The Good Life. Image shows left to right: Barbara Good (Felicity Kendal), Tom Good (Richard Briers)
Britain's Favourite 70s Sitcoms

Britain's Favourite 70s Sitcoms

  • TV documentary
  • Channel 5
  • 2023
  • 1 episode

A look at the best sitcoms of the 1970s. Features Rowland Rivron, William Roache, Simon O'Brien, Ann Bell, Lesley Garrett and more.

Dad's Army. Image shows from L to R: Private Godfrey (Arnold Ridley), Lance Corporal Jones (Clive Dunn), Captain Mainwaring (Arthur Lowe), Private Pike (Ian Lavender), Private Frazer (John Laurie), Sergeant Wilson (John Le Mesurier). Copyright: BBC

Key details

Channel 5
Rowland Rivron, William Roache, Simon O'Brien, Ann Bell, Lesley Garrett, Crispian Sallis, Gyles Brandreth, YolanDa Brown and more
Kevin Hylands, Mark Turnbull and Verity Maidlow
Tom Hopgood, Kevin Hylands, Mark Turnbull, Verity Maidlow, Emma Clarke, Matt Crook and Lyndsey Hicksford

A 60-minute special celebrating the funniest sitcoms of the 1970s - from hostile hoteliers to comedy convicts - with inside stories, hilarious moments and secrets from the shows.

With a host of celebrity guests, we find out how Michael Crawford performed all his own slapstick stunts in Some Mothers Do 'Ave 'Em, how the cast of The Good Life bonded over pea pod burgundy, how Fawlty Towers became a huge hit, and how a real-life affair inspired Carla Lane to write suburban sitcom Butterflies. The show also features stand-out moments from Last Of The Summer Wine, The Liver Birds, The Rise And Fall Of Reginald Perrin, Steptoe And Son, and Dad's Army.


Additional details


Broadcast details

First broadcast
Thursday 28th December 2023 at 8pm on Channel 5
Episode length
1 hour
All previous repeats
  • Saturday 13th April 2024 at 11:55pm on C5
  • Saturday 30th December 2023 at 11:50pm on C5

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