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Situation Comedies

TV comedy content comes in all sorts of shapes and sizes including sitcoms, panel shows, stand up, satire and sketch shows. Most of these sub-groups (all except stand up) are produced in a similar way to TV drama - they work from a script, use locations and studio set-ups, run to a set schedule and use a mix of creative, admin, and technical crew to produce programmes. Budgets vary, but generally they have less to play with than drama productions, with lower production values. 

 


12 tv shows

  1. Are You Being Served?

    By Dave

    Classic comedy set in fading department store Grace Brothers.

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  2. You Rang M Lord

    By Dave

    You Rang M'Lord? is a British comedy series written by Jimmy Perry and David Croft, the creators of Dad's Army, It Ain't Half Hot Mum and Hi-de-Hi! It was broadcast between 1990 and 1993 on the BBC. The show was a comedy set in the house of an aristocratic family in the 1920s, contrasting the upper-class family and their servants in a house in London, along the same lines as the popular drama Upstairs, Downstairs. The series featured many actors who had also appeared in their earlier series, not

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  3. Clarence

    By Dave

    Clarence is a 1988 BBC situation comedy starring Ronnie Barker and Josephine Tewson, written by Ronnie Barker under the pseudonym "Bob Ferris". It was Barker's final sitcom appearance before his retirement. Barker had previously faced some criticism over his employment of a stammer for comedic effect in Open All Hours. However, the slapstick potential of a short-sighted furniture shifter must have seemed irresistible. The series was inspired by The Removals Person by Hugh Leonard, an earlier pro

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  4. Only When I Laugh

    By Dave

    Only When I Laugh is a British television sitcom. It is set in the ward of an NHS hospital. The title is the answer to the question, "Does it hurt?"

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  5. In Sickness and in Health

    By Dave

    In Sickness and in Health is a BBC television sitcom which ran between 1985 and 1992. It was a sequel to the highly successful Til Death Us Do Part, which ran between 1966 and 1975, and Till Death..., which ran for one series of six episodes in 1981.

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  6. To the Manor Born

    By Dave

    Sitcom about the love-hate relationship between upper-class Audrey fforbes Hamilton and Richard DeVere, the nouveau rich businessman who buys her manor house when she can longer afford to keep it

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  7. The Good Life

    By Dave

    The Good Life is a British sitcom produced by the BBC that ran from 1975 to 1978. It was written by Bob Larbey and John Esmonde. In 2004, it came 9th in Britain's Best Sitcom. In the United States, it aired on various PBS stations under the title Good Neighbors.

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  8. 'Allo 'Allo!

    By Dave

    The misadventures of hapless cafe owner René Artois and his escapades with the Resistance in occupied France.

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  9. Rising Damp

    By Dave

    Set in a seedy bedsit, the cowardly landlord Rigsby has his conceits debunked by his long suffering tenants.

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  10. You're Only Young Twice

    By Dave

    You're Only Young Twice is a British sitcom set in a retirement home that was made and broadcast on the ITV network by Yorkshire Television from 1977 to 1981.

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  11. Yes, Prime Minister

    By Dave

    James Hacker MP the Government's bumbling minister for Administrative Affairs is propelled along the corridors of power to the very pinnacle of politics - No. 10. Could this have possibly have been managed by his trusted Permanent Private Secretary, the formidably political Sir Humphrey Appleby who must move to the “Top Job” in Downing Street to support him, together with his much put upon PPS Bernard Wolley. What could possibly go wrong?

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  12. Yes Minister

    By Dave

    Set principally in the private office of a British Cabinet minister in the Department of Administrative Affairs in Whitehall, Yes Minister follows the ministerial career of The Rt Hon Jim Hacker MP, played by Paul Eddington. His various struggles to formulate and enact legislation or effect departmental changes are opposed by the British Civil Service, in particular his Permanent Secretary, Sir Humphrey Appleby, played by Nigel Hawthorne. His Principal Private Secretary Bernard Woolley, played b

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