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The Squirrels is a British television sitcom, created by Eric Chappell, who went on to create the Yorkshire Television sitcoms Rising Damp and Only When I Laugh. It ran for 3 series and 28 episodes and was made and broadcast from 1974 to 1977 on the ITV network, by ATV. Phil Redmond, the creator of the soap opera Brookside, was also a writer for the series.

The Squirrels
Created byEric Chappell
StarringBernard Hepton
Patsy Rowlands
Ken Jones
Alan David
Country of originUnited Kingdom
No. of series3
No. of episodes28
Production
Running time30 minutes
Release
Original networkATV (ITV)
Original release8 July 1974 –
10 February 1977

Contents

PlotEdit

The theme was office politics in the accounts department of a fictitious TV rental company. Little work was seen to be done as the staff were usually skiving or engaging in office romances. Bernard Hepton played Mr Fletcher, the authoritarian boss who also saw himself as a 'ladies man' and Ken Jones played Rex, an unassertive subordinate.

Cast listEdit

EpisodesEdit

Pilot (1974)Edit

  • The Squirrels (8 Jul 74) - written by Eric Chappell

Series 1 (1975)Edit

All Episodes Written by Eric Chappell

  • We Don't Want To Lose You (18 Jul 75)
  • Men Without Women (25 Jul 75)
  • Man Most Likely To (1 Aug 75)
  • The Yes Man (8 Aug 75)
  • The Fiddle (15 Aug 75)
  • The Favourite (22 Aug 75)
  • The Whizz Kid (29 Aug 75)

Series 2 (1976)Edit

  • Ashes To Ashes (9 Jul 76) - written by Eric Chappell
  • Fluffy-Bun (16 Jul 76) - written by Eric Chappell
  • Burke In Clover (23 Jul 76) - written by Richard Harris
  • The New Broom (30 Jul 76) - written by Eric Chappell
  • On The Carpet (6 Aug 76) - written by Kenneth Cope
  • The Renaissance (13 Aug 76) - written by Alan Hackney
  • The X Factor (20 Aug 76) - written by Richard Harris
  • The Weaker Sex (27 Aug 76) - written by Eric Chappell

Series 3 (1976–1977)Edit

  • The Snatch (25 Nov 76) - written by Eric Chappell
  • Leap Frog (2 Dec 76) - written by Kenneth Cope
  • The Cruise (9 Dec 76) - written by Brian Finch
  • The Bonus Scheme (16 Dec 76) - written by Phil Redmond
  • The Long Hot Summer (23 Dec 76) - written by Eric Chappell
  • The Argument (30 Dec 76) - written by Alan Hackney
  • What A Way To Go (6 Jan 77) - written by Kenneth Cope
  • Shoulder To Shoulder (13 Jan 77) - written by Eric Chappell
  • The Game's The Thing (20 Jan 77) - written by Brian Finch
  • The Cover Up (27 Jan 77) - written by Alan Hackney
  • The Break-In (3 Feb 77) - written by Phil Redmond
  • Men Of Straw (10 Feb 77) - written by Brian Finch

DVD releaseEdit

The complete series of The Squirrels was released by Network DVD in the UK (Region 2) on 29 April 2013. This set contains all 22 existing episodes (out of 28). Scripts for some of the missing episodes are included in PDF format on disc one.

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