The late great Ronnie Barker stars as Norman Stanley Fletcher, trying to keep himself out of trouble and guiding his young roommate Godber, whilst residing in HMP Slade. Porridge first aired in 1974 and ended in 1974. The show had a total of 3 series and also had two Christmas specials. The series was followed by a spin off called ‘Going Straight’ that did not achieve the same level of success. Now, over 30 years after its first airing, Porridge is remembered as one of the greatest English sitcoms to ever grace our televisions!
4. Dad’s Army
This beloved English sitcom is about the every continuing struggles of a Home Guard platoon during World War II who is fighting their incompetence, age and pomposity more than the actual Nazis! Starring veteran English actors Arthur Lowe and John Le Mesurier, Dad’s Army first aired in 1968 and went on until 1977 in a total of 9 series. The series is remembered for its catchphrases and its influence on popular culture today is still as prominent as ever some 47 years after it first aired.
3. Fawlty Towers.
Classic English sitcom about a hotel owner Basil Fawlty played by the great John Cleese, is a man of unparalleled rudeness with a anger and dislike towards all guests. The series first aired in 1975 and wrapped up for good in 1979. In the show, Basil’s wife is the more practical of the two and finds herself in all manner of problems because of Basil’s many unhappy guests! A notable mention has to go to Andrew Sachs for his portrayal of ‘Manuel’ the hapless waiter within the hotel. Most people are unaware that the sitcom only produced 2 series (12 episodes). Many people felt that it should have carried on for much longer.
Before Rowan Atkinson was Mr.Bean he was known for Blackadder. The Blackadder series first aired in 1983 and went on to record new shows right up until 2000. We only saw 4 series in total but what we did see was pure gold!. The series also starred Tony Robinson as the ever infuriating ‘Baldrick’ who would quite often get the wrong end of the proverbial stick. Writers for the show included Atkinson himself, Stephen Fry, Ben Elton and William Shakespeare himself! As he was often quoted within the show.
1. Only Fools And Horses
Peckham market trader Derek Trotter (David Jason) and his brother Rodney (Nicholas Lyndhurst) are always searching for the best way to make a bit of easy money. Starting in 1981 and going on to produce 7 series until 2003, Only Fools and Horses makes number one on our list for a very important reason – It is the most watched sitcom of all time here in England (and the entire UK). Memorable moments in the show include the infamous ‘bar scene’ in which Del Boy cockily attempts to ‘play it cool’ in the bar with Trigger without noticing that the bar that he was leaning on has been removed allowing him to fall over in front of the ladies he was admiring. The show even returned last year for a one of special scene filmed for Sports Relief.