The Misfit (TV series)

The Misfit
Created by Roy Clarke
Starring Ronald Fraser
Patrick Newell
Simon Ward
Susan Carpenter
Country of origin United Kingdom
No. of series 2
No. of episodes 13
Producer(s) ATV
Running time 30 minutes
Original network ITV
Original release 3 March 1970 (1970-03-03) – 12 April 1971 (1971-04-12)

The Misfit was an ATV sitcom series written by Roy Clarke and was broadcast from 1970 to 1971 on ITV.


Basil Allenby-Johnson ("Badger" for short) returned from a colonial life in Malaya to an England he no longer recognised. Each episode explored Badger's response to a different aspect of modern life in a Britain which had just emerged from the Swinging Sixties.



The 1970 Writers Guild Award for the best writer of a British TV series went to Roy Clarke for this series.


The character of Badger originated a couple of years earlier in an episode of the BBC drama The Troubleshooters, also written by Clarke.

Ronald Fraser said of the character "He epitomises all that was great about the Edwardian gentleman. Honest as the day is long. Loyal, faithful, loving people whatever their colour or creed, and loved by them. And unable to understand the Permissive Society. I'm absolutely in sympathy with him, except that I'm not quite so square."

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