No Sex Please, We're British (film)

No Sex Please, We're British is a 1973 British comedy film directed by Cliff Owen, and starring Ronnie Corbett, Ian Ogilvy, Susan Penhaligon, and Arthur Lowe. It is based on the 1971 play No Sex Please, We're British, with a number of changes to the original plot.

No Sex Please: We're British
Directed byCliff Owen
Produced byJohn R. Sloan
Written byAlistair Foot
Anthony Marriott
Brian Cooke
Johnnie Mortimer
StarringRonnie Corbett
Ian Ogilvy
Susan Penhaligon
Beryl Reid
Arthur Lowe
Music byEric Rogers
CinematographyKen Hodges
Edited byRalph Kemplen
Distributed byColumbia Pictures
Release date
25 July 1973 (UK)
10 August 1979 (USA)
Running time
91 min.
CountryUnited Kingdom


Runnicles, a clerk in a small-town British bank (openly depicted in the film as the branch of Barclays Bank in Windsor High Street),[1][2] is horrified when a package arrives containing pornography, rather than the new calculator he expected. His efforts to dispose of it, while avoiding detection, turn into a farcical series of events involving a bank inspector, the police, and a local criminal to whom the pornography actually belongs.


Critical reception

Writing in 1979, at the time of the American release, a reviewer for The New York Times wrote: "In its own way, it is well done ... (with) its simple-minded and by now rather outdated double and triple entendres."[3]

TV Guide said: "A pleasing performance from Corbett ... saves this otherwise average British farce from the usual doldrums."[4]


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