With big movie releases planned for The Office, Absolutely Fabulous and Dad’s Army, 2016 is shaping up to be the year where the small screen moves over to the big screen!
With this in mind I’ve taken a look back at my 10 favourite movies based on UK sitcoms. Here they are in no particular order..
1. George And Mildred (1980)
I grew up around seventies sitcoms and attribute my love for TV comedy today to some of the best sitcoms from that era, including George And Mildred, which in 1980 after five series and 38 episodes, was turned into a film. The titles roles were played by Brian Murphy and Yootha Joyce.
The film was set around the couple’s wedding anniversary. Released shortly after Yootha passed away, the film was critically panned, however you’re never too far away from the next ITV4 repeat and it’s a film I loved as a kid and still love today. I’m sure many fans of the sitcom feel the same, yes it was over the top, but I loved that about it.
2. Man About The House (1974)
Before George And Mildred came Man About The House, a sitcom about a guy and two girls living together in London. The sitcom ran for 6 series between 1973 and 1976 and in-between all of that there was a film in 1974.
The film centred around Robin, Chrissy and Jo circulating a petition to stop Mr Pluthero, a real estate developer from buying their building.
3. Bless This House (1972)
Alongside George And Mildred and Man About The House, another seventies sitcom I couldn’t get enough of growing up was Bless This House starring the fantastic Sid James. The sitcom ran for 6 series, 65 episodes between 1971 and 1976 with a film in-between in 1972.
The film centres around the Baines moving in next door, whilst Sid James’ character, Sid Abbot wants nothing more than to get on building an illegal whisky still.
4. Guest House Paradiso (1999)
Bottom was the one programme I used to watch on TV in secret growing up, it was always considered a bit too rude for children but I couldn’t get enough of Richie and Eddie and their shambles of a flat in Hammersmith.
In 1999, 4 years after the series ended Rik Mayall and Adrian Edmondson wrote and starred in Guest House Paradiso. It’s not really known if the film is intact a spin-off from Bottom, although Rik and Ade still play characters called Richie and Eddie, albeit with different surnames, the humour is still very Bottom as the pair runtime worst guest house imaginable.
Whether it was a Bottom spin-off or not, the film was certainly jam-packed with all the disgusting behaviour we’d grown to know and love from the series.
5. Are You Being Served? (1977)
Seventies sitcom Are You Being Served?, set on the clothing floor of a fictional London department store called Grace Brothers, took to the big screen in 1977 and was set in the fictional Spanish town Costa Plonka. The film sees the staff go on a paid holiday to Spain to keep the staff busy whilst the floor is being renovated.
As you can expect, the holiday turns into somewhat of a disaster, and there are even doubts if they will get out of there alive when they get caught in a gunfight!
6. The League of Gentlemen’s Apocalypse (2005)
There’s something very unique about the style of writing Jeremy Dyson, Mark Gatiss, Steve Pemberton and Reece Shearsmith are capable of and three years after The League Of Gentlemen came The League of Gentlemen’s Apocalypse, a feature-length film based on the series.
The film sees the fictional town of Royston Vasey under threat and its inhabitants are forced to leave and appear in the real world to try to save it. At the start of the film, Jeremy Dyson is killed by Tubbs, Edward, and Papa Lazarou.
7. Alan Partridge: Alpha Papa (2013)
A-ha! In 2013, the nation’s favourite fictional local radio DJ, Alan Partridge returned in a feature-lenth film based on his very successful TV series.
With Norwich radio station North Norfolk Digital being bought out by a multinational conglomerate, and staff members facing redundancies, Partridge is confident that he is going nowhere. However the reality is that it’s between him and DJ Pat Farrell for the chop… how far will Alan go to save his job?
The film was a huge success grossing £2.18 million at the UK box office in its opening weekend.
8. Bean (1997)
Growing up, I adored Mr Bean. Rowan Atkinson’s performance never failed to make me laugh, so it’s no surprise that growing up Bean was one of my favourite movies. The film saw Mr Bean cause chaos on a trip to California, the famous Mona Lisa painting being just one of the many things Bean destroyed during his trip.
9. In The Loop (2009)
The Thick Of It is undoubtedly one of the strongest political comedies in recent times and in 2009, the series was turned into a spin-off film, In The Loop starring Peter Capaldi, Tom Hollander and James Gandolfini.
With the UK and the USA about to launch war against the Middle East, a group of skeptical American and British operatives attempt to prevent it.
10. The Inbetweeners Movie (2011) & The Inbetweeners 2 (2014)
OK, so technically I’ve cheated here by picking two films… But who could forget the most recent example of a sitcom moving very successfully to the big screen, The Inbetweeners. Not content with just one successful film, last year they released another to equal box office success.
The first movie saw the group of friends head to Malia on a summer holiday they won’t forget in a while, and the second movie saw them head to Australia for one final holiday together.
The second movie became the top grossig opening day in the UK taking £2.7 million at the box office.