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Although not as well-loved as its contemporaries such as ''Creator/MontyPython'' and even ''Series/TheGoodies'', the show is still fondly remembered as a good example of the style of SitCom pioneered by shows like ''Series/HancocksHalfHour''.


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* {{Corpsing}}: There's a ''lot'' of this on the DVD DeletedScenes.
* DeadpanSnarker: Sykes himself, Corky Turnbull, and of course Peter.
* EarthMother: The nurturing Hattie Jacques.
* GreasySpoon: The show has the roadside café version, where Eric and Hat buy one and try and convert it into something a little posher. It doesn't work as all they do is alienate the truckies. Then they convert it back and rake in the cash but can't keep up the gritty act as part of working there. [[spoiler:Then their snobby neighbour Mr. Brown buys it]].

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%% * {{Corpsing}}: There's a ''lot'' of this on the DVD DeletedScenes.
%% * DeadpanSnarker: Sykes himself, Corky Turnbull, and of course Peter.
%% * EarthMother: The nurturing Hattie Jacques.
* GreasySpoon: The show has the roadside café café version, where Eric and Hat buy one and try and convert it into something a little posher. It doesn't work as all they do is alienate the truckies. Then they convert it back and rake in the cash but can't keep up the gritty act as part of working there. [[spoiler:Then their snobby neighbour Mr. Brown buys it]].


NeedsWikiMagicLove.

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NeedsWikiMagicLove.



* GreasySpoon: The show has the roadside café version, where Eric and Hat buy one and try and convert it into something a little posher. It doesn't work as all they do is alienate the truckies. Then they convert it back and rake in the cash but can't keep up the gritty act as part of working there. [[spoiler:Then their snobby neighbour Mr. Brown buys it]].

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* GreasySpoon: The show has the roadside café café version, where Eric and Hat buy one and try and convert it into something a little posher. It doesn't work as all they do is alienate the truckies. Then they convert it back and rake in the cash but can't keep up the gritty act as part of working there. [[spoiler:Then their snobby neighbour Mr. Brown buys it]].


* ActorExistenceFailure:
** Richard Wattis died shortly after the 4th series. Mr. Brown was never referred to after that and Corky's roles became bigger.
** The series ended after Hattie Jacques died. Sykes described her as being like a real sister, without whom he could never continue the show.


* ActorExistenceFailure: Richard Wattis died shortly after the 4th series. Mr. Brown was never referred to after that and Corky's roles became bigger.

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* ActorExistenceFailure: ActorExistenceFailure:
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Richard Wattis died shortly after the 4th series. Mr. Brown was never referred to after that and Corky's roles became bigger.



* EarthMother: the nurturing Hattie Jacques.

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* EarthMother: the The nurturing Hattie Jacques.



* LostEpisode: "Journey" was shot on colour videotape but only survives as a black and white film recording.

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* ActorExistenceFailure: Richard Wattis died shortly after the 4th series. Mr. Brown was never referred to after that and Corky's roles became bigger.
** The series ended after Hattie Jacques died. Sykes described her as being like a real sister, without whom he could never continue the show.


The are a pair of twins who insist they are identical twins despite not only being the opposite sex, but also looking nothing alike (Eric is tall, thin and rakish, Hat is short pleasantly large and baby faced) who live together in a modest house, on a modest street, in modest Middle England. Eric is reluctant to find any form of work, something Hat bemoans at times as [[CloserToEarth she is the sensible one]]... but he'd rather try his hand at {{Get Rich Quick Scheme}}s like buying a local truckers' greasy spoon and run it cheap like the truckers like and cream off the profits.

They live next door to the snobby Mr. Brown, full name Charles Fulbright-Brown, who is a typical name dropper and social climber who thinks a lot of himself over the more working class Sykes twins despite being more or less in the same social stratum as them. They pretty much get on with each other despite both the twins (more so Eric, but sometimes Hat too) and Mr. Brown taking pot shots at each other.

The other main reoccurring character is local bobby on the beat PC Corky Turnbull who seems to be more tolerated by Hat than Eric and is more of an innocent than the rest of the cast, though it doesn't stop him from picking up on and trying to put a stop to the more illegal variations on Eric's hairbrained schemes.

Nowhere near as well loved as its contemporaries such as ''Creator/MontyPython'' and even ''Series/TheGoodies''; a collection of ''Sykes'' episodes were release on DVD in 2004, but no more have seen a release since. Still it is fondly remembered by its fans.

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The are Sykes and Jacques play a pair of twins who insist they are identical twins despite not only being the opposite sex, but also looking nothing alike (Eric is tall, thin and rakish, Hat is short pleasantly large and baby faced) who live together in a modest house, on a modest street, Sebastopol Terrace, in modest Middle England. Eric is reluctant to find any form of work, something Hat bemoans at times as [[CloserToEarth she is the sensible one]]... but he'd rather try his hand at {{Get Rich Quick Scheme}}s like buying a local truckers' greasy spoon and run it cheap like the truckers like and cream off the profits.

They live next door to the snobby Mr. Brown, full name Charles Fulbright-Brown, who is Fulbright-Brown (Richard Wattis), a typical name dropper name-dropper and social climber who thinks a lot of considers himself over superior to the more working class Sykes twins despite being more or less in the same social stratum as them. stratum. They pretty much get on with each other along despite both the twins (more so Eric, but sometimes Hat too) and Mr. Brown taking pot shots at each other.

The other main reoccurring character is local bobby on the beat PC bobby-on-the-beat, Police Constable Corky Turnbull who (Deryck Guyler). He seems to be more tolerated by Hat than Eric by Eric, and is more of an innocent than the rest of the cast, though it although this doesn't stop him from picking up on and trying to put a stop to the more illegal variations on Eric's hairbrained schemes.

