Classic American comedy The Phil Silvers Show has been named the best TV sit-com ever in a poll by influential British magazine THE RADIO TIMES.

The show, which saw Silvers play renegade Army SERGEANT BILKO, originally aired between 1955 and 1959, but is still regularly reshown.

Modern comedian JERRY Seinfeld secured the number two spot with his seminal sit-com SEINFELD, which ended in 1998 after an eight year run.

FAWLTY TOWERS, which starred and was written by MONTY PYTHON star JOHN CLEESE, came third, despite only lasting a dozen episodes.

Shows including PORRIDGE, Frasier, M*A*S*H and HANCOCK'S HALF HOUR all featured further down the top ten.

30/09/2003 13:59