Watching Classic TV Show
Liverpool based comedy by writer Jim Hitchmough. Brenda and Malcolm's on-off relationship supplies the laughs. The only common interest they share is watching. Brenda watches people and Malcolm watches birds, of the feathered kind.
Watching Fan Tributes109 jonathan from london: i am a very big fan of watching brenda and malcolm were great as were all the cast there should be a new series a great comedy classic please bring it back tv is not the same anymore please return to acting emma wray your very beautiful and talented
108 frances from sheffield : I have the full series of WATCHING, & can watch it over & over, I am 75 yrs I cannot praise it enough,it is for any age group, & Iwish there were more to come, Every person in it just great, JIM HITCHMOUGH give us more.
107 Maggi from Southport: I used to look forward to watching this every week and was unaware of the dvds till I found series 1 and 2 at a friend's holiday cottage at Easter. I was given the full boxed set for my birthday last week and I am loving it! Always thought Emma Wray was fantastic and love Paul Bown too. Tonight I have watched the first Christmas special where they go to Delamere Forest to get a tree. Laughed out loud when Liza Tarbuck had nowhere to sit in the sidecar and Malcolm said, 'It's ok, I've got a little dicky.' The dialogue is so so funny. What a great series.
106 Ruth from Scotland: I remember this series from when I was in high school. I couldn't remember any one particular episode, just that I used to watch it. I have just watched the whole series in 5 days on You Tube and it is a show that certainly hasn't aged. The humour is fantastic and it made me laugh histerically numerous times. Emma Wray and Liza Tarbuck were great together and the rest of the cast was just as wonderful.
105 Nicola Crawford from County Durham: Currently watching the box set with my family. My 8 year old son thinks its hilarious. I can remember snuggling on the sofa watching this with my mum when I was little. Great memories and great series!
104 stuart from Huddersfield: Proper family comedy with a much underrated cast. Paul Bown just one star so sadly under used afterwards.
So glad there was a happy ending.
103 John from Dukinfield: I've loads of affection for this series. I visited Malcolm's house recently in Meols and had my photo taken outside it (along with a few others just to get a feel for the place.) If you'd like me to email them its email@example.com Why don't they make comedies like this anymore? Well done Jim Hitchmough for writing something that will last a long time.
102 andrew from southport: I used to really love this tv sitcom. loved all the characters, was trying to remember how long ago this was the other day, didnt realize it was from 1ate 80s, thort more of mid 90s, how time flies n memories, anyone of these actors n actresses up for a rerun 20yrs later??
101 Rebecca Moores from Prescot: My grandad is Bill Moores who plays Septic Cedric and he loved every minute, he still lives local and is still acting. If you would like to meet him contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org and I am sure we could arrange something. Also, emma wray has stopped acting.
100 Eric Yeo from Fleetwood, Lancashire: Whenever I want to indulge in a belly laugh and walk down memory lane, I watch an episode of "Watching",everyone "sparks together" wonderfully, thanks to the genius of Jim Hitchmough, I feel a real affinity with scouse humour and love to visit the filming locations. I would agree with other contributers that a reunion is in order to relive the utter magic of the original series!
99 Gill from St Helens: Just found this website, had to comment. watching was a fab show, I was in my 20's when It came out, and have all 7 series on dvd now. everyone was fabulous, and like everyone else I would love to see a reunion show. nice to see Noreen kershaw in Life on Mars as she was wonderful in Watching. Wish Emma wray would come out of retirement. fabulous show.
98 Philip Gibbs from United Kingdom: i have just bought the 1st 3 series on dvd.. my auntie played a part in it but never got credited... she is the woman in the pub who sits with cedric.. her real name is Alita Petrof... or Auntie Connie to me... she also appeared in many long running shows.... and even appeared in the film Little Voice as the woman who was part of the double act where she got knives thrown at her..
