Don't Wait Up
|Don't Wait Up|
|Created by||George Layton|
|Country of origin||United Kingdom|
|No. of series||6|
|No. of episodes||39|
|Running time||30 minutes|
|Original release||25 October 1983– 25 March 1990|
Don't Wait Up is a British sitcom that aired for six series from 1983 to 1990 on BBC1. It starred Nigel Havers, Tony Britton and Dinah Sheridan, and was written by George Layton. It was directed and produced by Harold Snoad, who also directed and produced another well-known, mainstream sitcom, Keeping Up Appearances.
Don't Wait Up was repeated on Comedy Central Extra and in 2003, Playback released the first two series on DVD; it is unclear whether they intend to bring the rest of the series to DVD.
- Tony Britton - Dr. Toby Latimer
- Nigel Havers - Dr. Tom Latimer
- Dinah Sheridan - Angela Latimer
- Jane How - Helen Kramer (previously Latimer)
- Susan Skipper - Madeleine Latimer (née Forbes)
- Richard Heffer - Dr. Charles Cartwright (series 1 and 2)
- Simon Williams - Dr. Charles Cartwright (from series 3)
- Tricia George - Susan Cartwright
- Jane Booker - Felicity Spicer-Gibbs
- Timothy Bateson - Mr Burton (series 1 and 2)
Don't Wait Up starts as Dr. Tom Latimer splits from his wife Helen. At the same time, his father Toby, also a doctor, announces his intention to divorce his wife of 32 years, Angela. Father and son then move in together and frequently argue about politics and medical practices. Tom tries to get his parents back together, while beginning a romance with Toby's secretary Madeleine Forbes, whom he later marries.
The first two series were released in a boxset in 2003 by Playback. No further series have been released.
Acorn Media re-released the first two series in June 2012.
- Mark Lewisohn, "Radio Times Guide to TV Comedy", BBC Worldwide Ltd, 2003
- British TV Comedy Guide for Don't Wait Up