It Takes a Worried Man

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For the folk song, see Worried Man Blues.
It Takes a Worried Man
Created by Peter Tilbury
Directed by Alan Tarrant
Starring Peter Tilbury
Country of origin United Kingdom
No. of series 3
No. of episodes 19
Running time 30 minutes
Original network ITV (series 1–2)
Channel 4 (series 3)
Original release 27 October 1981 (1981-10-27) – 20 November 1983 (1983-11-20)

It Takes a Worried Man is a British TV sitcom. It was made by Thames Television and ran for three series, broadcast from October 1981 to November 1983. The first two series were broadcast on the ITV network, and the third and final series on Channel 4. Most episodes were written by the star, Peter Tilbury, who played office worker Philip Roath. The title comes from a line in the folk song Worried Man Blues.


Philip Roath is a middle-aged and divorced office worker who is highly intelligent, but suffering a midlife crisis, and completely bored with his job. He is never seen doing any actual work, just conversing with his colleagues about his boredom and frustrations with life. His boss suspects that Philip does little work, but is powerless to prove it or to do anything about it. Philip is also seen in psychoanalysis sessions with his analyst, Simon, who has worse emotional issues than Philip does.

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DVD release[edit]

All three series of It Takes a Worried Man have been released individually on DVD, with a complete series set to follow.[citation needed]

DVD Release date
The Complete Series 1 31 October 2011
The Complete Series 2 25 February 2013
The Complete Series 3 14 October 2013
The Complete Series 1 to 3 Box Set TBA 201?

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