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British Comedies

Postby parkaboy » Mon Nov 19, 2007 11:22 pm UTC

This thread was inspired by Father Ted, which i'm watching right now. I grew up watching these things on PBS - Are You being Served, Fawlty Towers, Mr. Bean, Thin Blue Line, Mulberry (which was actually kind of sad), The Vicar of Dibley. Of course, Monty Python. Lately I've been LOVING Black Books. Bernard is my hero.

I know i watched more when i was little, but damned if i can remember them. What else did you guys watch? What are some good ones I've been missing?
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Re: British Comedies

Postby Jesse » Mon Nov 19, 2007 11:24 pm UTC

'Allo 'Allo was one of my personal favourites.

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Postby loratwopointone » Mon Nov 19, 2007 11:26 pm UTC

Red Dwarf is just epic goodness.
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Re: British Comedies

Postby MuseSik » Mon Nov 19, 2007 11:35 pm UTC

Awhile back I found a British comedy called 'The Thick of It'. Pure genius. It has a quazi-
Office feel to it, only it takes place in the world of British politics.

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Postby Jesse » Mon Nov 19, 2007 11:53 pm UTC

The Thick Of It is pure amazing. My mother is in politics and it is just so true.

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Re: British Comedies

Postby Rodan » Mon Nov 19, 2007 11:54 pm UTC

Fawlty Towers= win.
Hell, pretty much all British comedies=win.
By the way, Father Ted any good? I've been thinking of watching it.

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Postby loratwopointone » Mon Nov 19, 2007 11:55 pm UTC

Yeah, Father Ted is really really good. I'd recommend giving it a watch :D
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Re: British Comedies

Postby Rodan » Mon Nov 19, 2007 11:58 pm UTC

okie doke. If I find it, I'll watch it.

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Postby MuseSik » Tue Nov 20, 2007 12:09 am UTC

Jesster wrote:The Thick Of It is pure amazing. My mother is in politics and it is just so true.


Agreed. I heard a rumor that Mitch Hurwitz (creator of Arrested Development) was going to make an American version of the show. Usually I'd hate the idea, but AD is one of the best shows ever, so this cat could definitely pull it off.

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Re: British Comedies

Postby Nath » Tue Nov 20, 2007 12:24 am UTC

Fawlty Towers, Blackadder (III and IV) and Yes Minister are all great.

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Postby parkaboy » Tue Nov 20, 2007 12:36 am UTC

OOo yeah Black Adder. i didnt like the war one so much, but they were both really good.
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Postby Jesse » Tue Nov 20, 2007 12:39 am UTC

Both? There were three series' weren't there?

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Re: British Comedies

Postby yellie » Tue Nov 20, 2007 12:42 am UTC

I live on British comedies, so I can reccommend a bunch. I even have a list!

- Spaced (Nothing can beat this in terms of sheer HOLY SHIT AMAZING.)
- Father Ted (It's pretty much a religion here. Pretty much everyone I know can quote every single episode by heart. "So I hear you're a racist now, Father?")
- I'm Alan Partridge (I love this man irrationally)
- The Day Today (Anything with Chris Morris, really)
- Black Books (Dylan Moran is my god.)
- Blackadder (the last episode in IV always makes me cry ;__;)
- The Mighty Boosh (incredible. Just... wow. Very surreal humour.)
- Obligatory mention of The Office and Extras
- Little Britain
- Peep Show
- Porridge

I don't know if they count, but they should because they're English and funny: Never Mind The Buzzcocks, QI, Have I Got News For You and Top Gear.

Oh, and there were four series of Blackadder.

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Re: British Comedies

Postby Rodan » Tue Nov 20, 2007 12:43 am UTC

Jesster wrote:Both? There were three series' weren't there?

4, actually.
Damn, that's another British comedy I mean to watch.

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Postby loratwopointone » Tue Nov 20, 2007 12:43 am UTC

I definitely second the Mighty Boosh! It's sooo good.
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Re: British Comedies

Postby Morphing Ball » Tue Nov 20, 2007 12:57 am UTC

loratwopointone wrote:I definitely second the Mighty Boosh! It's sooo good.

Yes, you would say that, Mr "I have that head thing from the Mighty Boosh as my avatar".

Personally, I think it's all right but not fantastic. Comedies I really like that have been mentioned are Red Dwarf, Spaced and Peep Show (I've only seen series 3 and 4 on Youtube, though).

I'm quite partial to Fawlty Towers and Python.

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Postby Kizyr » Tue Nov 20, 2007 12:57 am UTC

It's more recent, but my absolute favorite is the sitcom Coupling. I got the box set to that (4 seasons), and it's really worth it. Also, I'd imagine that the UK version of The Office should be good as well, also a sitcom (of course).

