A Sharp Intake Of Breath. Peter Barnes (David Jason). Copyright: Associated Television.

A Sharp Intake Of Breath

ITV sitcom dealing with authority. 22 episodes (pilot + 4 series), 1977 - 1981. Stars David Jason, Richard Wilson, Alun Armstrong and Jacqueline Clarke.

A Sharp Intake Of Breath. Peter Barnes (David Jason). Copyright: Associated Television.

A Sharp Intake Of Breath

David Jason stars as Peter Barnes, an average man forever struggling against red tape and bureaucracy

Genre
Sitcom
Broadcast
1977 - 1981
Channel
ITV
Episodes
22   (1 pilot + 4 series)
Starring
David Jason, Richard Wilson, Alun Armstrong and Jacqueline Clarke
Writers
Ronnie Taylor and Vince Powell
Directors
Les Chatfield and Stuart Allen
Producers
Les Chatfield and Stuart Allen

Peter Barnes is a man for whom innumerable problems appear to crop up just in proceeds of everyday "getting things done".

From trying to secure a small loan to being a best man, life seems to hand Peter - and by extension, his wife, Sheila - more than his fair share of obstacles and frustrations. The only certainty is that whatever he's trying to do or arrange, it will entail an encounter with a jobsworth whose instinctive response is a perfectly timed sharp intake of breath.

Production Details

Part of

The Sound Of Laughter (1977)

Production company
Also known as
  • The Sound Of Laughter: A Sharp Intake Of Breath (Pilot)
Laugh track
Live audience

Broadcast details

First broadcast
Thursday 28th July 1977 on ITV at 7pm
Last new broadcast
Sunday 15th February 1981 on ITV at 7:15pm
Length of episodes
30 minutes
Last repeat
Monday 7th October 2019 at 7:35am on Gold

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