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Nearest And Dearest (ITV, 1968-1973, 46 episodes)
Nearest And DearestThis North Country comedy was rooted in Blackpool-style humour and starred diminutive battler Hylda Baker (Nellie), complete with her 'He knows, you know' catchphrase and armoury of double entendres and malapropisms, and Jimmy Jewel (Eli), the veteran comic, as a leering Lothario who inexplicably manages to pull all the blonde young beauties.
principal Writers: Tom Brennand/Roy Bottomley/John Stevenson
Never the Twain (ITV, 1981-1991, 67 episodes)
Never the TwainSimon Peel (Donald Sinden) and Oliver Smallbridge (Windsor Davies) contest a bitter rivalry in everything they do. Not only are they next-door-neighbours but also competing antique dealers. The comedy centred on class and culture snobbery.
principal Writers: Vince Powell/Johnnie Mortimer/John Kane
The New Statesman (ITV, 1987-1994, 29 episodes)
The New StatesmanRik Mayall played unscrupulous, arrogant and corrupt MP Alan B'Stard in this broad political satire. B'Stard's money-grabbing wife Sarah was played by Marsha Fitzalan, and his put-upon Parliamentary aide Piers Fletcher-Dervish by Michael Troughton.
Writers: Laurence Marks/Maurice Gran
Nightingales (C4, 1990-1993, 13 episodes)
NightingalesThree security guards (Robert Lindsay, David Threlfall and James Ellis) while away the night shift in bizarre ways at the top of a high rise office block. The comedy was surreal and dark, and seemed to take place in a fantasy world.
Writer: Paul Makin
No Problem! (C4, 1983-1985, 27 episodes)
No ProblemSet in a council house in Willesden Green, London, the comedy focused on the young adult Powell children, whose parents have returned to Jamaica, leaving their offspring to fend for themselves. Terri (Shope Shodeinde) wants to be a model, Beast (Malcolm Frederick) opens a nightclub, and Toshiba (Chris Tummings) runs a pirate radio station.
Writers: Mustapha Matura/Farrukh Dondy

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