If you like absurdist humor, you might like The Catherine Tate Show and Absolutely Fabulous. I'm not too much into those, but they're funny enough to watch. I can't stand Little Britain, though.

Oh, and while not a comedy in the traditional sense, The Kumars at No. 42 is a hilarious and completely brilliant talk show. KF
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Re: British Comedies

Postby Morphing Ball » Tue Nov 20, 2007 1:00 am UTC

I absolutely cannot bear Catherine Tate.

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Postby loratwopointone » Tue Nov 20, 2007 1:02 am UTC

Morphing Ball wrote:
loratwopointone wrote:I definitely second the Mighty Boosh! It's sooo good.

Yes, you would say that, Miss "I have that head thing from the Mighty Boosh as my avatar".


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The Python films never appealed to me as so many idiots used to quote them all the time, but they really are amazingly funny and were so ahead of their time.

Catherine Tate and Little Britain are the bane of my existence. Not funny in the slightest.
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Postby Rodan » Tue Nov 20, 2007 1:08 am UTC

Oh, yeah, Spaced is really good too.

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Re: British Comedies

Postby Morphing Ball » Tue Nov 20, 2007 1:49 am UTC

loratwopointone wrote:
Morphing Ball wrote:
loratwopointone wrote:I definitely second the Mighty Boosh! It's sooo good.

Yes, you would say that, Miss "I have that head thing from the Mighty Boosh as my avatar".


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Morphing Ball wrote:
loratwopointone wrote:
Morphing Ball wrote:
loratwopointone wrote:I definitely second the Mighty Boosh! It's sooo good.

Yes, you would say that, Miss "I have that head thing from the Mighty Boosh as my avatar".


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I'm sure I'll get over it :P

Things like the Fast Show, Red Dwarf and Blackadder always make me smile.
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Re: British Comedies

Postby Morphing Ball » Tue Nov 20, 2007 1:56 am UTC

Red Dwarf is excellent. I haven't seen the Fast Show and I've only seen the first series of Blackadder.

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Postby Flying Betty » Tue Nov 20, 2007 5:49 am UTC

Murder Most Horrid is a fun one. It was shown on my PBS briefly about 10 years ago. The only thing the episodes have in common is one particular actress and a murder. Everything else is wildly different each time and wildly hilarious.
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Postby FoS » Tue Nov 20, 2007 8:13 am UTC

What! No mention of League of Gentleman? Macabre British Humour at it's best.

It's a bit old but I really enjoyed it A Bit of Fry and Laurie is another good choice.
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Postby Kizyr » Tue Nov 20, 2007 3:24 pm UTC

loratwopointone wrote:The Python films never appealed to me as so many idiots used to quote them all the time, but they really are amazingly funny and were so ahead of their time.

That's why I don't like Holy Grail anymore. Life of Brian is still good, though.

loratwopointone wrote:Catherine Tate and Little Britain are the bane of my existence. Not funny in the slightest.

I don't blame you. I find Catherine Tate amusing, but I only watch it if there's not much else on, and if I'm doing other stuff at the same time. Little Britain actually disgusts me sometimes, so I prefer a blank screen to that.

Oh this reminds me of another one... Hyperspace. Sci-Fi British Comedy; they aired it on BBCA for a little while. KF
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Postby __Kit » Wed Nov 21, 2007 12:13 am UTC

*adds 'Only Fools and Horses' to the list*
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Postby sunkistbabe1 » Wed Nov 21, 2007 7:16 am UTC

I think everyone here named the good ones.

Hubby downloaded father ted recently and we've watched a few.
I've watched Red Dwarf. I own all Faulty Towers and Black Adder (4 seasons total of that one btw). Monty Python.
My parents watch some others and we've seen a couple good ones when we visit but I can't remember the names.

PS: The first season of Black Adder wasn't as good as the following ones. Rowan's character becomes more sarcastic and snarky. Flashheart is my favorite character... and the stupid prince.

I'm willing to try any more. I might give some of the others mentioned in this thread a try.
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Postby Mother Superior » Thu Nov 22, 2007 6:04 pm UTC

I strongly recommend 15 storeys high with Sean Lock. Brilliant stuff, hilarious.
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Postby __Kit » Fri Nov 23, 2007 5:07 am UTC

Heh, what's the one with the four guys, one of them's called Vivian, and there's the one with long hair? That show was hilarious.
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Postby The Mighty Thesaurus » Fri Nov 23, 2007 5:09 am UTC

The Young Ones.
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Postby __Kit » Fri Nov 23, 2007 5:11 am UTC

The Mighty Thesaurus wrote:The Young Ones.

