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Favourite British Comedies  
User currently offlinePhlflyer From United States of America, joined Feb 2001, 851 posts, RR: 0
Posted (12 years 11 months 3 weeks 5 days 14 hours ago) and read 1044 times:

Not in any particular order.

Absolutely Fabulous
Men Behaving Badly
Allo Allo
Are You Being Served.
Fawlty Towers
The Young Ones
The Black Adder
Monty Python

Also, there is another Rowan Aktinson series were he a police officer, but the name escapes me.

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User currently offlineCx flyboy From Hong Kong, joined Dec 1999, 6625 posts, RR: 55
Reply 1, posted (12 years 11 months 3 weeks 5 days 14 hours ago) and read 1003 times:

The Rowan Atkinson one was 'The Thin Blue Line' wasn't it? I am not sure, but it was pretty good.

Goodnight Sweetheart was ok.

Monty Python and Fawlty Towers were brilliant though!!


User currently offlineMark2102 From United States of America, joined Nov 2001, 350 posts, RR: 0
Reply 2, posted (12 years 11 months 3 weeks 5 days 13 hours ago) and read 995 times:

Monty Python.

Mark


User currently offlineHoffa From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 3, posted (12 years 11 months 3 weeks 5 days 13 hours ago) and read 994 times:

Absolutely Fabulous is simply delicious!

User currently offlineTbar220 From United States of America, joined Feb 2000, 7013 posts, RR: 26
Reply 4, posted (12 years 11 months 3 weeks 5 days 13 hours ago) and read 986 times:

Monty Python's Flying Circus  Big thumbs up  Big thumbs up


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User currently offlineAWspicious From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 5, posted (12 years 11 months 3 weeks 5 days 12 hours ago) and read 982 times:

Cx; You're right. Pretty funny show.
My votes are Benny Hill, Ab-Fab, and another that ran long ago, around the same time with Benny - DAVE Allen At Large. He loved to poke fun at the church (dunno if it was catholic or protestant, tho.)
I'll always remember a skit where he played an escaped convict who jumped on the back of some dude who was trying to fly wearing wings on his arms. He jumps on the dude's back, puts a gun to his head and orders "Take me to Cuba". It was hilarious seeing Dave Allen trying to hijack this bird-brained dude  Laugh out loud


User currently offlineAerorobnz From Rwanda, joined Feb 2001, 7333 posts, RR: 13
Reply 6, posted (12 years 11 months 3 weeks 5 days 9 hours ago) and read 974 times:

I think that Monty Python takes it for being original, however I love Blackadder almost as much...both because they share my sadistic sense of humour...lol

User currently offlineVapourTrails From Australia, joined Aug 2001, 1297 posts, RR: 1
Reply 7, posted (12 years 11 months 3 weeks 5 days 9 hours ago) and read 971 times:
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Fawlty Towers
Birds of a Feather  Big thumbs up
The Goodies - especially the episode with Concorde in it  Big grin
Executive Stress
The Young Ones
The Good Life



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User currently offlineThom@s From Norway, joined Oct 2000, 11953 posts, RR: 46
Reply 8, posted (12 years 11 months 3 weeks 5 days 8 hours ago) and read 968 times:

Absolutly Faboulus
Monty Pythons Flying Circus
Fawlty Towers

Thom@s



"If guns don't kill people, people kill people - does that mean toasters don't toast toast, toast toast toast?"
User currently offlineNJTurnpike From United States of America, joined May 2000, 580 posts, RR: 0
Reply 9, posted (12 years 11 months 3 weeks 5 days 3 hours ago) and read 956 times:

Absolutely. NOT AbFab...just Absolutely. Ran on Channel 4 in the early 90s, and I'm one of about two people who probably remember it.



User currently offlineMcdougald From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 10, posted (12 years 11 months 3 weeks 5 days 2 hours ago) and read 952 times:

Benny Hill
Keeping Up Appearances
On The Buses
Hot Metal
Mr. Bean
The New Statesman (nothing to do with the magazine by the same name)



User currently offlineSoren-a From Denmark, joined Sep 2001, 235 posts, RR: 0
Reply 11, posted (12 years 11 months 3 weeks 5 days 2 hours ago) and read 950 times:


1. Bottom
2. Monthy Python
3. Black Adder
4. The young ones
5. Falthy Towers
6. Mr. Bean
7. Benny Hill


User currently offlineCarmy From Singapore, joined Oct 2001, 627 posts, RR: 0
Reply 12, posted (12 years 11 months 3 weeks 5 days 1 hour ago) and read 949 times:

In no order of preferance,

Benny Hill
Goodness Gracious Me
Mind your language
Mr Bean
Allo Allo

The best comedies are made in Great Britain! No doubt about it!  Big thumbs up


User currently offlineBoeing757fan From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 13, posted (12 years 11 months 3 weeks 5 days 1 hour ago) and read 951 times:

Dan Hamer


Ummm... No, on 2nd thought.... Yeah sure


User currently offlineKlmfan From Austria, joined Jun 2001, 445 posts, RR: 4
Reply 14, posted (12 years 11 months 3 weeks 5 days ago) and read 945 times:

It's...

