Make 'em Laugh, Make 'em Laugh

Rob Brydon traces the development of sitcoms and investigates the themes they have tackled.


01The Family, Love 'em And Hate 'em20070424

From I Love Lucy and 'Til Death Do Us Part to the Royle Family and the Simpsons, sitcoms have charted the changing face of the family and how relationships within the home have changed.

02Attitudes To Work20070501

Looking at our 'love' of work and how we cope with its madness in all its forms. Featuring the likes of Steptoe and Son, The Phil Silvers Show, Are You Being Served, Dad's Army, Hi-De-Hi, On The Buses, Fawlty Towers, The Fall and Rise of Reginald Perrin, Yes Minister, Porridge, Father Ted and The Office.

03 LASTFitting In And Being Accepted20070508

From 'Til Death Do Us Part to Extras, from Only Fools and Horses through to Blackadder, and it Ain't Half Hot Mum to the Young Ones, Rob not only explores how TV comedies dealt with issues of class, race, sexuality and gender, but also asks how far we are prepared to go in order to get a laugh.