:mrgreen: And it has the guy out of Bottom and Filthy Rich and Catflap, both of which I have seen one episode of and enjoyed. Also original WLIIA FTW!!!
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Postby xenuphobia » Fri Nov 23, 2007 6:33 am UTC

The IT Crowd (especially if you like Father Ted, they're both the same guy). Darkplace. Man to Man with Dean Learner (kind of a special taste, but if you like that kind of humour you'll love it). Coupling was freaking AWESOME, I laughed way too hard. Spaced was also glorious, I love anything with Simon Pegg... related note, Black Books, I'm sure there's a crossover in there somewhere with Simon Pegg and his crew. I didn't really get into Father Ted or The Mighty Boosh, but it's probably because I didn't have enough time. Fawlty Towers's first episode also kind of fizzled for me.

If you want a condensed film with some of the best bits from the Monty Python show (I know it's somewhat unlikely with this crowd that you haven't seen the actual Monty Python's Flying Circus, but stranger things have happened), try ...And Now For Something Completely Different. This was the first actual piece I saw and I cracked the hell up.

Red Dwarf was good, but after they got all the money it kind of lost something. I mean, come on, the jump from Series 2 to Series 3 was completely confusing. Suddenly Red Dwarf is totally different and the cliffhanger from the previous episode didn't even exist. Same with Coupling, after Series 3, when Jeff left it just kind of went down the drain.
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Postby no-genius » Fri Nov 23, 2007 10:37 am UTC

Kizyr wrote:It's more recent, but my absolute favorite is the sitcom Coupling. I got the box set to that (4 seasons), and it's really worth it.

I used to like Coupling when it came out, but now, not so much.

Kizyr wrote:Also, I'd imagine that the UK version of The Office should be good as well, also a sitcom (of course).

VERSION? VERSION????
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Kizyr wrote:Oh this reminds me of another one... Hyperdrive. Sci-Fi British Comedy; they aired it on BBCA for a little while. KF

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Postby dubsola » Fri Nov 23, 2007 4:51 pm UTC

Jesster wrote:'Allo 'Allo was one of my personal favourites.
Good moaning!


xenuphobia wrote:TDarkplace. Man to Man with Dean Learner (kind of a special taste, but if you like that kind of humour you'll love it). I didn't really get into Father Ted or The Mighty Boosh, but it's probably because I didn't have enough time.
The actor that plays Dean Learner is now a character in The Mighty Boosh. He's pretty good.

In fact the most recent episode of TMB was ridiculously funny... and weird. The cockney geezer returns and sings a song that goes 'Eels up inside ya... finding an entrance where they can!'. Ooooo kay.


Red Dwarf was good, but after they got all the money it kind of lost something.
Agreed. Sorry no-g. It just wasn't as funny (although it was still pretty funny).


Kizyr wrote:Also, I'd imagine that the UK version of The Office should be good as well, also a sitcom (of course).
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Postby bittyx » Fri Nov 23, 2007 10:44 pm UTC

Has no one here ever seen "Only Fools and Horses"? Rodney & Del-Boy Trotter? It's one of my favourite comedy series, along with "'Allo 'Allo", "Black Adder", the Monthy Python stuff, "Coupling"... I really prefer British humour over American - it's much better suited to my taste.

BTW, a friend of mine from high school is at Cambridge now. He's been to the Nelson Mandella building where Rodney & Del-Boy from Only Fools and Horses live (Peckham), and took pictures. He asked a few people about it, young ones as well as older, and no one's ever even heard of the show! I find that sort of strange, since the show was very popular here when they aired it. Oh well...

There's a British Council here in Belgrade, and you can rent complete box sets of various series for your viewing pleasure. Haven't been a member for a long time though; I'm really gonna have to renew my membership these days :)

EDIT: Oh, I've just noticed that __Kit mentioned OFaH. Forget that comment, then...

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Postby no-genius » Sat Nov 24, 2007 11:19 am UTC

Don't really like OFaH. Its a bit over-rated, and it went on too long. And people probably don't remember it because (i am guessing?) they shot the interiors in a studio. Although, have you seen the one where they sell bottled water they get from an allotment? Guess who used to own that allotment?
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Postby Jesse » Sun Nov 25, 2007 12:26 am UTC

Dad's Army. Classic.

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Postby parkaboy » Sun Nov 25, 2007 6:34 am UTC

Ahhhh yeah The Young Ones. i LooOoooOooooOOOoooove Vivian. LOVE. <3

i havent seen any of might boosh except an Old Greg skit. i was sufficiently creeped out, and now i'm unsure if i can watch anymore of that show.

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Re: British Comedies

Postby no-genius » Sun Nov 25, 2007 11:35 am UTC

What about Green Wing? Or Peep Show (that one might have been mentioned already, I forget).
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