Television programmes


Are You Being Served

  • Morrissey supposedly watched via satellite this British sitcom from the seventies during the 1992 Your Arsenal tour.

A Woman Of No Importance

  • This show from an Alan Bennett play was mentioned by Morrissey as one of his favourites in article "Headful Of Heroes: Cathode Rays" printed in the 16 September 1989 issue of the NME.


  • In an interview published in Record Mirror in September 1985, Morrissey said that he was "addicted to Brookside". He discussed the show extensively with the interviewer, and said amongst other things: "There's some skill in 'Brookside' - they actually make an effort. And the script is quite funny. It's not relentlessly vaudeville as 'Coronation Street' is now - that's simply 'I say, I say, I say'. 'Brookside' is funny in a witty way, not a dim way. Most importantly - it's realistic."
  • In "A Day In The Life Of Morrissey" which was published in the 1988 Smash Hits yearbook, Morrissey mentions watching Brookside, going as far as saying "I dream a lot about Brookside. It's sickening. I have these awkward dreams about business and the events of the previous day and then quite magically a Brookside character will appear."
  • Also see "South" further down this list.
Cagney & Lacey
  • In an interview published in the NME in June 1986, Morrissey said that his favourite television show was Cagney & Lacey.
Coronation Street
  • This show was mentioned by Morrissey as his favourite in a Q&A published in the 31 January 1985 issue of Smash Hits.
  • The artwork for the Smiths single "Shakespeare's Sister" featured Coronation Street actress Pat Phoenix, although the image used was not taken from the show.
  • The show was also mentioned as his favourite in the programme sold on the Meat Is Murder tour.
  • In a September 1985 issue of the Record Mirror, Morrissey said "I think the programme is unsalvageably doomed and it could only be a severe social embarrassment if I cropped up in the Rovers now. At one time though, I thought it was full of poetic instinct and it meant a great deal to many people. But those days are certainly gone. I find the thing unbearable now. (...) The thing now is so empty - it's plotless. And they don't seem to bother any more. They're content to show this brown wooden door, week after week, and all activity occurs in front of this brown wooden door. (...) There are so many people I'd wish death upon in 'Coronation Street' now."
  • The show was mentioned as his favourite in "Morrissey's Lifelines", a short questionnaire published in the October 1988 issue of Pop Shop magazine.
  • This show was mentioned by Morrissey as one of his favourites in article "Headful Of Heroes: Cathode Rays" printed in the 16 September 1989 issue of the NME.
  • Cheryl Murray, one of this show's main actresses, played in the "Everyday Is Like Sunday" video, presumably at Morrissey's request.
  • Journalist Len Brown in his biography "Meetings With Morrissey" mentions discussing Pat-Phoenix-era Coronation Street in private correspondance with Morrissey.
  • Morrissey mentions in his autobiography having submitted a script to the Coronation Street producers (and being rejected) when he was a late teenager.


  • After criticizing the show when it started in the mid 1980s, it became one of Morrissey's favourites in the 1990s.
  • In a 1985 interview given to Record Mirror, Morrissey said "It can be witty, but I find it a little bit 'how's your father' and 'stone the crows'. It's a bit 'Cor blimey!' And again, that so much activity can occur on one street corner, to me is questionable. And when you see the exterior scene and all 50 characters are passing by the same lamppost! And we're expected to believe that this is how they go about their daily business. It's a little suspect."
  • The main character in the video for "The Last Of The Famous International Playboys" is seen wearing a t-shirt featuring the Kray Twins with the word "Eastenders" on it.
  • While recording his 1991 performance of "Pregnant For The Last Time" for Top Of The Pops, Morrissey and his band visited the EastEnders studios next door and had photographs of themselves taken in various settings. These appeared in the Kill Uncle tour programme later in the year.
  • In a 1994 interview to Q Magazine, Morrissey said "Against my better judgement I'm affixed to EastEnders. I argue back at it. I despair of the writers. I'm one of those horrendously disposable people who has Sky but only because I moved into a house that had it. That's my excuse. So I like lots of those old things. Bravo, that thing."
  • In a 1995 interview given to Observer magazine, Morrissey said "I think people wish that life really was like that, that we couldn't avoid seeing 40 people every day that we spoke to, that knew everything about us, and that we couldn't avoid being caught up in these relationships all the time, and that there was somebody standing on the doorstep throughout the day. I think that's how we'd all secretly like to live. Within EastEnders, within Coronation Street, there are no age barriers. Senior citizens, young children, they all blend, and they all like one another and they all have a great deal to say, which isn't how life is."
  • In the video for the 1995 single "Dagenham Dave" Morrissey is seen walking through a house with photos of characters of this show on the walls.
  • The video for the follow-up single "The Boy Racer" features cameos from two of the show's actresses: Nicola Stapleton and Martine McCutcheon.
  • In an interview given to GLR radio in 1999, Morrissey said "I just thought Eastenders was just so ridiculous and when Tiffany died, I just thought it was the worst television ever, and I just thought, never ever again can I watch this programme."

