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 3 - The Raffle

As treasurer of the Charlie's Nosh Bar social club, Sid's organised a Christmas raffle with a big cash prize - and for once he's not short-changed anyone in the process! Bill, however, puts a spanner in the works when he discovers the hidden cash box, and the pair are forced to organise a second draw to cover the prize money for the first...


Originally scheduled for 22nd December 1960.

Broadcast details

Thursday 8th December 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
Bob Todd Police Constable Charlie
Guest cast
Ken Roberts Chester
Campbell Singer Sergeant Harry
Herbert Nelson Gambler
Tom Clegg Rough Gambler
Michael Brennan Hector 'Meataxe' McDonald
Ronnie Brody Herman the German
Bruce Wightman Gambler
Van Boolen Gambler
Stan Simmons (as Stan Simmonds) Actor
Peter Grant 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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