Billy Liar. Billy Fisher (Jeff Rawle). Copyright: London Weekend Television
Billy Liar

Billy Liar

  • TV sitcom
  • ITV
  • 1973 - 1974
  • 26 episodes (2 series)

Billy Fisher gets lost in his imagination in order to escape from the drudgery of everyday life. Stars Jeff Rawle, George A. Cooper, Pamela Vezey, May Warden, Colin Jeavons and Sally Watts

Billy Liar. Billy Fisher (Jeff Rawle). Copyright: London Weekend Television

Key details

Genre
Sitcom
Broadcast
1973 - 1974
Channels
ITV
Episodes
26 (2 series)
Stars
Jeff Rawle, George A. Cooper, Pamela Vezey, May Warden, Colin Jeavons and Sally Watts
Writers
Keith Waterhouse and Willis Hall
Directors
Stuart Allen and Alan Wallis
Producer
Stuart Allen
Companies

Billy is an idealistic young man who is trapped in a boring life. He works in a tedious job in an undertaker's office with a permanently uptight employer, dates a soppy girl who fails to satisfy him emotionally or physically and lives with his parents and grandmother who stifle his personality. To forget about all of this, Billy escapes into his imagination and fantasises his life away.

The show sees Billy concocting numerous wild schemes in order to forget the mundane reality of his existence. He dates dozens of girls, plans to work in numerous jobs and seeks to move out of the family home. Each time he is thwarted by his parents, girlfriend and boss but Billy is never dejected and returns after each defeat to dream again.

Additional details

Production
Studio
Picture
Colour
Soundtrack
Theme tune written by John Worth and sung by Peter Skellern.

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Broadcast details

First broadcast
Friday 26th October 1973 on ITV

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