Please Sir!. Bernard Hedges (John Alderton). Copyright: London Weekend Television.

Please Sir!

ITV sitcom about a school. 55 episodes (4 series), 1968 - 1972. Stars John Alderton, Deryck Guyler, Noel Howlett, Joan Sanderson and others.


John Alderton landed the role of teacher Bernard Hedges after Frank Muir - LWT's Head of Entertainment at the time - was particularly impressed by his role as a teacher in the first episode of one of the broadcaster's first sitcoms, Never A Cross Word.

Although it could never be legally proven, an American sitcom first broadcast in 1975, Welcome Back, Kotter was a clear copy of Please Sir!, lock stock and barrel.