Mr. Grant (if I may call you Steve please let me know),
First let me say I've enjoyed your column for the last couple of years.
While I'm not sure I agree with your stance on British sitcoms, you did fail to mention 2 of my favorites: Yes, Minister (later Yes, Prime Minister) and Some Mothers Do 'ave 'em (I think that's what it was called). There was a third about an older woman in a nursing home or retirement home... do you know the one I'm talking about?
Those were the days when only PBS carried British sitcoms and what was shown in Oregon (Doctor Who, Red Dwarf) was much different than what was shown in Alaska (No Doctor Who, No Red Dwarf). Now, I have the pleasure of BBC America and... well let's be honest... my wife hates Briish sitcoms, so I missed the Office, Coupling, Spaced, etc. etc., but I get to watch Graham Norton, Top Gear, and Torchwood so I guess it's a fair trade. Now I'm just rambling. Night.