97 gary yeo from blackpool: I have previously made a comment on this site, but just have to add that i can't believe a comedy of this quality wasn't in the top 100 in the britains best sitcoms. They don't make comedies quite like this anymore.
96 sarah coleman from northampton: I love this programme! Had a day watching series 1 and 2 on dvd yesterday and it brought back memories! I was 12 when it was first on tv and it's hardly ever been repeated. The last time was on a channel called Granada Plus, which shows how long ago it was! Every actor/actress in it was great. I'd love to know what Emma Wray is doing now. I wanted to be like her when I was a kid! Loved all the tacky 80's earrings she wore in the show!
95 Sue from Cambs: Probably my all time favourite comedy....it just had everything, laughs, tears, wit, and more laughs. The writing was perfect and the cast ideal. My only regret was there wasn't more of it!
94 Kate from Croydon: Watching was a truly brilliant sit-com that I found hilarious, sad and poignant all at the same time and I simply had to buy all the dvds. I love everything about it, especially Brenda's amazing quick wit and it's a shame she is no longer on TV. I read somewhere that an updated version of Watching was made, where Malcolm & Brenda were still together but having problems due to Malcolm's depression and him being accused of abuse! Does anyone know if such a series was made? I would be interested to see it, although I'd much prefer to see more light-hearted remakes starring as many of the original cast as possible. Please bring them all back for new series' of Watching!
93 jayne from wrexham n wales: i have just bought all seven dvds for my husband for easter we watched it together when we were courting and are both looking forward to watching it together all over again and intruducing our three sons to one great sitcom
i picked all my dvds up off e bay april 2010
92 Am from Aigburth: My mums health visitor when I was born was Mrs Hitchmough! Lived just up the road.
Had the fab opportunity to see it all happen for real in the studios. It was brilliant! God, I miss this show, bring it back.... Pleeeeaaasse!!!
91 John Hopper from SE London: This is one of my all time favourite comedy series. The characters are all so believable and the brilliant one liners too numerous to mention. Wonderful.
90 Lauren from Liverpool: Have had all 7 series of watching and still watch them over and over again, excellent - Liza and Emma are very sharp in it and just great together, I am sure everyone would love to know what Emma Wray is upto now, its so sad she no longer acts, she would have been brillliant, as, look at Liza Tarbuck, Paul Brown, Patsy byrne and perry fenwick, they have all done brilliantly well, mind you, hearing Liza Tarbuck now you wouldn't think it was the same person, no scouse accent there anymore but she is still a great acctress and presenter now, you never know, Emma Wray would have been up there with the Julie Walters of this world
I do hope TV bring back 'Watching' it will most definatly outshine anything that is on now!
89 Debi from Liverpool: well i am so excited, i have managed to locate all the 7 dvds of this fantastic sitcom, its cost a small fortune but I can't wait to see them and no doubt we all shall be 'watching' them over and over again.
im just wondering tho' and iv been searching for ages now as to where is the house in Meols where malcome and his mum lived, does anyone one know as id love to take my 10 and 11 year old to see it, as they (as well as my hubby) are such huge fans.
Also, I happened to see Lisa Tarbuck on tv the other evening, and wow hasn't her accent changed!! she is real scouse in the show and now, very posh, but I understand she hasn't been in Liverpool for nearly 20 years (shame!) but she's just great tho, a great actress, only with we knew were Emma Wray is now!!!
88 alex from Liverpool: can anyone tell me, how many series are on dvd of this brilliant show?
iv only series 1, but for the life of me I can not find any other series, as it ran for nearly 9 years, I cant believe only one dvd was made??????
also, BRING IT BACK TO TV, IT IS CRIMINAL NOT TO SHOW THIS BRILLIANT COMEDY - EVERY EPESODE - my daughter how is 10 loves my dvd (series one) and now she wants to see all the other epesodes, so please help me in locating the rest
87 DEborah from Liverpool: I watched ever episode of 'watching' it was the best comedy even now, why on earth isn't it all on dvd, iv only the first series, it should be on 'gold' as you get really fed up with the same old same old stuff, I bet the rating would rocket if this came on tv again....it was mentioned watching was already on tv, how on earth i missed this I don't know!!!!! what channel was it on??
