British TV comedy: 10 questions

  1. In Yes Minister, the Minister in question was called Jim Hacker, and his Permanent Secretary was Sir Humphrey Applebly. But what was the name of his Principal Private Secretary, played by Derek Fowlds?
  2. What was the name of the main chef in Fawlty Towers, appearing in every episode of the second and final series?
  3. In addition to recurring roles in the second and fourth series, which actor, writer and director played the Duke of Wellington in the final episode of the third series of Blackadder?
  4. Which actor appeared in both The Brittas Empire as the title character, and in Red Dwarf as Arnold Rimmer?
  5. What was the name of the channel 4 sitcom set in a newsroom which ran from 1990-1998, written by Andy Hamilton and Guy Jenkin?
  6. What was the name of the paper company at which the cast of The Office worked?
  7. Which actors played the main roles in the sitcom “As Time Goes By”?
  8. Rik Mayall and Adrian Edmondson played violent and misanthropic housemates in which BBC 2 sitcom that ran from 1991-1995?
  9. Which BBC comedy, which ran from 2000 to 2003, is unusual in that neither of the two title characters make any appearances in the show?
  10. Which comedy series which ran from 1979 to 1981 (with a one-off special in 2007) takes its title from an adapted quote from Hamlet, in which he explains to Horatio the reason for his being familiar with a local custom?

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  1. In Yes Minister, the Minister in question was called Jim Hacker, and his Permanent Secretary was Sir Humphrey Applebly. But what was the name of his Principal Private Secretary, played by Derek Fowlds?
    A: Bernard Woolley
  2. What was the name of the main chef in Fawlty Towers, appearing in every episode of the second and final series?
    A: Terry
  3. In addition to recurring roles playing a character with the same name in the second and fourth series, which actor, writer and director played the Duke of Wellington in the final episode of the third series of Blackadder?
    A: Stephen Fry
  4. Which actor appeared in both The Brittas Empire as the title character, and in Red Dwarf as Arnold Rimmer?
    A: Chris Barrie
  5. What was the name of the channel 4 sitcom set in a newsroom which ran from 1990-1998, written by Andy Hamilton and Guy Jenkin?
    A: Drop the Dead Donkey
  6. What was the name of the paper company at which the cast of The Office worked?
    A: Wernham Hogg
  7. Which actors played the main roles in the sitcom “As Time Goes By”?
    A: Judi Dench and Geoffrey Palmer
  8. Rik Mayall and Adrian Edmondson played violent and misanthropic housemates in which BBC 2 sitcom that ran from 1991-1995?
    A: Bottom
  9. Which BBC comedy, which ran from 2000 to 2003, is unusual in that neither of the two title characters make any appearances in the show?
    A: Marion and Geoff
  10. Which comedy series which ran from 1979 to 1981 (with a one-off special in 2007) takes its title from an adapted quote from Hamlet, in which he explains to Horatio the reason for his being familiar with a local custom?
    A: To the Manor Born (from “to the manner born” in Hamlet)

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