Bedtime. Image shows from L to R: Andrew Oldfield (Timothy West), Alice Oldfield (Sheila Hancock). Copyright: Hat Trick Productions.


BBC One sitcom about couples. 15 episodes (3 series), 2001 - 2003. Stars Sheila Hancock, Timothy West, Claire Skinner, Stephen Tompkinson and others.


Comedy series written by Andy Hamilton, set in various bedrooms during the last half hour of the day

2001 - 2003
15   (3 series)
Sheila Hancock, Timothy West, Claire Skinner, Stephen Tompkinson, Emma Pierson, David Gillespie, Meera Syal, Alun Armstrong and others
Andy Hamilton
Andy Hamilton
Sue Howells, Denise O'Donoghue and Jimmy Mulville

Bedtime - from writer Andy Hamilton (Outnumbered) - is a unique and hugely rewarding comedy series set in the bedrooms of various adjoining Ealing houses during the last half-hour of the day.

Andrew and Alice Oldfield (Timothy West and Sheila Hancock) are the couple to whom - and around whom - so much is happening; a small suburban world of car alarms, noisy lovemaking, broken windows, newborn babies and revenge as a dish served fiery hot.

From the couple whose marriage is tested in unexpected ways, to the young model who falls into the clutches of tabloid journalism; from the grieving son and his empathetic father to the lover with a demanding deadline; from Christmas Eve to Boxing Day - over three series you are invited through open doors and closed windows into the hilarious, surprising and completely engaging world of other people just before Bedtime.

Production Details

Production company
Laugh track

Broadcast details

First broadcast
Tuesday 28th August 2001 on BBC One at 10:35pm
Last new broadcast
Wednesday 17th December 2003 on BBC One at 10:40pm
Length of episodes
30 minutes

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