86 mick from hucknall: This was a proper sitcom. Forget that over-rated Gavin and Stacey nonsense!
85 Philip Barclay from Altrincham, working in Liverpool: My wife and I loved Watching when it first came out. I started working in Liverpool as a junior doctor the year after the final series of Watching was screened and am still working there as a Hospital Consultant. We saw a production of When We Were Married at the Liverpool Playhouse a few months ago starring Paul Bown. He hasn't changed a bit. We then decided to get the series on DVDs and luckily decided to start collecting just as they released the complete set. Our children have enjoyed it and it has taken us back 20 years to a time when life was simpler. All we know need is a Google Maps guide to the locations used in the series and we can enjoy a scenic trip through Merseyside and Cheshire.
84 tracie from launceston: why has this program NEVER been repeated??? I was only 9-10 when this was on and I STILL remember it. It was fab
83 bill forsyth from prescot merseyside: loved the series but i have the pleasure of talking to bill moores every day in various locations in prescot
82 Alan from Tasmania: Loved the show just bought full series on DVD - would love to see the stage play
81 Jamie from Cliburn, Cumbria: Watching is one of my favourite comedy classics, I am forever watching watching as it cheers me up. Paul Brown (Malcolm) was in an early film just as he was starting out, it was called Coast to Coast and starred Lenny Henry and John Shea, he only had a couple of scenes in the film but for me he stole the show he was so funny it was untrue. If you can get a copy it is worth it. The thing about Watching is that it was not just a great comedy series it had serious, poignant and sometime very sad parts that makes you think how fragile and delicate relationships can be.
Emma Wray was my perfect girl as she was the type of girl that I went for, she is beautiful and sexy, a bit of a tomboy at heart.
Emma does not advertise herself as an actress anymore, maybe she has found Mr Right.
80 Keith Davison from Billericay in Essex: I loved Watching as such great show, actors and screen play.
The relationship between Malcolm and Brenda was brilliant and very funny and had me in stiches when either Brenda come out with it.
Its such a shame that Emma Wray does not still act as she was much better than these over paid so called stars on our TV Screens now.
Series 7 comes out on 9th November and have already pre-ordered mine.
All I can say is bring back Watching!
79 tracy from bolton: i absolutely love this series and glad to see its finally released on dvd. noleen kershaw is one of my best characters but all involved in the show are brilliant although some of the episodes with lucinda were a bit like wading through treacle. it should be rerun on tv rather than repeats of the same old rubbish.
78 Barbara Ware from Perth Australia: My sister has recently been to the Uk and brought back the series 1-7 of Watching. I will thoroughly enjoy watching them all again. Love British comedy - nobody does it better
77 Vivien from North Yorkshire: I have just sat and watched DVD no. 6, and have already ordered No. 7, out on 9/11/09. Never tire of watching watching
76 GARY YEO from BLACKPOOL: a brilliant show full of wit, sarcasm and plenty of funny moments. A real classic in my book. This brilliant comedy should never be forgotton.
75 dave williams from st. helens: I loved this programme, 1 cos I thought Emma Wray was my perfect woman (It was years ago!) and 2 I knew septic Cedric. The guy that played him (Billy Moores) was a friend of my dad and used to do amateur dramatics with him. He also was with a guy called David Williams (no relation to me) who went on to act in Last of the summer wine, and various alan beasdales plays. Beacause of him joining equity another David Williams had to change his name to David Walliams and did little brittain!!! Could even tell U where septic ced works now! But I wont (got a car spares shop)
74 Jen from Chester: I went to see the actual house that Malcolm and his mum lived in, in Meols, the other day, it was so cool! I Love Watching even though im only 23, I was only small when it was first aired! Fantastic Programme!!!!! Bring Back Watching!!!
