Oh No, It's Selwyn Froggitt!

Oh No, It's Selwyn Froggitt (renamed Selwyn in the fourth season) is an ITV situation comedy which ran on the ITV network from 1974 to 1978. The series starred Bill Maynard as Selwyn Froggitt, a council labourer, Scarsdale Working Men's Club secretary, hapless handyman and all-round public nuisance. It was created by Roy Clarke, who wrote the pilot episode transmitted in 1974, but the series was mostly written by Alan Plater, and was made for the ITV network by Yorkshire Television.

Oh No, It's Selwyn Froggitt
Created byRoy Clarke
Directed byDerrick Goodwin (pilot)
Ronnie Baxter (series)
Starring
Country of originUnited Kingdom
No. of series4
No. of episodes29
Production
Running time30 minutes
Release
Original networkITV
Original release30 September 1974 (1974-09-30) 
17 October 1978 (1978-10-17)

Cast

Plot

Set in the fictional Yorkshire town of Scarsdale, the first three series centred on the bungling exploits of Selwyn Froggitt, a burly, balding, good-natured council labourer (Maynard) usually clad in a donkey jacket, with pretensions to intellectual competence (he carries The Times rolled up in the pocket of his donkey jacket, although is hardly ever seen reading it, preferring to tell people that "There was an article about it in The Times") and an urge to improve his life and that of everyone around him. Froggitt is on the committee of his local working men's club, serving as concert secretary in charge of booking "turns".

Froggitt is fundamentally and spectacularly incompetent at everything he turns his hand to, being equally inept at his day job (digging holes and filling them in), do-it-yourself at home, and booking acts for the club. Nevertheless, he is extremely honest and hard-working, unlike the other committee members, who usually sit back in comfort while Froggitt does the manual labour. They generally despise him but tolerate him because he is prepared to volunteer for unwanted tasks.

The show featured a number of catchphrases: Froggitt's "Magic!" accompanied by two thumbs up; and his usual order at the club, "A pint of cooking and a bag of nuts." (Although at virtually every opportunity whilst in the bar Froggitt orders at least one bag of nuts, he would rarely, if ever, be seen eating them). Raymond the barman (Ray Mort) is fond of answering the telephone with a number of highly fictitious and fanciful addresses. All decisions taken by the club committee are taken on a "Show of hands..." and "Carried unanimously". Another running gag is Froggitt's mother saying "Don't open that cupboard, things fall out!" whenever he opens the cupboard in the Froggitt front room upon which objects would fall onto the floor.

Froggitt's colleagues on the committee include the dour Scouser Jack (Bill Dean), Harry (Harold Goodwin) and excitable, stereotypical Welshman Clive (Richard Davies). His brother Maurice was played by Robert Keegan.

The show's humour included a fair measure of slapstick alongside Plater's typical northern humour. Mainly shot at Yorkshire Television Studios on Kirkstall Road, Leeds, whilst outdoor location filming for the series took place in Skelmanthorpe, West Yorkshire and Elvington, North Yorkshire.

In the fourth (and final) series, the format of the show changed radically. This version of the series was entitled Selwyn; all of the regular cast from the first three series (bar Maynard) left the show, to focus on and pursue other TV work.

During the final series, the Froggitt character became entertainments manager at a seedy holiday camp on the east coast. Plater was no longer involved with the series, but with disappointing audience reactions a planned fifth series was cancelled.

List of episodes

Series Episodes Original Broadcast
Series premiere Series finale
Pilot 1 30 September 1974
Series 1 (1976) 6 7 January 1976 11 February 1976
Series 2 (1977) 7 21 February 1977 4 April 1977
Series 3 (1977) 7 8 November 1977 20 December 1977
Christmas Special (1977) 1 27 December 1977
Series 4 (1978) 7 5 September 1978 17 October 1978

Pilot (1974)

  • Oh No, It's Selwyn Froggitt (30 September 1974)

Series 1 (1976)

  • Three Fifths of the World Loves a Lover (7 January 1976)
  • We Are the Masters Now (14 January 1976)
  • There Are Several Businesses Like Show Business (21 January 1976)
  • The Grand Outing (28 January 1976)
  • The Master Builder (4 February 1976)
  • Ladies' Desire (11 February 1976)

Series 2 (1977)

  • Daze of Hope (21 February 1977)
  • The Game of the Name (28 February 1977)
  • Raffles (7 March 1977)
  • Selwyn Rides Again (14 March 1977)
  • Alphabetic Orders (21 March 1977)
  • The Protection Racket (28 March 1977)
  • Just Cause and Impediment (4 April 1977)

Series 3 (1977)

  • Be It Ever So Humble, There's No Place (8 November 1977)
  • Gala Performance (15 November 1977)
  • Boom Boom (22 November 1977)
  • Occupational Hazard (29 November 1977)
  • Sling Along with Selwyn (6 December 1977)
  • A Little Learning (13 December 1977)
  • Around the Houses (20 December 1977)
  • On the Feast of Selwyn (27 December 1977)

Series 4 (1978)

NOTE: Series 4 of Oh No, It's Selwyn Froggitt was retitled Selwyn

  • The Road to Paradise Valley (5 September 1978)
  • Wish You Were Here (12 September 1978)
  • Better Never Than Late (19 September 1978)
  • Take a Tip from Selwyn (26 September 1978)
  • I've Gotta Jockey (3 October 1978)
  • Don't Make Waves (10 October 1978)
  • A Man for One Season (17 October 1978)

DVD release

All four series of Oh No, It's Selwyn Froggitt have been released on DVD. A four-disc set of the complete series of both complete series titles has also been released.

DVDYear(s)Release date
The Complete Series 11974
1976
25 May 2009
The Complete Series 219777 September 2009
The Complete Series 319773 May 2010
The Complete Series 4197816 August 2010
The Complete Series 1 to 4 Box Set1974–
1978
11 October 2010
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