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Britain's Best Sitcom was a poll conducted in 2003 and 2004 by the BBC to identify the United Kingdom's best situation comedy. Criticism was levelled at the BBC after it was revealed that the top ten programmes were all their own productions and that only one place lower at number 11 was the highest ranking non-BBC production (Father Ted). Founded in 1922 as the British Broadcasting Company Ltd (a privately owned company), subsequently Incorporated and nationalised in 1927 as The British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC, also informally known as the Beeb or Auntie) is the largest broadcasting corporation in the world. ... A situation comedy (sitcom) is a genre of comedy performance originally devised for radio but today typically found on television. ...


Out of a list of 100 sitcoms, viewers were asked to vote for their favourite by phone, text message and on the web. The top ten went forward to a final round of voting. A received SMS being announced on a Nokia phone. ... WWWs historical logo designed by Robert Cailliau The World Wide Web (WWW or simply the Web) is a global, read-write information space. ...


The high position achieved by The Vicar of Dibley and the low positioning of Fawlty Towers and Open All Hours surprised many observers. Book cover The Vicar of Dibley is a British sitcom created by Richard Curtis, and mostly written by Curtis and Paul Mayhew-Archer. ... Fawlty Towers was a British sitcom made by the BBC and first broadcast on BBC2 in 1975. ... Ronnie Barker, Lynda Baron and David Jason Open All Hours was a BBC sitcom which ran for four series (26 episodes in all) between 1976 and 1985, with a pilot episode from the Seven of One series. ...

  1. Only Fools and Horses — 342,426 votes
  2. Blackadder — 282,106 votes
  3. The Vicar of Dibley — 212,927 votes
  4. Dad's Army — 174,138 votes
  5. Fawlty Towers — 172,066 votes
  6. Yes Minister / Yes, Prime Minister — 123,502 votes
  7. Porridge — 93,902 votes
  8. Open All Hours — 67,237 votes
  9. The Good Life — 40,803 votes
  10. One Foot in the Grave — 31,410 votes
  11. Father Ted
  12. Keeping Up Appearances
  13. 'Allo 'Allo!
  14. Last of the Summer Wine
  15. Steptoe and Son
  16. Men Behaving Badly
  17. Absolutely Fabulous
  18. Red Dwarf
  19. The Royle Family
  20. Are You Being Served?
  21. To the Manor Born
  22. Some Mothers Do 'Ave 'Em
  23. The Likely Lads
  24. My Family
  25. The Office
  26. Drop the Dead Donkey
  27. Rising Damp
  28. Dinnerladies
  29. As Time Goes By
  30. Hancock's Half Hour
  31. The Young Ones
  32. Till Death Us Do Part
  33. Butterflies
  34. The Thin Blue Line
  35. The Fall and Rise of Reginald Perrin
  36. Peter Kay's Phoenix Nights
  37. Waiting for God
  38. Birds of a Feather
  39. Bread
  40. Hi-De-Hi!
  41. The League of Gentlemen
  42. I'm Alan Partridge
  43. Just Good Friends
  44. 2point4 children
  45. Bottom
  46. It Ain't Half Hot Mum
  47. The Brittas Empire
  48. Gimme Gimme Gimme
  49. Rab C. Nesbitt
  50. Goodnight Sweetheart
  51. Up Pompeii
  52. Ever Decreasing Circles
  53. On the Buses
  54. Coupling
  55. George and Mildred
  56. A Fine Romance
  57. Citizen Smith
  58. Black Books
  59. The Liver Birds
  60. Two Pints of Lager and a Packet of Crisps
  61. The New Statesman
  62. Sykes
  63. Please, Sir!
  64. Dear John
  65. Barbara
  66. Spaced
  67. Bless This House
  68. Love Thy Neighbour
  69. Man About the House
  70. Desmond's
  71. Duty Free
  72. All Gas and Gaiters
  73. Happy Ever After/Terry & June
  74. Only When I Laugh
  75. Brass
  76. The Rag Trade
  77. Sorry
  78. Kiss Me Kate
  79. Doctor in the House
  80. I Didn't Know You Cared
  81. Shelley
  82. Nearest and Dearest
  83. Fresh Fields
  84. The Army Game
  85. Robin's Nest
  86. The Dustbinmen
  87. Whoops Apocalypse
  88. My Wife Next Door
  89. Never the Twain
  90. Nightingales
  91. Early Doors
  92. Agony
  93. The Lovers
  94. Father, Dear Father
  95. Hot Metal
  96. And Mother Makes Three/And Mother Makes Five
  97. Life With The Lyons
  98. Marriage Lines
  99. A Sharp Intake of Breath
  100. No Problem

