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.

Episode menu

Series 2, Episode 3 - Where There's A Will

The Barnes' are forced to deal with Sheila's argumentative family when her aunt dies. After a series of mishaps at the wake and dealing with a grasping vicar, Peter's very surprised to discover that they've been left an old piano.

Broadcast details

Monday 5th March 1979
30 minutes


Show past repeats

Date Time Channel
Saturday 26th August 2017 8:50am Gold
Friday 8th September 2017 9:35am Gold
Saturday 30th September 2017 10:25am Gold
Sunday 10th December 2017 7:10am Gold
Monday 11th December 2017 2:35am Gold
Thursday 3rd May 2018 7:30am Gold
Friday 4th May 2018 7:30am Gold
Friday 27th July 2018 7:35am Gold
Saturday 28th July 2018 8:40am Gold
Monday 10th September 2018 9:25am Gold
Tuesday 11th September 2018 1:00am Gold
Wednesday 12th September 2018 12:05pm Gold
Friday 17th May 2019 8:05am Gold
Sunday 28th July 2019 7:50am Gold
Monday 29th July 2019 7:30am Gold
Tuesday 17th September 2019 8:35am Gold
Friday 20th September 2019 8:00am Gold
Friday 1st May 2020 7:20am Gold

Cast & crew

David Jason Peter Barnes
Jacqueline Clarke Sheila Barnes
Guest cast
Richard Wilson Rev. Ernest Plummley
Alun Armstrong Alec
Maggie Jones Phyllis
James House Church Warden
Writing team
Ronnie Taylor Writer
Production team
Les Chatfield Director
Les Chatfield Producer
Al Pigden Editor
Anthony Waller Production Designer
Shirley Teece Casting Director
Ken Jones Composer
Suzanne Chases Production Designer

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