</div><div class='quotemain'>Our House
UK, ITV (Foster TV Productions for ABC), Sitcom, b/w, 1960
Starring: Hattie Jacques, Charles Hawtrey, Frederick Peisley
If you like Carry On movies, especially the earlier and more subtle ones - then chances are you would have loved Our House. Created and principally written by Norman Hudis - 'fresh' from scripting the first five Carry On films: Sergeant, Nurse, Teacher, Constable and Regardless, and just before penning the sixth, Cruising - the show reunited Carry On actors Hattie Jacques, Charles Hawtrey and Joan Sims, and featured Bernard Bresslaw, who would become a staple of the movie series from 1965. Hudis's TV idea was to bring together under one roof nine people of varying backgrounds and develop the interplay accordingly, so the opening episode found the nine - two couples and five individuals - all with an urgent need to find a place to live, meeting up in an estate agent's office and realising that if they pooled their finances they could buy a huge house together.
Hattie Jacques was arguably the main star of this riotous assembly, playing the role of a librarian who, forced to keep hushed at work, loved to make lots of noise at home. Charles Hawtrey played another prissy role, as an amiable loner working in the local council's rates office. Sims flitted in and out of jobs and was the bane of the local Labour Exchange; Rossington was a law student whose life was dictated by his father's wishes; Peisley was a shy and persecuted bachelor bank clerk; Captain Iliffe was a retired naval captain whose wife was a violinist; and Stephen and Marcia Hatton were newly-weds. The second series (see footnote) featured a drastically changed cast, adding Hylda Baker, Bernard Bresslaw and others but losing many stars from the first, while among those who appeared once apiece in Our House were McDonald Hobley, Jill Day, Deryck Guyler and a very young holiday-camp entertainer, Roy Hudd.
*Notes. Our House lost its network status after seven fortnightly episodes of the second series. The remaining 19 episodes, aired weekly, were not shown by London-area ITV, which screened its last on 9 December 1961.
Three of the 39 episodes have survived as tele-recordings (the others have been junked) but none has been seen on British television since 1962. [/b]