The first and most celebrated of all pilot and comedy trial seasons, Comedy Playhouse was originally devised to find new programmes for Ray Galton and Alan Simpson following the end of Hancock's Half Hour.
Famous comedies that started life in the Comedy Playhouse strand include Steptoe And Son, Till Death Us Do Part, All Gas And Gaiters, The Liver Birds, Are You Being Served?, Last Of The Summer Wine and Happy Ever After.
Premiere Comedy Playhouse episode, starring Eric Sykes as a French undertaker in 1926, who conjures up a dark plan to increase business.
After ten years lunching on the same park bench, office workers Geoffrey and Ethel are in for a shock.
Period sitcom playlet about serial bigamist Edward Whiteley.
Albert Steptoe and his son Harold run a rag and bone business. Harold wants to move on in the world and leave home but his plans are always thwarted.
A group of old friends find that their reunion has unfortunate consequences for all concerned.
If you are worried about the world situation pick up your telephone and do something about it? Lionel Baxter does... and regrets it.
Cyril Bradley tries to persuade his customer, Wilfred Swann, to park his Rolls Royce outside his garage in order to attract customers.
There's always one patient in hospital who looks forward to their operation more than a visit from relatives.
When two people agree to meet after a long romance by letter, they find themselves caught in the web of lies they have spun for each other.
Clive is about to swim the Channel but is unaware that his manager is planning to make money out of him.
Frankie Howerd-starring comedy by Galton & Simpson about a man plagued by his conscience as he passes through airport customs with an expensive watch.
Harry Driver & Jack Rosenthal pilot in the Comedy Playhouse series, starring Ronald Fraser as a door-to-door salesman with a unique approach to sales.
Major Humphrey Carlton has retired from the Army and finds that arranging his own domestic affairs is more meddlesome than he ever expected.
Sitcom pilot about two young ladies sharing a flat in a fashionable area.
Comedy about Prestonian Arthur Berry, a man whose love for fine art is shared only by the insurance man, but neither his friends nor family.
Sitcom pilot about a couple of cleaning ladies working at the Ministry of Agriculture and Fisheries, starring Doris and Elsie Waters.
Gascoigne Quilt & Luther Flannery meet in a graveyard. The two old men have little in common but Luther's sense of adventure leads them into scrapes.
Domestic sitcom following working-class northern couple Freddie and Thora Blacklock, a plumber and proud housewife.
Sitcom pilot starring Beryl Reid, Barbara Windsor and Dermot Kelly, about the amorous but strict elderly owner of Khartoum House Girls' Hostel.
Comedy Playhouse pilot. The new chairman of Northtown FC intends to change the club's image. Club mascot Arnold Birtwistle does not intend to let him.
Comedy Playhouse special from Feldman and Took, in which joke inventor Barnaby Spoot plots ultimate revenge upon a joke shop that always rejects him.
Sitcom pilot starring Peggy Mount as the formidable and overbearing mother of Graham Stark.
Bittersweet comedy pilot starring Bernard Cribbins as a shy and lonely 32-year old looking for love.
Murray believes he can train his mind for practical purposes and he endeavours to teach his skills to young Tommy, a young boy he is looking after.
Opinionated Alf Garnett reels off a string of misinformed, bigoted, reactionary opinions each week, to the chagrin of his family.
Kingsley Binns is a man who can't switch off from his job and that involves him trying to make everybody he meets more efficient.
1910 - when three long term friends and fellow stokers are let ashore, a bet over downing a pot of ale causes the friendship to be broken.
Captain Para Handy steers his famous puffer, the Vital Spark, up and down the Clyde, together with his motley crew.
Sitcom pilot about a childrens' novelist who holds distinctly stern, non-PC views about the young.
The fictional St. Ogg's Cathedral is the setting for a good natured look at life among the clergy.
Comedy of familial relations. Gerald is a poor snob, whilst his next door neighbours - his wife's sister and her husband - are well-off working class.
Marty Feldman-penned sitcom pilot starring Clive Dunn and Bernard Cribbins as a pair of sandwich-board men convinced the apocalypse is nigh.
Comedy Playhouse pilot by Richard Waring. George Cole stars as affluent City businessman Charles, who's left suddenly single when his wife walks out.
Sitcom pilot from the writer of The Larkins, starring Harry H Secombe and Joan Sims as the pompous owner of a poor dance school and his wife.
The corridors of power have never been the safest of places, but for one minister there are an unusual amount of booby traps.
The domestic bliss of "oldly-weds" Jennifer and Henry Corner and their three young children.
Comedy Playhouse pilot starring Norman Rossington and Jimmy Jewel as the boss of a small engineering company and the workers' union shop-steward.
Comedy pilot starring Jimmy Edwards and Clive Dunn as nephew and elderly uncle. James believes he stands to inherit a lot, but then a new heir arrives.
PG Wodehouse adaptation starring Wilfred Hyde White as the eponymous Uncle Fred, the Earl of Ickenham.
Comedy Playhouse pilot starring David Tomlinson as socially conscious 'green' cause lover Charles Pinfold, whose values are put sorely to the test.
Sitcom pilot starring John Le Mesurier as Lucifer, long weary of the underworld, and Jimmy Tarbuck as Nick, his ambitious son.
