THE character of Gordon Brittas, left, who stars in this BBC sitcom,
is a small masterpiece. Not that the show is particularly brilliant. It's just
that Gordon Brittas epitomises beautifully the ghastly boss.
He may dream of peace and harmony but he's the biggest threat to it. He's
priggish, tactless and thick-skinned. He manages the Whitbury Leisure Centre
with the help of the calmly intelligent Laura and the chancrous Colin, Gordon's
nemesis, a ghastly harbourer of cold sores, tinea, ear infections, soggy tissues
and assorted viruses.
There's also receptionist Carole who, hard up for day-care, keeps her baby
in a handy drawer. And pool attendants Tim and Gavin who are inseparable
friends and a great comfort to one another. They all hate Gordon who also
offends patrons by commenting on weight, female facial hair, etc. Attendance is
Still, the notice boards are a dream. Gordon believes a tidy notice board
is a window to the soul of a centre. The drawing pins match and the notices are
In this episode, Gordon buys his long-suffering wife, Helen, a moped for
her birthday when a car was expected. Her iridescent yellow helmet says "Hi, I'm
Helen", to help her meet people in traffic.
His insensitivity is boundless. He speaks like a Blue Loo commercial and
is the only manager in the entire southern area leisure centre inspectorate to
answer all 3,500 questions on a head office questionnaire and add an extra 25
typed pages. Gordon Brittas makes a fine subject for an out-of-ratings sitcom