Sink or Swim (TV series)

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Sink or Swim
Genre Sitcom
Written by Alex Shearer
Starring Peter Davison
Robert Glenister
Sara Corper
Country of origin United Kingdom
Original language(s) English
No. of series 3
No. of episodes 19
Running time 30 min
Production company(s) BBC
Original network BBC1
Original release 4 December 1980 (1980-12-04) – 14 October 1982 (1982-10-14)

Sink or Swim is a BBC TV sitcom from the 1980s with Peter Davison as the lead character Brian Webber. Brian Webber lives in a flat above a petrol station in London (in the last series he moved to Newcastle to attend university). He's trying hard to make his way in the world, thus far with limited success. His girlfriend, Sonia, is a very serious minded young woman who is passionate only about things like vegetarianism and ecology. When Brian's younger brother, Steve, arrives in London looking for somewhere to stay, his lazy, cynical, noisy "Northern lout" attitude disrupts Brian's already messy life.

Like Only Fools and Horses, Sink or Swim was filmed in Bristol doubling for London.

It ran for three series between 4 December 1980 and 14 October 1982 and was written by Alex Shearer, who later wrote the Nicholas Lyndhurst sitcom The Two of Us for LWT from 1986 to 1990. Production of the sitcom overlapped the first two years of Davison also starring as the Fifth Doctor in Doctor Who, which imposed constraints on the recording schedules.[1]


  • Peter Davison – Brian Webber
  • Robert Glenister – Steve Webber
  • Sara Corper – Sonia
  • Amanda Orton – Sandra (series 1 & 2)
  • Ron Pember – Mike Connor (series 1 & 2)
  • Gillian Taylforth – Christine (series 2)
  • Briony McRoberts – Charlotte (series 3)
  • Russell Wootton – Douglas (series 3)


  1. ^ Howe, David J.; Walker, Stephen James (1995). Doctor Who The Handbook - The Fifth Doctor. London: Doctor Who Books. p. 214. ISBN 0-426-20458-1. 

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