Gordon Brittas is the manager of the Whitbury-Newtown Leisure Centre. Despite his ambition and good intentions, everything seems to go wrong when he's around, despite the best efforts of ... See full summary »
4,594 ( 163)




7   6   5   4   3   2   1  
1997   1996   1994   1993   1992   1991  
Learn more

People who liked this also liked... 

Spitting Image (1984–1996)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.5/10 X  

A satire show using puppets that are charicatures of major public figures.

Stars: Steve Nallon, Kate Robbins, Chris Barrie
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.4/10 X  

Popular BBC sketch show that introduces a whole host of memorable characters such as Tim-Nice-But-Dim, Wayne and Waynetta Slob, The Old Gits and teenagers Kevin and Perry. The show spawned a slew of spin-off series and films.

Stars: Harry Enfield, Paul Whitehouse, Kathy Burke
Red Dwarf (TV Series 1988)
Comedy | Sci-Fi
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.5/10 X  

The adventures of the last human alive and his friends, stranded three million years into deep space on the mining ship Red Dwarf.

Stars: Chris Barrie, Craig Charles, Danny John-Jules
They Think It's All Over (TV Series 1995)
Comedy | Game-Show | Sport
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  
Stars: Nick Hancock, Rory McGrath, David Gower
Harry Enfield and Chums (1994–1997)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.6/10 X  

BBC sketch show that while continuing to show the misadventures of a series of popular characters now also introduces a slew of new oddballs and misfits for us to enjoy including Tory Boy and The Lovely Wobbly Randy Old Ladies.

Stars: Harry Enfield, Kathy Burke, Paul Whitehouse
Some Mothers Do 'Ave 'Em (1973–1978)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.7/10 X  

Accident-prone Frank Spencer fails to navigate the simplest tasks of daily life, while also trying to look after his wife and baby.

Stars: Michael Crawford, Michele Dotrice, Jessica Forte
One Foot in the Grave (1990–2001)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.9/10 X  

Victor Meldrew is a retiree who attracts bad luck. If he's not driving his long suffering wife Margeret crazy with his constant moaning, he's fighting with neighbors.

Stars: Richard Wilson, Annette Crosbie, Doreen Mantle
The Fast Show (1994–2000)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.3/10 X  

UK comedy sketch show depicting most forms of stereotypical mid-90's British society.

Stars: Paul Whitehouse, Charlie Higson, Arabella Weir
Trigger Happy TV (2000–2003)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8/10 X  
Stars: Dom Joly, Lara Doree, Brett Allen
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.8/10 X  

This comedy series is all about two mates, Gary and Tony who share a two bedroom home. They are grown men who act like a couple of drunk two year olds, who spend their time either drinking ... See full summary »

Stars: Martin Clunes, Caroline Quentin, Leslie Ash
Till Death Us Do Part (1965–1975)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.4/10 X  

A working-class Cockney bigot with a biased and expirienced opinion of everything shares them bluntly and almost carelessly.

Stars: Warren Mitchell, Anthony Booth, Una Stubbs
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.1/10 X  

British sketch comedy starring the likes of Rowan Atkinson and Mel Smith.

Stars: Rowan Atkinson, Pamela Stephenson, Mel Smith


Series cast summary:
 Gordon Brittas (52 episodes, 1991-1997)
 Carole / ... (52 episodes, 1991-1997)
Michael Burns ...
 Colin (52 episodes, 1991-1997)
Tim Marriott ...
 Gavin (52 episodes, 1991-1997)
Russell Porter ...
 Tim (52 episodes, 1991-1997)
Pippa Haywood ...
 Helen Brittas / ... (51 episodes, 1991-1997)
 Linda (50 episodes, 1991-1997)
Judy Flynn ...
 Julie (45 episodes, 1992-1997)
Julia St John ...
 Laura (36 episodes, 1991-1994)


Gordon Brittas is the manager of the Whitbury-Newtown Leisure Centre. Despite his ambition and good intentions, everything seems to go wrong when he's around, despite the best efforts of the leisure centre staff and his long-suffering wife, Helen. Written by Alexander Lum <aj_lum@postoffice.utas.edu.au>

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis




See all certifications »




Release Date:

3 January 1991 (UK)  »

Also Known As:

Brittas birodalma  »

Company Credits

Show detailed on  »

Technical Specs


(52 episodes)

Sound Mix:


Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
See  »

Did You Know?


While there appeared to be dozens and dozens of staff members at the Leisure Centre, only the main cast are shown on the billboard of staff members there to help the public behind Carol's desk. See more »


Gordon Brittas: You can't argue with a government department.
See more »


Featured in Brittas Empire: Out-takes - Series 4 (2005) See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

Before there was David Brent there was Gordon Brittas
29 November 2005 | by (Cincinnati, Ohio) – See all my reviews

I tried not to like the Brittas Empire, writing it off as just a banal offering churned out from the comedy mill at the BBC. But as I viewed more I began to see Gordon Brittas as a train wreck that you could just not avert your eyes from. Everyone, including the viewers are in the joke except him because he is the joke Gordon is a well-meaning do-it-by-the-book type of manager of a Sports Centre who thinks of everything except doing the one thing that a manager should do and that is to ensure that the customers enjoy themselves. Everyone sees his flaws; his staff, his customers even his hypochondriac wife, everyone except himself and his loyal if somewhat smelly acolyte, Colin. Nonetheless, there is a noble, virtuous streak in him which redeems him and makes him above all else a sympathetic character. After the first season, the writers got to grips with the character and placed him in even more embarrassing scenarios and he continued to grow ever more unaware of his wife's adultery, her pill popping, the staff's gay relationships and the fact that the receptionist is clearly delusional and keeps her two children hidden in a cupboard behind the reception desk. Clearly, the Brittas Empire is not as well observed as the David Brent's Office and is not quite as hopeless and error prone as Frank Spencer but as an iconic representation of post Thatcherite Essex Man you could not wish for more

11 of 11 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you?

Message Boards

Recent Posts
Revival Interest mmka1
Brittas and Carole slumdogGal2009
Dream Sequence Ending? emuboy
little known series possiblegod
Angie emuboy
Favourite Series? Chrisonnet
Discuss The Brittas Empire (1991) on the IMDb message boards »

Contribute to This Page

Create a character page for: