1981 saw the debut of some quality British TV.
Appearing on BBC1 for the first time we had Triangle, Sorry!, Only Fools And Horses, Bergerac and Tenko. Sorry! was the Ronnie Corbett vehicle, written by Ian Davidson and Peter Vincent and was centred around Corbett’s character Timothy Lumsden and his over bearing mother, played by Barbara Lott. And don’t forget his father (William Moore), ‘Language Timothy!’
Only Fools… is one of the most popular British comedies. Written by John Sullivan, the show followed the exploits of two south London brothers, Derek or Del Boy, and Rodney Trotter, played by David Jason and Nicholas Lyndhurst.
On BBC2 we saw the TV adaptation of Douglas Adams’ (trilogy in five parts), The Hitchhiker’s Guide To The Galaxy, with Simon Jones as hero Arthur Dent, David Dixon as Ford Prefect and Mark Wing-Davey as Zaphod Beeblebrox.
ITV gave us Game For A Laugh, Danger Mouse, The Gaffer, Razzamatazz and Brideshead Revisited. The Gaffer was a curious one, with Bill Maynard as anti hero Fred Moffatt. Constantly struggling to make ends meet and avoid his various creditors, Moffatt was the boss of a struggling engineering firm, sharing many characteristics with many business men in real life in the early 1980’s.