Sitcom following womaniser James Franklin-Jones (Terry-Thomas), an international salesman who uses his business trips to search for beautiful women.
Unbroadcast Comedy Playhouse sitcom pilot about staff at an electrical power station.
Sitcom about a married couple who are each others' polar opposite, but a perfect match together and solve a series of problems in bizarre ways.
Sitcom about a widowed fishmonger whose life is dominated by his three unmarried adult daughters, and husband-hunting next-door neighbour.
Comedy about a leading Cockney busker who sets up a rival group after an argument with the other three members of his existing quartet.
The arrival of a pretty au pair has an explosive effect on a successful TV family's life.
Sitcom starring Milo O'Shea as Bunjy Kennefick, living the bachelor life as a top London business executive, and his very traditional Irish mother.
A Comedy Playhouse presentation about Edward Wilkins, whose vision of retirement turns out to be rather different than the reality.
A travelling cook turns a run down transport cafe into a fashionable restaurant.
Sitcom exploring the lives and loves of two young, single females sharing a flat together in Liverpool.
Reg and Stan are local reporters in Wales who make up stories and sell them to Fleet Street. They are in for a shock when they are taken seriously.
Sitcom about an eccentric family who live in a quiet, conservative community - much to the annoyance of their neighbours.
A Comedy Playhouse presentation starring Keith Barron in a tale of domestic disharmony with a radical solution.
A Comedy Playhouse written by and starring Bob Grant and Stephen Lewis as brothers who work in a block of flats as caretakers.
A Comedy Playhouse starring James Grout as a military man finding it hard to embrace civilian life without the help of his faithful Army batman.
Sitcom pilot starring Bernard Cribbins as a professional male escort, also with Frank Thornton and Maggie Fitzgibbon.
Basil Bulstrode is pompous, grouchy and stubborn - he's also an undertaker who loves his work.
Sitcom pilot in the Comedy Playhouse strand, set in a retirement home.
Pilot about a family of Cockney struggling window cleaners with one white and one black son.
Keith Waterhouse sitcom pilot about a First World War survivor attempting to instil a sense of old-fashioned values to modern world.
A Comedy Playhouse revolving around the Northern working men's clubs and two agents who find a rich, new boy has hit town.
Three Irish labourers spend their lives digging away on the Waterloo tunnel.
Family-centric comedy built around the excitable Sheila Love, her husband Harry and daughter Jenny.
The first ethnic minority sitcom on British television. This pilot follows Uncle Tulip, a middle-aged Kenyan Sikh looking after his niece and nephew.
Flatshare sitcom about a group of girls from well-off backgrounds.
The misadventures of two bachelor flat mates working on a terrible radio serial. One's an east Londoner, the other an old Etonian.
Satirical comedy pilot set at the new, left-wing University of Wessex.
Sitcom pilot written by Graham Chapman and Bernard McKenna, starring Ronnie Barker as George Idle.
Sitcom set in London department store Grace Bros., where the Ladies' Intimate Apparel and Men's Ready To Wear departments are forced to share a floor.
Gentle sitcom following a group of pensioners living in Yorkshire. This show was Britain's longest-running TV sitcom.
Comedy Playhouse pilot about a man who tries to commit suicide and the problems he causes his rescuer.
Sherlock Holmes finds Edwardian solutions to problems in 1973.
Luke Elms must marry off his five daughters before they bankrupt him.
When Bill's wife leaves him to become a traffic warden - she makes him her most frequent victim.
Sitcom pilot starring Liz Smith and Yootha Joyce, recorded for the 15th series of Comedy Playhouse on 2nd April 1974 but never broadcast.
Now that all the children have left, Terry and June Fletcher can look forward to doing all the things they have planned - until Aunt Lucy arrives.
Comedy series following a low-level petty crook, his family, and his varied attempts to enter the big leagues.
Roy Clarke sitcom pilot starring David Jason as Quentin, a young man from Rochdale struggling to becoming his own person under his mother's gaze.
Post-apocalyptic Galton & Simpson sitcom pilot about a man and his mother who find everyone else in the world has vanished.
Sitcom pilot from the writers of All Gas And Gaiters. As an existing tenant, Jo Ransley (Una Stubbs) enjoys quite a protected status.
A Comedy Playhouse pilot, written by Roy Clarke and starring Leonard Rossiter.
A 1974 sitcom pilot about a mother who shares her daughter's boyfriends. Broadcast as part of the Comedy Playhouse series.
Sitcom pilot based on the stories of PG Wodehouse. Archibald Mulliner is a feckless young chap but determined to woo Aurelia Cammerleigh.
Simon Pollock is about to invade France with Major Pollock's Relish.
Sitcom pilot starring Hugh Dennis as a weatherman who gets fired and then finds getting back on TV is much harder than he expected.
A documentary looking back at the original BBC Comedy Playhouse pilot strand, featuring contributions from some of those involved.
Studio audience sitcom about a ragtag family of Mountain Rescue volunteers.
Studio audience sitcom pilot about a group of monks who definitely do not live together in peace and harmony.
Comedy following five disparate groups of people, friends, partners and parents, observing their everyday lives as their little stories unfold.
Sitcom about three marriages in various states of disrepair, written by and starring Jack Docherty.
Studio audience sitcom about a man who jacks in a job in London to move back in with his parents.