Monty Python's Flying Circus

BlackAdder
Mr. Bean

Isn't there a series where Rowan Atkinson plays a police inspector which is called "Inspector ..."?


User currently offlineJaspike From United Kingdom, joined Feb 2008, 1 posts, RR: 2
Reply 15, posted (12 years 11 months 3 weeks 5 days ago) and read 937 times:

On last night:

The Kumar's at No. 42 (Brilliant!!)

Neverr Mind The Buzzcocks is funny - though not a comedy programme.
And all the others that have been mentioned that I can't bothered to repeat.

Josh
 Smile/happy/getting dizzy


User currently offlineBanco From United Kingdom, joined Oct 2001, 14752 posts, RR: 53
Reply 16, posted (12 years 11 months 3 weeks 5 days ago) and read 936 times:

Yes, (Prime) Minister was one of the cleverest, but I guess you'd have to know British politics to appreciate it.


She's as nervous as a very small nun at a penguin shoot.
User currently offlineCfalk From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 17, posted (12 years 11 months 3 weeks 5 days ago) and read 935 times:

Anyone notice that British TV comedy tends to be a bit more intelligent than the average American TV comedy? I've seen mature grown up people (including myself, and I'd like to think of myself as being mature and grown up - except for this silly hobby of aviation photography) laughing their ass off at Fawlty Towers, Black Adder, etc. while younger kids (say, below 16-18) just don't get it at all, while I see my 15-year old daughter and her friends watching a lot of American "comedies" which I find to be pretty much on a 12-year old mentality level.

Charles


User currently offlineBanco From United Kingdom, joined Oct 2001, 14752 posts, RR: 53
Reply 18, posted (12 years 11 months 3 weeks 5 days ago) and read 932 times:

Cfalk,

Don't forget that overseas you only get to see the cream of the stuff that gets made. There's a fair bit of dross as well, but it's only us that has to put up with it! Big grin

Likewise, people in the UK constantly discuss how the Americans can make great comedies like Frasier or Friends (which I hate incidentally but no matter) and we can't. Of course, go to the States and watch a lot of comedies and much of it is truly dire.



She's as nervous as a very small nun at a penguin shoot.
User currently offlineMcdougald From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 19, posted (12 years 11 months 3 weeks 4 days 23 hours ago) and read 932 times:

Cfalk wrote: "Anyone notice that British TV comedy tends to be a bit more intelligent than the average American TV comedy?"

True. British comedy tends to be strongly satirical in nature. Keeping Up Appearances plays up class differences, Hot Metal makes fun of the tabloid industry, and The New Statesman and Yes, (Prime) Minister both target politics.

U.S. comedies tend to focus on personal relationships between the characters, aren't particularly satirical, and tend to be mass-produced by an entire staff of writers instead of two to four truly gifted ones. They tend to be less funny (if at all) as a result, with this problem being compensated for by strong marketing.



User currently offlineNJTurnpike From United States of America, joined May 2000, 580 posts, RR: 0
Reply 20, posted (12 years 11 months 3 weeks 4 days 23 hours ago) and read 928 times:

Klmfan > "The Thin Blue Line". Rowan Atkinson played Inspector Fowler.

More recent classics...

Men Behaving Badly
Drop the Dead Donkey
One Foot in the Grave
The League of Gentlemen
People Like Us




User currently offlineGDB From United Kingdom, joined May 2001, 13239 posts, RR: 77
Reply 21, posted (12 years 11 months 3 weeks 4 days 23 hours ago) and read 925 times:

Faulty Towers
Monty Python
Blackadder
The League Of Gentlemen
One Foot In The Grave
Only Fools And Horses-(The new episode was filmed yesterday onboard Concorde OAC, no I didn't get to see the actors!)
Drop The Dead Donkey
How Do You Want Me?
Men Behaving Badly
Yes Minister/Prime Minister
Spaced
Absolutely Fabulous-Series 1 and 2
The Fast Show
Harry Enfield
Porridge
Rising Damp
Dear John


NJTurnpike, they are showing The League Of Gentlemen in the US? On a cable channel?
Didn't think that would travel, I like sick humour but it took me a few times to get my head around that one!


