Sykes was the full colour BBC sitcom written by and Starring Eric Sykes. It ran for sixty eight episodes over seven series between 1972 and 1979. Of sixty eight episodes forty three were re-makes of scripts from his other successful series Sykes And A..broadcast in the 1960’s.
The original cast returned to reprise their respective roles. The series would have continued but for the tragic death of Hattie Jacques from a heart attack on 6th October 1980.
With the same premise as Sykes and A…, unmarried twins Eric and Harriet (Hat) Sykes are unmarried twins, now living at an end of terrace house, 28 Sebastopol Terrace, East Acton, just two doors down from their house in the previous program.
Just as in Sykes and A, Eric is childish and accident-prone while Hattie is patient. Their neighbour is the snobbish unmarried Charles Fulbright-Brown, whilst PC Corky Turnbull is the local policeman.
Eric and Hattie are also the owners of a cuckoo clock, naming the very temperamental bird inside Peter. Both speak to it as if it were a real bird, and a great deal of comedy derives from the antagonistic and sarcastic ‘conversations’ between Eric and Peter.
Eric Sykes – Himself
Hattie Jacques – Harriet (Hat) Sykes
Richard Wattis – Charles Fulbright-Brown (series 1–3)
Deryck Guyler – PC Corky Turnbull
Joy Harington – Melody Rumbelow
Joan Sims – Madge Kettlewell
Written By: Eric Sykes
Original Transmission Dates: 14th September 1972 – 16th November 1979