Our House. Image shows from L to R: Georgina Ruddy (Hattie Jacques), Mr Parks (Deryck Guyler). Image credit: Foster TV Productions.

Our House

A disparate group of individuals are poor individually, but pool their money to buy a large house, and become forever entangled in each other's business

Genre:
Sitcom
Broadcast:
1960 - 1962  (ITV)
Episodes:
39 (2 series)
Starring:
Hattie Jacques, Charles Hawtrey, Joan Sims, Norman Rossington, Bernard Bresslaw, Hylda Baker, Frederick Peisley, Leigh Madison, Harry Korris, Eugenie Cavanagh, Frank Pettingell
Writers:
Norman Hudis, Brad Ashton, Bob Block
Production:
Foster TV Productions

Fate is sealed when nine people - 5 individuals and 2 couples - find themselves in an estate agent's office at the same time, aimlessly searching for a suitable home. Realising that none can afford a property alone, the newly formed band of friends pool their money and purchase a single large house to make their collective own.

The series follows the mad-cap lives of this disparate bunch, who constantly flit in and out of each other's rooms, and where nobody holds a secret for too long.

Our Review: Early Carry On screenwriter Norman Hudis took time out from film work to create a sort of 'Carry On Up and Down the Stairs'. Indeed, many of the esteemed Carry On stars were present in the cast, notably Hattie Jacques, Joan Sims and Charles Hawtrey.

After a riotous first series, the second fell out of favour with ITV network executives, and in certain regions - including London - only the first nine of the twenty-six episodes were broadcast.