Don't Wait Up
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|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 was broadcast 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 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.
Don't Wait Up starts as 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, Toby being more of a 'Harley Street' type and well to the right of the more liberally-inclined Tom. The latter tries to get his parents back together, while beginning a romance with Toby's secretary Madeleine Forbes, whom he later marries.
- Tony Britton as Dr Toby Latimer
- Nigel Havers as Dr Tom Latimer
- Dinah Sheridan as Angela Latimer
- Jane How as Helen Kramer (previously Latimer)
- Susan Skipper as Madeleine Latimer (née Forbes)
- Richard Heffer as Dr Charles Cartwright (series 1 and 2)
- Simon Williams as Dr Charles Cartwright (from series 3)
- Tricia George as Susan Cartwright
- Jane Booker as Felicity Spicer-Gibbs
- Timothy Bateson as Mr Burton (series 1 and 2)
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