Agony, 1979

Agony was the ITV sitcom that ran for 31 episodes (3 Series) between 1979 and 1981.

It was voted in that now famous poll to find Britain’s Best Sitcom at No 92.  Agony was also noted for being the first British sitcom to portray a gay couple as non-camp, witty, intelligent and happy people.

In 1995 a spin off sequel Agony Again was broadcast on BBC1.


Maureen Lipman plays Jane Lucas, an agony aunt, who is highly successful in her career working at radio call-in show (for Happening Radio 242) in London and for magazine Person, but whose personal life is a shambles.  Her Jewish mother, Bea, interferes in all aspects of her life and her psychiatrist Christian husband Laurence is unreliable, all the people she works with are tireless self-promoters including the libidinous journalist Vincent Fish.
Other characters included the editor of Person magazine Diana, secretary Val Dunn, radio colleague Andy and her gay neighbours Rob and Michael.







Maureen Lipman
Simon Williams
Maria Charles
Peter Blake


Channel: ITV
Written By: Len Richmond, Anna Raeburn, Stan Hey and Andrew Nickolds.
Produced By: London Weekend Television for ITV
Original Run: 11th March 1979 – 1st March 1981


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  1. Ellen Lavender

    A Heart Doodle, drawn by Maureen Lipman and personally signed by her, is being sold in a charity Ebay auction now. The doodle is among over 200 items on sale in the Cardiomyopathy Association’s auction that ends on eBay on Sunday, November 13th. The charity (reg charity no 803262) provides information and support to families affected by the heart muscle disease.
    The item can be seen at Links from the item on that page will take you to the Ebay page.


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