Nowhere near One more recurring "character" in the show is Hat's beloved cuckoo clock "Peter". The clock seems to have a mind of its own and cuckoos whenever it feels like it, often apparently in response to one of Eric's sillier utterances. Eric frequently aims snarky comments at the clock, which causes Hat to console it and berate Eric for being so cruel to it.

Although not
as well loved well-loved as its contemporaries such as ''Creator/MontyPython'' and even ''Series/TheGoodies''; a collection of ''Sykes'' episodes were release on DVD in 2004, but no more have seen a release since. Still it ''Series/TheGoodies'', the show is still fondly remembered as a good example of the style of SitCom pioneered by its fans.
shows like ''Series/HancocksHalfHour''.

The first season was released on DVD in 2004, with a complete box set finally appearing in 2017.



%%* DeadpanSnarker: Sykes himself, Corky Turnbull
%%* EarthMother: the nurturing Hattie Jacques.
* GreasySpoon: The show has the roadside café version, where Eric and Hat buy one and try and convert it into something a little posher. It doesn't work as all they do is alienate the truckies. Then they convert it back and rake in the cash but can't keep up the gritty act as part of working there. [[spoiler:Then their snobby neighbor Mr. Brown buys it]].

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%%* * {{Corpsing}}: There's a ''lot'' of this on the DVD DeletedScenes.
*
DeadpanSnarker: Sykes himself, Corky Turnbull
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Turnbull, and of course Peter.
*
EarthMother: the nurturing Hattie Jacques.
* GreasySpoon: The show has the roadside café version, where Eric and Hat buy one and try and convert it into something a little posher. It doesn't work as all they do is alienate the truckies. Then they convert it back and rake in the cash but can't keep up the gritty act as part of working there. [[spoiler:Then their snobby neighbor neighbour Mr. Brown buys it]].it]].
* LostEpisode: "Journey" was shot on colour videotape but only survives as a black and white film recording.
* VideoInsideFilmOutside: Although this is occasionally inverted, with some street scenes being shot in the studio and some indoor scenes shot on film to facilitate special effects or rapid-fire editing that could not be accomplished on tape.

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!! ''Sykes''
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* AllegedLookalikes: Eric and Hattie insisted they were identical, despite not only being the opposite sex but also being completely different body types (Eric being taller, thin, and rakish and Hattie being shorter, heavier set and baby faced).



%%* EarthMother: the nurturing Hattie Jacques.

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%%* EarthMother: the nurturing Hattie Jacques.Jacques.
* GreasySpoon: The show has the roadside café version, where Eric and Hat buy one and try and convert it into something a little posher. It doesn't work as all they do is alienate the truckies. Then they convert it back and rake in the cash but can't keep up the gritty act as part of working there. [[spoiler:Then their snobby neighbor Mr. Brown buys it]].
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!! This TV sitcom contained examples of:

* DeadpanSnarker: Sykes himself, Corky Turnbull
* EarthMother: the nurturing Hattie Jacques.
* NeedsMoreLove

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!! NeedsWikiMagicLove.

%%!!
This TV sitcom contained examples of:

* %%* DeadpanSnarker: Sykes himself, Corky Turnbull
* %%* EarthMother: the nurturing Hattie Jacques.
* NeedsMoreLove
Jacques.


* EarthMother: the nurturing Hattie Jacques.

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* EarthMother: the nurturing Hattie Jacques.Jacques.
* NeedsMoreLove


A {{BBC}} sitcom that ran from 1972 to 1979 and which was preceded by the now largely lost due to "[[MissingEpisode junking]]" ''Sykes and a....'' (1960 - 1965) and ''Sykes and A Big, Big Show''. Each features the eponymous Creator/EricSykes, [[TheDanza played by Eric Sykes]] and Hattie "Hat" Sykes played by Creator/HattieJacques.

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A {{BBC}} Creator/{{BBC}} sitcom that ran from 1972 to 1979 and which was preceded by the now largely lost due to "[[MissingEpisode junking]]" ''Sykes and a....'' (1960 - 1965) and ''Sykes and A Big, Big Show''. Each features the eponymous Creator/EricSykes, [[TheDanza played by Eric Sykes]] and Hattie "Hat" Sykes played by Creator/HattieJacques.


A [[Creator/TheBBC BBC]] sitcom that ran from 1972 to 1979 and which was preceded by the now largely lost due to "[[MissingEpisode junking]]" ''Sykes and a....'' (1960 - 1965) and ''Sykes and A Big, Big Show''. Each features the eponymous Creator/EricSykes, [[TheDanza played by Eric Sykes]] and Hattie "Hat" Sykes played by Hattie Jacques of ''Film/CarryOn'' fame.

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A [[Creator/TheBBC BBC]] {{BBC}} sitcom that ran from 1972 to 1979 and which was preceded by the now largely lost due to "[[MissingEpisode junking]]" ''Sykes and a....'' (1960 - 1965) and ''Sykes and A Big, Big Show''. Each features the eponymous Creator/EricSykes, [[TheDanza played by Eric Sykes]] and Hattie "Hat" Sykes played by Hattie Jacques of ''Film/CarryOn'' fame.
Creator/HattieJacques.


* EarthMother: the nurturing Hattie Jacques.
* HeyItsThatGuy: Creator/PeterSellers made cameo appearances.

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* EarthMother: the nurturing Hattie Jacques.
* HeyItsThatGuy: Creator/PeterSellers made cameo appearances.
Jacques.

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