73 Charlie from England: I met Paul Bown at a party the other night. What a really nice down to earth bloke. I think he might be quite suprised to find out what a following the series still has.
72 David Gierke from Ipswich, Australia: I stumbled onto this great British comedy in the late 80's when it was being shown on the ABC. I know that I didn't get to see every episode but now I've just watched series 1-3 and have no.4 on order. It is still one of the best shows I've seen. Funny beyond belief, sad as well as touching. It seems as though you become part of the show what with all their ups and downs. I absolutely love Emma Wray. She (Brenda) is fabulous and so is Paul Bown. I can't wait to own all 7 series on DVD.
71 derek from cambridge: one of the best, just watched series 2 and now scouring ebay for 3 and 4, i must agree that the barge episode was the finest. where mal asks where too? venice
70 Alison from Heswall: Amazing programme. My husband and I were often mistaken for them way back then. Please release more series on DVD or even new series but with the same humour not the one I read about Malc struggling with life.
69 Claire Knights from Oxford: I used to love this and I was made up to find out I could watch them all again - it really is just as funny when you re-watch it now. I blame Watching (and other classic 80's Merseyside series') for me moving to Liverpool. I just saw my house in one episode!
68 Jay from Birkenhead: Cracking! Series, Emma Wray Was A Star, I Wish Network Dvd Would Release All 7 Series
67 Phil from Liverpool: A brilliant series!! Just about to pre-order series 4 on DVD but does anyone know how many series were made?
66 Neil from Sandiacre: Have just been re-watching (no pun intended of course!) the complete series from pretty poor quality video converted to dvd and loved it all over again ... EXCEPT ... I never recorded the final episode, callled Knotting - PLEASE can anyone help??? Thanks.
65 Peter Bryant from Macclesfield: Wonderfully funny show. Great cast and writing that made you really care about the characters. Lisa Tarbuck was great but I have to admit I was just a little bit in love with Emma Wray.
64 Debra Cassar from Hull: The third series is due for release on 6th April 2009!
63 Paul Jones from Northampton: Does anyone remember the BBC Radio 4 play from which Watching was developed? I have been looking for a recording for years.
62 Andie from Doncaster: I remember i was a toddler of just 3 yrs old when this started, but still remember it vividly as my son does episodes of doctor who. i used to cry when it finnished telling mum i wanted more malcolm and brenda. i think loving it from an early age then watching again 21 yrs later showed me what an impact it had on me...i am brenda, and fell for a poor sap like malcolm...
61 Gareth from Cardiff: Excellent Comedy, Emma wray was the greatest it really is a pity she doesn't act anymore.
60 Jim Bickerton from Chester (born Wallasey): "Watching" was truly a masterpiece, in the same league as "Only Fools..." and "Fawlty Towers", yet it remains underrated despite the memorable cast, story lines and locations. Brenda & Malcolm as unlike poles "attracting", who made me laugh out loud (and cry) and never miss an episode.
I've just bought series 1 & 2 DVDs and would buy all the series if they were available. British sit-com at its very best.
59 Woodsey from Wallasey: As a canal enthusiast one of my favourite episodes is the last one where a narrowboat is hired for the honeymoon. The location is Lymm in Cheshire on the Bridgewater Canal... but they had a stowaway!
58 Ingrid Wilson from Spain: Have just finished watching series one and two on Dvd, the greatest comedy ever, even funnier than I remembered it. But where can I get the rest of the series?
57 Stanley Stokes from Tyne&Wear: Have just bought series 2 (Already have series 1). Fabulous........Roll on series 4etc. This must be one of the funniest shows ever.
56 Leigh Mathers from Sutton Coldfield: Good to see so many other folks remember this criminally underrated sitcom with such fondness. The character were all so real.
My favourite scenes always involved Harold the short-sighted barman - love the scene when he starts pulling Malcolm's arm thinking it's the bar pump!
