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The Brain Bath?! Guide to Golden Sitcoms

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Brain bath?! harks back to TV's golden age when the likes of Terry Scott, Richard Briers and Penelope Keith were giants of the small screen as we bring you our guide to sitcoms.


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Allo Allo - a classic of the genre. Set in a cafe in Nazi occupied France, the show featured an orgy of national stereotypes including an over emotional Italian officer and repressed homosexual SS officers. Curiously, the French and Germans loved it...

Are You Being Served? - department store mayhem inspired by Captain Peacock, Mrs Slocombe and of course, John "I'm Free" Inman.

Bless This House - one of Sid James' many attempts to shake off the shackles of the 'Carry On...' series and make the crossover to the small screen. Interminable domestic comedy.

Brush Strokes - featuring the adventures of the laddish Jacko, (played by Karl Howman, now to be seen in Flash ads) a painter and decorator.. thus the title.

Butterflies - Wendy Craig, sitcom stalwart Geoffrey Palmer and a pre 'Only Fools' Nicholas Lyndhurst all feature as a middle aged housewife ponders the meaning of life.

Citizen Smith - class war comedy set in Tooting as Wolfie Smith attempts to inspire a people's revolution.

Hi-De-Hi! - '80s holiday camp comedy featuring the talents of Sue Pollard, Paul Shane and Geoffrey Holland.

On The Buses - lecherous Stan (Reg Varney) spends his time persuing females and avoiding his boss, Blakey (Stephen Lewis) - spawned the catchphrase, "I hate you Butler".

Sorry! - solo outing for comedy bastion Ronnie Corbett as a man struggling to escape the clutches of his overbearing mother.

Terry and June - the madcap antics of Terry (Terry Scott) constantly exasperate his long-suffering wife June (June Whitfield) - an enormously popular show for the BBC.

The Good Life - Felicity Kendal and Richard Briers attempt to go back to nature in 70s surburbia, ably supported by Penelope Keith and Paul Eddington. Still draws in millions of viewers on BBC2.

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