Mess Mates is a British comedy television series which originally aired on ITV between 1960 and 1962.[1] It is set on the coastal vessel SS Guernsey where Captain Briskett has to keep a watchful eye on his rowdy and conniving sailors. A number of the scripts were written by Talbot Rothwell shortly before he became the established writer of the Carry On film series.

Mess Mates
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Written byTalbot Rothwell
Lew Schwarz
Directed byGraeme MacDonald
Eric Fawcett
Kenneth Carter
StarringArchie Duncan
Sam Kydd
Ronald Hines
Country of originUnited Kingdom
Original languageEnglish
No. of series2
No. of episodes40
ProducerEric Fawcett
Running time30 minutes
Production companyGranada Television
Original networkITV
Original release28 June 1960 (1960-06-28) –
13 March 1962 (1962-03-13)




  1. ^ Wagg p.9


  • Wagg, Stephen. Because I Tell a Joke or Two: Comedy, Politics and Social Difference. Routledge, 2004.

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