Rab C Nesbitt
The Rag Trade
1962 BBC Television
The Rag Trade originally run from 1961 to 1963. The series starred Peter Jones, Miriam Karlin, Reg Varney, Esma Cannon, Sheila Hancock, and Barbara Windsor. It was revived by LWT in the late seventies and ran from 1978 to 1979. Only Peter Jones and Miriam Karlin returned from the original cast. It was written by Ronald Wolfe and Ronald Chesney.
A radiation leak wipes out the entire crew of the eponymous mining ship except curry-loving vending machine repairman Dave Lister, who was held in suspended animation at the time for smuggling his cat onboard. Ship's computer Holly releases Dave from stasis three million years later, once radiation levels are safe, and chooses to resurrect his jobsworthy, neurotic bunkmate Arnold Rimmer in hologram form as the ex-crew member most likely to keep him sane in deep space. Sci-fi elements quickly secured the series a cult following.
Red Dwarf - Back To Earth
A brand new adventure commissioned for Dave. There is a joke put in by the scriptwriters saying that Dave Lister was whom the Dave channel was named after, hence the special DOG in the clip above.
Left Clip: episode 1 introduced by Dave Lister (Craig Charles).
Right clip: end credits to episode 1.
Reeves & Mortimer
Vic and Bob in one of their many successful shows for the BBC. The voice over is Patrick Allen.
1981 BBC Television
Revolting Women was a comedy sketch show which ran for just one series in 1981. The cast included Jeni Barnett, Linda Broughton, Linda Dobell and Alison Skilbeck. It was produced by Lyn Webster.
Rings On Their Fingers
A memorable Scott Joplin-style piano arrangement introduced each episode of Eric Chappell's sitcom, widely regarded ITV's best. Leonard Rossiter played skinflint landlord Rigsby, Frances de la Tour his spinsterly love interest Miss Jones, and Richard Beckinsale and Don Warrington student tenants who exploited his prejudices and inhibitions for laughs. A spin-off film was released in 1980. Based on Chappell's original stage play "The Banana Box", it starred Christopher Strauli in place of the recently deceased Beckinsale.
Room At The Bottom
1988 Yorkshire Television
Nesbitt Gunn (James Bolam) is a has-been drama producer for Megla Television. The station boss, Kevin Hughes (Keith Barron) decides it's time to shake up production staff, and banishes Nesbitt to Light Entertainment, down in the basement.
Sitcom about police constable Michael Penrose, otherwise known as Rosie. Starring Tony Haygarth as PC Wilmot and Paul Greenwood as Rosie.
The Royle Family
The Royles are Jim (Ricky Tomlinson), Barbara (Sue Johnston), Denise (Caroline Aherne), and Antony (Ralf Little). A typical episode has them reacting to each other's idiosyncrasies and sharing gossip whilst idling in front of the TV joined by Dave (Craig Cash), Denise's other half, and sometimes Nana (Liz Smith). Mancunians Aherne and Cash are the main writers of this unconventional sitcom noted for its prolonged, naturalistic silences and lack of exposition shots. Oasis b-side Half the World Away plays over the credits.
The Russ Abbot Show
"Songs of joy and tears of laughter are all we need to lift our hearts" chimed the theme song of Abbot's sketch show, popular through the late '80s. Les Dennis, Bella Emberg, and Lisa Maxwell were prominent amongst the supporting cast in sketches featuring 007 parody Basildon Bond, Superman/Tommy Cooper cross Cooperman, and unintelligible ginger Scottish hard nut C.U Jimmy.
Russ Abbot's Madhouse