1 9 5 6 (UK)
26 x 30 minute episodes
This early British-made sitcom starred a US actress so it could be sold to America.
The actress in question was Joan Shawlee who appeared as Aasgard Agnette Anderson, an international buyer working for a world-famous fashion house.
The demands of her job meant that she didn’t stay in one city too long and her globetrotting left no room for a regular supporting cast.
A number of future celebrities appeared throughout the series, however, including Wilfrid Brambell, Christopher Lee, Patrick McGoohan, Lois Maxwell, Richard Wattis, Rupert Davies, Gordon Jackson, Dick Emery, Anthony Valentine, Alfred Burke, Patrick Allen, Leonard Sachs and future film director John Schlesinger.
Like most females in 1950s sitcoms, the situations Aggie got into were normally a result of her tendency towards being accident-prone, although none of these were of the domestic type and normally involved spies, smugglers or murderers.
Before this UK series, the 27-year old actress had appeared in The Abbott and Costello Show on US TV. Shortly after this series, Shawlee enjoyed her most famous film role as Sweet Sue in the 1959 comedy classic, Some Like It Hot, starring Marilyn Monroe, Tony Curtis, and Jack Lemmon.
She also appeared as a semi-regular in The Dick Van Dyke Show (as Buddy’s wife, Pickles).
The Adventures of Aggie was shown in the US in syndication as simply Aggie.
Aasgard Agnette “Aggie” Anderson