Early Doors. Image shows from L to R: Joe (Craig Cash), Duffy (Phil Mealey). Copyright: Phil McIntyre Entertainment.

Early Doors

BBC Two sitcom set in a pub. 12 episodes (2 series), 2003 - 2004. Stars John Henshaw, Craig Cash, Phil Mealey, Rita May and others.

Press Clippings

Early Doors creators confirm show won't return to TV

The comedy duo are bringing their Manchester-based pub sitcom back to The Lowry.

Katie Fitzpatrick, Manchester Evening News, 19th March 2019

Early Doors profile

It ran for just 12 episodes on BBC2, but to fans like me, it's a timeless masterpiece.

Colin Drury, i Newspaper, 28th September 2018

Early Doors Live review

Millennial pub sitcom makes effortless transfer from screen to stage.

Marissa Burgess, The List, 11th September 2018

Video: Craig Cash and Phil Mealey interview

Craig Cash and Phil Mealey talk about returning to Early Doors.

ITV, 1st December 2017

Craig Cash and Phil Mealey interview

Early Doors stars Craig Cash and Phil Mealey on bringing their Stockport pub comedy back to life on stage.

Dianne Bourne, Manchester Evening News, 1st December 2017

BBC sitcom Early Doors to return as live show

Hit early-2000s BBC Two sitcom Early Doors, starring and written by Craig Cash and Phil Mealey, is to be revived as an all-new live stage show.

British Comedy Guide, 20th November 2017

Your most underrated TV shows

Five classics that never got the kudos they deserved, according to our readers. Includes Money Dust, Nathan Barley, Early Doors and Families at War.

James Welsh, The Guardian, 3rd August 2016

Radio Times launches a poll to name the best sitcom since 2000

Radio Times has launched a poll to name the best British TV sitcom broadcast since the year 2000. There are 40 shows in the shortlist.

British Comedy Guide, 19th July 2016

Early Doors is easily the best thing on telly tonight. It's the first episode of Craig Cash's sublime pub-based sitcom. From the moment that Ken starts up singing 'The Greatest Love Of All', while swearing at cigarette butts in the urinals, it feels classic. From Eddie's boring stories about temporary traffic lights ("Better go and get that door, it might be Michael Aspel for you") to the policemen complaining about the curtains, it's all so beautifully observed it feels like art.

TV Bite, 28th July 2009

Another chance to catch the under-the-radar 2003 sitcom from Phil Mealey and long-term Caroline Aherne collaborator Craig Cash, which centred around the comings and goings of a Manchester pub. Naturalistically played, subtle and well worth sticking with.

Sharon Lougher, Metro, 13th January 2009