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The Brittas Empire
image: brittasEmpire3.jpg
Shot of "The Brittas Empire" opening credits
Genre live action/sitcom
Created by Richard Fegen
Andrew Norriss
Starring Chris Barrie
Pippa Haywood
Julia St. John
Mike Burns
Russell Porter
Tim Marriott
Harriet Thorpe
Judy Flynn
Narrated by N/A
Country of origin United Kingdom
No. of episodes 51 + 2 Short Specials (List of episodes)
Production
Executive producer(s) Mike Stephens
Running time 30 mins
Broadcast
Original channel BBC One
Original run January 3, 1991February 24, 1997
External links
Official website
IMDb profile
TV.com summary

The Brittas Empire is a BBC television sitcom that ran from 1991 to 1997. Chris Barrie starred as Gordon Brittas, the well-meaning but unbearably obnoxious 'manager from hell' of a sports facility called Whitbury New Town Leisure Centre. Barrie appeared in this series concurrently with his co-starring role as Arnold Rimmer on Red Dwarf. Image File history File links No higher resolution available. ... In film and video, live action refers to works that are acted out by flesh-and-blood actors, as opposed to animation. ... A sitcom or situation comedy is a genre of comedy performance originally devised for radio but today typically found on television. ... Aquila, a book by Andrew Noriss Andrew Norriss is a British author and a writer for television. ... Chris Barrie (born March 28, 1960) is an English actor, best known for his roles as Arnold Rimmer in the cult BBC2 comedy Red Dwarf, and as Gordon Brittas in popular BBC1 sitcom The Brittas Empire. ... Pippa Haywood as Joanna Clore in Green Wing. ... Julia St. ... Michael Burns is a York based Actor who played hapless Colin Weatherby in the popular BBC television comedy The Brittas Empire. ... Russell Porter played Tim Whistler in The Brittas Empire. ... Harriet Thorpe is an English actress who has played a number of roles, some particularly memorable with most of them being of the ridiculous. ... This is a list of all episodes of the British sitcom The Brittas Empire. ... BBC One is the primary television channel of the BBC, and the first in the United Kingdom. ... is the 3rd day of the year in the Gregorian calendar. ... This is a list of television-related events in 1991. ... February 24 is the 55th day of the year in the Gregorian calendar. ... This is a list of television-related events in 1997. ... BBC Television is a service of the British Broadcasting Corporation which began in 1932. ... A sitcom or situation comedy is a genre of comedy performance originally devised for radio but today typically found on television. ... Chris Barrie (born March 28, 1960) is an English actor, best known for his roles as Arnold Rimmer in the cult BBC2 comedy Red Dwarf, and as Gordon Brittas in popular BBC1 sitcom The Brittas Empire. ... Arnold Judas Rimmer BSc, SSc (Bronze Swimming certificate, Silver Swimming certificate), who sometimes goes by Arnold Jonathan Rimmer, is a fictional character in the television series Red Dwarf, played by Chris Barrie. ... Red Dwarf is a British science fiction comedy franchise, the primary form of which comprises eight series of a post-watershed television sitcom that ran on BBC2 between 1988 and 1999, and which has achieved a global cult following. ...

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Cast

Main cast

Chris Barrie (born March 28, 1960) is an English actor, best known for his roles as Arnold Rimmer in the cult BBC2 comedy Red Dwarf, and as Gordon Brittas in popular BBC1 sitcom The Brittas Empire. ... Pippa Haywood as Joanna Clore in Green Wing. ... Julia St. ... Michael Burns is a York based Actor who played hapless Colin Weatherby in the popular BBC television comedy The Brittas Empire. ... Russell Porter played Tim Whistler in The Brittas Empire. ... Harriet Thorpe is an English actress who has played a number of roles, some particularly memorable with most of them being of the ridiculous. ...

