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Please, Sir!

COMPREHENSIVE PRANKERY starring a mob of tousled twenty- (in some cases thirty-) somethings squeezing behind desks pretending to be rowdy teens and giving the run around to dapper but dithering JOHN ALDERTON. Fenn Street Secondary Modern was the location, seemingly built just behind the world’s largest power station. Antique establishment populated by dusty relics JOAN SANDERSON, DERYCK “WHERE’S ME WASHBOARD?” GUYLER and NOEL HOWLETT, all of whom regularly professed to being completely bemused by “young people today”. Close to 568,399,035 episodes made. Stop-start bell-ringy theme in the top ten sitcom openers of all time.



  1. Adrian

    May 11, 2010 at 10:50 am

    Was this the one where the caretaker was meant to be an old Desert Rat?

    It got a film release as well, which the more deserving Grange Hill didn’t..

  2. televisualcabbage

    May 11, 2010 at 1:46 pm

    That was Potter, to you young lad…

    Oh Yes!

    I wonder if Churchill the Dog got the idea for his catchphrase from him?

    Of its time, but the middle bit of the theme sounds like Blankety Blank. As pointed out by The Bake on several occasions

  3. David Smith

    May 11, 2010 at 2:43 pm

    Please Sir is also one of the comparatively few sitcoms to have spawned a second spinoff – Bowler starring George Baker.

  4. Glenn A

    May 17, 2011 at 6:50 pm

    When did it go comprehensive?

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