The Golden Girls

  • Morrissey mentioned being a fan of this American television series at some point into the 1980s (source needed). Prior to this he had expressed his appreciation of Bea Arthur's acting.
  • He recited the words to the show's theme song "Thank You For Being A Friend" while on stage in Miami (where the show was set) on 25 October 2004.

Kraft Mystery Hour: Danger!

  • "My only weakness is well... never mind", a line from the Smiths song "Shoplifters Of The World Unite" was said by James Dean in this made-for-television movie.

Man About The House

  • In a private conversation between Morrissey and Russell Brand mentioned in an April 2008 interview of the former by the latter, Morrissey discussed actors Sally Thomsett and Richard O'Sullivan, and more particularly the television series "Man About The House" in which they played (alongside Yootha Joyce who appears on the cover of the Smiths single "Ask").

Man In A Suitcase

  • A still of Richard Bradford from a 1967 episode of this ATV series was used for the artwork of the Smiths' "Panic" single.
  • This show was mentioned by Morrissey as one of his favourites in article "Headful Of Heroes: Cathode Rays" printed in the 16 September 1989 issue of the NME.


  • This 1975 show was mentioned by Morrissey as one of his favourites in article "Headful Of Heroes: Cathode Rays" printed in the 16 September 1989 issue of the NME.

Omnibus - Whale Nation

  • This 1988 show was mentioned by Morrissey as one of his favourites in article "Headful Of Heroes: Cathode Rays" printed in the 16 September 1989 issue of the NME.

Queenie's Castle

  • The words "our raymond, our douglas, our bunny" which were etched between the run-out grooves of the 2010 "Glamorous Glue" single were a reference to this television show from the early 1970s. Raymond, Douglas and Bunny are the main character's three sons. The main character Queenie Shepherd was played by Morrissey favourite Diana Dors.


  • In an interview found on the interview disc produced to promote the release of the "You Are The Quarry" album, Morrissey said "I quite like a programme called Roseanne because it's on six times a day and it's quite witty and there isn't much on American television that's witty I must say."

Shine On Harvey Moon

  • As Morrissey mentioned Kenneth Cranham, Maggie Steed and Elizabeth Spriggs in a list of favourite actors titled "Thespians Of The World" published in the 16 September 1989 issue of the NME, it is safe to assume he was of this show.


  • Morrissey had a brief cameo in a 1988 episode of this Brookside spinoff.

Talking To A Stranger

  • The line "take me anywhere, I don't care" from the Smiths' "There Is A Light That Never Goes Out" is rumoured to have been lifted from an episode of this series of television plays from the sixties.

Untouchables, The

  • A scene of people talking about a Morrissey character was included in a montage of videos shown before concerts on the 2007-2008 Greatest Hits tour.

We Are The Lambeth Boys

  • This 1959 television documentary was mentioned by Morrissey as one of his favourites in article "Headful Of Heroes: Cathode Rays" printed in the 16 September 1989 issue of the NME.
  • It was also mentioned by Morrissey as one of his favourites in an article titled "Sound and Vision" printed in the March 1993 issue of Movieline.
  • Samples can be heard in the background of Morrissey's song "Spring-Heeled Jim". These samples are not from "Let Him Have It" (as it is sometimes believed).