The Big One. Image shows from L to R: Deirdre 'Deddie' Tobert (Sandi Toksvig), James Howard (Mike McShane). Copyright: Hat Trick Productions.

The Big One

Channel 4 sitcom with Mike McShane and Sandi Toksvig. 7 episodes (1 series) in 1992. Stars Mike McShane and Sandi Toksvig.

The Big One. Image shows from L to R: Deirdre 'Deddie' Tobert (Sandi Toksvig), James Howard (Mike McShane). Copyright: Hat Trick Productions.

The Big One

American romantic writer James Howard, who has a rose-tinted view of the UK, comes to Britain for the first time to research his latest novel

Genre
Sitcom
Broadcast
1992
Channel
Channel 4
Episodes
7   (1 series)
Starring
Mike McShane and Sandi Toksvig
Writers
Elly Brewer and Sandi Toksvig
Director
John Henderson
Producers
Mary Bell and Jimmy Mulville

American romantic writer James Howard, who has a rose-tinted view of the UK, comes to Britain for the first time to research his latest novel. He arranges to stay with fellow writer Deddie Tobert, a sharp-tongued British bulldog recovering from the latest in a series of failed relationships.

Deddie's misgivings about the American coming to stay with her are quickly removed when she sees Howard's latest novel, which features a picture of him as a dashingly handsome young man. Things quickly go downhill though when Howard turns out to look nothing like his photo and turns out to have a totally incompatible personality. Still, somehow a spark of romance is ignited.

Production Details

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Broadcast details

First broadcast
Thursday 5th March 1992 on Channel 4 at 8:30pm
Last new broadcast
Thursday 16th April 1992 on Channel 4 at 8:30pm
Length of episodes
30 minutes