British Comedy Guide

Yorkshire Television

Yorkshire Television.

Yorkshire Television was the ITV contractor for Yorkshire and surrounding areas east of the Pennines. It produced many successful series, particularly during the 1970s.

In 1997 YTV was acquired by Granada, whose licence it had originally split in two, and in turn became part of ITV plc.

Notable archive productions

Medium Production Broadcaster Genre Summary
TV At Home With The Braithwaites. At Home With The Braithwaites ITV Comedy Drama Comedy drama about the Leeds Braithwaite family, whose lives are changed when mum wins £36 million on the lottery.
TV Adam's Family Tree ITV Sitcom With a CD-ROM in his computer and a handy hole in the space-time continuum, 12-year old Adam can summon the services of his ancestors to help him out.
TV The New Statesman. Alan B'Stard MP (Rik Mayall). Copyright: Alomo Productions / Yorkshire Television. The New Statesman ITV Sitcom Sitcom parody of 1980s Conservatism. Tory MP Alan B'Stard holds the largest majority in the House: his interests are money, power, sex, and himself.
TV Stay Lucky. Thomas Gynn (Dennis Waterman). Copyright: Yorkshire Television. Stay Lucky ITV Comedy Drama Comedy drama about a London wheeler-dealer who resettles in the north.
TV The Darling Buds Of May. Pop Larkin (David Jason). The Darling Buds Of May ITV Comedy Drama Comedy drama series about H.E. Bates's eccentric Larkin family.
TV Singles ITV Sitcom The meeting game has more in common with the mating game for Malcolm and Clive and Pamela and Jackie, inhabitants of a singles bar.
TV Home To Roost. Image shows from L to R: Matthew Willows (Reece Dinsdale), Henry Willows (John Thaw). Copyright: Yorkshire Television. Home To Roost ITV Sitcom Henry Willows is more than happy with his life of almost solitude until Matthew, his 18-year old son turns up, and wants to move in permanently.
TV Cannon And Ball. Image shows from L to R: Tommy Cannon, Bobby Ball. Copyright: Rex. Cannon And Ball ITV Variety Popular and long-running variety series, primarily sketch and stand-up, starring northern clubland comics Tommy Cannon and Bobby Ball.
TV Duty Free. Image shows from L to R: David Pearce (Keith Barron), Linda Cochran (Joanna Van Gyseghem), Carlos (Carlos Douglas), Robert Cochran (Neil Stacy), Amy Pearce (Gwen Taylor). Copyright: Yorkshire Television. Duty Free ITV Sitcom ITV sitcom about two British couples holidaying at the same Spanish hotel in Marbella.
TV In Loving Memory. Image shows from L to R: Billy Henshaw (Christopher Beeny), Ivy Unsworth (Thora Hird). Copyright: Rex. In Loving Memory ITV Sitcom Comedy about an auntie and nephew, Ivy and Billy, who run a family undertakers' business in 1920s Yorkshire.
TV That's My Boy. Image shows from L to R: Ida Willis (Mollie Sugden), Robert Price (Christopher Blake), Angie Price (Jennifer Lonsdale). Copyright: Yorkshire Television. That's My Boy ITV Sitcom Formidable Ida Willis takes a job as housekeeper to Dr. Robert Price, little knowing that he is the son she gave up for adoption when she was young.
TV The Gaffer. Image shows from L to R: Fred Moffat (Bill Maynard), Harry (Russell Hunter), Betty (Pat Ashton). Copyright: Yorkshire Television. The Gaffer ITV Sitcom Fred Moffatt, The Gaffer, is the director of a recession-hit, light-engineering company and is always teetering on the edge of disaster.
TV Only When I Laugh. Image shows from L to R: Dr. Gordon Thorpe (Richard Wilson), Roy Figgis (James Bolam), Norman Binns (Christopher Strauli), Archie Glover (Peter Bowles). Copyright: Yorkshire Television. Only When I Laugh ITV Sitcom Roy Figgis, Norman Binns and Archie Glover are long-term residents of the NHS. Despite this, they never fail to get themselves into trouble.
TV You're Only Young Twice. Image shows from L to R: Cissie Lupin (Pat Coombs), Flora Petty (Peggy Mount). Copyright: Yorkshire Television. You're Only Young Twice ITV Sitcom For the elderly ladies at Paradise Lodge, life is far from over. Flora Petty and her friends are determined to enjoy their days of companionship.
TV Oh No It's Selwyn Froggitt. Selwyn Froggitt (Bill Maynard). Copyright: Yorkshire Television. Oh No It's Selwyn Froggitt ITV Sitcom Yorkshireman Selwyn Froggitt is well-meaning, but could not be more unlucky if he tried.
TV Rising Damp. Rupert Rigsby (Leonard Rossiter). Copyright: Yorkshire Television. Rising Damp ITV Sitcom Rupert Rigsby is the grubby landlord of a seedy boarding house. His put-upon tenants include students Philip and Alan, and the glamorous Miss Jones.
TV Beryl's Lot. Beryl Humphries (Carmel McSharry). Copyright: Yorkshire Television / Rex. Beryl's Lot ITV Sitcom As her fortieth birthday approaches, mother of three and milkman's wife Beryl realises that there must be more to life than being a housewife.
TV Sez Les. Les Dawson. Copyright: Yorkshire Television. Sez Les ITV Sketch Show Popular stand-up comedy and sketch series starring Les Dawson.
TV Jokers Wild. Copyright: Yorkshire Television. Jokers Wild ITV Panel Show Lively panel game in which two teams of top comics compete for laughs on a randomly selected topic.
TV Dear Mother.... ....Love Albert. Albert Courtnay (Rodney Bewes). Dear Mother.... ....Love Albert ITV Sitcom Albert Courtnay has upped his Northern roots and moved to London. His letters home to his mother embellish his life with more than a hint of fiction.
TV Queenie's Castle. Queenie Shepherd (Diana Dors). Copyright: Yorkshire Television. Queenie's Castle ITV Sitcom Queenie Shepherd is the self-styled ruler of Buckingham Flats and any dissenters will find plenty of trouble from her and her three sons.
TV Mr Digby Darling. Image shows from L to R: Roland Digby (Peter Jones), Thelma Teesdale (Sheila Hancock). Copyright: Yorkshire Television. Mr Digby Darling ITV Sitcom Pesticide company executive Roland Digby finds relaxation not at home but in the office, not least thanks to his dedicated PA, Thelma.
TV Cryer's Crackers ITV Panel Show Panel show hosted by Barry Cryer focusing on archive regional TV clips.

