Sitcom Advent Calendar Door Eighteen

Sue Towsend, the creator of Adrian Mole, also co-created a sitcom with Carole Hayman. The Refuge ran for two series of seven episode on Channel Four in 1987-88.

The US remake of the various incarnations of Reggie Perrin was called Reggie, and only lasted six episodes. This theme tune can’t have helped matters.

David Nobbs stretched his legs in 1991 with the hour long series of six Rich Tea And Sympathy, starring Patricia Hodge.

Sitcom Advent Calendar Door Seventeen

It will come as no surprise that there’s a lack of sitcoms beginning with the letter Q.

That’s Queenie’s Castle, created by Keith Waterhouse and Willis Hall. It starred Diana Dors, and ran for three series on ITV at the start of the 70s.

So it’s inevitable that the treats behind today’s door are a little left of field. Namely, the other sitcoms of Caroline Quentin.

Let’s unwrap Don’t Tell Father, the BBC sitcom that ran for one series in 1992. Written by Roy Clarke, and directed by Harold Snoad, it also starred Tony Britton and Susan Hampshire.

We’ve seen Dream Stuffing on this site before, but we didn’t note that Quentin appeared in it as Brenda.

Quentin also appears in an episode of Paul Merton In Galton & Simpsons … called The Missing Page – a remake of the Hancock’s Half Hour story, with Quentin playing the Sid James role.

Sitcom Advent Calendar Door Sixteen

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.

Yes, that’s David Hyde Pierce pre Niles.

Sitcom Advent Calendar Door Fifteen

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.

Finally, there’s Operation Good Guys.

Sitcom Advent Calendar Door Fourteen

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.