Only When I Laugh (TV series)
|Only When I Laugh|
|Written by||Eric Chappell|
|Directed by||Vernon Lawrence|
|Theme music composer||Ken Jones|
|Country of origin||United Kingdom|
|No. of series||4|
|No. of episodes||29 (list of episodes)|
|Running time||30 minutes|
|Production company(s)||Yorkshire Television|
|Original release||29 October 1979 –|
16 December 1982
Only When I Laugh is a British television sitcom made by Yorkshire Television for ITV. It aired between 29 October 1979 and 16 December 1982 and was set in the ward of a NHS hospital. The title is in response to the question, "Does it hurt?"
It starred James Bolam, Peter Bowles, and Christopher Strauli as patients Roy Figgis, Archie Glover, and Norman Binns. Mr. Gordon Thorpe, their consultant surgeon, was played by Richard Wilson; and Gupte, the staff nurse from Delhi, was played by Derrick Branche.
In a discussion of Eric Chappell's work in The Guinness Book of Classic British TV, Only When I Laugh was described as "intermittently rewarding".
- James Bolam as Roy Figgis
- Peter Bowles as Archie Glover
- Christopher Strauli as Norman Binns
- Richard Wilson as Gordon Thorpe
- Derrick Branche as Gupte
Guest appearances have been made by Gwen Taylor, John Quayle, Neil McCarthy, Patrick Troughton, Moira Lister, Pat Ashton, Neil Connery, Pamela Cundell, Brenda Cowling, Reginald Marsh, Rosalind Ayres, Ann Beach, Mary Tamm, Karl Howman, Isla Blair, Ronnie Stevens, Stephen Greif, Robert Gillespie and Frank Middlemass.
29 episodes were broadcast over four series including a Christmas special.
- In region 2 all four series of Only When I Laugh have been released on DVD by Network DVD, and a complete series box set has also been released.
- In region 1 series 1 & 2 have been released in individual DVDs (now discontinued). A complete 5 disc box set was released on 10 March 2009.
- Region 4 has only released the complete series box set.
|DVD Title||No. of Discs||Year||Episodes||DVD release|
|Region 1||Region 2||Region 4|
|Complete Series 1||1||1979||7||23 September 2003||8 July 2006||—|
|Complete Series 2||1||1980||7||16 September 2003||15 November 2007||—|
|Complete Series 3||1||1981||8||—||21 July 2008||—|
|Complete Series 4||1||1982||7||—||15 September 2008||—|
|Complete Series 1–4||4||1979–1982||29||10 March 2009||15 September 2008||12 April 2008|