UK, BBC, Sketch, Colour), 1964
Starring: Terry Scott, June Whitfield, Rita Webb
A series of themed-sketch shows starring Terry Scott, which became one of the earliest comedy successes on BBC2.
Each show concentrated on a single topic, the name of the theme tacked on to the series' generic title Scott On..., for example Scott On Marriage and Scott On Superstition (see below for full list). Throughout the 31 editions, but especially in the early shows, the series benefited from top quality writing, and Scott's good-natured acceptance of dressing up in outrageous costumes or prancing about in drag. From the 29 September 1968 programme through to the end of the final series, Scott enjoyed strong comedic support from June Whitfield; this was the first time they had worked together and it led to a continuation of their screen partnership in the sitcom Happy Ever After which then became the even longer-running Terry And June. All editions of Scott On... included contributions from a changing company of supporting players in the minor roles.
Notes. The first programme was written as a showcase for Kenneth Williams but he backed out before filming began. His replacement then made the show his own.
The 28 colour editions, 1968-74, were screened under BBC2's Show Of The Week banner.
The Scott On... titles (shown here chronologically, series and specials appropriately divided) were Birds; Money, Food; Marriage; Habits, Superstition, The Seven Deadly Sins, Leisure, The Body, Christmas; Progress, Law, Industry, Communication, History, Nature; Christmas Trees; Travel, Wealth, Dress, Entertainment, The Home, Rebellion, Supernatural, Food; The Sex War, Language, Culture, Success, The Permissive Society; Courage.
Researched and written by Mark Lewisohn.
Number of episodes: 31
Length: 30 · 45 mins · 1 · short special 3 · b/w · 28