"A Sharp Intake Of Breath" follows the antics of average Peter Barnes and his struggles with the British bureaucracy and red-tape, and his constant failure.
Last Episode04x06 Rear Window Aired: Feb. 15, 1981
Series Fun Facts
- It grew out of a single pilot, shown as part of "The Sound of Laughter" (ITV's answer to the BBC's "Comedy Playhouse") on Thursday, July 28th, 1977.
- Patricia Brake portrayed Sheila, his downtrodden wife originally. The role was subsequently played by Jacqueline Clarke of Dave Allen at Large (UK) fame.
- In a "News Of The World" interview published around the time of the show's third season, David Jason said: "I love old Barnsey. He's such an idiot." The show was devised and written by Ronnie…
[show]In a "News Of The World" interview published around the time of the show's third season, David Jason said: "I love old Barnsey. He's such an idiot." The show was devised and written by Ronnie Taylor (II), also responsible for the popular Leslie Crowther sitcom My Good Woman (UK). Other episodes were penned by Leslie Duxbury and Randall and Hopkirk (UK) (1969) actor Kenneth Cope. When Taylor died suddenly, the third season was cut short. Vince Powell inherited the writing duties. Unfortunately, Powell's first script was a rehash of an old Bless This House (UK) plot in which Sidney James (II)' character acquires a brand new company car. The shift in styles of humor was noticeable.