Some Mothers Do 'Ave 'Em. Frank Spencer (Michael Crawford). Copyright: BBC.

Some Mothers Do 'Ave 'Em

BBC One sitcom about an accident-prone man. 22 episodes (3 series), 1973 - 2016. Stars Michael Crawford, Michele Dotrice and Jessica Forte.

Press Clippings

BBC savaged as investigation launched on 1970s sitcom

Former BBC executive Professor Tim Luckhurst launched a scathing undressing of the BBC as anger boiled over about the organisation launching an investigation into the language used in 1970s sitcom Some Mothers Do 'Ave 'Em.

Tom Hussey, The Daily Express, 6th April 2021

Some Mothers Do 'Ave 'Em accused of homophobia

As 1970s sitcoms go, the hapless Frank Spencer's exploits seem rather benign. While Mind Your Language and Love Thy Neighbour have dated badly with their racist language, Some Mothers Do 'Ave 'Em is mostly remembered for its "Ooh Betty" catchphrase and Frank's preposterous beret. It ran for three series on the BBC from 1973 to 1978, but has made an unexpected appearance in the culture wars after the BBC began an inquiry into a complaint about homophobia.

Matthew Moore, The Times, 3rd April 2021

BBC rejected David Jason for Some Mothers Do 'Ave 'Em

When he was suggested to play the lead role of Frank Spencer in the series executives said the actor possessed "no star quality".

The Mirror, 26th March 2021

Poll reveals the best sitcom Christmas specials

The finale of The Office has been voted as the best TV Christmas sitcom special by readers of Radio Times.

British Comedy Guide, 11th December 2019

Some Mothers Do 'Ave 'Em could return to TV with Joe Pasquale

Classic sitcom Some Mothers Do 'Ave 'Em could be returning to television with Joe Pasquale in the lead role of Frank Spencer.

British Comedy Guide, 6th April 2018

Some Mothers Do 'Ave 'Em was a classic

A new stage version of the Seventies sitcom opens this week - but can we still laugh at its 'simple' hero?

Ben Lawrence, The Telegraph, 8th March 2018

Joe Pasquale to star in Some Mothers Do 'Ave 'Em stage show

Joe Pasquale is to play Frank Spencer in the 2018 tour of Some Mothers Do 'Ave 'Em.

British Comedy Guide, 6th September 2017

Joe Pasquale to play Frank Spencer in Some Mothers Do 'Ave 'Em Live

Joe Pasquale is reportedly set to take on the role of Frank Spencer in a new 2018 stage show version of Some Mothers Do 'Ave 'Em.

British Comedy Guide, 28th November 2016

BBC Comedy Sitcom Signature Tunes

There is one element in the sitcom which is overlooked - the signature tune. Evocative 30 second sequences of tightly-composed music which set the tone for the half-hour which follows. Without you realising it, that signature tune embeds itself in your psyche. From now until the end of your life, that tune will be a shortcut to the time when that sitcom made the first and greatest impact on you.

Jon Jacob, BBC Blogs, 2nd September 2016

The best of British sitcom idiots

Following on from the last post about idiots in sitcoms, and some ensuing twittering, perhaps it's only fair we pay tribute to the best of British sitcom idiots. Lots of candidates, for sure, but here are, for my money, the most dimwitted of nincompoops who should be recognised for outstanding services to idiocy.

James Cary, Sitcom Geek, 31st August 2016