Pardon The Expression, but what’s behind door 16 today? Well, it’s the sitcom with Arthur Lowe that was a spin-off from Coronation Street (of all places). Made by Granada for ITV, it ran for two series and 36 episodes.
Another Lowe vehicle, this time for the BBC at the end of the seventies, Potter was written by Roy Clarke.
You’re in for a rare treat at the very start of that video.
At the start of this one too, with that lovely 90s BBC globe.
Pilgrims Rest was created by Bernard McKenna, and starred Gwen Taylor and Gary Olsen. It aired in the late summer of 1997.
After Dream On, and before Friends, Marta Kaufman and David Crane created The Powers That Be.
Oh how I wish that there was a clip of the one-off sitcom Of Mycenae And Men, starring Diana Dors and Annette Crosbie. Alas not.
Instead we find within the foil wrappings Old Boy Network, which had this theme tune.
It was written by Clement & La Frenais, and as you can see, it starred Tom Conti. It ran in the 10pm slot on Sundays in the first half of 1992 on ITV.
I have a soft spot for On The Up, with Dennis Waterman and Joan Sims, so much so that I don’t want to watch it again in case it mars the nostalgia. It was written by Bob Larbey. Just the one and so forth.
Opening doors on this calendar has a habit of reminding me of sitcoms I had forgotten, not because they were no good, and not because I didn’t watch them (the opposite actually), but because my brain is small and full of Seinfeld quotes.
So it is with The Naked Truth, which I saw on The Paramount Comedy Channel. It starred Tea Leoni, and was created by Chris Thompson. It started on ABC, but moved to NBC, to sit alongside these other sitcoms.
I wish there was a clip of Nathaniel Titlark to unwrap, but alas not.
Nelson’s Column was a follow up to An Actor’s Life For Me, and saw John Gordon-Sinclair reunite with writer Paul Mayhew-Archer.
The New Statesman (not that one), aired on BBC2 in 1985, after a pilot the year before. Colin Blakely played George Vance, but was recast with Windsor Davies for the full series.