Friday 27 September 2013

Top 10 Father sitcoms - No 2 Father's Day

In the wake of BBC 1's new hit sitcom Father Figure, a remarkable number of people seem to be suggesting they could write a better sitcom than that. Really? well if you want to prove it, why not enter a script into the next Sitcom Trials - deadline October 20th, entry is free, details are here. In the meantime, we continue our look at the Top 10 "Father" sitcoms. And at Number 2 it's...

Father's Day was devised by Beatles biographer and Punch journalist Hunter Davies, starred John Alderton and was one of Channel 4's earliest sitcoms, running for 14 episodes between 1982 and 1984. An obvious predecessor of Outnumbered, it doesn't even have a Wikipedia entry (try Googling it, you'll find Paul Cornell's Doctor Who episode of the same name) and imdb can only offer that it was largely written by Peter Spence and that it co-starred Dominique Barnes who was also in Colin's Sandwich, and was directed by Leszek Burzynski. It was that high profile and is that well remembered. You bastards. The theme tune was by Difford and Tilbrook of Squeeze. Really, nobody remembers this show?

The Sitcom Trials takes place at The Ring O' Bells, Bath, Nov 29 2013. 5 sitcoms go head to head, who wins? You decide. To enter a script, follow this link, deadline October 20th 2013.

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