Is It Legal?. Image shows from L to R: Alison (Kate Isitt), Bob Birch (Patrick Barlow), Stella Phelps (Imelda Staunton), Darren (Matthew Ashforde), Colin Lotus (Richard Lumsden). Copyright: Hartswood Films Ltd.

Is It Legal?

ITV and Channel 4 sitcom in a small town solicitors' office. 21 episodes (3 series), 1995 - 1998. Stars Imelda Staunton, Patrick Barlow, Richard Lumsden, Kate Isitt and others.

Is It Legal?. Image shows from L to R: Colin Lotus (Richard Lumsden), Stella Phelps (Imelda Staunton), Bob Birch (Patrick Barlow), Alison (Kate Isitt), Darren (Matthew Ashforde). Copyright: Hartswood Films Ltd.

Is It Legal?

Solicitors Lotus, Spackman & Phelps is staffed by an almost entirely inept, but nevertheless well-meaning team - success is not their strongest point

1995 - 1998
ITV, Channel 4
21   (3 series)
Imelda Staunton, Patrick Barlow, Richard Lumsden, Kate Isitt, Matthew Ashforde, Jeremy Clyde and Nicole Arumugam
Simon Nye
Martin Dennis
Beryl Vertue

Solicitors Lotus, Spackman & Phelps (of Hounslow High Street) is staffed by an almost completely inept, but nevertheless rather enthusiastic and well-meaning, team.

Headed up by partners Colin Lotus (a young man, hopeless in law but transferred his late father's partnership), Dick Spackman (who isn't especially knowledgable with legal matters but loves sailing, golf and sherry), and Stella Phelps (reasonably talented, but especially prone to mood-swings), the business also comprises office manager Bob (hopelessly in love with Sarah, the delivery girl from the Mr Bappy sandwich bar downstairs), general dogsbody Darren, and the unbelievably lazy and useless secretary Alison ("You're only here because your boyfriend is an estate agent and puts a lot of work our way!").

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First broadcast
Tuesday 12th September 1995 on ITV at 8:30pm
Last new broadcast
Wednesday 9th December 1998 on Channel 4 at 9:30pm

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