Sink or Swim (1980)

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The original setting for this British sitcom was a leaky houseboat moored on the Thames river in London. Enterprising Northerner Brian Webber (Peter Davison) resided on this boat, occasionally joined by his devoutly pro-ecological girlfriend Sonia (Sara Corper). This cozy set-up was shattered when Brian's loutish younger brother Steve (Robert Glenister) showed up, determined to live the good life with his older sibling. After several episodes' worth of bickering and convoluted comic situations, Brian decided to move to Newcastle to attend college. His solitude, again, was short-lived; both Steve and Sonia elected to head to Newcastle themselves, and the old status quo was quickly re-established. Churning out 19 half-hour episodes, Sink or Swim was seen on BBC1 from December 4, 1980 to October 14, 1982.