Top 5 British sitcoms of the 1970s
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Writer and Internet raconteur Jon Bounds joins Mark to build a list close to his heart.
Jon is a student of erstwhile TV, a fact clearly demonstrated by his massive affection for the 80s tele-phenomenon than is Boon.
- Last of the Summer Wine
- To the Manor Born
- Come Back Mrs Noah
- Dad’s Army
- Steptoe and Son
- Till Death Us do Part
- In Sickness and in Health, despite the great Ken Campbell
- On the Buses, although Jon likes the holiday film
- The Fall and Rise of Reginald Perrin
- Bless This House, which also made it to film
- Only When I Laugh
- Rising Damp
- Going Straight (the sequel to /Porridge/)
- Terry and June
In order of discussion:
Created and written by Dick Clement and Ian la Frenais, and starring Ronnie Barker
Richard Beckinsale , Porridge is set in Slade Prison and follows the exploits of inmates Norman Stanley Fletcher and Lennie Godber. The series also transferred to film.
Created and written by John Cleese and Connie Booth, and starring Cleese and Prunella Scales, Fawlty Towers follows married hoteliers Basil and Sybil Fawlty, a small band of employees and a series of troublesome guests.
Another offering by Clement and la Frenais , this is a sequel to the 60s slice-of-life sitcom The Likely Lads, starring James Bolam and Rodney Bewes as two working-class Newcastle mates, Terry and Bob (respectively).
It’s also another series that made its way to the big screen… ish.
Created and written by John Sullivan, and starring Robert Lindsay, this is often cited as Sullivan’s second most-important work to Only Fools and Horses. The series follows young Marxist and petty criminal Wolfie Smith, self-proclaimed leader of the Tooting Popular Front.
In order of discussion:
Created and written by Brian Cooke and Johnnie Mortimer , and starring Richard O’Sullivan, Paula Wilcox and Sally Thomsett , Man About the House was a short-lived series following student chef Robin Tripp and his two female housemates, Chrissy and Jo.
Created and written by John Esmonde and Bob Larbey, and starring Richard Briers and Felicity Kendal as Tom and Barbara Good, the series begins with Tom’s decision to quit his job and live off the land. Neighbours Margo and Jerry Leadbetter join a small cast of characters in this sweet show about escaping the trappings of modern 70s life.