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

A Sharp Intake Of Breath

  • TV sitcom
  • ITV
  • 1977 - 1981
  • 22 episodes (4 series)

David Jason stars as Peter Barnes, an average man forever struggling against red tape and bureaucracy. Also features Richard Wilson, Alun Armstrong and Jacqueline Clarke.

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

Key details

Genre
Sitcom
Broadcast
1977 - 1981
Channels
ITV
Episodes
22 (1 pilot + 4 series)
Stars
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
Companies

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.

Additional details

Part of

The Sound Of Laughter (1977)

Also known as
  • The Sound Of Laughter: A Sharp Intake Of Breath (Pilot)
Production
Studio
Camera set-up
Multi-camera
Picture
Colour

Website links

Broadcast details

First broadcast
Thursday 28th July 1977 at 7pm on ITV
Last new broadcast
Sunday 15th February 1981 at 7:15pm on ITV
Most recent repeats

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