Roger Elliott
Motorcyclist:
Stuart Fell
Mrs Fielding:
Patsy Smart
Writer:
Roy Clarke

Open All Hours

Series 4

Episode 3: The Housekeeper Caper

Duration: 30 minutes

First broadcast: on BBC One WestLatest broadcast: on BBC One West

Classic sitcom about a stammering, miserly shopkeeper. Arkwright advertises for a live-in housekeeper and outsells a vacuum cleaner salesman.

Contributors

Arkwright:
Ronnie Barker
Granville:
David Jason
Nurse Gladys Emmanuel:
Lynda Baron
Mrs Featherstone:
Stephanie Cole
Milkwoman:
Barbara Flynn
Mrs Bickerdyke:
Sandra Voe
Mrs Parslow:
Frances Cox
Little Old Lady:
Patricia Kane
Shopfitter:
Joe Belcher
Writer:
Roy Clarke

As Time Goes By

Series 7

Episode 2: An Old Flame

Duration: 30 minutes

First broadcast: on BBC One ScotlandLatest broadcast: on BBC One Scotland

Sitcom about a couple who are reunited after years apart following a mutual misunderstanding. Lionel becomes jealous when an old flame of Jean's reappears. Show more

Open All Hours

Series 1

Episode 3: A Nice Cosy Little Disease

Duration: 30 minutes

First broadcast: on BBC Two Northern Ireland (Analogue)Latest broadcast: on BBC Two Northern Ireland (Analogue)

Classic sitcom. Arkwright needs an ailment to get the attention of Nurse Gladys. Show more

Contributors

Arkwright:
Ronnie Barker
Granville:
David Jason
Nurse Gladys Emmanuel:
Lynda Baron
Mrs Braddock:
Clare Kelly
Mrs Ellis:
Barbara Keogh
Writer:
Roy Clarke

Open All Hours

Series 1

Episode 4: The Well Catered Funeral

Duration: 30 minutes

First broadcast: on BBC One ScotlandLatest broadcast: on BBC One Scotland

Classic sitcom about miserly shopkeeper Arkwright and his assistant Granville. Arkwright has to leave his shop for a few hours to attend a funeral. Show more

Contributors

Arkwright:
Ronnie Barker
Granville:
David Jason
Nurse Gladys Emmanuel:
Lynda Baron
Mr Wilkinson:
Reginald Barratt
Breadman:
John Challis
Mrs Blewett:
Kathy Staff
Writer:
Roy Clarke

Open All Hours

Series 2

Episode 1: Laundry Blues

Duration: 30 minutes

First broadcast: on BBC One WestLatest broadcast: on BBC One West

Classic comedy series about miserly shopkeeper Arkwright and his downtrodden nephew Granville. Nurse Gladys Emmanuel has a problem with her washing machine. Show more

Contributors

Arkwright:
Ronnie Barker
Granville:
David Jason
Nurse Gladys Emmanuel:
Lynda Baron
Mrs Blewitt:
Kathy Staff
Man from Bus Stop:
Matthew Scurfield
Writer:
Roy Clarke

Open All Hours

Series 2

Episode 2: The Reluctant Traveller

Duration: 29 minutes

First broadcast: on BBC One WestLatest broadcast: on BBC One West

Classic comedy series about a miserly shopkeeper. Granville can't believe his luck when the milkwoman makes a pass at him.

Contributors

Arkwright:
Ronnie Barker
Granville:
David Jason
Nurse Gladys Emmanuel:
Lynda Baron
Milkwoman:
Barbara Flynn
Mrs Blewett:
Kathy Staff
Writer:
Roy Clarke

Open All Hours

Series 2

Episode 3: Fig Biscuits and Inspirational Toilet Rolls

Duration: 29 minutes

First broadcast: on BBC One WestLatest broadcast: on BBC One West

Classic comedy series about a miserly shopkeeper. Arkwright and Granville have to get shot of some fig rolls - plus some lavatory paper.

Contributors

Arkwright:
Ronnie Barker
Granville:
David Jason
Nurse Gladys Emmanuel:
Lynda Baron
Mrs Blewett:
Kathy Staff
Man in Car:
Howard Crossley
Delivery Man:
Mike Kelly
Writer:
Roy Clarke

As Time Goes By

Series 9

Episode 1: You Can't Manufacture Happy Endings for Everybody

Duration: 30 minutes

First broadcast: on BBC Two ScotlandLatest broadcast: on BBC Two Scotland

Sitcom. Sandy's boyfriend visits to tell her some important news, and Jean is desperate to know what it is. Show more