Oh, Brother!

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Oh, Brother! is a British situation comedy show on BBC television starring Derek Nimmo, which was broadcast between 1968 and 1970.

Oh Brother!
Written byDavid Climie
Austin Steele
StarringDerek Nimmo
Felix Aylmer
Derek Francis
Country of originUnited Kingdom
Original languageEnglish
No. of series3
No. of episodes19
Running time30 minutes
Original networkBBC1
Original release13 September 1968 (1968-09-13) –
27 February 1970 (1970-02-27)
Followed byOh, Father!


The series was set in the fictional Mountacres Monastery, with Nimmo cast as the well-meaning but inept novice Brother Dominic making life difficult for the Prior (Father Anselm played by Felix Aylmer) and the Master of the Novices (Father Bernard played by Colin Gordon).[1][2]

Nimmo was playing a very similar role in All Gas and Gaiters which ran from 1966 to 1971, the main difference being that Brother Dominic was working-class, whereas Nimmo's previous character, Rev. Mervyn Noote, had been upper-class.


Oh, Brother! was not quite as successful or as affectionately remembered as the earlier programme, although it did last three series containing 19 episodes, only eight of which exist in the BBC archives. The comic potential in a monastery may have been rather limited, although it did benefit from a cast which included some experienced actors, particularly Nimmo himself and Felix Aylmer as Father Prior.


Series 1 (1968)Edit

  • The Voice Of The Turtle (13 September 68)
  • A House Of Merchandise (20 September 68)
  • My Brother's Keeper (27 September 68)
  • The Sins Of The Father (4 October 68)
  • The Root Of All Evil (11 October 68)
  • Treasures On Earth (18 October 68)

Series 2 (1969)Edit

  • A Goodly Inheritance (11 April 69)
  • Thine House In Order (18 April 69)
  • A Mother In Israel (25 April 69)
  • Behold This Dreamer (2 May 69)
  • An Uncertain Sound (9 May 69)
  • In The Beginning (16 May 69)

Series 3 (1970)Edit

  • A Still, Small Voice (16 January 70)
  • By The Fleshpots (23 January 70)
  • The Laughter Of A Fool (30 January 70)
  • A Fool Returneth (6 February 70)
  • The Hands Of Esau (13 February 70)
  • A Stone Of Stumbling (20 February 70)
  • The Fullness Of His Days (27 February 70)

Surviving episodesEdit

Series No' Ep No' Title Broadcast Notes
Series 1 Episode 1 The Voice Of The Turtle 13/9/68
Series 3 Episode 1 A Still Small Voice 16/1/70
Series 3 Episode 2 By The Fleshpots 23/1/70
Series 3 Episode 3 The Laughter Of A Fool 30/1/70
Series 3 Episode 4 A Fool Returneth 6/2/70
Series 3 Episode 5 The Hands Of Esau 13/2/70
Series 3 Episode 6 A Stone For Stumbling 20/2/70
Series 3 Episode 7 The Fullness Of His Days 27/2/70

DVD releaseEdit

A Region 2 DVD was released in 2004.[3]

Sequel seriesEdit

Oh, Brother! was followed by a sequel Oh, Father! in 1973, also starring Nimmo and with the same writers. In this series, Dominic left the monastery and became a Roman Catholic priest. It had a supporting cast of Laurence Naismith, Pearl Hackney and David Kelly. This was not a success and only lasted a single series of seven episodes.


  1. ^ Colin Gordon at IMDb
  2. ^ Hayward, Anthony (26 February 1999). "Obituary: Derek Nimmo". The Independent.
  3. ^ https://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/B0002XOZ42

External linksEdit