The Squirrels (1974)

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Created by Eric Chappell, the British sitcom The Squirrels took place in the Accounts Department of International TV Rentals (under British law, viewers were required to pay a yearly license on their TVs, thus few "tellies" were owned outright). Bernard Hepton starred as Mr. Fletcher, the bloke in charge of Accounts, while a vast array of dependable character comedians did Fletcher's "dirty work" as they attempted to track down delinquent renters. The series debuted over ITV with a one-off pilot episode on July 8, 1974, then ran on a regular basis from July 18, 1975 to February 10, 1977, toting up 28 episodes in all. Later on, Eric Chappell reworked the premise of The Squirrels to come up with Yorkshire Television's Fiddlers Three.