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Comedy Playhouse
Comedy Playhouse
Titlecard for the 1961/62 series episode "The Offer". This episode was the pilot for Steptoe and Son.
Format Sitcom
Starring Various
Country of origin United Kingdom
No. of episodes 120
Production
Running time Usually 25 minutes, 30 minutes or 35 minutes
Broadcast
Original channel BBC
Original run 15 December 1961 – 9 July 1975

Comedy Playhouse was a long-running British anthology series of one-off unrelated sitcoms that aired for 120 episodes from 1961 to 1975. Many episodes later graduated to their own series, including Steptoe and Son, Till Death Us Do Part, All Gas and Gaiters, The Liver Birds, Are You Being Served? and Last of the Summer Wine, which is the world's longest running sitcom, having run from January 1973 to August 2010.

BackgroundEdit

The first two series of Comedy Playhouse were written by Ray Galton and Alan Simpson, but after that the episodes were written by various writers. In all, 27 series started from a pilot in the Comedy Playhouse. The first eight series were in black-and-white, with the rest being in colour. Like many television programmes from the time, many of 1960s episodes are missing presumed wiped.

EpisodesEdit

Series One (1961–62)Edit

Main article: Comedy Playhouse (series 1)

Series Two (1963)Edit

Main article: Comedy Playhouse (series 2)

Series Three (1963–64)Edit

Main article: Comedy Playhouse (series 3)

Series Four (1965)Edit

Main article: Comedy Playhouse (series 4)

Series Five (1966)Edit

Main article: Comedy Playhouse (series 5)

Series Six (1967)Edit

Main article: Comedy Playhouse (series 6)

Series Seven (1968)Edit

Main article: Comedy Playhouse (series 7)

Series Eight (1969)Edit

Main article: Comedy Playhouse (series 8)

Series Nine (1969–70)Edit

Main article: Comedy Playhouse (series 9)

Series Ten (1970)Edit

Main article: Comedy Playhouse (series 10)

Series Eleven (1971)Edit

Main article: Comedy Playhouse (series 11)

Special (1971)Edit

Main article: Comedy Playhouse (series 12)

Series Twelve (1972)Edit

Main article: Comedy Playhouse (series 12)

Series Thirteen (1973)Edit

Main article: Comedy Playhouse (series 13)

Specials (1973)Edit

Main article: Comedy Playhouse (series 13)

The first episode of the longest-running sitcom in the world, Last of the Summer Wine was broadcast in an episode.

Series Fourteen (1974)Edit

Main article: Comedy Playhouse (series 14)


Series Fifteen (1975)Edit

Main article: Comedy Playhouse (series 15)

Scottish Comedy PlayhouseEdit

The BBC aired six comedy pilots in 1970 in Scotland only under the title Scottish Comedy Playhouse, none of which developed onto a full series. While these were being aired, Monty Python's Flying Circus was broadcast in the rest of the UK. The episodes were

  1. Stand In For A Hearse (22 Sep 70)
  2. The Siege of Castle Drumlie (29 Sep 70)
  3. The Dinner Party (20 Oct 70)
  4. To Grace A Son (28 Oct 70)
  5. Stobo Takes The Chair (3 Nov 70)
  6. Take Your Partners (10 Nov 70)

See alsoEdit

ReferencesEdit

External linksEdit

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