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.

Episode menu

Series 1, Episode 2 - The Elixir

Sid and Bill have brewed their latest batch of Dr Sidney James' Magic Elixir, a foul health potion mimicking a concoction Bill remembers from back home in Australia. Arrested on charges including defrauding the public as soon as they open sales, Sid's got an excuse for every accusation the sergeant throws at him. But his devotion is nothing compared to that of an elderly hospitalised woman who's refusing to take anything else!

Broadcast details

Thursday 1st December 1960
30 minutes

Cast & crew

Sid James (as Sidney James) Sid James
Liz Fraser Liz
Bill Kerr Bill
Bob Todd Police Constable Charlie
Guest cast
Campbell Singer Sergeant Harry
Patricia Hayes Emily Woodhouse
Leslie Perrins Doctor
Anne Marryott Nurse
Kenneth Kove National Health Customer
Evelyn Lund Lady Customer
Anthony Shirvell (as Anthony Shirvall) 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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