Britain's Best Loved Sitcoms. Tony Robinson. Copyright: North One Television.

Britain's Best Loved Sitcoms

Channel 4 factual. 2 episodes (1 series) in 2015. Features Brendan O'Carroll, Richard Wilson, Tony Robinson, Ricky Tomlinson, Wendy Craig, Dave Spikey, John Challis and others.

Series 1, Episode 1

Channel 4 has commissioned a new poll to find Britain's best loved sitcom. Tamsin Greig narrates as we look at sitcoms old and new to find which one is the most loved.

Further details

W1A. Image shows from L to R: Simon Harwood (Jason Watkins), Siobhan Sharpe (Jessica Hynes), Tracey Pritchard (Monica Dolan), Ian Fletcher (Hugh Bonneville). Copyright: BBC.50. Twenty Twelve and W1A

The Thick Of It. Image shows from L to R: Oliver Reeder (Chris Addison), Glenn Cullen (James Smith), Malcolm Tucker (Peter Capaldi), Terri Coverley (Joanna Scanlan). Copyright: BBC.

49. The Thick Of It

Spaced. Image shows from L to R: Marsha Klein (Julia Deakin), Mike Watt (Nick Frost), Daisy Steiner (Jessica Hynes), Brian Topp (Mark Heap), Tim Bisley (Simon Pegg), Twist Morgan (Katy Carmichael). Copyright: London Weekend Television.

48. Spaced

Desmond's. Image shows from L to R: Porkpie (Ram John Holder), Desmond (Norman Beaton), Matthew (Gyearbuor Asante). Copyright: Humphrey Barclay Productions.

47. Desmond's

I'm Alan Partridge. Alan Partridge (Steve Coogan). Copyright: Talkback Productions.

46. I'm Alan Partridge

The League Of Gentlemen. Image shows from L to R: Bobby Woodward (Mark Gatiss), Edward (Reece Shearsmith), Tubbs (Steve Pemberton). Copyright: BBC.

45. The League Of Gentlemen

The New Statesman. Alan B'Stard MP (Rik Mayall). Copyright: Yorkshire Television / Alomo Productions.

44. The New Statesman

Black Books. Image shows from L to R: Manny Bianco (Bill Bailey), Fran Katzenjammer (Tamsin Greig), Bernard Black (Dylan Moran). Copyright: Assembly Film And Television.

43. Black Books

Drop The Dead Donkey. Image shows from L to R: Damien Day (Stephen Tompkinson), Joy Merryweather (Susannah Doyle), Henry Davenport (David Swift). Copyright: Hat Trick Productions.

42. Drop The Dead Donkey

Hi-De-Hi!. Copyright: BBC.

41. Hi-De-Hi!

Peep Show. Image shows from L to R: Mark Corrigan (David Mitchell), Jeremy Usbourne (Robert Webb). Copyright: Objective Productions.

40. Peep Show

Butterflies. Image shows from L to R: Ben Parkinson (Geoffrey Palmer), Ria Parkinson (Wendy Craig). Copyright: BBC.

39. Butterflies

To The Manor Born. Image shows from L to R: Audrey fforbes-Hamilton (Penelope Keith), Richard DeVere (Peter Bowles). Copyright: BBC.

38. To The Manor Born

Yes Minister. Image shows from L to R: James Hacker (Paul Eddington), Sir Humphrey Appleby (Nigel Hawthorne), Bernard Woolley (Derek Fowlds). Copyright: BBC.

37. Yes Minister and Yes, Prime Minister

Whatever Happened To The Likely Lads?. Image shows from L to R: Terry Collier (James Bolam), Bob Ferris (Rodney Bewes). Copyright: BBC.

36. Whatever Happened To The Likely Lads?

Last Of The Summer Wine. Image shows from L to R: William 'Compo' Simmonite (Bill Owen), Herbert 'Truly' Truelove (Frank Thornton), Norman Clegg (Peter Sallis). Copyright: BBC.

35. Last Of The Summer Wine

The Office. Image shows from L to R: Gareth Keenan (Mackenzie Crook), David Brent (Ricky Gervais). Copyright: BBC.

34. The Office

George & Mildred. Image shows from L to R: Mildred Roper (Yootha Joyce), George Roper (Brian Murphy). Copyright: Thames Television.

33. George & Mildred

dinnerladies. Image shows from L to R: Jean (Anne Reid), Stan (Duncan Preston), Brenda (Victoria Wood), Twinkle (Maxine Peake), Dolly (Thelma Barlow), Tony (Andrew Dunn), Anita (Shobna Gulati). Copyright: Good Fun / Pozzitive Productions.

32. dinnerladies

Phoenix Nights. Brian Potter (Peter Kay). Copyright: Goodnight Vienna Productions / Ovation Entertainments.

31. Phoenix Nights

'Allo 'Allo!. Image shows from L to R: René François Artois (Gorden Kaye), Edith Melba Artois (Carmen Silvera). Copyright: BBC.

30. 'Allo 'Allo!

Miranda. Image shows from L to R: Tilly (Sally Phillips), Gary (Tom Ellis), Miranda (Miranda Hart), Stevie (Sarah Hadland), Penny (Patricia Hodge). Copyright: BBC.

29. Miranda

Bread. Copyright: BBC.

28. Bread

Are You Being Served?. Image shows from L to R: Miss Shirley Brahms (Wendy Richard), Mr. Dick Lucas (Trevor Bannister), Mr. Wilberforce Humphries (John Inman), Captain Stephen Peacock (Frank Thornton), Mrs. Betty Slocombe (Mollie Sugden), Mr. Ernest Grainger (Arthur Brough). Copyright: BBC.

27. Are You Being Served?

The IT Crowd. Image shows from L to R: Roy (Chris O'Dowd), Jen (Katherine Parkinson), Moss (Richard Ayoade), Douglas Reynholm (Matt Berry). Copyright: TalkbackThames.

26. The IT Crowd

See Episode 2 for the top 25

Broadcast details

Saturday 3rd October 2015
Channel 4
60 minutes

Cast & crew

Regular cast
Brendan O'Carroll Self
Richard Wilson Self
Tony Robinson Self
Ricky Tomlinson Self
Wendy Craig Self
Dave Spikey Self
John Challis Self
Stephen K Amos Self
Sally Phillips Self
Sue Holderness Self
Jon Plowman Self
Grace Dent Self
Lynda Baron Self
Ralf Little Self
Morgan Jeffrey Self
David Quantick Self
Edgar Wright Self
David Schneider Self
Paul Jackson Self
Emily Atack Self
Roy Chubby Brown (as Roy 'Chubby' Brown) Self
Laurence Marks Self
Maurice Gran Self
Steve Berry Self
Guy Jenkin Self
Andy Hamilton Self
Andrew Collins Self
Caroline Frost Self
Dick Clement Self
Ian La Frenais Self
Michael Hogan Self
Jean Boht Self
Tamsin Greig Narrator
Guest cast
Su Pollard Self
Carmen Munroe Self
Vicki Michelle Self
Brian Murphy Self
Ewen MacIntosh Self
Mark Lawson Self
Frances Morrow Brown Self
Mike Berry Self
Production team
Mike Williams Series Producer
Mike Williams Producer
John Quinn Executive Producer
Lucy Kenwright Producer/Director
Marcus Harben Producer/Director
Dan Ablett Editor
Sam Bennett Editor
Mark Heasman Editor
Ewen McLeod Editor
Nick Searle Editor

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