Citizen James

Citizen James is a BBC sitcom that ran for three series between 24 November 1960 and 23 November 1962. The show featured comedian and actor Sid James and Sydney Tafler with Bill Kerr and Liz Fraser appearing in early episodes.

The first series was set around 'Charlie's Nosh Bar', a cafe in Soho, and centred on Sid'sget-rich-quick schemes. He is helped by "Billy the Kerr" and quite often frustrated by the local bookmaker Albert Welshman (Tafler). Liz Fraser played Sid's long-suffering girlfriend who has been waiting for seven years for Sid to set the date.

Changes were made to the format after the first series. Sid James' character was changed to be something of a people's champion, campaigning for social justice. Bill Kerr and Liz Fraser departed and Sidney Tafler played a different character: Charlie Davenport. The location switched from Soho to Sid and Charlie sharing a house.

Show Info

Airs on: United Kingdom BBC One (1960 - 1962)
Schedule: Fridays (30 min)
Status: Ended
Show Type: Scripted
Genres: Comedy
Episodes ordered: 13 episodes

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Previous Episode

The Jury

Episode 3x13; Nov 23, 1962

Previous Episodes

Episode NameAirdateTrailer
3x13: The JuryNov 23, 1962
3x12: The Tube StationNov 16, 1962
3x11: The LibrarianNov 9, 1962
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