Home Television Comedy Diana


1 9 7 3 – 1 9 7 4 (USA)
15 x 30 minute episodes

A largely forgettable sitcom which originally aired on 10 September 1973 but couldn’t cash in on the considerable appeal of Diana Rigg, who had played Emma Peel in The Avengers.

Lovely British divorcée Diana Smythe (Rigg) moves from her home in London to New York to begin a new life, working as a fashion illustrator for Buckley’s Department Store at 37 West 34th Street in Manhattan.

Norman Brodnik (David Sheiner) is president of the department store and his wife Norma (Barbara Barrie) is head of merchandising. Howard Tolbrook (Richard B. Shull) is the copywriter who hates exercise and has a gambling problem, and Marshall Tyler (Robert Moore) is the flamboyant window dresser.

Diana lives at 4 Sutton Place in Manhattan in the apartment (11B) of her anthropologist brother, Roger, who is currently on assignment in Ecuador.

Diana cares for Roger’s Great Dane (Gulliver) and spends much of her time retrieving all the apartment keys Roger has given out to his friends and drinking companions.

Among those with keys are Diana’s neighbour, Holly Green (Carol Androsky), a hand and foot model for TV commercials (who always seems to fall in love with married men), and Jeff Harmon (Richard Mulligan), a mystery novelist.

Smitty (Liam Dunn) is the apartment house doorman.

Jerry Fielding composed the Diana theme.

Diana Smythe
Diana Rigg
Howard Tolbrook
Richard B. Shull
Norman Brodnik
David Sheiner
Norma Brodnik
Barbara Barrie
Marshall Tyler
Robert Moore
Jeff Harmon
Richard Mulligan
Liam Dunn
Holly Green
Carol Androsky