Looking back at Two Pints

Two Pints Of Lager And A Packet Of Crisps. Image shows from L to R: Gary 'Gaz' Wilkinson (Will Mellor), Janet (Sheridan Smith), Donna Henshaw (Natalie Casey), Jonny Keogh (Ralf Little), Louise (Kathryn Drysdale). Copyright: BBC

Loved by its audience and loathed by critics, this week marked the 20th anniversary of sitcom Two Pints Of Lager And A Packet Of Crisps. Comedy writer Tim Dawson, who got his first break on the show, reveals what he learned and reflects on the programme's achievements.

The first time I walked into a television studio was to see an episode of Two Pints being filmed. I was 18, and still at school. A few weeks before I'd bunked off one Wednesday to go to London and attend a rehearsal. Wednesdays were a special day, because in the morning there...

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