Only When I Laugh (TV series)

Only When I Laugh (TV series)
Only When I Laugh
Genre Sitcom
Written by Eric Chappell
Directed by Vernon Lawrence
Graeme Muir
Starring James Bolam
Peter Bowles
Christopher Strauli
Richard Wilson
Derrick Branche
Theme music composer Ken Jones
Country of origin United Kingdom
Language(s) English
No. of series 4
No. of episodes 29 (List of episodes)
Producer(s) Vernon Lawrence
Editor(s) Phil Cooke
Keith Coppock
Jim Molyneux
Trevor Pugh
Stuart Quarmby
Lance Tattersall
Running time 30 minutes
Production company(s) Yorkshire Television
Original channel ITV
Picture format 4:3
Original run 29 October 1979 (1979-10-29) – 16 December 1982 (1982-12-16)

Only When I Laugh is a British television sitcom made by Yorkshire Television for ITV between 29 October 1979 and 16 December 1982. It was set in the ward of an NHS hospital. The title is the answer to the question, "Does it hurt?"

It starred James Bolam, Peter Bowles, and Christopher Strauli as patients Roy Figgis, Archie Glover, and Norman Binns. Mr. Gordon Thorpe, their consultant surgeon, was played by Richard Wilson; and Gupte, the staff nurse from Delhi, was played by Derrick Branche.

The show was one of many successes for writer Eric Chappell, and was rerun on ITV3 in 2007.



Guest appearances


Overall 29 episodes were broadcast over four series including a Christmas special.

DVD release

  • In region 2 all four series of Only When I Laugh have been released on DVD by Network, and a complete series box set has also been released.
  • In region 1 series 1 & 2 have been released in individual DVDs (now discontinued). A complete 5 disc box set was released on March 10, 2009 [1].
  • Region 4 has only released the complete series box set.
DVD Title No. of Discs Year Episodes DVD release
Region 1 Region 2 Region 4
Complete Series 1 1 1979 7 23 September 2003 8 July 2006
Complete Series 2 1 1980 7 16 September 2003 15 November 2007
Complete Series 3 1 1981 8 21 July 2008
Complete Series 4 1 1982 7 15 September 2008
Complete Series 1–4 4 1979–1982 29 10 March 2009 15 September 2008 12 April 2008


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