Tripper's Day. Norman Tripper (Leonard Rossiter). Image credit: Thames Television.

Tripper's Day

Norman Tripper's best intentions as manager of a small London supermarket are constantly thwarted by the lazy, useless bunch of losers he employs

1984  (ITV)
6 (1 series)
Leonard Rossiter, Pat Ashton, Gordon Gostelow, Philip Bird, Charon Bourke, Paul Clarkson, Liz Crowther, David John, Vicky Licorish, Andrew Paul
Brian Cooke
Thames Television

Norman Tripper is the manager of Supafare, a small London supermarket. He tries to run the branch smoothly, but it doesn't happen due to the inept shop staff he has to work with.

Our Review: In his last sitcom before his early death, Leonard Rossiter puts on an excellent performance as supermarket manager Norman Tripper, doing his best to lead a rather feckless body of staff. Although certainly not the classic in the way that Rossiter's earlier shows (such as Rising Damp) were, Tripper's Day is nevertheless very funny at times, and well-deserving of a greater reputation and wider recognigtion than it presently receives. It's not exactly a forgotten gem, but it's not the unadulterated mess that some have made it out to be.

Following Rossiter's death, the show continued for 2 further series with Bruce Forsyth taking up the managerial role in Slinger's Day.