55 andy forrest from edinburgh: probably the funniest and most underated comedy series of the eighties , emma wray and paul bown complimented each other perfectly, bring it back now and watch the ratings soar, my all time favourite, how about a dvd of the entire series for those dedicated fans of watching.
54 Andrew from West Kirby (near Meols): It actually made me feel quite sad seeing Watching again after so long, it reminded me so much of earlier, happier times. I live a couple of miles from Meols and used to work in Hoylake, so the show is special to me in so many ways.
I must admit to feeling a sense of loss almost in the knowledge that Jill (Emma) Wray is no longer performing. What a shame that this talented and naturally beautiful girl is no longer on our screens. Come back Emma Wray, we need actresses like you.
53 ELLEN From Ireland from: Wonderful show was nice to see noreen kershaw back on screen lately bring back watching
52 Betty France from Mississippi, USA: I lived in England for 4 yrs. During that time I fell in love with "Watching" and Emma Wray (she reminds me of my daugthers). I would love to buy a complete set of the series so that I could share them with my girls. Thanks!
51 David Tanner from Warrington: What a fantastic show. My wife and I used to watch it just before (and after) we got married 20 years ago and loved it. Just bought series 1 on DVD and watched all the episodes in 2 sittings. Would love to get hold of series 2.
50 Debra Cassar from Hull: What we need to do is get some kind of on-line petition to encourage Network DVD to release the other series.
49 kay from south: Andy hilton 1st(chance)! What is andy hilton(11) up to these days...your biggest fan lol xx Hope your all well
48 Lesley from Manchester: I loved Watching and video'd every episode from tv, I'm so pleased it finally came out on dvd. I even went to see an episode being filmed, it was the one when Brenda & Malcolm finally got engaged. I met Paul Bown and got his sutograph as he came and sat on the stairs near me whilst filming was going on. I could watch it over and over, please let the rest of the series (including all the xmas specials) be released soon, my video's are so worn out!
47 Dave Dutton from Lancashire: Great to see so many people remember Watching and have so many happy memories of the show. We had some laughs making the show as well. It was filmed in front of an audience at Granada. I played Oswald the cafe owner where Jill came to work. I remember once I dropped a lightbulb and it exploded and the bits went in my face. They kept it in. Love to all the cast and crew - and the fans of course.
46 Alan Evans from Now in Spain: I worked as a cameraman on this excellent series, one of the very best that GTV produced while I worked for them. Jill (Emma) and Liza were some of the most friendly actressess we had ever worked with, down to earth and well up for a drink with the crew after a recording.
45 Colin G from Essex: Managed to see all 7 sries on DVD. What a great program-sharp, witty scripts, superb acting from everyone, and great locations. But what has happened to Jill (Emmas real name) and Andrew Hilton who played Gerald? Both should have gone onwards and upwards, but I think that Jill went travelling (is she back?), but Andrew-perhaps now oi the Navy?
44 Andy Hilton from Liverpool: my son andrew was one of the cast for many episodes about 30 in all, he got lots of fan mail from young ladies and if they could see him now he would get even more - from a proud father
43 steve wilkins from cumbria: just bought the dvd and wow was this underated brenda is so lovable no matter what she says or does you cant help liking her a brilliant portrayal by emma wray but hey what a cast what scripts it beats most so called classics into fits, sheer brilliance, best momen for me among many, when brenda and malcom people watch pamela, the barborous barbara from bootle,magic, i hated lucinda too
42 Chris from Cheshire: This was an excellent TV show, i was around 15 when this first started to be shown on ITV and i always had a liking for Emma Wray and loved the show, Excellent. I had the pleasure of spending some time with Emma (Jill) while away on holiday this summer and couldn't have met a nicer, funnier and down to earth person.
41 claire from kent: please tell me the name of the man who played Lisa Tarbuck's husband in the great TV show WATCHING...Thank you
40 kate from manchester: I loved watching when i was younger, does anybody know if it is available on dvd? I could watch it time and again.
