The Brighton Belles

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Brighton Belles
Starring Sheila Hancock
Wendy Craig
Sheila Gish
Jean Boht
Country of origin United Kingdom
Original language(s) English
No. of series 2
No. of episodes 11
Running time 30mins (inc. adverts)
Production company(s) Carlton Television[1]
Original network ITV
Original release 9 March 1993 – 28 December 1994[1]

Brighton Belles was a short-lived British sitcom,[2] based on the hit U.S. NBC sitcom The Golden Girls. The programme consisted of 11 episodes, which were broadcast from 1993 until 1994.[3]



The series was a commercial and critical failure. It is included in Jeff Evans's list of the twenty worst TV series of all time.[citation needed] The BBC comedy guide said about the series' failure: "Why did it fail? Several explanations apply, but the simplest has to be that The Golden Girls itself was already familiar to most British TV watchers [...], and people felt no reason to tune into a UK adaptation delivering the same lines. When an original piece is already nigh-on perfect, and has sated its public, why try to sell a replica? Most transatlantic sitcom adaptations air without the original series having been seen in that territory. To pitch to viewers a carbon copy of an already successful series seems pointless - in hindsight, at least."[2]

The show performed so poorly in the ratings that it was pulled from the ITV schedule halfway through its run.[4][5]


  1. ^ a b "BBC - Comedy Guide - Brighton Belles". Archived from the original on 31 December 2004. Retrieved 2013-09-07. 
  2. ^ a b "Brighton Belles". British comedy Guide. Retrieved 23 August 2017. 
  3. ^ "Will a Stupid Stupid Man travel better? - TV & Radio - Entertainment". Retrieved 2012-11-20. 
  4. ^ McCann, Paul (1999-02-04). "ITV pins sitcom hope on US guru - News". The Independent. Retrieved 2012-11-20. 
  5. ^ James Rampton (1993-03-09). "TELEVISION / BRIEFING: Liverpudlian turmoil - Arts & Entertainment". The Independent. Retrieved 2012-11-22. 

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