A panel of television experts compiled a list of twenty best British sitcoms of all time for Radio Times magazine.
Topping the list, no surprise to anyone, is the classic Fawlty Towers.
The story of the goings on at a suspect hotel in the seaside town of Torquay, starred John Cleese, of Monty Python fame, as Basil Fawlty, the highly strung and often irascible hotel owner for whom things never seemed to go quite right, despite his best and often misguided efforts.
The series aired on British television in 1975 and 1979 and lived on in re-runs on this side of the pond.
Here is the complete list of the 20 best British Sitcoms:
- Fawlty Towers (1975-9, BBC Two)
- Father Ted (1995-8, Channel 4)
- I’m Alan Partridge (1997-2002, BBC Two)
- Blackadder (1983-9, BBC One)
- Dad’s Army (1968-77, BBC One)
- Only Fools and Horses (1981-2003, BBC One)
- Porridge (1973-8, BBC One)
- The Royle Family (1998-2012, BBC One)
- Absolutely Fabulous (1992-2012, BBC Two)
- Dinnerladies (1998-2000, BBC One)
- The Thick of It (2005-12, BBC Four and Two)
- The Office (2001-3, BBC Two)
- Peep Show (2003-15, Channel 4)
- The Vicar of Dibley (1994-2007, BBC One)
- The Fall and Rise of Reginald Perrin (1976-9, BBC One)
- The Young Ones (1982-4, BBC Two)
- Gavin & Stacey (2007-10, BBC Three and One)
- The Good Life (1975-8, BBC One)
- Detectorists (2014-17, BBC Four)
- Whatever Happened to the Likely Lads? (1973-4, BBC One)