The British Sitcom Guide


Programme: The Brittas Empire
Broadcast: 1991 - 1997   ( BBC )
Episodes: 58 (7 series)
Starring: Chris Barrie, Julia St. John, Michael Burns, Tim Marriott
Written by: Richard Fegan, Andrew Norriss, Ian Davidson, Paul Smith, Andrew Taft
Directed by: Mike Stephens
Production: British Broadcasting Corporation More info

Gordon Brittas is the manager of the Whitbury-Newtown Leisure Centre. Despite his ambition and good intentions, everything seems to go wrong when he's around. While Brittas is busy dreaming up new ways to make the lives of his staff more difficult, his assistant Laura does her best to keep the Leisure Centre operational. Helen Brittas meanwhile tries to retain her sanity as she struggles to cope with her husband.

BSG Review:

Chris Barrie (of " Red Dwarf " fame) is excellent in this good, aimed at the masses, British sitcom. Despite being highly memorable thanks to some great plots (including the public footpath through the women's toilets) "The Brittas Empire" has never quite got the praise or repeats many say it deserves.

It was probably a mistake to bring back the sitcom for a final two series in 1996 as the show had naturally ended at the end of series 5 (Brittas was killed off). The result being two messy, un-realistic and below par final series.

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