Recurring cast

  • Angie - Andrée Bernard (series 1)
  • Pam - Frances Low (series 1)
  • Councillor Dapping - Jo Kendall (series 1-2)
  • Horatio Brittas - Richard Braine (series 3-5)
  • Michael T Farrell III - David Crean (series 3-5)
  • Councillor Drugget - Stephen Churchett (series 4-7)
  • Penny Bidmead - Anouschka Menzies (series 6)

Jo Kendall is a British actress. ... David Crean is a former member of the Parliament of Tasmania. ... Stephen Churchett is a British actor and writer, probably best known for playing Marcus Christie in EastEnders from 1990 to 2004. ...

Characters

Main article: List of The Brittas Empire Characters Below is a list of characters for the 1990s BBC British Television sitcom The Brittas Empire. ...


Plot

Gordon Brittas is the petty, tactless and irritating manager of Whitbury Leisure Centre. He's a character who has a dream; to bring all corners of the world together through sport. However, while trying to fulfil this task and persistently trying to do the right thing, all Brittas seems to do is irritate those around him and bring chaos into the lives of his staff, the public and neurotic pill-dependant wife Helen. While happily managing his centre, Brittas obliviously makes his staff's life a misery, via persistent tactlessness and petty endeavours. He's also the reason why nobody ever vsits the centre. Meanwhile his God-given talent of causing severe catastrophes threatens Joe Public, and when attempting to solve such problems, Brittas only makes matters much worse.


Helen Brittas often turns to affairs with other men and an array of pills to cope with Gordon. Helen deep down loves Gordon, despite finding it an ever increasing strain to tolerate his eccentric behaviour. She often finds herself in need of support from the level headed subordinate of Brittas; Laura Lancing. Laura is the deputy manager (dry) of the centre; she understands both Helen and her boss; adopting a strong level of tolerance for him. It's Laura who picks up the pieces after Brittas' good intentions have led to total chaos at the centre. Laura and Brittas have always had a slight connection, and there's a very mild hint of sexual attraction between the pair, more so on Brittas' part. Its hard to believe that without Laura the leisure centre would survive; amazingly it does when she moves to America to live with her dollar-drowning husband.


Another deputy manager of the centre is Colin Weatherby; a dirt-infested and foul smelling deputy manager wet. Colin's heart is in the right place, and is the only character to admire Brittas; possibly seeing him as a role model. Like Brittas, Colin is prone to accident, and when chaos escalates, he turns to Brittas of who only makes matters much worse. Colin has an infected hand and several allergies; one of which makes him allergic to water; hence his pool duties are limited. Amongst other members of the staff is the unfortunate and upset Carole Parkinson; the receptionist who leads a troubled life of bad luck and sour-twisting dreams. Nevertheless Carole puts on a friendly mask to greet the public. She also is a loving mother of three children of which two are twins. These are kept in the draws of reception and it's Brittas who is the unknowing father to Carole's twin-children offspring. Brittas tries to help Carole, which inevitably makes her even more depressed.


Julie, is the fiery-tongued secretary who hates her boss, always snapping “I’m Busy!” when asked to do any work. Julie doesn't swallow her feelings, and is never afraid of telling Brittas what she really thinks of him. A more co-operative member of the team is Linda Perkins; a shy person to start with whom later lets out a roaring liveliness. She adopts an enthusiastic approach to her work, and is another victim of Brittas' petty endeavours. Gavin Featherly (pool attendant), although gentle at heart, develops certain arrogance when promoted to deputy manager. He leads a rocky relationship with the jealous and emotional Tim Whistler. Tim has frequent mood swings and occasionally shows an almost psychotic side to his character.


Outside the staff is the man of authority Councillor Jack Drugett. Despite numerous attempts at removing Brittas from his position; he and the council fail miserably. Because Brittas remains manager, Whitbury Leisure Centre remains a disaster-escalating world of chaos. Nevertheless, the centre enjoys a taste of success and customers later in the series; however Brittas' petty schemes and irritating nature always manage to persist.


