Foreign Affairs (1966 TV series)

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Foreign Affairs
Genre Sitcom
Created by Leonard Samson
Written by Johnnie Mortimer
Brian Cooke
Leonard Samson
Starring Leslie Phillips
Richard O'Sullivan
Austin Trevor
Dorothy Frere
Ronnie Barker
Country of origin United Kingdom
No. of series 1
No. of episodes 6
Producer(s) John Street
Running time 30 minutes
Original network BBC1
Picture format Black-and-white
Original release 16 September – 21 October 1966

Foreign Affairs was a British sitcom that aired on BBC1 in 1966. Starring Leslie Phillips in the lead role, it was set in the Foreign Office in Whitehall. The entire series was wiped and is no longer thought to exist.


All six episodes were written by writing partners Johnny Mortimer and Brian Cooke, with creator Leonard Samson also co-writing one episode. Foreign Affairs introduced the writers to young actor Richard O'Sullivan and this would lead to his title role in the 1970s sitcom Man About the House.[1]



Womaniser Dennis Proudfoot works in the Foreign Office in Whitehall as the personal assistant to Sir Hugh Marriot, the administrator of foreign relations. The programme focuses on the conflicts between the Foreign Office and the counterparts at the Soviet Embassy in London. Serge Volchanivov is the commissar for foreign relations and his assistant is Grischa Petrovitch. Taplow is the 20-year-old post-room boy.[1]


Foreign Affairs aired on Fridays at 7.30pm.[1] Due to the archival policies of the time, all six episodes were subsequently wiped and no longer exist.[2]

# Episode Title Original Broadcast Date
1 "The Foreign Body" 16 September 1966
2 "Can We Have Our Ball Back?" 23 September 1966
3 "The Leak" 30 September 1966
4 "Learning to Compromise" 7 October 1966
5 "One of Our Islands is Missing" 14 October 1966
6 "The Exterminator" 21 October 1966


  1. ^ a b c Lewishohn, Mark (2003). Radio Times Guide to TV Comedy. London: BBC Worldwide. ISBN 0-563-48755-0. 
  2. ^ "". 2013. Retrieved 9 December 2013.