Sez Les

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Sez Les
Starring
Country of origin United Kingdom
Original language(s) English
No. of series 11
No. of episodes 68
Release
Original network Yorkshire Television
Original release 30 April 1969 (1969-04-30) – 30 November 1976 (1976-11-30)

Sez Les is a British sketch comedy show that starred Les Dawson. It was produced by Yorkshire Television, and aired on ITV from 1969 to 1976. Les Dawson and Roy Barraclough (who was a cast member from series four onward) regularly performed together as the characters Cissie and Ada. After John Cleese left Monty Python's Flying Circus, he joined the Sez Les cast for series eight onward. Other cast members included Norman Chappell, Brian Glover, Brian Murphy, and Kathy Staff. Music was provided by Syd Lawrence and his orchestra.

Cast[edit]

Cast member Series
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11
Les Dawson Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Brian Murphy Yes Yes No No No No No No No No No
Roy Barraclough No No No Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Brian Glover No No No No Yes Yes No No No No No
John Cleese No No No No No No No Yes Yes Yes Yes
Norman Chappell No No No No No No No No No No Yes
Kathy Staff No No No No No No No No No No Yes

Broadcast history[edit]

  • Series 1 (1969)
  • Series 2 (1969)
  • Series 3 (1971)
  • Series 4 (1972)
  • Series 5 (1972)
  • Series 6 (1973)
  • Series 7 (1973)
  • Series 8 (1974)
  • Series 9 (1974)
  • Series 10 (1976)
  • Series 11 (1976)

All episodes of series one and two are missing, and are believed to have been wiped. A Christmas special aired in 1973, and a New Year special in 1976.

Video releases[edit]

The first two series of Sez Les (both transmitted in 1969) are no extant in the Yorkshire Television's archives. The master tapes were either reused or lost. However, series 3–11 are extant, and have released in four DVD volumes:

  • Sez Les, Volume 1 (October 2008), series three and four
  • Sez Les, Volume 2 (25 May 2009), series five and six
  • Sez Les, Volume 3 (8 February 2010), series seven and eight, plus the 1973 Christmas special
  • Sez Les, Volume 4 (7 May 2012), series nine, ten, and eleven, plus the 1976 New Year special

References[edit]

  • Lewisohn, Mark (2003). Radio Times Guide to TV Comedy. BBC Worldwide Publications. [page needed]

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