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Why are so many sitcoms set in London/Home Counties?

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caravanette · 28/11/2019 20:26

Terry and June
Ever Decreasing Circles
A Fine Romance
My Family
Home to Roost
No Place Like Home
Fresh Fields
Citizen Smith

Why tho???

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caravanette · 28/11/2019 20:27

The actors accents also are invariably RP

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Lexplorer · 28/11/2019 20:31

Omg you're not wrong! 8 in the last 40 years. Get on Twitter!

PooWillyBumBum · 28/11/2019 20:32

I’ve never heard of any of those but if I had to guess I’d say easy accessibility (most actors/producers etc centred around there) and easy availability of studios in London and pinewood in bucks?

PooWillyBumBum · 28/11/2019 20:33

Actually I’ve definitely watched My Family!

dirtyrottenscoundrel · 28/11/2019 20:33

Have I woke up in 1980? Grin

doritosdip · 28/11/2019 20:34

I assume that they are written in the HC and most actors can do a HC accent.

FWIW I live in the HC and only know Terry and June. My experience is that everyone is from the HC or a small area of the North like Manchester and never in between

caravanette · 28/11/2019 20:37

There's more - howbout

Cuckoo Waltz
You Must be the Husband
Up the Elephant and Round the Castle
George and Mildred
and many more

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orangeteal · 28/11/2019 20:37

Wtf are they?! Literally only heard of my family.

caravanette · 28/11/2019 20:38


I still living circa 1981 and I'm having a Raleigh bike for Christmas.......Grin

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1Morewineplease · 28/11/2019 20:39

Probably because , in the past, the media was very london-centric. Locally produced , therefore cheaper to make.

ColaFreezePop · 28/11/2019 20:39

That's because the original writer of the sitcom is from that area or lives there.

caravanette · 28/11/2019 20:39


I am 94 yrs old......

(For the benefit of Private Eye readers....)

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caravanette · 28/11/2019 20:40

More wine -
I definitely think The Times is London centric - I think much of the media is London Centric

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PooWillyBumBum · 28/11/2019 20:42

I have never heard of most of your list!!

Our favourites are Gavin and Stacey and Royle Family (and we live in the HC and have RP accents!)

dirtyrottenscoundrel · 28/11/2019 20:43

Grin oh I was young in the 80’s too!
Loved Citizen Smith, although funnily enough, one of my fav sitcoms from that era was Rab.C.Nesbit ( if you could call that a sitcom? )

ShastaBeast · 28/11/2019 20:43

And The good life - that’s the right time period...

Most TV is London centric and the SE has a large population and a higher percentage of privileged people with access to influence and money/time.

Northern sitcoms tend to be very working class.

It’s definitely easier to make film & tv in the SE due to the workforce.

orangeteal · 28/11/2019 20:47

2.4 Children- that was my era! Loved that show!

Only Fools
Not going out
Reginald something??

caravanette · 28/11/2019 20:47

Shastabeast you make some good points

What makes me laugh is the way working class people are portrayed in Terry and June when they make a token appearance!!

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orangeteal · 28/11/2019 20:47

@ShastaBeast yes! 2 pints of lager etc!

orangeteal · 28/11/2019 20:48

Or one pint? However many?!

caravanette · 28/11/2019 20:48

Likely Lads in my opinion wasn't dyed in the wool working class iyswim because Rodney Bewes character was upwardly mobile

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caravanette · 28/11/2019 20:49

My era is 1979 - 1986 inclusive

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caravanette · 28/11/2019 20:49


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Seeline · 28/11/2019 20:49

I give you

Last of the Summer Wine

Open all Hours


The Liver Birds

orangeteal · 28/11/2019 20:50

@caravanette that's the one, I saw the martin clunes remake lol.

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