Comedy

You Must Be The Husband

1 9 8 7 - 1 9 8 8 13 x 30 minute episodes A BBC sitcom with an intriguing premise, looking at the pressures put upon one spouse by the sudden financial success of the other. Former Goodies star Tim Brooke-Taylor was cast as Tom Hammond, who has motored along nicely for 20 years(...)

You Rang M’Lord

1 9 8 8 - 1 9 9 3 (UK) 1 x 60 minute episode 25 x 50 minute episodes This Croft and Perry spoof of Upstairs Downstairs was set in the Edwardian London household of the nice but dim Lord Meldrum. The servants were led by the swindling Alf Stokes (Paul Shane from Hi-De-Hi). The series was effective(...)

You’re Only Young Twice

1 9 7 7 - 1 9 7 9 (UK) 1 9 8 1 (UK) 31 x 30 minute episodes The setting was Paradise Lodge - 'superior residence for retired gentlefolk' - a large detached house (proprietress Miss Milton) wherein lived four women of independent means - An ageing film actress, Dolly; the motorbike riding Mildred; the(...)

Young At Heart

1 9 8 0 - 1 9 8 2 (UK) 19 x 30 minute episodes Particularly popular among pensioners, for obvious reasons, Young At Heart depicted the humorous side of retirement. The sitcom was essentially a two-hander for a pair of very familiar faces: Sir John Mills, 72 at the time the series began, and Megs Jenkins. Albert(...)

Young Ones, The

1 9 8 2 - 1 9 8 4 (UK) 12 x 35 minute episodes The Young Ones was one of the very first appearances of ideologically sound "alternative" comedy in Britain. Though named after a Cliff Richard song, there was nothing sweet or wholesome here . . . The Cliff Richard fanatic was Rik, a violent vegetarian who wrote(...)

Yus My Dear

Yus My Dear

1 9 7 6 (UK) 19 x 30 minute episodes In this sequel to Romany Jones Wally and Lily Briggs have "gorn up in the world" from a gypsy caravan site to a council house. Wally has also suddenly grown an adult brother, Benny, whose attributes include staying on the dole and a seemingly pathological urge to sponge(...)

Zig and Zag’s Dirty Deeds

1 9 9 6 (UK) The fuzzy felt puppets - aliens from Planet Zog - first landed on Ireland RTE's show Den TV, then switched to Channel 4's morning flagship The Big Breakfast, before finally going it alone in Zig and Zag's Dirty Deeds. Here the vindictive, neon-toned duo performed 'mission impossibles' for filthy lucre on behalf of celebrity(...)

Zorro and Son

1 9 8 3 (USA) 5 x 30 minute episodes This short-lived series from Walt Disney Productions aired on CBS on Wednesdays at 8pm and starred Henry Darrow as an aging Zorro with Paul Regina as his son, Don Carlos, who becomes Zorro Jr. A Police Squad-style take-off on the old adventure series, episodes relied heavily on(...)

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