39 terry from sunderland: One moment i remember is when malcolm and brenda get back together near the end and they go to kiss and the audience goes ahhh so they both turn and look at the camera and brenda throws the quilt over it, also i was amazed to find its not out on dvd how can this be?
38 Mel D from South Wales: Can anybody stop me going crazy! Did Neil Fitzmaurice (he of Eyes Down/Phoenix Nights fame) ever appear in an early episode of Watching where he asked Brenda out, and she after being worn down by his persistance, finally submitted to make Malcolm jealous?? I'm sure he did but can't find confirmation anywhere!!
37 Big Jim from Yorkshire: I think Watching is one of the best comedy programmes ever. I have started a Fan Site. If ony one is interested it is watching.pwp.blueyonder.co.uk
36 spencer from london: emma wray what a sort
35 Ray Jenkins from Chester: Watching was so popular that I can't believe it's not yet on DVD. Jim Hitchmough was an excellent comedy write, creating characters we could all relate to and giving warmth to their occasional insanity!! I particularly enjoyed the way Emma Wray could change her accent to fit her sarcastic comments.
34 Kay Newark from cranleigh, surrey: It's got to be that awful moment when Brenda travels by every means possible (including and ice cream van) to get to the Church on the day of Malcolm's wedding to Lucinda -we never thought he'd ever in a million years go through with it - but he did (the Wally!).
33 stewart mccracken from east kilbride: This must surely be one of the most under rated comedies ever. Mention 80's comedy and most people think Young Ones, Blackadder, etc. Emma Wray however her one liners and put downs to all and sundry are quite superb. She obviously got this from her "mother" on the TV show. Her mother was always wanting to encourage her son Gerald to join the navy. Her manic nature was a joy to watch.
32 stephen from newcastle: Watching was my favorite program when i was younger i have so many favorite moments i wouldnt know where to start.
31 Michelle from Preston: Excellent! There's no other word to describe this sitcom. Whereas other Comedies seem to die a death after the first few series. Watching's storylines went from strength to strength. The twists towards the end when Malcolm marries Lucinda...... awesome - simply awesome.
30 stuart from wallasey: I was only a nipper when watching was on, but remember sitting up with me mam eating cheese on toast while watching, watching. I used to love it and too be honest had forgotten all about it until i stumbled on it the other week. i now watch it religously every weekday at 13.30 while the rest of the office waste their time mulling around town. emma wray is ace and still as lovely as i remember she was when i was a teenager with a crush.........now i am a fully grown adult still with the same crush. what am i like eh? but this is just to say thank you for cheering me up during my lunch hour and a request to ask for a day which is dedicated to the brilliance that is, watching. and yes, i still eat cheese on toast to keep the tradition going.
29 Nic from Weston-super-mare: Watching is a breath of fresh air, made in the days when sitcoms were still funny, the show is easy going and still as enjoyable now as it was fifteen years ago. Emma Wray is still as cute now as she was back then, and it's a shame she has not appeared in more mainstream programmes since. It's also nice to see liza Tarbuck in a comedy role again, as she was very much underated at the time, and often steals scenes.
28 Gary from Hull: WATCHING is the best comedy ever Brenda and Malcolm are brilliant.
27 Michaela from Barry .South wales: I have just started to watch watching again, its quite amazing, I am 37 now and my son is 11 and he finds it very funny. I used to watch it years ago and my brother always said he fancied Emma Wray, I always tape it in the day as i am so busy and cant wait to sit down at night to enjoy it in peace.
26 Ian from Manchester: I had the morning off work and was just about to go in when I discovered an episode of Watching about to start - after 10 years without seeing it, I thought work could wait for half an hour! Just as great as I remembered, the episode was "Outing", where Malcolm and Brenda end up taking a piece of antique furniture in the sidecar to Chester even though neither of them want to, and get hassled by a trio of greasy bikers along the way. There were so many brill things about this show, I wish I'd known it was coming back on, I'd have taped them all! Mrs Stoneway's solicitors was a good one, they were called "Peter Lilley, Burke and Creep" tee hee! He's still a Tory MP to this day but I bet he never lived that one down. Emma Wray is great, like Richard from Scarborough I'd like to know what she's doing now, I loved "My Wonderful Life" (with Tony Robinson) which was another success for Emma in the 90s.
