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.

Series 1

1. Death In Hounslow

First broadcast: Tuesday 12th September 1995

Colin, the wayward son of an ex-senior partner, joins the firm and throws the office into chaos when he accidentally kills an aged benefactor with a paper-knife.


2. Whodunnit?

First broadcast: Tuesday 19th September 1995

When a photocopy of a naked bottom finds its way into an important client's mail, office manager Bob is given the task of tracing the culprit. Meanwhile senior solicitor Stella continues her mid-life crisis when she is caught drink driving.


3. Dick's House Of Horror

First broadcast: Tuesday 26th September 1995

Dick is about to move house when it comes to light that his new home is liable to subside into the garden at any moment - but should he be told? Meanwhile, Bob only has eyes for the sandwich lady from Mr Bappy.


4. Colin Heals The World

First broadcast: Tuesday 3rd October 1995

New recruit Colin's ethics are put to the test when he unwittingly takes on a prostitute as a new client and she offers to meet her bills with payment in kind. Meanwhile, senior partner Stella is facing bankruptcy.


5. Infatuation

First broadcast: Tuesday 10th October 1995

Office relations become strained in a competition to win the affections of a visiting law student, while Bob's hopes of snaring the sandwich girl are bolstered when he learns that she has split up with her boyfriend.


6. Bob Breaks In

First broadcast: Tuesday 17th October 1995

Dick puts the company's reputation on the line when he secretly borrows £34,000 from a wealthy client. Meanwhile, Bob dices with death breaking into his house after his wife changes the locks.


7. Resignation

First broadcast: Tuesday 24th October 1995

Stella's career prospects take a turn for the better, but can Colin keep her plans a secret? Meanwhile, Bob makes a last-ditch attempt to seduce the sandwich girl - by using a tape of his favourite recipes, poems and National Trust properties.


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