Pinwright's Progress

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Pinwright's Progress
Starring James Hayter
Clarence Wright
Sara Gregory
Daphne Maddox
Country of origin United Kingdom
No. of episodes 10
Running time 30 minutes
Original network BBC Television Service
Original release 29 November 1946 – 16 May 1947

Pinwright's Progress was a British sitcom that aired on the BBC Television Service from 1946 to 1947 and was the world's first regular half-hour televised sitcom.[1] The ten episodes, which aired fortnightly in alternation with Kaleidoscope, were broadcast live from the BBC studios at Alexandra Palace. Still photographs are all that remain of the show's transmitted form.

Pinwright's Progress was written by Rodney Hobson, produced and directed by John Glyn-Jones and the script editor was Ted Kavanagh, who also wrote the BBC radio comedy series It's That Man Again.


  • James Hayter - Mr J. Pinwright
  • Clarence Wright - Aubrey
  • Sara Gregory - Miss Doolittle
  • Daphne Maddox - Miss Peasbody
  • Doris Palmer - Mrs Sigsbee
  • Leonard Sharp - Ralph
  • Charles Irwin - Salesman


J. Pinwright is the proprietor of Macgillygally's Stores. He has a hated rival, and his staff only add to his problems by attempting to be helpful. Ralph, the messenger boy, is a deaf octogenarian.


  1. Episode One (29 November 1946)
  2. Episode Two
  3. Episode Three
  4. Episode Four
  5. Episode Five
  6. Episode Six
  7. Episode Seven
  8. Episode Eight
  9. Episode Nine
  10. Episode Ten (16 May 1947)


  1. ^ Lewisohn, Mark (2003). "Radio Times Guide to TV Comedy". BBC Worldwide Ltd. 

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