25 Darran from Manchester: A very underrated sitcom and rather like Open All Hours and Last Of The Summer Wine is evocative of a gentler kind of comedy, a rare thing these days. I started dating my wife around the same time the programme started and now we go bird watching together, so I can really relate to it, although I'm not a soft lad like Malcolm!
24 Mike from Newcastle on Tyne: Watching is definitely the best ITV comedy in the past 30 years, with a great laugh in every line, and the casting was brilliant. Come on Granada, make some money and release every episode on DVD, Pretty Please.
23 Julie from Preston, Lancs: Loved it!! I used to watch this over and over again as a child!
22 Ruthie from Ireland: I loved this show. My sister used to tape it for me when I was in college (with no t.v.)and I'd watch a few episodes back to back when I'd go home for a weekend. One of my favourite bits was when Malcolm bought an answering machine and was recording his outgoing message. Only as he could do it. "Hi this is Malcolm....well actually it's not me really. It's an answering machine. So please leave your name ....hmm and also tell me what time it is because I may have bumped into you in the meantime, I mean before I hear this message..." and so in in true Malcolm style.
One of my all time favourite shows.
21 Todd from St Helens: The best sitcom ever. All the cast were brill - from Brenda and Malcolm to Oswald the mad Cafe Owner and horrible Septic Cedric.It doesn't date.
20 Wayne Cotton from Liverpool (originally Newcastle Under Lyme): Watching is still one of my favourite programmes ever. I used to record the episodes when they were originally shown and still watch them sometimes. It would be great if they were available to buy on DVD or Video. One of my favourite moments was when Joyce Wilson was washing her hair at the kitchen sink and she asked Brenda to pour her a cup of tea. It turned out that Brenda had already poured the cup of tea and Joyce had poured it over her head!!
19 Richard Hurd from Scarborough: This was an excellent series. Evereybody played their part. I think everybody changed throughout. Pamela started as a streetwise person and David was a Snob and they ended up opposite to what each other were. Also Brenda matured a great deal. Emma Wray is a brilliant actress, does anybody know what she's doing now. If anything Malcolm got dippier but he still was quite intelligent. Overall: What a great programme!
18 Debbie from Portsmouth: Is it really 10 years since Watching finished. What I liked about Watching was the cast. Everyone who appeared on it was very good. I met Elizabeth Morton a few years ago and she is a lot nicer than Lucinda.
17 Lee from Wirral: I started watching, watching after my girlfriend told me i looked like this guy malcolm from the programme, i had to see what he looked like, and from that day i watched them all,and what a brilliant programme it was. P.S. i did look a bit like him..............
16 Karen from Hastings: Watching is excellent, it has just got funnier as the time has gone on. I think Brenda and Pam's mum Joyce is so funny. Some of her one liners are hilarious.
15 Tom from Nottingham: I'd like to say Amanda from Erith, Kent - get a life there will never be another episode, Okay!
The theme was rather excellent tho - did'nt Emma Wray sing it?
14 claire from sunderland: absolutely love the theme song - reminds me of me and my boyfriend!
13 amy from england: I especially like watching, but i really liked the scene on wandering one where they are on holiday.
12 paul tomsett from whitehaven cumbria: watching is superb. from the the title song to the freeze frame endings.
paul bown and emma wray are the perfect odd couple.
my favourite moment is the final scene in the episode when pam gives birth.
malcom is giving david a lift back to his car,and david asks whether he wants to catch up with the departing brenda down the hospital corridor.and malcom who is just realising that his marriage is a sham and remembering what he used to have.replies"another time......another time"
and his wistful look is caught in the perfect freeze frame.
