Citizen James. Image shows from L to R: Bill (Bill Kerr), Liz (Liz Fraser), Sid James (Sid James). Copyright: BBC
Citizen James

Citizen James

  • TV sitcom
  • BBC One
  • 1960 - 1962
  • 32 episodes (3 series)

Sidney Balmoral James is a quick-witted gambler with an eye for making a fast buck, more often than not involving his friends. Stars Sid James, Liz Fraser, Bill Kerr, Sydney Tafler, John Bluthal and more.

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Series 1, Episode 1 - The Race

Penniless (again), with Bill needing cash to allay some rather rough creditors, and Liz forever on his case, Sid's at a loose end in the search for some cash. Meanwhile, the annual Soho Fair is approaching, with a race amongst waiting staff from various local establishments a key attraction. Fortuitously, a drunk enters Charlie's Nosh Bar, bemoaning his long-forgotten athletic career...

Broadcast details

Thursday 24th November 1960
30 minutes

Cast & crew

Sid James (as Sidney James) Sid James
Liz Fraser Liz
Bill Kerr Bill
Sydney Tafler Albert Welshman
John Bluthal Charlie
Johnny Vyvyan Albert's Assistant
Guest cast
Ken Roberts Chester
Alec Bregonzi Race Official
Ivor Raymonde Actor
Laurie Webb Ensemble Actor
Writing team
Alan Simpson Writer
Ray Galton Writer
Production team
Philip Barker Director
Duncan Wood Producer
Fanny Taylor Production Designer
Gordon Franks Composer

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