Only Fools and Horses is a hugely popular British sitcom, created and written by John Sullivan, and made and broadcast by the BBC. Seven series were broadcast between 1981 and 1991, with sporadic Christmas specials until 2003. ... Blackadder is the generic name that encompasses four series of an acclaimed BBC historical sitcom, along with several one-off instalments. ... Book cover The Vicar of Dibley is a British sitcom created by Richard Curtis, and mostly written by Curtis and Paul Mayhew-Archer. ... Dads Army was a British sitcom about the Home Guard in the Second World War, written by Jimmy Perry and David Croft and broadcast on BBC television between 1968 and 1977. ... Fawlty Towers was a British sitcom made by the BBC and first broadcast on BBC2 in 1975. ... Yes, (prime) minister: Sir Humphrey Appleby, James Jim Hacker, Bernard Woolley Yes, Minister and its sequel Yes, Prime Minister are British sitcoms about the struggle between (Dr) James Jim Hacker (played by Paul Eddington), the government minister of the (fictional) Department of Administrative Affairs (and later as Prime Minister) and... Porridge is a British BBC television sitcom (1974–1977), written by Dick Clement and Ian La Frenais and starring Ronnie Barker. ... Ronnie Barker, Lynda Baron and David Jason Open All Hours was a BBC sitcom which ran for four series (26 episodes in all) between 1976 and 1985, with a pilot episode from the Seven of One series. ... The Good Life on the cover of Radio Times magazine. ... One Foot in the Grave was a popular BBC television situation comedy series written by David Renwick. ... Father Ted is a 1990s television situation comedy set around the lives of three priests on the fictional extremely remote Craggy Island off the west coast of Ireland. ... Keeping Up Appearances is a British sitcom, which ran on BBC1 from 1990 to 1995. ... Allo Allo! was a British sitcom that ran on BBC1 from 1982 to 1992 and featured 85 episodes in all. ... Last of the Summer Wine, written by Roy Clarke, is a British sitcom, which has run longer than any other comedy series in the world, now in its twenty-seventh series. ... Steptoe and Son was a British sitcom written by Ray Galton and Alan Simpson about two rag and bone men living in Oil Drum Lane, a fictional street in Shepherds Bush, London. ... DVD - Series 1 to 6 Men Behaving Badly is a British sitcom, first broadcast in 1992 on ITV but moved to BBC One (and a later timeslot) from the third series onwards. ... Absolutely Fabulous (popularly referred to as Ab Fab) is a British sitcom written by and starriing Jennifer Saunders with Joanna Lumley. ... Red Dwarf is a British science fiction sitcom that ran for eight series, from 1988 to 1999. ... The Royle Family is a popular BBC television situation comedy (sitcom) that ran for three series between 1998 and 2000. ... Are You Being Served? was a British sitcom broadcast from 1972 to 1985. ... To the Manor Born was a popular and high-rating British sitcom which ran for a total of twenty one episodes over three seasons between 1979 and 1981. ... Michele Dotrice and Michael Crawford as Betty and Frank Spencer Some Mothers Do Ave Em (1973-1978) was a highly successful BBC sitcom, written by Raymond Allen and starring Michael Crawford and Michele Dotrice. ... The Likely Lads was a hit British sitcom created and written by Dick Clement and Ian La Frenais. ... It has been suggested that Jim Armogida be merged into this article or section. ... The opening credits The Office is a British television comedy series, created, written and directed by Ricky Gervais and Stephen Merchant, and first aired in the UK on BBC Two on July 9, 2001. ... Drop the Dead Donkey was a situation comedy that ran on Channel 4 in the United Kingdom from 1990 to 1998. ... Rising Damp was a UK television sitcom produced by Yorkshire Television for ITV, first broadcast from 1974 to 1978. ... dinnerladies is a 1990s British television sitcom written by and also featuring Victoria Wood. ... Judi Dench as Jean Pargetter Geoffrey Palmer as Lionel Hardcastle As Time Goes By is a British comedy TV series that aired from 1992 to 2002; it used the song As Time Goes By as its theme. ... Hancocks Half Hour was a famous BBC radio comedy series of the 1950s starring Tony Hancock. ... To meet Wikipedias quality standards, this article or section may require cleanup. ... Til Death Us Do Part (also known as Till Death Us do Part)1 was a BBC television sitcom series written by Johnny Speight that ran from 1964 until 1974. ... Butterflies was a situation comedy written by Carla Lane and shown on BBC 2 between 