Words like 'austerity Britain' have been making us feel a bit down recently. Sitcoms are full of issues too - from the money struggles of the central character in new BBC sitcom Static, to the squalid flats the Kurupt FM crew hang out in People Just Do Nothing - the production design on UK comedies is perhaps lacking a bit of glamour and sparkle at times.
However, having just watched a film based on casinos and gambling, it got us thinking about some of the sitcoms that have been made over the years where there is plenty of money visible on the screen.
Here's a far-from-definitive list. Can you think of any other comedies that ooze wealth? If so, let us know!
To The Manor Born
Audrey fforbes-Hamilton used to be wealthy, but following her husband's poor money management and crippling inheritance taxes she had to sell her ancestral home to a new-millionaire supermarket owner. Luckily, she doesn't go far - and retains her faithful butler, Brabinger - so keeps an eye on comings and goings at the big house under Richard DeVere, and we get a good portion of the slice of home-made luxury she carves out in her new, more modest lodgings.
As fans of the show will know, romance soon blossomed between Audrey and Richard. In the 2007 special, coming 26 years after we last saw Peter Spence's show on the air, we saw the couple were still loaded with cash. With their wedding anniversary coming up, the duo planned a big party at Grantleigh Manor.
Blackadder The Third
Hopefully everyone is aware of the rotten lot handed to each generation of the Blackadder dynasty, descended from the Plantagenet family who lost the English throne with the Wars of the Roses? In the latter half of the 18th Century, the latest Edmund finds his station elevated to a position of relative comfort, as he is ensconced in the palace, acting as manservant to Prince George, the Prince Regent and Prince of Wales.
Despite acting as largely unappreciated and unthanked dogsbody to the Prince, Edmund spends most of his time in the splendour of George's lavish apartments - much in contrast to his descendants, in particular.
We're not sure there was any amount of work ever going on in Ab Fab to fund the hedonistic lifestyle that Edina and Patsy lead. Nevertheless, the depraved duo cavorted and partied their way right through the 1990s - much to the disgust of Eddy's daughter, Saffy - and into the 2010s too. Most recently the extravagance continued in Absolutely Fabulous: The Movie
From the copious amounts of bubbly, regular parties, high-end fashion, and a similarly liberal flow of narcotics, there's no doubt that Eddy, Patsy and friends lived the glamorous London high-life!
What is royalty if it is not glamorous? Or at least, that's the popular image, and one reflected splendidly in the Channel 4 sitcom The Windsors. With an all-star cast imitating and impersonating the real members of the House of Windsor (and a few celebrities and politicians along the way), the comedy is a spoof of overblown TV soap operas that reimagines the Royal Family as if they were the central characters of such a melodramatic series.
Key to the sitcom are Wills and Kate, the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, played by Hugh Skinner and Louise Ford. It's been reported that the real Prince William loves watching the show, and is particularly tickled by Kate's background as a gypsy - quite a world away, as viewers see semi-regularly, from the glitz and glamour of royal life that she now enjoys.
Jeeves And Wooster
There were more aristocratic highlights in this Fry and Laurie series adapted from the stories and characters of literary legend P.G. Wodehouse. Minor aristocrat Bertram Wilberforce Wooster is one of the nicest men you could meet; but he's also interminably dim-witted, resulting in his valet Jeeves having to get him out of all kinds of scrapes.
It's never quite clear where the Wooster family money comes from; what is in no doubt is that Bertie certainly doesn't have the wherewithall to secure gainful employment, and relies on regular allowances from his beloved - but feared - aunts Agatha and Dahlia for financial support. This comes under regular threat, but he still manages to sustain himself in a very well-appointed central London apartment, with all modern conveniences, and later through an extended sojourn to New York City and similar high-end accommodation, alongside Jeeves and a stream of uninvited house and dinner guests.
I Live With Models
This Comedy Central sitcom filmed in the UK offers a perfect contrast of the two ends of the spectrum, from everyman hand model Tommy to the physically perfect fashion models he finds himself living and working with over the course of the two series produced to date.
Set in Miami during the first series and New York City for the second, it's a glimpse behind-the-scenes of high fashion, glamour, physical perfection and impeccable beauty standards. None of the regular characters are particularly wealthy, but there's no doubt they move in circles where picture-perfection is a requirement.