The Brittas Empire

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BBC (ended 1997)

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The Brittas Empire

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The Brittas Empire was a popular BBC1 Television programme that ran from 1991 to 1997 with two Christmas Specials and various variety shorts including Get Fit With Brittas, six 10-minute programmes offering advice on fitness and good health. Gordon Brittas is a Leisure Centre manager with a dream. Due to the unexplained collapse of his last Leisure Centre during his time in temporary charge, he was given a glowing reference and 'encouraged' to take up a managerial position at Whitbury Leisure Centre. His 'loyal' staff have stories of their own, like Carole Parkinson, the receptionist, whose husband has left her, forcing her to keep her baby in the drawer under her desk. Also Tim Whistler and Gavin Featherly, the fitness instructors whose relationship Brittas always seems to be oblivious to. Julie Porter, Brittas' secretary, is always 'too busy' to do anything for him, and constantly looking for chances to show him up. Linda Perkin, the ever-ready staff member who always believes what Brittas says is best. Laura Lancing, Brittas' hard-working deputy manager (dry), is in and out of relationships with her estranged husband, Michael T. Farrell (III). Finally, Colin Weatherby, Brittas' deputy manager (wet) is keen and devoted to anything Brittas says is best, but isn't the cleanest or healthiest of people and always has a bandage over the wound on his hand. Whatever chaotic incidents occur, Brittas and his staff emerge unscathed, from ceiling collapses, rooms full of ice, other world invaders, tropical spiders and propane gas explosions.

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  • its funny

    10
    its funny. and the women and gay characters arent patronising
  • One of the best comedies made for TV!

    10
    The Brittas Empire is one of those comedies you can laugh at the first time you watch it and then laugh again and again at the repeats! Whoever dreamt up the concept of Gordon Brittas running Whitbury Town Leisure Centre must have been an absolute genius. Aided by his workers and 'troubled' wife Brittas finds himself combating numerous disasters for our hilarity. My favourite disaster being when the centre came under attack by a historical reenactment society. The casting of the show was excellent, Barrie playing Brittas is hilarious, especially with the voice and faces pulled whilst in character. Long suffering wife (Pippa Haywood) and assistant Laura (Julia St John) are also worth a standing ovation. A top rated comedy in my opinion, well worth watching!moreless
  • One of the Best British shows!

    9.2
    Over its run of seven years It was a show that shouldn't be missed and even now over ten years later it has still stood the test of time!



    While in real life I'd want to kill Brittas he was what kept the show alive, his inability to recognize even the most obvious facts like Tim and Gavin's relationship



    Talking about Tim he was my favorite character while he was a shy young man he always managed to have a quick and witty come back to Brittas's idiotic ideas



    I have heard that at some point they may do a reunion show and to my mind it can't come soon enough I know some of the actors are no longer in the business but I hope they can be talked into coming back for the show!moreless
  • I loved this show when I used to catch it on BBC (when we still had BBC). The comedy is very British, with lots of hilarious out-of-the-ordinary characters, and I've always enjoyed that.moreless

    10
    I loved this show when I used to catch it on BBC (when we still had BBC). The comedy is very British, with lots of hilarious out-of-the-ordinary characters, and I've always enjoyed that. Unlike American sitcoms, though, the laughs don't often come in quick succesions, and there are times when it becomes tiring watching the show and waiting for something funny to happen. Still, Brittas Empire was a joy to watch, and I regret not having watched all the episodes.moreless
  • Gordon Brittas is a Leisure Centre manager with a dream. After his last Leisure Centre in Aldershot collapsing during his days in temporary charge, he was given a glowing reference and "advised" to manage a Leisure Centre in Whitbury. Every day, chaos runmoreless

    10
    The Brittas Empire is a British classic based around the chaotic nature of one Leisure Centre manager who always seems to think that he's doing the right thing. Despite being a brilliant manager by the books, he follows everything exactly, leaving out the people skills. All classic comedy characters have no people skills, Basil Fawlty, Mr. Bean, the list goes on. Something that Chris Barrie is willing to star in for seven series is definitely good, just look at Red Dwarf. All in all, the Brittas Empire is a fantastic programme to watch, filled with laughs and mishaps. A must see.moreless
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