11 toni from birmingham: my favourite scene is when brenda and jonathan had gone for a picnic, gerald had made a cake for them and when jonathan cut into it it exploded all over him - hilarious.
10 Vic Loughlin from Winsford Cheshire: Through various sources I have cobbled together all the series on video and never tire of watching them,and have done so again recently.I often wonder if someone could write an hour-long tribute show to Jim Hitchmough and bring everyone(nearly everyone)back together now.
9 alan hayes from: I loved this programme because it was so true to life. I sometimes watch with my little brother who is 6; we both love the male character especially Del Boy.
8 Kelly Marie from Telford, Shropshire: I watched this programme when I was younger thought it was totally brilliant. Brenda & Malcolm were a typical 'couple' and were so amusing. It's just a shame it's not on our TVs more today.
7 Rudi Noisternig from Germany: The episode bonding was so sad when Brenda watched the wedding from a distance. Emma Wray is a smashing girl, I wonder what she is like today?
6 Laura Hallie from Eastbourne: Its the best. Ok so i was only a year old when it was first screened but I love it all the same. And dont worry I hate Lucinda too!!!!!!
5 Doug Green from All over: Favourite moment - Brenda and Malcolm sitting in the pub. He kisses her then flips over a coaster on the table edge. She says "Do that again" and he flips another coaster.
4 Robert George from Northampton orginally from Wirral: Watching Watching makes me home sick. Living in the middle of Enlgand and seeing the places on Wirral I used to goto when I was a young lad. Such as Meols promenade. I think Watching is one of the best sitcoms ever. Thank you for showing it again. It makes me laugh loads.
3 Grace from west midlands: I love watching, the best memorys of seeing watching and getting excited because in year three we had a school trip to Liverpool, and I recognised some of the places. and I really hated Lucinda!
2 jenny elliott from west midlands: Watching was the best sitcom on tv no matter how many times I watch it, it always has me in stitches, there hasn't been a sitcom to beat it yet. Just wish I could buy it on video.
1 Debra Cassar from Hull: The most under-rated sit-com ever. Everything about it was perfect. The writing was superb (the late, and much missed, Jim Hitchmough). It wasn't all just one-liners and put-downs. How many sit-coms have made you cry (and not because of the bad script!)Watching Brenda watching Malcolm marry Lucinda was TV at its best. The cast were equally as good as the scripts - Paul Bown, Emma Wray, Liza Tarbuck, Noreen Kershaw, Patsy Byrne etc. No one person was the star of the show - it was a real ensemble. Good use was also made of location shoots. And it didn't have an annoying and repetitive catchphrase!
Emma Wray as Brenda Wilson
Paul Bown as Malcolm Stoneway
Liza Tarbuck as Pamela Wilson/Lynch
Patsy Byrne as Mrs Stoneway
Al T Kossy as Harold
Bill Moores as Cedric
Perry Fenwick as Terry Milton
Phillip Fox as Sidney Clough
John Bowler as David Lynch
Liz Crowther as Susan Roberts
Dave Dutton as Oswald
Russell Boulter as Chris
Elizabeth Morton as Lucinda Davis/Stoneway
Noreen Kershaw as Joyce Wilson
Andrew Hilton as Gerald Wilson
Richard Good as Jonathan MacMillian
Ally Vuli as Roz
Although playing Malcolm's workmate Terry in Watching since 1987, Perry Fenwick won the best newcomer award at the National TV awards in 2000 for his role of Billy in Eastenders.
1933-07-13: Patsy Byrne (Marjorie Stoneway) was born in Ashford, England
1957-10-11: Paul Bown (Malcolm Stoneway) was born in Fenton, England
1964-11-21: Liza Tarbuck (Pamela Wilson) was born in Liverpool, England
1965-03-22: Emma Wray (Brenda Wilson) was born in Birkenhead, England
1987-07-05: First episode of Watching screened on ITV.
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