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Comedy title launches

Year Medium Genre Production
2003 TV Comedy Drama The Booze Cruise
2002 TV Comedy Drama The Quest
2001 TV Comedy Drama Micawber
1994 TV Sitcom Downwardly Mobile
1994 TV Sitcom Which Way To The War
1992 TV Variety Frank Sidebottom's Fantastic Shed Show
1991 TV Sitcom Cannon And Ball's Playhouse
1991 TV Sitcom Fiddlers Three
1991 TV Sitcom Plaza Patrol
1991 TV Sitcom Rich Tea And Sympathy
1991 TV Comedy Drama The Darling Buds Of May
1990 TV Sitcom Haggard
1989 TV Sitcom A Bit Of A Do
1987 TV Sitcom High & Dry
1987 TV Sitcom My Husband And I
1987 TV Sitcom The Refuge
1986 TV Sitcom Farrington Of The F.O.
1986 TV Sitcom Room At The Bottom
1985 TV Sitcom Home To Roost
1985 TV Sitcom South Of The Border
1985 TV Sitcom There Comes A Time...
1984 TV Sitcom Call Earnshaw
1984 TV Sitcom Duty Free
1984 TV Sitcom It's Never Too Late
1984 TV Sitcom Singles
1983 TV Sitcom Hallelujah!
1982 TV Sitcom The Bounder
1982 TV Sitcom Third Time Lucky
1981 TV Sitcom That's My Boy
1981 TV Sitcom The Gaffer
1980 TV Stand-Up Frankie Howerd Reveals All
1979 TV Comedy Charley's Aunt
1979 TV Sitcom Only When I Laugh
1979 TV Sitcom Thundercloud
1978 TV Sitcom Life Begins At Forty
1978 TV Sitcom Margie And Me
1978 TV Sitcom Selwyn
1977 TV Sitcom Big Deal At York City
1977 TV Sitcom Car Along The Pass
1977 TV Sitcom Cheers
1977 TV Sitcom Naught For Thy Comfort
1977 TV Sitcom Variations On A Theme
1977 TV Sitcom You're Only Young Twice
1974 TV Sitcom Badger's Set
1974 TV Sitcom Brotherly Love
1974 TV Sketch Show Francis Howerd In Concert
1974 TV Sitcom Oh No It's Selwyn Froggitt
1974 TV Sitcom Rising Damp
1974 TV Sitcom Slater's Day
1974 TV Sitcom You'll Never Walk Alone
1973 TV Sitcom All Our Saturdays
1973 TV Sitcom Beryl's Lot
1973 TV Sitcom Sir Yellow
1971 TV Sitcom All This - And Christmas Too!
1971 TV Sitcom Keep It In The Family
1970 TV Sitcom Albert And Victoria
1970 TV Sitcom His And Hers
1970 TV Sitcom Queenie's Castle
1969 TV Sitcom Dear Mother.... ....Love Albert
1969 TV Sitcom In Loving Memory
1968 TV Sitcom Inside George Webley