Potter was a 1979 BBC sitcom written by Roy Clarke. Running for three series, it originally starred Arthur Lowe as Redvers Potter, a busybody former sweet manufacturer with time on his hands following retirement. Set in suburban South London, the series followed Potter in his various attempts to keep himself occupied by interfering in other people’s business.
The series co-starred Noel Dyson as his wife Aileen, John Barron as the Vicar and John Warner as “Tolly” Tolliver, his next-door neighbour. Characters in later series included Harry H. Corbett as the comic ex-gangster Harry Tooms and Brenda Cowling as Jane.
The first series comprised 6 episodes, and aired in March-April, 1979. The second series comprised 7 episodes, and aired the following year, from February-April, 1980.
Plans for a third series were already underway when Lowe died, so Lowe was replaced by Robin Bailey in the 7-episode third series, which aired the following year between July-August 1983, after which the series was discontinued.
Mark Lewisohn notes that although many of the characters were sitcom clichés “they seemed less so in the skilled hands of writer Roy Clarke, who had already proved a master of naturally humorous dialogue”.
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