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6.2/10 TV

Directed by  Alan Tarrant
Original language(s)  English
Final episode date  7 December 1975
6.3/10 IMDb

Genre  Comedy
Country of origin  United Kingdom
First episode date  4 January 1975
Network  ITV

Starring  Kenneth Connor (Episodes 1–2, 4–13)Jack Douglas (Episodes 1, 3–13)Joan Sims (Episode 1–3, 5–12)Peter Butterworth (Episodes 1–3, 7–11, 13)Barbara Windsor (Episodes 1–4, 10, 12–13)David Lodge (Episodes 1–3, 5–6, 8, 11)Sid James (Episodes 1–4)Ronnie Brody (Episodes 1, 7)Diane Langton (Episodes 2, 5)Hattie Jacques (Episode 4)Patsy Rowlands (Episode 6)Bernard Bresslaw (Episodes 7, 9–10, 12–13)Sherrie Hewson (Episode 11–12)
Composer(s)  John Marshall and Ritchie Tattersall
Cast  Sid James, Joan Sims, Barbara Windsor, Kenneth Connor, Jack Douglas

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Carry On Laughing is a British television comedy series produced in 1975 for ATV. Based on the Carry On films, it was an attempt to address the films' declining cinema attendance by transferring the franchise to television. Many of the original cast members were featured in the series.


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Carry on Laughing ran for two series, the first for six half-hour episodes and the second for seven episodes. The episode Orgy and Bess featured the final Carry On performances of both Sid James and Hattie Jacques.

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The TV series is not as widely known as the original films, which - by contrast - are broadcast regularly on British television. It is also considered much less successful at transferring the established formula to the small screen than the Carry On Christmas specials.

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The series was conceived after the departures of two long-serving Carry On contributors: writer Talbot Rothwell and actor Charles Hawtrey. Furthermore, Kenneth Williams declined to appear in the series. Other Carry On regulars only appeared in a minority of episodes: Sid James in only the first four, Hattie Jacques in only one; and Bernard Bresslaw appeared only in the second series.

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In the absence of Rothwell, other writers were brought in. Lew Schwarz and experienced Carry On writer Dave Freeman each wrote six, while Barry Cryer and Dick Vosburgh penned Orgy and Bess.

Each episode parodied a famous TV series, film or book. Three episodes feature a character based on Lord Peter Wimsey - Lord Peter Flimsy. Another two episodes are nods to Upstairs, Downstairs, with the character of Hudson the Butler parodied as Clodson.

The series provided an opportunity for David Lodge - little more than a bit-part player in some of the later Carry On films - to play leading characters.


ATV had already helped to bring the Carry Ons to the small screen in 1973, when it broadcast What A Carry On, a one-off show hosted by Shaw Taylor featuring clips from the stage play Carry On London and interviews with its stars - Sid James, Barbara Windsor, Bernard Bresslaw, Kenneth Connor, Peter Butterworth and Jack Douglas. It is believed that this footage is missing from the archives.

What A Carry On was also the title of a BBC series of classic clips from the films.

The title Carry On Laughing was also used for:

  • a Carry On stage play performed in Scarborough in 1976 and featuring series regulars Jack Douglas, Kenneth Connor, Peter Butterworth and Liz Fraser.
  • a series of television programmes shown by Thames Television from 1981 to 1984, featuring classic clips from the Carry On film series, although footage was also drawn from other British comedy films of the era, such as the movie spin-offs of On the Buses and Steptoe and Son. In 1983, a Christmas special of this series was made, entitled Carry On Laughing's Christmas Classics, featuring classic film clips, linked by newly filmed material with Kenneth Williams and Barbara Windsor.
  • DVD releases

    The entire series was released as DVD bonus features spread over various UK releases of Carry On films. The entire series was also released in a 2 DVD set on 25 May 2004 by A&E Home Video (Region 1 format, US and Canada).


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