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The Sydney Morning Herald


Author: Alison Stewart
Date: 21/12/1992
Words: 369
          Publication: Sydney Morning Herald
Section: The Guide
Page: 13
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 low.

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 extremely vertical.

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

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