Details

  • Created by: Richard Fergan and Andrew Norris
  • Written by: Richard Fegen, Andrew Norriss, Paul Smith, Terry Kyan, Tony Millan, Mike Walling, Ian Davidson, Peter Vincent
  • Directed by: Mike Stephens, Christine Gernon
  • Produced by: Mike Stephens
  • Theme music by: Frank Renton
  • 7 series, 52 episodes
  • Transmitted: 1991-97
  • TV Channel: BBC1
  • Filming Location: Ringwood Leisure Centre, Hampshire

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Episodes

Main Article: List of The Brittas Empire episodes This is a list of all episodes of the British sitcom The Brittas Empire. ...


The Brittas Empire aired for fifty two episodes, including two Christmas Specials. The show began broadcasting in 1991, and ended in 1997. The cast also performed in the 1996 Royal Variety performance- in character and in a special short episode for "Children In Need". Pudsey is the teddy bear logo of Children in Need, created by designer Joanna Ball and named after Balls home town, Pudsey, in West Yorkshire, England. ...


For the first five series, the shows creators Richard Fergan and Andrew Norris together co-wrote the show. Series five was the initial ending for show, which sees most of the characters preparing to move on in life. However, due to the show still being very popular at the series five mark; the BBC decided to resurrect Brittas and brought on a team of new writers; which carried the show on for a further two series, including one further Christmas special.


DVD releases

The Brittas Empire has enjoyed a global DVD success; available in a variety of different countries. Below are details of the DVD’s released in the United Kingdom, by Eureka Video: The subject of this article may not satisfy the notability guideline for Companies. ...


The Brittas Empire Series 1 DVD


Extras:


Brittas Fitness Quiz


Royal Variety Performance


Star Profile


Stills Gallery


The Brittas Empire Series 2 DVD


Extras:


Brittas Management Quiz


Good Morning interview


Web links


Star profile


Stills gallery


The Brittas Empire Series 3 DVD


Extras:


Where’s Ben game


Wogan interview


English SDH Subtitles


Web link


Stills Gallery


The Brittas Empire Series 4 DVD


Extras:


Stills Gallery


Web link


The Brittas Empire Series 5 DVD


Extras:


Stills Gallery


Web Link


Christmas Special 1994


The Brittas Empire Series 6 DVD


Extras:


Series four out-takes


Stills Gallery


The Brittas Empire Series 7 DVD


Extras:


Christmas Special 1996


SDH for the deaf and hard of hearing


Miscellaneous

  • Series one is the only series to feature André Bernard who played Brittas’ sectary “Angie”
  • Secretary with attitude “Julie”, played by Judy Flynn was brought in at series two.
  • Series one episodes: “Bye, Bye Baby” and “Assassin” are the only two episodes

“Linda” played by Gill Greenacre doesn’t star in.

  • Julie St. John who plays “Laura” doesn’t appear in the final two series.
  • “Surviving Christmas” is the only episode “Julie” played by Judy Flynn doesn’t feature in since entering the show at series two.

External links


  Results from FactBites:
 
The Brittas Empire - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia (1574 words)
The Brittas Empire was a British television sitcom, that ran between 1991 and 1997.
Brittas is concerned that the oil may seep into the water table and "poison small children swimming in the canal", so Colin decides it's safest to store it in the disused Weights Room.
A disheartened Brittas starts seeking somebody on the staff to pass his mantle on to but is forced to stop when Helen goes into labour early and needs to be dashed to the hospital.
BBC - Comedy Guide - The Brittas Empire (885 words)
Brittas was installed as manager of the newly built Whitbury Leisure Centre in the first episode, and the lives of his staff were never the same again.
In fact, Brittas was so unbearable in the sitcom's first series that the writers toned him down thereafter, emphasising that he carried out most of his schemes to better mankind, not for personal gain.
Brittas himself was the victim of attempted murder when the brakes of his car were tampered with, but his wife was driving when they failed and she ended up in traction.
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