Citizen Smith was a British television sitcom written by John Sullivan which was broadcast from April 12, 1977 - December 31, 1980 on BBC 1.

Citizen Smith starred Robert Lindsay as "Wolfie" Smith, a young Marxist "urban guerrilla" in Tooting, South London, who is attempting to emulate his hero Che Guevara. Wolfie is a reference to the Irish revolutionary Wolfe Tone who used the pseudonym Citizen Smith in order to evade capture by the British. Wolfie is the self-proclaimed leader of the revolutionary Tooting Popular Front (the TPF, merely a small bunch of his friends), the goals of which are "Power to the People" and "Freedom for Tooting". In reality he is an unemployed slacker and petty criminal whose plans fall through due to apathy, ineptitude and inexperience.

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Type: Scripted

Languages: English

Status: Ended

Runtime: 30 minutes

Premier: 1977-11-03

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Citizen Smith is a British television sitcom written by John Sullivan, first broadcast from 1977 to 1980. It starred Robert Lindsay as “Wolfie” Smith, a young Marxist “urban guerrilla” in Tooting, south London, who is attempting to emulate his hero Che Guevara. Wolfie is a reference to the Irish revolutionary Wolfe Tone, who used the pseudonym Citizen Smith in order to evade capture by the British. Wolfie is the self-proclaimed leader of the revolutionary Tooting Popular Front (the TPF, merely a small bunch of his friends), the goals of which are “Power to the People” and “Freedom for Tooting”. In reality, he is an unemployed slacker and petty criminal whose plans fail through his apathy, ineptitude and inexperience.

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Some sources erroneously name the pilot as “A Roof Over My Head”, which was actually the title of the previous week's Comedy Special, written by Barry Took (which also led to a series). In the penultimate episode, Wolfie's full name was revealed as Walter Henry Smith - W H Smith. Wolfie is a Fulham F.C. supporter, He is often seen wearing a Fulham (black and white) scarf. Robert Lindsay is in fact a fan of Derby County (who wear the same colours). In the 1977 Christmas special, during a scene with Wolfie and Shirl standing next to a Christmas tree on location, a short section of “O Tannenbaum” (“Oh Christmas Tree”) is heard, which uses the same tune as “The Red Flag”. In the 1980 Christmas special, the Italianate village of Portmeirion in North Wales stood in for Rimini, with other locations in the vicinity used for other parts of their journey across Europe. In later episodes, Wolfie rides a battered pale blue 1971 model Lambretta GP motor scooter (in earlier episodes, it is seen to be a blue and white Li or TV series model). The registration (as seen in the 1980 Christmas special) is EEA 930J. The 1980 Christmas special featured the Beatles' song “Here Comes the Sun”, which has been replaced on subsequent DVD releases, owing to licensing issues. It should also be noted that in the original television broadcast of the episode, “Working Class Hero” the music that accompanies Wolfie's commute on his first day at work is “Carry That Weight” from the Beatles' Abbey Road album. This too was substituted on the DVD issue, with a nondescript jazz tune. At times, Tucker is seen to drive a battered light blue Bedford CA and, as in “The Hostage”, a white CF van. The end title theme was written by John Sullivan and sung by Robert Lindsay, and is called “The Glorious Day”.

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