Barbara. Image shows from L to R: Barbara Liversidge (Gwen Taylor), Ted Liversidge (Sam Kelly).


ITV sitcom about a no-nonsense housewife. 29 episodes (pilot + 3 series), 1995 - 2003. Stars Gwen Taylor, Sam Kelly, Madge Hindle, Mark Benton and others.

Barbara. Image shows from L to R: Ted Liversidge (Sam Kelly), Barbara Liversidge (Gwen Taylor).


No-nonsense Yorkshire housewife Barbara Liversage imposes herself as the agony aunt and problem-solver for her extended family

1995 - 2003
29   (1 pilot + 3 series)
Gwen Taylor, Sam Kelly, Madge Hindle, Mark Benton, Elizabeth Carling, Sherrie Hewson, Benedict Sandiford and John Arthur
Mark Bussell, Rob Clark, Ramsay Gilderdale, Graham Mark Walker and Justin Sbresni
Richard Boden and Nic Phillips
Mark Bussell and Justin Sbresni

Barbara Liversage is blunt, opinionated, and often just plain rude. With a part-time job in a doctor's surgery, the no-nonsense Yorkshire wife lives with her unassuming, mild-mannered taxi driver husband Ted, and their adult son Neil.

Regularly raising Barbara's frustrations with the modern world are daughter Linda and her useless TV presenter husband Martin, sister Jean, her friend and colleague Doreen, and the assortment of workmen, delivery boys, salesmen, shopkeepers and sick members of the public who she is forced to put up with on a daily basis.

Production Details

Part of

Comedy Firsts

Production companies
Also known as
  • Comedy Firsts: Barbara (Pilot)
The theme tune was composed by Pete Baikie.
Laugh track
Live audience

Broadcast details

First broadcast
Monday 10th July 1995 on ITV at 8pm
Last new broadcast
Friday 4th April 2003 on ITV at 8:30pm
Last repeat
Tuesday 30th September 2014 at 4:25pm on ITV3

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