‘Two Pints Of Lager And A Packet Of Crisps’ finally axed

BBC Three sitcom comes to an end after 10 years

The BBC show Two Pints Of Lager And A Packet Of Crisps is to come to an end after a decade of programmes.

Premiering on BBC Two in 2001, the show moved to BBC Three where it has been a regular broadcast for over a decade. With 80 episodes spread over nine series, the show became synonymous with the channel.

But Cheryl Taylor, commissioner of comedy for the BBC, said:

Two Pints has played a hugely successful and colourful part in BBC Comedy for over 10 years. BBC Three is all about giving new writers a chance to break into TV – it’s now time to give that chance to others.

The show, created by Susan Nickson when she was just 18 years old, centred around a group of twentysomethings and their day to day problems.


It began with a line-up that included Ralf Little and Sheridan Smith, who had already played a couple on The Royle Family, and Will Mellor and Natalie Casey, formerly of Hollyoaks.

While Little left at the end of series six, and Smith left at the end of series eight, Casey and Mellor have continued to the end.

Producers used a number of tactics to keep the show fresh, including a live episode and an interactive special, where viewers were given the ability to choose the outcome of a storyline.

The show’s ninth series ended on May 24, 2011.