Click for larger image The Office
2003
Click for larger image Employees at Slough paper merchants Wernham Hogg receive the reality TV treatment and middle manager David Brent can't believe his luck - at long last the chance to show the world how cool he is. Except he isn't cool. He's a slimy, immature, unprofessional, pretentious tubby bloke with a blind spot the size of the Western Hemisphere. We might meet a David Brent at some point in life. Just like we might meet a Gareth Keenan. More wistfully, many of us deliberate another roll of the dice like Tim Canterbury and regard someone such as Dawn Tinsley a ray of sunshine.

Click for larger image Oh Brother
1968
Derek Nimmo stars as Brother Dominic, a novice monk at Mountacres Priory.  His clumsiness, however, constantly leaves him on the verge of being dismissed from his holy orders.  Brother Dominic is a very similar character to Reverend Noote whom Nimmo portrayed in 'All Gas and Gaiters'.
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Click for larger image Oh Doctor Beeching
1996 - 1997 BBC Television
Click for larger image Set in a railway station under the threat of closure, this sitcom was the third vehicle for the comedy talents of Paul Shane, Jeffrey Holland and Su Pollard.

Click for larger image Oh In Colour
1970
Click for larger image Spike Milligan in a rather dismal comedy sketch show from BBC2. It only ran for 2 months and was shown alongside the infinitely more hilarious "Q" series.

Oh No It's Selwyn Froggitt
1976 Yorkshire Television
Oh No It's Selwyn Froggitt ran from 1976 to 1977. The series starred Bill Maynard as a hopeless handyman and was written by Alan Plater.

Click for larger image On The Buses
1969 LWT
The original series of 7 episodes ran from 28th February 1969 to 11th April 1969 and featured this filmed sequence.
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Click for larger image On The Buses
1969 LWT
Due to its success LWT quickly followed up with a second series of 6 episodes which ran from 31st May 1969 to 5th July 1969. This time a cartoon sequence was used.
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Click for larger image On The Buses
1972
Click for larger image Created by Ronald Wolfe and Ronald Chesney, On the Buses saw bus driver Stan Butler (Reg Varney) living with his overbearing mother (Doris Hare), his frumpy sister Olive (Anna Karen) and his lazy brother-in-law Arthur (Michael Robbins). His life is made a misery by bus inspector Blakey (Stephen Lewis), who doesn't take kindly to all the mischief he makes with his pal and conductor Jack Harper (Bob Grant).

Click for larger image One Foot in the Grave
1990 - 2000 BBC Television
Sixty year old Victor Meldrew's security guard post is abruptly discontinued given an electronic box can do everything he used to do "except complain about the air conditioning". He spends a reluctant early retirement exasperated by conspiracies of fate which often snowball as a result of him addressing complacent and uncaring aspects of society - predicaments in turn exasperating wife Margaret. Victor (a career defining role for Richard Wilson) acquired iconic status as a "grumpy old man". Eric Idle's comic theme song accompanies stock footage of giant tortoises.
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Click for larger image Only Fools and Horses
1981
Click for larger image John Sullivan's most successful series follows the wheeling and dealing of Peckham market trader "Del Boy" Trotter and his much younger brother Rodney. They live on the thirteenth floor of Nelson Mandela House with their grandad and, after his death, with their Uncle Albert. Associates from the locality including used car salesman Boycie, road sweeper Trigger, man-with-a-van Denzil, and Nag's Head landlord Mike are variously roped into their exploits. Only Fools was a slow burner. Initially modest viewing figures were boosted by repeats during a BBC strike.

Click for larger image Only Fools and Horses
1986 BBC Television
The 1996 Christmas special 'Time On Our Hands' where an antique watch finally makes their fortune, pulled in nearly 25 million viewers, a record for a British sitcom.
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Click for larger image Open All Hours
1976 - 1985 BBC Television
Ronnie Barker excelled as stammering shopkeeper Arkwright in Roy Clarke's Yorkshire-set comedy, slyly offloading his stock to uninitiated customers, lusting over buxom nurse Gladys Emmanuel (Lynda Baron), and foiling every attempt by 35+ year old Granville (David Jason) to progress with the opposite sex for fear of losing him as an errand boy. Along with that of Porridge, the Open All Hours pilot figured in Barker's Seven of One vehicle.
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