Pinwright's Progress

Pinwright's Progress was a British sitcom that aired on the BBC Television Service from 1946 to 1947 and was the world's first regular half-hour televised sitcom.[1] The ten episodes, which aired fortnightly in alternation with Kaleidoscope, were broadcast live from the BBC studios at Alexandra Palace. Still photographs are all that remain of the show's transmitted form.

Pinwright's Progress
StarringJames Hayter
Clarence Wright
Sara Gregory
Daphne Maddox
Country of originUnited Kingdom
No. of episodes10
Running time30 minutes
Original networkBBC Television Service
Original release29 November 1946 
16 May 1947

Pinwright's Progress was written by Rodney Hobson, produced and directed by John Glyn-Jones and the script editor was Ted Kavanagh, who also wrote the BBC radio comedy series It's That Man Again.


  • James Hayter as Mr J. Pinwright
  • Clarence Wright as Aubrey
  • Sara Gregory as Sally Doolittle
  • Daphne Maddox as Miss Peasbody
  • Doris Palmer as Mrs Sigsbee
  • Leonard Sharp as Ralph
  • Benita Lydal as Mrs Rackstraw
  • Charles Irwin as Salesman
  • Jill Christie as Pinwright's daughter


J. Pinwright is the proprietor of a small shop. He has a hated rival, and his staff only add to his problems by attempting to be helpful. Ralph, the messenger boy, is a deaf octogenarian.


Episode 1. J. Pinwright is the proprietor of the smallest multiple store in the world. He has a pretty daughter and a hated rival, and his difficulties are increased by his staff's efforts to be helpful. (November 29th 1946).

Episode 2. Christmas is coming and so, not to be beaten by his hated rival, the owner of Macgillygally's Stores, Mr. Pinwright prepares his Christmas Bazaar. There is trouble though, partly occasioned by the sudden appearance of three robed and bearded Father Christmases - one of whom is a fugitive from the law. Mrs. Sigsbee however lends tone to the proceedings by appearing in costume as the Fairy Queen and all ends well - or does it? (December 13th 1946).

Episode 3. Mr. Pinwright intends to lure post-Christmas shoppers by a handsome gift to the store's fiftieth customer - cigars or nylons, cash customers only considered. In addition he opens a brand new snack bar but some pills palmed off on him by that cunning salesman throw all his plans into confusion. (December 27th 1946).

Episode 4. “Cash Crisis”. (January 10th 1947)

Episode 5. “Fashions and Pashuns”. (January 24th 1947)

Episode 6. “Strained Relations”. (February 7th 1947)

Episode 7. “The Gypsy’s Warning”. (February 21st 1947).

Episode 8. “Gone to Seed”. (March 21st 1947)

Episode 9. “Radio Activity”. (May 2nd 1947)

Episode 10. “Staggered Holidays”. (May 16th 1947)


  • Vahimagi, Tise. British Television: An Illustrated Guide. Oxford University Press / British Film Institute, 1994. ISBN 0-19-818336-4.
  • Mark Lewisohn, "Radio Times Guide to TV Comedy", BBC Worldwide Ltd, 2003
  1. Lewisohn, Mark (2003). "Radio Times Guide to TV Comedy". BBC Worldwide Ltd.
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