The Writer's Premieres (who created the top 12 British Sitcoms)by plwimsett | created - 03 Jan 2015 | updated - 03 Jan 2015 | Public
In 2004 a list of the top British sitcoms was created. But what makes a great sitcom writer? Maybe this list which shows each writer's first credit, gives a clue?
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1. Citizen Smith (1977–1980)
30 min | Comedy
Wolfie Smith is an unemployed dreamer from Tooting, London, a self-proclaimed urban guerrilla who aspires to be like his hero Che Guevara. He leads a small group called the Tooting Popular ... See full summary »
John Sullivan's first writing credit. Later to write Only Fools and Horses.
2. Canned Laughter (1979 TV Short)
30 min | Comedy, Short
Mr Bean trying to fall asleep
Rowan Atkinson's first writing credit, which shows the importance of showcases. He wrote the first series of Blackadder.
3. Not the Nine O'Clock News (1979–1982)
TV-PG | 25 min | Comedy
British sketch comedy starring the likes of Rowan Atkinson and Mel Smith.
Richard Curtis's first writing credit. He wrote the first series of Blackadder (no 2 in the list). He also co-wrote Vicar of Dibley (no 3 in the list)
4. Three of a Kind (1981–1983)
Ben Elton' s first writing credit. He wrote the last three series of Blackadder.
5. Spitting Image (1984–1996)
25 min | Comedy
A satire show using puppets that are charicatures of major public figures.
Paul Mayhew-Archer's first writing credit. Later would write for Vicar of Dibley.
6. It's a Small World (1952 TV Movie)
15 min | Comedy
David Croft's first writing credit. He would later write Dad's Army.
7. Dad's Army (1968–1977)
30 min | Comedy, War
A ragtag group of Home Guard volunteers prepare for an imminent German invasion during World War II.
Jimmy Perry's first writing credit-the first writer so far to have a top British sitcom as his first credit.
8. That Was the Week That Was (1962–1963)
50 min | Comedy
Satirical sketch show. The first such show in the UK. It ran for two seasons before being pulled just before the 1964 general election.
John Cleese's first writing credit. He would later write Fawlty Towers.
Antony Jay's first writing credit. He would later write Yes Minister.
David Frost Presents (1968– )
How to Irritate People
TV-PG | 68 min | Talk-Show
In this mock-documentary, John Cleese narrates a series of sketches on irritation -- types and techniques. Included are parents irritating their children, old ladies irritating movie-goers ... See full summary »
Connie Booth's first writing credit, a baptism of fire apparently. Later she would write and star in Fawlty Towers with her husband, John Cleese.
10. Doctor at Large (1971– )
30 min | Comedy
Following his student misadventures in Doctor in the House (1969), Michael Upton (Barry Evans) starts out on an equally fun-filled but disaster-prone solo career. He moves through a variety... See full summary »
Jonathan Lynn's first writing credit. He would later write Yes Minister.
11. A Christmas Night with the Stars (1958–1994)
Dick Clement and Ian La Frenais's first writing credit. They would later write Porridge.
12. Mogul (1965–1972)
50 min | Drama
Adventure drama series based around the fictitious Mogul Oil Company and the exploits of its chief "troubleshooter", Peter Thornton (Ray Barrett).
Roy Clarke's first writing credit. He will later write Open All Hours and its sequel Still Open All Hours.
John Esmonde and Bob Larbey's first writing credit. They will later write The Good Life.
14. The Unorganized Manager, Part Three: Lamentations (1977 Video)
20 min | Documentary, Short
David Renwick's first writing credit. He will later write One Foot in The Grave.
15. Alas Smith & Jones (1984–1998)
30 min | Comedy
Mel Smith and Griff Rhys-Jones present a series of short (often tasteless, always scathing) sketches about modern life and the stupidity and gullibility of those who believe in it.
Arthur Matthews and Graham Lineham's first writing credit. They would later write Father Ted.