The Squirrels (TV series)

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The Squirrels
Created by Eric Chappell
Starring Bernard Hepton
Patsy Rowlands
Ken Jones
Alan David
Country of origin United Kingdom
No. of series 3
No. of episodes 28
Production
Running time 30 minutes
Release
Original network ATV (ITV)
Original release 8 July 1974 – 10 February 1977

The Squirrels is a British television sitcom, written by Eric Chappell, who went on to create the Yorkshire Television sitcoms Rising Damp and Only When I Laugh. It ran for 3 series and 28 episodes and was made and broadcast from 1974 to 1977 on the ITV network, by ATV. Phil Redmond, the creator of the soap opera Brookside, was also a writer for the series.

Plot[edit]

The theme was office politics in the accounts department of a fictitious TV rental company. Little work was seen to be done as the staff were usually skiving or engaging in office romances. Bernard Hepton played Mr Fletcher, the authoritarian boss who also saw himself as a 'ladies man' and Ken Jones played Rex, an unassertive subordinate.

Cast list[edit]

Episodes[edit]

Pilot (1974)[edit]

  • The Squirrels (8 Jul 74)

Series 1 (1975)[edit]

  • We Don't Want To Lose You (18 Jul 75)
  • Men Without Women (25 Jul 75)
  • Man Most Likely To (1 Aug 75)
  • The Yes Man (8 Aug 75)
  • The Fiddle (15 Aug 75)
  • The Favourite (22 Aug 75)
  • The Whizz Kid (29 Aug 75)

Series 2 (1976)[edit]

  • Ashes To Ashes (9 Jul 76)
  • Fluffy-Bun (16 Jul 76)
  • Burke In Clover (23 Jul 76)
  • The New Broom (30 Jul 76)
  • On The Carpet (6 Aug 76)
  • The Renaissance (13 Aug 76)
  • The X Factor (20 Aug 76)
  • The Weaker Sex (27 Aug 76)

Series 3 (1976–1977)[edit]

  • The Snatch (25 Nov 76)
  • Leap Frog (2 Dec 76)
  • The Cruise (9 Dec 76)
  • The Bonus Scheme (16 Dec 76)
  • The Long Hot Summer (23 Dec 76)
  • The Argument (30 Dec 76)
  • What A Way To Go (6 Jan 77)
  • Shoulder To Shoulder (13 Jan 77)
  • The Game's The Thing (20 Jan 77)
  • The Cover Up (27 Jan 77)
  • The Break-In (3 Feb 77)
  • Men Of Straw (10 Feb 77)

DVD release[edit]

The complete series of The Squirrels was released by Network DVD in the UK (Region 2) on 29 April 2013. This set contains all 22 existing episodes (out of 28). Scripts for some of the missing episodes are included in PDF format on disc one.

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