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.


Virginia always use to joke that if I came back in another life, I'd come back as cottage cheese because I'm soft and bland... and I've always wanted to live in a cottage.

Bob Birch (Patrick Barlow) in Series 2, Episode 7

Virginia and I used to throw a party, every Christmas Eve - invited everybody from the Close. We used to have themes. One year it was 'Bring a Shovel'.

Bob Birch (Patrick Barlow) in Series 2, Episode 6