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Is It Legal?

Is It Legal? is a British television sitcom set in a solicitors office in Hounslow, West London, that ran from 1995 to 1998. It was produced by Hartswood Films and was shown on ITV for Series 1-2 and Channel 4 for Series 3. It was written by Simon Nye, who also wrote other ITV sitcoms such as Men Behaving Badly and Hardware.

Cast

Notable Guest Stars

Characters

Colin Lotus

Lotus is the junior partner of the firm and succeeded his father once he had retired. Colin is very proud to be a solicitor and is enthusiastic about his work but unfortunately he is naive and very often makes stupid mistakes and it is usually down to Bob to sort out the mess he has made.

He is very helpful to the rest of the firm despite the fact that they all think he is annoying and that he is very strange. He is a bachelor who only has his dog Tucker for company, Tucker who was called Malcolm appeared in the first episode of the series 'Death In Hounslow'. But 'Dick In Court' Colin brought Tucker to work but he had to be looked after by Darren who accidentally let him leave the basement and inevitably the offices, he was never found. He remained a bachelor despite having a one-night stand with the wife of a client who was imprisoned in 'Office Party'.

In 'Glad To Be Colin' and 'New Bloke' he started a relationship with Sarah who had appeared in the previous two series as the delivery girl from Mr. Bappy the sandwich shop that was below the office. As a result there was tension between Colin and Bob as Bob used to have a crush on Sarah and he contemplated having a relationship with her.

Dick Spackman

Spackman is one of the senior partners of the firm but his knowledge of law is limited. Dick is very arrogant and often disregards others in order to make his life more convenient. Most of his time is spent in his office drinking glasses of sherry, watching golf on the television and not doing any work. He sees his position in the firm as bringing the work in which is completed by Stella, Bob or Colin. Dick's last appearance in the series was in "Indecision." In "A Question Of Pants" it was revealed that Dick had taken early retirement and therefore Stella became the sole senior partner of the firm. In reality the case may have been that Jeremy Clyde chose not to reprise his role in a possible third series.

Stella Phelps

is the senior partner of the firm and had an ambition of being a solicitor since childhood, and always tried to succeed in being the most professional solicitor. However the rest of the firm, especially partners Colin and Dick, hold her back because of their inept attitude towards law and the legal profession.

Bob Birch

Bob is the office manager of Lotus, Spackman & Phelps, and is, aside from Stella, probably the most competent employee of the firm. A very dedicated worker, Bob tends toward bossiness and is a bit of a prude, which tends to grate on many of his co-workers. He fell in love with Sarah, a worker at the sandwich shop which is located in the same building as the firm. Bob pursued her despite her apparent lack of interest, which eventually led to the dissolution of his marriage. By the third series, he and Stella were a couple.

Alison

Alison is the secretary who has a job at the firm only because her boyfriend did conveyancing for them. She is constantly bored and likes to annoy the other members of the firm, particularly Bob, because of his crush on Sarah.

Darren

Darren is the firm's office assistant and general jack-of-all-trades. Generally seen as incompetent at his job, but remains on good terms with Bob and Colin despite Stella's obvious dislike of him.

Episodes

List of Is It Legal? episodes

Filming Locations

Interior shots were filmed at Teddington Studios in south-west London

Exterior shots were filmed in and around Staines and Walton-on-Thames.

Awards

It won the British Comedy Award for 'Best ITV Sitcom' in 1995.

Repeats

Although popular when it was first shown, Is It Legal? has now become an obscure sitcom in that it is not as well known, however ITV3 has shown Series 1-2 at least twice a year since the channel's inception. ITV3 does not have broadcasting rights to show Series 3 as it was originally broadcast on Channel 4. Series 3 has not been repeated since its original broadcast in 1998.

DVD releases

Is It Legal? has not been released on DVD to date and unfortunately Hartswood Films currently have no plans to release any of the three series on DVD.

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