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

The Big One

  • TV sitcom
  • Channel 4
  • 1992
  • 7 episodes (1 series)

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. 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

Key details

Genre
Sitcom
Broadcast
1992
Channels
Channel 4
Episodes
7 (1 series)
Stars
Mike McShane and Sandi Toksvig
Writers
Elly Brewer and Sandi Toksvig
Director
John Henderson
Producers
Mary Bell, Jimmy Mulville and Denise O'Donoghue
Companies

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.

Additional details

Production
Studio
Picture
Colour

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Broadcast details

First broadcast
Thursday 5th March 1992 at 8:30pm on Channel 4

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