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 2

The concluding half of a two-part special, celebrating the very best of homegrown sitcom from the past six decades, narrated by Tamsin Grieg.

Further details

Tonight's show reaches a climax, counting down the Top 25 UK comedies, as decided in a specially commissioned Channel 4 poll conducted with viewers across the age ranges from all over Britain.

Vying for top spot are an eclectic mix of sitcoms from down the years - and of vastly varying styles - including experimental hits The Young Ones, Father Ted and Outnumbered, traditional favourites Dad's Army, The Good Life and Porridge, recent big-hitters Gavin & Stacey, The Inbetweeners and Red Dwarf - and perennial contenders for 'people's choice', Blackadder, Fawlty Towers, One Foot In The Grave and Only Fools And Horses.

Featured interviews include Brendan O'Carroll, Richard Wilson, Tony Robinson, Ricky Tomlinson, Patricia Routledge, Leslie Ash and Alison Steadman - as well as pioneering writers such as Dick Clement and Iain la Frenais.

Packed with great clips from all our favourite comedies, there are also some more fascinating but little-known facts and insights - like the Hollywood roots of foul-mouthed Mrs Brown and the secrets of filming improvised scenes with kids in Outnumbered.

The List

See Episode 1 for 50 - 26

Rising Damp. Image shows from L to R: Ruth Jones (Frances de la Tour), Rupert Rigsby (Leonard Rossiter). Copyright: Yorkshire Television.

25. Rising Damp

Gavin & Stacey. Image shows from L to R: Nessa (Ruth Jones), Gavin (Mathew Horne), Stacey (Joanna Page), Smithy (James Corden). Copyright: Baby Cow Productions.

24. Gavin & Stacey

Outnumbered. Image shows from L to R: Ben (Daniel Roche), Jake (Tyger Drew-Honey), Karen (Ramona Marquez), Sue (Claire Skinner), Pete (Hugh Dennis). Copyright: Hat Trick Productions.

23. Outnumbered

The Royle Family. Image shows from L to R: Barbara Royle (Sue Johnston), Jim Royle (Ricky Tomlinson). Copyright: Granada Productions / Jellylegs.

22. The Royle Family

The Young Ones. Image shows from L to R: Vyvyan (Adrian Edmondson), Neil (Nigel Planer), Mike (Christopher Ryan), Rick (Rik Mayall). Copyright: BBC.

21. The Young Ones

Some Mothers Do 'Ave 'Em. Frank Spencer (Michael Crawford). Copyright: BBC.

20. Some Mothers Do 'Ave 'Em

Steptoe And Son. Image shows from L to R: Harold Steptoe (Harry H. Corbett), Albert Steptoe (Wilfrid Brambell). Copyright: BBC.

19. Steptoe And Son

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

18. Dad's Army

Birds Of A Feather. Image shows from L to R: Dorien Green (Lesley Joseph), Tracey Stubbs (Linda Robson), Sharon Theodopolopodous (Pauline Quirke). Copyright: Alomo Productions / Retort.

17. Birds Of A Feather

The Inbetweeners. Image shows from L to R: Will Mackenzie (Simon Bird), Neil Sutherland (Blake Harrison), Jay Cartwright (James Buckley), Simon Cooper (Joe Thomas). Copyright: Bwark Productions.

16. The Inbetweeners

Keeping Up Appearances. Image shows from L to R: Hyacinth Bucket (Patricia Routledge), Richard Bucket (Clive Swift). Copyright: BBC.

15. Keeping Up Appearances

Absolutely Fabulous. Image shows from L to R: Bubble (Jane Horrocks), Saffron (Julia Sawalha), Edina (Jennifer Saunders), Mother (June Whitfield), Patsy (Joanna Lumley). Copyright: Saunders And French Productions / BBC.

14. Absolutely Fabulous

My Family. Image shows from L to R: Janey Harper (Daniela Denby-Ashe), Susan Harper (Zoë Wanamaker), Michael Harper (Gabriel Thomson), Ben Harper (Robert Lindsay), Abi Harper (Siobhan Hayes), Roger Bailey Jr. (Keiron Self). Copyright: DLT Entertainment Ltd. / Rude Boy Productions.

13. My Family

The Good Life. Image shows from L to R: Tom Good (Richard Briers), Barbara Good (Felicity Kendal), Jerry Leadbetter (Paul Eddington), Margo Leadbetter (Penelope Keith). Copyright: BBC.

12. The Good Life

Red Dwarf. Image shows from L to R: Rimmer (Chris Barrie), Cat (Danny John-Jules), Kryten (Robert Llewellyn), Lister (Craig Charles). Copyright: Grant Naylor Productions / BBC.

11. Red Dwarf

Mrs. Brown's Boys. Agnes Brown (Brendan O'Carroll). Copyright: BBC / BocPix.

10. Mrs Brown's Boys

Men Behaving Badly. Image shows from L to R: Tony Smart (Neil Morrissey), Gary Strang (Martin Clunes). Copyright: Hartswood Films Ltd.

9. Men Behaving Badly

Open All Hours. Image shows from L to R: Nurse Gladys Emmanuel (Lynda Baron), Albert Arkwright (Ronnie Barker), Granville (David Jason). Copyright: BBC.

8. Open All Hours

The Vicar Of Dibley. Geraldine Grainger (Dawn French). Copyright: Tiger Aspect Productions.

7. The Vicar Of Dibley

Father Ted. Image shows from L to R: Father Ted Crilly (Dermot Morgan), Mrs Doyle (Pauline McLynn), Father Dougal McGuire (Ardal O'Hanlon), Father Jack Hackett (Frank Kelly). Copyright: Hat Trick Productions.

6. Father Ted

Porridge. Image shows from L to R: Mr. Mackay (Fulton Mackay), Fletcher (Ronnie Barker), Godber (Richard Beckinsale). Copyright: BBC.

5. Porridge

One Foot In The Grave. Image shows from L to R: Margaret Meldrew (Annette Crosbie), Victor Meldrew (Richard Wilson). Copyright: BBC.

4. One Foot In The Grave

Blackadder. Image shows from L to R: Captain Kevin Darling (Tim McInnerny), Baldrick (Tony Robinson), Captain Edmund Blackadder (Rowan Atkinson), General Melchett (Stephen Fry), Lieutenant George Barleigh (Hugh Laurie). Copyright: BBC / Tiger Aspect Productions.

3. Blackadder

Fawlty Towers. Basil Fawlty (John Cleese). Copyright: BBC.

2. Fawlty Towers

Only Fools And Horses. Image shows from L to R: Rodney (Nicholas Lyndhurst), Del (David Jason), Grandad (Lennard Pearce). Copyright: BBC.

1. Only Fools And Horses

Broadcast details

Date
Saturday 10th October 2015
Time
8pm
Channel
Channel 4
Length
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
Patricia Routledge Self
Leslie Ash Self
Alison Steadman Self
Tyger Drew-Honey Self
Nigel Planer Self
Eric Chappell Self
Christopher Biggins Self
Mark Jenkins Self
Production team
Mike Williams Series Producer
Mike Williams Producer
John Quinn Executive Producer
Lucy Kenwright Producer/Director
Marcus Harben Producer/Director
Paywall

Supporters and subscribers get more

Additional content and tools are available across the site for Supporters and BCG Pro subscribers. On this page you can:

  • Broadcast details of 9 further repeats of this episode
  • This episode's inital overnight ratings
  • BCG Pro business users can see additional crew credits  
    If you join BCG Pro business, you can see editor & edit producer credits for this episode.

Donate (for fans) BCG Pro

Already a donor or Pro user?