Video Credits

Don't call me Shirley.

At the beginning of the Closing Credits, a short clip of each of the major characters is shown and caption shows the actor's name. The clips are usually from scenes earlier in the show/film, but sometimes they might be extra footage.

Much more common back in The Thirties, when this trope was sometimes used at the beginning of the movie to introduce the cast. Warner Bros. did this for all its films in the first years of the sound era.


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  • A fair number of BBC sitcoms (all written by David Croft) of the '70s and '80s accompanied by the caption "You have been watching" (later adopted as the name of a panel show) including:
    • Dads Army
    • 'Allo 'Allo!
    • Hi-de-Hi! — though the actors are not in character. This is particularly noticable with Diane Holland (who plays snobbish Yvonne) and Leslie Dwyer (who plays miserable old man Mr Partridge) as both actors generally beam happily in the credits.
    • Are You Being Served?: Since the episodes are practically teleplays, the clips are of the actors — sometimes not in-character — after completing the episode.
    • And even into the '90s with Grace And Favour (a.k.a. Are You Being Served Again), You Rang, M'Lord?, and Oh Dr Beeching (about the last series to use them).
  • Skins (series finale only)
  • Many MTM sitcoms did this for the supporting cast and guest stars, including The Bob Newhart Show, The Mary Tyler Moore Show, and Taxi.
  • Miranda does it too, as a loving parody of the sitcoms of the 70s, although there is No Fourth Wall during them, and the actors wave to the camera.
  • Done in Ashes to Ashes. Set to heart-warming music the finale credits feature clips of the characters laughing and smiling. All the more touching as you realise just how little they did it and the overly devastating theme of the final episode.
  • Many of the intros to Only Fools and Horses did this with the three main characters.
  • The final episode of Babylon 5 ended with a long credit sequence showing all the regular cast (actually the regular cast of the penultimate series, for complicated reasons) in their first and last appearances in internal chronology. They also included the Entire crew.
  • The Invaders did this in the opening titles, with Roy Thinnes appearing after the main title (usually in a different clip each week) and the guest cast after the opening narration. In all cases the actors' names were read by the narrator but did not appear on screen.
  • Rentaghost in the British sitcom tradition, but not in the usual style of children's TV.