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Barbara is a British sitcom starring Gwen Taylor in the title role. A pilot aired in 1995, and three series then aired from 1999 to 2003. It was made by Central Television, and filmed at their Lenton Lane studios in Nottingham in front of a live studio audience. The majority of location scenes for the series were filmed in various suburbs of Nottingham, including Mapperley and West Bridgford, with other scenes filmed around Nottinghamshire and Derbyshire. Despite winning awards and respectable viewing figures, it was axed by ITV in 2003. Barbara first aired a pilot within the Comedy Firsts series on 10 July 1995. Four years later, on 27 June 1999 the first of three series aired. Some of the cast and names of the characters changed when the first series aired. Unusually for a British sitcom, Barbara was written by a team of writers; Mark Bussell, Rob Clark, Ramsay Gilderdale, Graham Mark Walker and Justin Sbresni. Barbara Liversidge (spelt Liversage in the pilot) is a no-nonsense nosey middle-aged Yorkshire doctor's receptionist with a sharp tongue. She has been married to her husband Ted, a taxi driver, for 35 years. Their twenty-something lovelorn son Neil does very little.