Laughter In The House: The Story Of British Sitcom. Copyright: BBC.

Laughter In The House: The Story Of British Sitcom

BBC One documentary. 3 episodes (1 series) in 1999. Features Julie Walters.

Series 1

Laughter In The House: The Story Of British Sitcom. Copyright: BBC.

1. The Early Days

First broadcast: Wednesday 24th March 1999

From a starting point of the contemporary Men Behaving Badly, Laughter In The House explores the early days of British television sitcom, from its roots in radio, music hall, and American influences.

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Laughter In The House: The Story Of British Sitcom. Eric Chappell. Copyright: BBC.

2. The Sensational Seventies

First broadcast: Wednesday 31st March 1999

Exploring the change in culture - and its reflection in sitcom - in the 1970s, Laughter In The House looks into shows such as Fawlty Towers, The Good Life, Love Thy Neighbour, and Man About The House.

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Laughter In The House: The Story Of British Sitcom. Alan Davies. Copyright: BBC.

3. Modern Times

First broadcast: Wednesday 7th April 1999

Yes Minister kicked off the 1980s, with series like The Young Ones and Blackadder taking up the 'alternative comedy' mantle from the stand-up circuit: this episode examines them and their leading of sitcom into the 1990s, right back round to Men Behaving Badly.

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