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Only When I Laugh. Image shows from L to R: Dr. Gordon Thorpe (Richard Wilson), Roy Figgis (James Bolam), Norman Binns (Christopher Strauli), Archie Glover (Peter Bowles). Copyright: Yorkshire Television.

Only When I Laugh

ITV sitcom about hospital patients. 29 episodes (4 series), 1979 - 1982. Stars James Bolam, Peter Bowles, Christopher Strauli, Richard Wilson and others.

Only When I Laugh. Roy Figgis (James Bolam). Copyright: Yorkshire Television.

Only When I Laugh

Roy Figgis, Norman Binns and Archie Glover are long-term residents of the NHS. Despite this, they never fail to get themselves into trouble

Genre
Sitcom
Broadcast
1979 - 1982
Channel
ITV
Episodes
29   (4 series)
Starring
James Bolam, Peter Bowles, Christopher Strauli, Richard Wilson and Derrick Branche
Writer
Eric Chappell
Director
Vernon Lawrence
Producer
Vernon Lawrence

James Bolam plays Roy Figgis, a long-term NHS hospital bed occupant. Archie Glover (Peter Bowles) and Norman Binns (Christopher Strauli) are his wardmates, all suffering from extreme cases of hypchondria.

Despite being apparently 'ill', the three don't just get themselves into trouble, but seem to have difficulty behaving.

Richard Wilson plays Dr Gordon Thorpe, and Derrick Branche is Gupte, the ward orderly, who are both the bane of the three's lives, and they the bane of theirs.

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