You Rang M'Lord (1988)

Concept and creative process

Opening titles for a BBC television sitcom written by Jimmy Perry and David Croft, the creators of 'Dad's Army', 'It Ain't Half Hot Mum' and 'Hi-de-Hi!'. It was broadcast between 1990 and 1993. 'You Rang M'Lord' was set in the house of an aristocratic family in the 1920s, contrasting the upper-class family and their servants in a house in London, along the same lines as the popular drama 'Upstairs Downstairs'. The 1920s styled animation was kept simple in black and white with spot colour and bespoke vignettes were created to highlight the cast - Paul Shane, Su Pollard, Jeffrey Holland, Donald Hewlett, Michael Knowles - and their characters. The title song was sung by Bob Monkhouse.