I smell a tangent emerging, but when did it become standard to use tape on location? Keeping Up Appearances is the earliest example I can think of where the location shots looked and "felt" exactly the same as the studio footage.
Depends if you mean BBC or ITV- because there's plenty of ITV sitcoms from the 70s and 80s with videotaped locations (especially Thames ones). On The Buses gets repeated enough on ITV3, and Forces TV have shown Get Some In recently- both have video locations (though there is film work in both shows too).
When it comes to BBC, the earliest example I can think of is The Young Ones back in 1982- though that was technically classed as "light entertainment" which may be an explanation of why it had VT
location work when all other BBC sitcoms of the era used film.
When it comes to other BBC sitcoms the earliest I can think of is Red Dwarf in 1988, but there might be other more obscure examples. Though there is a VT location scene in a 1985 episode of Only Fools- but that's one show that otherwise kept using film on location even in the 90s and 00s. The latest "new" sitcom I've seen which used film on location was As Time Goes By in 1991 (there are sitcoms using film later than that, but they all began before 1991)- but they went video from series 2 onwards. I think 1991 was the last year it was really common, as you also had Brush Strokes, Bread and May To December using film that year (the latter went video in 1992).
Other examples of sitcoms using film in the 90s are Only Fools, One Foot In The Grave and Waiting For God (the latter's strange as the last scene in most episodes included a location shot- which was done on video even though all the others in the episode were on film). And there's Ab Fab which seemed to rather randomly have filmed location scenes thrown in- though most were on video.
I mentioned Last Of The Summer Wine earlier- in fact the final series done in front of an audience in 1991 was all video, which actually threw me the first time I saw it. It went all film the following series in 1992.
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