Don't Wait Up (TV series)

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Don't Wait Up
Created byGeorge Layton
Directed byHarold Snoad
StarringTony Britton
Nigel Havers
Dinah Sheridan
Susan Skipper
Jane How
Country of originUnited Kingdom
No. of series6
No. of episodes39
ProducerHarold Snoad
Running time30 minutes
Original release
Release25 October 1983 (1983-10-25) –
25 March 1990 (1990-03-25)

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. The series was adapted in part from an earlier, unbroadcast Comedy Playhouse by Layton.

Don't Wait Up was repeated on Comedy Central Extra and in 2003, Playback released the first two series on 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.





Home releases


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.