1978 and 1983. ... The Thin Blue Line is a British sitcom set in a police station in the imaginary town of Gasforth. ... The Fall and Rise of Reginald Perrin is a novel and British sitcom starring Leonard Rossiter in the title role. ... Peter Kays Phoenix Nights is a British sitcom about The Phoenix Club, a working mens club in the northern English town of Bolton. ... Waiting for God title card Waiting for God was the name of a situation comedy shown on BBC1 between 1990 and 1994. ... Birds Of A Feather is the second track on Phishs 1998 album The Story of the Ghost. ... Bread was a British sitcom, written by Carla Lane and made by the BBC from 1 May 1986 to 3 November 1991. ... Hi-De-Hi! was the name of a popular situation comedy which ran on BBC1 between 1980 and 1988 and was written by Jimmy Perry and David Croft. ... The League of Gentlemen is a troupe of British comedy performers, and the name of their stage, radio, and latterly television series. ... Alan Partridge: Every Ruddy Word cover Im Alan Partridge is a British sitcom. ... Just Good Friends was a BBC sitcom written by John Sullivan. ... 2point4 children was a British sitcom that ran on BBC1 from 1991 to 1999. ... Adrian Edmondson (left) and Rik Mayall (right) as Eddie and Richie in Bottom Bottom was a British sitcom of the early 1990s (and later a series of stage shows and a film) written by Rik Mayall and Adrian Edmondson, who were the shows main stars, playing Richard Richard (Richie... It Aint Half Hot Mum was a British sitcom, broadcast between 1974 & 1981, set in India and later Burma during the Second World War. ... The Brittas Empire was a British television sitcom, that ran between 1991 and 1997. ... Gimme Gimme Gimme (A Man After Midnight) is a song by ABBA. Gimme Gimme Gimme was a BBC television comedy by Tiger Productions that ran for 3 series between 1999 and 2001. ... Rab C. Nesbitt was a Scottish comedy programme produced by BBC Scotland. ... Nicholas Lyndhurst and Elizabeth Carling Goodnight Sweetheart was a British sitcom that was broadcast between 1993 and 1999 starring Nicholas Lyndhurst, in which Lyndhursts character Gary Sparrow comes across a time portal in the East End of London which allows him (and only him) to travel between the modern... Up Pompeii was a British television comedy series of the 1970s. ... Ever Decreasing Circles was a British sitcom which ran on BBC1 for four series from 1984 to 1987. ... Movie poster for On The Buses 1971 theatrical release On The Buses was a British situation comedy created by Ronald Wolfe and Ronald Chesney. ... Coupling is a sitcom written by Steven Moffat, produced by Hartswood Films for the BBC, that debuted on BBC2 in May 2000, and ended in 2004. ... George and Mildred was a British sitcom of the 1970s produced by Thames Television. ... A Fine Romance is a British situation comedy starring husband-and-wife team Judi Dench and Michael Williams. ... Citizen Smith was a British TV sitcom (britcom) from the 1970s. ... Black Books is a British sitcom, broadcast on Channel 4 and written by Dylan Moran, Graham Linehan, Arthur Mathews, Kevin Cecil and Andy Riley. ... The Liver Birds, co-written by Carla Lane and Myra Taylor, was the distaff answer to the popular Geordie series, The Likely Lads. ... Two Pints of Lager and a Packet of Crisps is a BBC sitcom written by Susan Nickson and set in the British town of Runcorn, starring Sheridan Smith, Kathryn Drysdale, Ralf Little, Will Mellor, Natalie Casey and Hayley Bishop. ... Rik Mayall as Alan Bstard in The New Statesman The New Statesman was an award-winning British sitcom of the late 1980s and early 1990s satirising the Conservative government of the time. ... Sykes was a long-running BBC television sitcom of the 1960s and 1970s, starring Eric Sykes and Hattie Jacques. ... Please Sir! was a London Weekend Television situation comedy featuring John Alderton, Deryck Guyler, Joan Sanderson, Noel Howlett, Erik Chitty, and Richard Davies. ... Dear John was a 1986-1987 British sitcom, written by John Sullivan with a relatively short run (14 episodes and one special). This sitcoms title was a reference to letters sent by girls to their absent boyfriends breaking off the relationship, known as Dear John letters. ... Barbara, was a British television sitcom, the only ITV comedy hit of the nineties or noughties, 17 of its 29 episodes between 1995 and 2003 beating the BBC1 opposition, with a peak audience of 10 million and a 40% share. ... Spaced is a British television situation comedy written by and starring Simon Pegg and Jessica Stevenson, directed by Edgar Wright, and