Title: The Brittas Empire
Series: 7
Episodes: 52
First Transmission: 1991

Gordon Brittas is a Leisure Centre manager with a dream. Due to the unexplained collapse of his last Leisure Centre during his time in temporary charge, he was given a glowing reference and ‘encouraged’ to take up a managerial position at Whitbury Newtown Leisure Centre. His ‘loyal’ staff have stories of their own, like Carole Parkinson, the receptionist, whose husband has left her, forcing her to keep her baby in the drawer under her desk. Also Tim Whistler and Gavin Featherly, the fitness instructors whose relationship Brittas always seems to be oblivious to. Julie Porter, Brittas’ secretary, is always ‘too busy’ to do anything for him, and constantly looking for chances to show him up. Linda Perkin, the ever-ready staff member who always believes what Brittas says is best. Laura Lancing, Brittas’ hard-working deputy manager is in and out of relationships with her estranged husband, Michael T. Farrell. Finally, Colin Weatherby, Brittas’ deputy manager is keen and devoted to anything Brittas says is best, but isn’t the cleanest or healthiest of people and always has a bandage over the wound on his hand. Whatever chaotic incidents occur, Brittas and his staff emerge unscathed, from ceiling collapses, rooms full of ice, other world invaders, tropical spiders and propane gas explosions.

Best Episode

Blind Devotion (1994) – Brittas decides someone has to go from the staff at Whitbury Leisure Centre, so tact and sensitivity are the order of the day.

Worst Episode

Curse of the Tiger Women (1997) – Brittas is in a celebratory mood, but Councillor Drugget has some bad news for him.

 

Full Episode List

Key:-Blue episodes rated above par. Brown episodes rated below par.

#1 Laying the Foundations (1991)
#2 Opening Day (1991)
#3 Bye Bye Baby (1991)
#4 Underwater Wedding (1991)
#5 Stop Thief (1991)
#6 Assassin (1991)
#7 Back from the Dead (1992)
#8 Temple of the Body (1992)
#9 An Inspector Calls (1992)
#10 Set in Concrete (1992)
#11 Mums and Dads (1992)
#12 Safety First (1992)
#13 New Generations (1992)
#14 The Trial (1993)
#15 That Creeping Feeling (1993)
#16 Laura’s Leaving (1993)
#17 Two Little Boys (1993)
#18 Sex, Lies & Red Tape (1993)
#19 The Stuff of Dreams (1993)
#20 Not a Good Day… (1994)
#21 The Christening (1994)
#22 Biggles Tells a Lie (1994)
#23 Mr Brittas Changes Trains (1994)
#24 Playing with Fire (1994)
#25 Shall We Dance? (1994)
#26 The Chop (1994)
#27 High Noon (1994)
#28 The Old, Old Story (1994)
#29 Blind Devotion (1994)
#30 Brussels Calling (1994)
#31 The Lies Have It (1994)
#32 The Boss (1994)
#33 Pregnant! (1994)
#34 UXB (1994)
#35 The Last Day (1994)
#36 In the Beginning… (1994)
#37 Back with a Bang (1996)
#38 Body Language (1996)
#39 At the Double (1996)
#40 A Walk on the Wildside (1996)
#41 We All Fall Down (1996)
#42 Mr Brittas Falls in Love (1996)
#43 Snap Happy (1996)
#44 Surviving Christmas (1996)
#45 The Elephants’ Child (1997)
#46 Reviewing the Situation (1997)
#47 http://etc (1997)
#48 Wake Up the Lion Within (1997)
#49 The Disappearing Act (1997)
#50 Gavin Featherly R. I. P. (1997)
#51 Exposed (1997)
#52 Curse of the Tiger Women (1997)