The list of the top 20 sitcoms compiled for the Radio Times Guide to TV Comedy surprisingly has The Phil Silvers Show at number one. I say surprising not because the show wasn’t funny – it was, very much so – it is more that it’s a show of distant memory for most people.
Okay, so Phil Silvers played but the one character, ie himself, but you could argue the same about John Cleese with Fawlty Towers at number three, although skidding down the list, even the multi-talented Ronnie Barker only rates one entry with Porridge at number four. So where was Open All Hours, the Two Ronnies etc?
The reason is that it isn’t ‘our’ compilation, but the subjective view of Mark Lewisohn. And subjective is seldom our objective!