broadcast on Channel 4. ... DVD cover Bless This House on the cover of TV Times magazine. ... Love Thy Neighbour was a British sitcom of the early 1970s, made by Thames Television for ITV. It starred Jack Smethurst, Rudolph Walker, Nina Baden-Semper and Kate Williams. ... Man About the House was a British sitcom, made by Thames Television for ITV. It ran for six series, between August 1973 and April 1976. ... Desmonds was a British television situation comedy broadcast by Channel 4 from 1989 to 1994. ... Duty Free is a British sitcom written by Eric Chappell and Jean Warr and made by Yorkshire Television for ITV. It centred on two British couples - the Pearces and the Cochrans - who meet while holidaying at the same Spanish hotel and the interruptive affair conducted by David Pearce and Linda... All Gas and Gaiters was a popular British sitcom which ran on BBC from 1966 to 1971. ... June Whitfield and Terry Scott on Terry and June Terry and June was a popular sitcom, broadcast by the BBC in the United Kingdom from 1979 to 1987. ... Only When I Laugh was a British television sitcom made by Yorkshire Television for ITV between 1979 and 1982. ... Brass was a British television sitcom, made by Granada Television for ITV. Set in Utterley, a fictional Lancashire mining town in the 1930s, Brass was a comedy satirising not only all the its grim oop North dramas of the 1970s (most significantly When the Boat Comes In... The Rag Trade is a British television sitcom transmitted by the BBC between 1961 and 1963. ... Sorry! was a British sitcom broadcast on BBC One between 1981 and 1988. ... Kiss Me, Kate is a stage musical by Samuel and Bella Spewack (book) and Cole Porter (music and lyrics) that ran for 1,077 performances and was first performed in New York on December 30, 1948. ... Doctor in the House is a 1954 British comedy film, directed by Ralph Thomas and produced by Betty Box. ... I Didnt Know You Cared was a somewhat surreal comedy set in a working class household in a Yorkshire mining village. ... Shelley is a British sitcom originally broadcast on ITV from 1979 to 1992, with occasional hiatuses lasting between one and five years. ... Nearest and Dearest was a British situation comedy (sit-com) set in and around a pickle factory in Colne, Lancashire, in the North West of England. ... For the American national grocery store chain owned by Whole Foods, see Whole Foods Market. ... The Army Game was a British television series about life in National Service broadcast between 1957 and 1961 by Granada Television . ... Robins Nest was a British television sitcom. ... The Dustbinmen was a sitcom made for Granada Television which starred Bryan Pringle, Trevor Bannister, Graham Haberfield and Tim Wylton. ... Whoops Apocalypse was originally a six-part 1982 sitcom by Andrew Marshall and David Renwick, made by London Weekend Television for ITV. Marshall and Renwick later reworked the concept as a 1986 movie with almost completely different characters and plot, although one or two of the original actors returned in... Windsor Davies as Oliver Smallbridge and Donald Sinden as Simon Peel Never the Twain was a British sitcom produced by Thames Television, created by Johnnie Mortimer and starring Windsor Davies as Oliver Smallbridge and Donald Sinden as Simon Peel. ... Nightingales was an unusual British sitcom produced by Channel 4 in the early 1990s. ... Early Doors is a BBC sitcom which has received huge critical acclaim. ... Agony was a British television sitcom produced by London Weekend Television for the ITV network. ... The Lovers was a British television sitcom by Jack Rosenthal, starring Richard Beckinsale and Paula Wilcox as a courting couple, Geoffrey and Beryl. ... Father, Dear Father is a British television sitcom about a novelist Patrick Glover (played by Patrick Cargill), and his two blonde daughters, Karen Glover (played by Ann Holloway) and Anna Glover (played by Natasha Pyne) and Nanny (played by Noël Dyson). ... Type metal is an alloy (usually lead, antimony, and tin) that is used in typesetting. ... Life With The Lyons was a British radio and television domestic sitcom. ... Marriage Lines is a British television sitcom produced by the BBC between 1963 and 1966. ... A Sharp Intake of Breath was a 1977 British sitcom starring David Jason, Richard Wilson, and Jacqueline Clarke. ...

Further reading

  • Lewisohn, Mark (2003) Radio Times Guide to TV Comedy. 2nd Ed. Revised — BBC Consumer Publishing. ISBN 0-563-48755-0

External links

  • Britain's Best Sitcom
  • British Sitcom Guide

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