Ever Decreasing Circles. Image shows from L to R: Ann Bryce (Penelope Wilton), Martin Bryce (Richard Briers). Copyright: BBC.

Ever Decreasing Circles

BBC One sitcom about neighbours. 27 episodes (4 series), 1984 - 1989. Stars Richard Briers, Peter Egan, Penelope Wilton, Stanley Lebor and Geraldine Newman.

Press Clippings

All of life can be found in a good sitcom

Highbrow dramas and earnest documentaries are often held up as mirrors but shrewd historians know to look at comedy.

Libby Purves, The Times, 31st May 2021

Legendary sitcom producer/director Sydney Lotterby dies

Producer and director Sydney Lotterby, whose credits include Some Mothers Do 'Ave 'Em, Porridge, The Liver Birds and As Time Goes By, has died at the age of 93.

British Comedy Guide, 30th July 2020

The top 10 British sitcoms of the 80s

After the dourness of the 1970s, the following decade was much more colourful and self-confident, and this reflected in the increasingly audacious premises of the best situation comedies of the era. There were still perennial British interests of class and social status, with observations on suburban life providing plenty of opportunity for writers.

Greg Jameson, Entertainment Focus, 29th December 2018

Sitcom star Peter Blake dies

Actor Peter Blake, who was famous for a number of sitcom roles in the 1970s and 1980s has died. He was 69.

Bruce Dessau, Beyond The Joke, 23rd July 2018

TV's 10 best love triangles

Including love triangles from Peep Show, The Office and Ever Decreasing Circles.

Julia Raeside, The Guardian, 29th May 2018

BBC Comedy Sitcom Signature Tunes

There is one element in the sitcom which is overlooked - the signature tune. Evocative 30 second sequences of tightly-composed music which set the tone for the half-hour which follows. Without you realising it, that signature tune embeds itself in your psyche. From now until the end of your life, that tune will be a shortcut to the time when that sitcom made the first and greatest impact on you.

Jon Jacob, BBC Blogs, 2nd September 2016

The best of British sitcom idiots

Following on from the last post about idiots in sitcoms, and some ensuing twittering, perhaps it's only fair we pay tribute to the best of British sitcom idiots. Lots of candidates, for sure, but here are, for my money, the most dimwitted of nincompoops who should be recognised for outstanding services to idiocy.

James Cary, Sitcom Geek, 31st August 2016

Ever Decreasing Circles was Richard Briers' finest

There was a very real darkness at the heart of Ever Decreasing Circles, with Martin existing in what was almost certainly a state of permanent mental anguish.

Andy Dawson, The Mirror, 18th February 2013

Penelope Wilton on working with Richard Briers

Penelope Wilton recalls filming Ever Decreasing Circles with Richard Briers in 1987.

Ellie Pithers, The Telegraph, 14th December 2012