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Class War: Ian Class is a working class teacher at a private school. . . Oct 05

I happened to be complaining about TV characters whose names are contrived specifically to allow a pun for the show title. Thanks to various people for helping me compile this (in no way definitive) list of shows found guilty:

Robin’s Nest
The Brittas Empire
The Magnificent Evans
Tom, Dick and Harriet
Filthy, Rich and Catflap
I Dream of Jeannie
Shine On Harvey Moon
Chance in a Million
Fresh/French Fields
The Good Life
Laura and Disorder
Nelson’s Column
Murphy’s Law
Hart to Hart
and, possibly worst of all,
Distant Shores

Any more examples are welcome.

Update: Let us take heed of, and never again forget, Land of Hope and Gloria.

13 Responses

  1. I dimly remember Crazy Like A Fox

  2. 2

    Rosemary & Thyme… Yuk!

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    The Royle Family.

    Will and Grace (“He’s a lawyer so we’ll call him something that a lawyer does, and she’s in standing around, so she has to be graceful, so we’ll call her Grace. Do you think that will help the American public tell them apart?”)

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    Joan of Arcadia

    Tru Calling

    Faith in the Future. Deeply disappointing because despite the title, it wasn’t set in the future. Featured the OXO mum after she’d put Colin Baker on trial and the first 9th Doctor’s companion Emma, I believe.

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    Doctor Who, shurely.

  7. 7

    There’s a US series on ITV3 called ‘Crossing Jordan’.

    Back to British sitcoms, the recent ‘Kiss Me Kate’ and the classic ‘Dear John’ are both pushing it. There was a series called ‘Hugh and I’, about two men sharing a house, one of whom was called Hugh (though the actor in question was Hugh Lloyd, so that probably doesn’t count). And if ‘Robin’s Nest’ counts, then there’s ‘Grace and Favour’.

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    Neve Cambell.

  9. 9

    What on earth does Neve Campbell have to do with anything?

  10. 10

    It’s certainly a contrived name for a sitcom.

  11. “Hope and Glory” – The name of the school was “Hope Park Comp”

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    Channel four appear to show Spanish Gay soap opera at five thirty in the morning.

  13. Does Fawlty Towers count?