The Losers (TV series)

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The Losers
Genre Sitcom
Starring Leonard Rossiter
Alfred Molina
Joe Gladwin
Country of origin United Kingdom
No. of series 1
No. of episodes 6
Running time 30 minutes
Original network ITV
Original release 12 November – 17 December 1978

The Losers is a British sitcom that aired on ITV in 1978. Written by Alan Coren,[1] it stars Leonard Rossiter and Alfred Molina. The Losers was made for ITV by ATV and was produced and directed by Joe McGrath.[2]

In The Losers, Rossiter plays Sydney Foskett, a wrestling promoter who discovers a young new wrestler called "The Butcher", played by Molina, who Foskett ensures loses to get the public's love.



Sydney Foskett is a wrestling promoter who discovers young new wrestler and part-time footballer, "The Butcher", whose real name is Nigel. Foskett, realising that the public love a loser, devises ways for "The Butcher" to lose without the dimwitted Nigel to know what is happening. Foskett often gets paid well for rigging the matches.[2]


The Losers aired on ITV from 12 November to 17 December 1978. All episodes aired on Sundays at 9.15pm and are 30 minutes long.[2] The broadcast masters for all six episodes were later wiped for reuse, though episodes one through five were later found to have survived as poor quality off-air domestic video recordings.[3] However the final episode, "Togetherness", is still missing from the archives and can be presumed lost.[4] The Times obituary of Alan Coren in 2007 said the series "sank with all hands".[1]

  1. "A Star Is Born" (12 November 1978)
  2. "The Naming of Parts" (19 November 1978)
  3. "Ireland and back" (26 November 1978)
  4. "All Down In Black and White" (3 December 1978)
  5. "Sitting On a Goldmine" (10 December 1978)
  6. "Togetherness" (17 December 1978)

DVD release[edit]

A region 2 DVD containing restored editions of the surviving episodes was released by Network on 21 January 2013[3]


  • "The Losers - Episode List". British TV Resources. 2006. Retrieved 2007-10-21.
  1. ^ a b "Obituary - Alan Coren". The Times. 20 October 2007. Retrieved 26 December 2015. (subscription required)
  2. ^ a b c Lewishohn, Mark (2003). Radio Times Guide to TV Comedy. London: BBC Worldwide. ISBN 0-563-48755-0.
  3. ^ a b
  4. ^ "Missing or incomplete episodes for programme THE LOSERS". Retrieved 2008-03-19.

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