Only When I Laugh Classic TV Show
A comedy set in the ward of an NHS hospital where an odd trio will have you in stitches.
Only When I Laugh Fan Tributes5 Stephen Smith from Leeds: I always remember the one about the hospital radio episode. I believe Gwen Watson(Peggy in Heartbeat) left her tape recorder,only to broadcast Dr Thorpe's 'derogatory' views on patients and staff.
As a hospital, now web radio broadcaster, I could really identify with that episode.
4 NickB from South Wales: Well done ITV3 - looks like they're re-showing the series of Only When I Laugh each afternoon. Just the tonic to banish those post-Christmas blues, only 5 main characters working with a sparkling (if un-PC, at times) script. they don't write them like this any more.
3 Tally from Birmingham: I have only been lucky enough to see a few of these wonderful shows as they are very hard to get ahold of, either in vhs or dvd format. My favourite episode has to be the very first one. After all of the bed hopping as nearly died down (no pun intended :-) ) Gupta comes in to find Roy in the window bed. Gupta becomes angry and tells Roy "You can have this job, I'll open up a restaurant." Admittedly it doesn't sound funny on the page but Gupta's wonderful delivery actually made me spit out my drink and actually made me cry wih laughter. The series was wonderful. It was a proper family comedy, relying on wit and funny situations rather than being rude or vulgar. I know it's odd hear people say that now, especially a 21 year old, but my family and I sometimes sit down to watch this show on a Sunday lunch time. Shows like this need to be made today!
2 Allen Forster from Cornwall GB: Hi fans, I can't believe that so far there is only one other memory on here! Only when I laugh was classic. James Bolam the finest English actor that ever lived and he was Figgis. And don't we all know a Figgis? And an Archie or a Glover. And Gupta and the doctor I don't believe it Richard Wilson. Outstaying their welcome in hospital and on the day they are finally discharged they are back again!
1 Nicholas from Redhill: I enjoyed this Irony. In today's episode (5/5/04.) When Mr Thorpe told Gupta, that Victor was the name of his dog, he would never give that name to his Son, who was called Tarquin, somewhat more flowery. Richard Wilson, subsequently made his most successful comedy series, 'One Foot In the Grave.' His character's name was, guess what? Victor!
Only When I Laugh
James Bolam as Roy Figgis
Peter Bowles as Archie Glover
Christopher Strauli as Norman Binns
Richard Wilson as Dr Gordon Thrope
Derrick Branche as Gupte
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