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A Sharp Intake of Breath 

British sitcom in which happy-go-lucky character Peter Barnes comically and haphazardly tries to deal with the daily frustrations his life throws at him.

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Ronnie Taylor
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Cast

Series cast summary:
David Jason ...  Peter Barnes 22 episodes, 1977-1981
Jacqueline Clarke ...  Sheila Barnes 21 episodes, 1978-1981
Richard Wilson ...  Basil Dawson / ... 16 episodes, 1977-1980
Alun Armstrong ...  Albert / ... 12 episodes, 1978-1979
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British sitcom in which happy-go-lucky character Peter Barnes comically and haphazardly tries to deal with the daily frustrations his life throws at him.

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Country:

UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

25 July 1977 (UK) See more »

Also Known As:

Déjenme respirar See more »

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Runtime:

(22 episodes)

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Color

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1.33 : 1
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In a "News Of The World" interview published around the time of the show's third season, David Jason said: "I love old Barnsey. He's such an idiot." The show was devised and written by Ronnie Taylor, also responsible for the popular Leslie Crowther sitcom My Good Woman (1972). Other episodes were penned by Leslie Duxbury and My Partner the Ghost (1969) actor Kenneth Cope. When Taylor died suddenly, the third season was cut short. Vince Powell inherited the writing duties. Unfortunately, Powell's first script was a rehash of an old Bless This House (1971) plot in which Sidney James' character acquires a brand new company car. The shift in styles of humor was noticeable. See more »

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Version of Harry's Battles (1981) See more »

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