User currently offlineNJTurnpike From United States of America, joined May 2000, 580 posts, RR: 0
Reply 22, posted (12 years 11 months 3 weeks 4 days 22 hours ago) and read 919 times:

This is what UK comedy we can catch in the US right now, or have been able to see fairly recently;

Absolutely Fabulous (Comedy Central, inc. 2001 season)
Coupling (BBC America, some PBS ?)
Cold Feet (Bravo)
League of Gentlemen (BBC America, previously on CC)
Yes Minister / Prime Minister (PBS)
Monty Python (BBC America, PBS)
The Fast Show (aka Brilliant on BBC America)
Men Behaving Badly (BBC America)
People Like Us (BBC America)
Fawlty Towers (PBS, BBC America)
As Time Goes By (PBS)
Are You Being Served (PBS, BBC America)
Chef! (PBS)
Whose Line..? (orig. C4 shows - Comedy Central)

Oh, and The Good Life (BA067 + 069 from LHR to PHL)

Other than that, I resort to my usual routine of buying tapes at HMV in LHR T4. Bought the first series of 'Spaced' there last year and it still rates as one of the funniest things I have ever watched (especially the Paintball episode!)


User currently offlineCapt.Picard From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 23, posted (12 years 11 months 3 weeks 4 days 22 hours ago) and read 915 times:

When booking a visit to the Boeing factory this Summer (whilst also working in Seattle-lovely city), the nice lady attempted to engage me into a converstaion regarding Coronation Street, and could I tell her what happened next? Big grin

Needless to say, I'm not a fan of this programme, which also, I beleive, airs on PBS (one of the few decent American channels imo).

Anyway, a great read is 'Private Eye', and I have seen it for sale in Barnes & Noble in Chicago, Boston etc.

You really have to be up to speed with British poitics to enjoy it, but here's a taster;


On the recent rumours of a rift in the relationship between the 'vicar' (as PE refers to Tony), and Gordon Brown, the chancellor:




and

(On a recent advertisement celebrating 75 years of the Saudi monarchy (and King Fahd) in The Economist magazine:

'I am proud to announce that this issue of the Daily Gnome contains a special 24-page supplement “Saudi Arabia Today and Tomorrow”.

Compiled by independent observers (from the PR company Huff, Puff and Bogleby), the supplement shows the enormous strides that the desert kingdom has made towards the fourteenth century. Articles include photographic essays on the new democratic institutions (such as the Monarchy), the modern judicial system (including a state-of-the-art laser hand-chopping machine) and the gradual liberalising of Saudi culture which now allows women the choice of staying at home or going out to be stoned to death.



There is a particularly revealing interview with the King himself in which he speaks of his growing admiration for Mr Bush and Mr Blair whom he singles out for their courage in not mentioning Saudi Arabia’s close links with international islamic terrorism. It is a privilege to be associated with this document and an honour to take the King’s money.'


Lord Gnome

It's snobbish humour, but I love it!

Private-eye.co.uk

Cheers!



User currently offlineGDB From United Kingdom, joined May 2001, 13239 posts, RR: 77
Reply 24, posted (12 years 11 months 3 weeks 4 days 22 hours ago) and read 917 times:

Do they sell 'Viz' magazine in the states?
(www.viz.co.uk)


25 Post contains images NJTurnpike : In Barnes & Noble and Borders bookstores, yes. I get odd looks when taking my copy to the cashier
26 AWspicious : No one here remembers Dave Allen At Large??? It ran sometime in the early to mid eighties here in Canada.... about the same time as Benny Hill. I don'
27 AWspicious : .....and yes, I do find British comedy to be on a different plane (see: intellectual wit). However, I thought Frasier and Seinfeld (Third Rock from th
28 Silverfox : Red Dwarf The Goons Lots of Brit Radio progs
29 Post contains images Capt.Picard : Viz is also great! Regards
30 Post contains images Aerorobnz : I forgot about One foot in the Grave, I also love watching that...Victor is such a crack up, I hope I'm like that as an old man...
31 Decman : Keeping up Appearances
32 King penguin : Definitely the Goon Show. But if we're going to get into radio etc., how about ITMA, Hancock's Half Hour... i think i'm dating myself terribly... the
33 AWspicious : Bloody internet on cable crap..... Let's try this again, shall we.... Anyone recall The Vicar of Dibley? It's about a female minister played by Dawn F
34 Gunships : Monty Python's Flying Circus The Benny Hill Show Black Adder The Young Ones
35 Seb146 : Has anyone seen the latest season of AbFab? I LOVE that series! I also enjoy Keeping Up Apperances (Bouquet Residence, lady of the house speaking...."
36 Post contains images AWspicious : Seb146; Turn up the volume. I find that helps
37 Post contains images RayChuang : In my personal opinion, Monty Python's Flying Circus (the greatest comedy series I've even seen) was heavily influenced by The Goon Show on British ra
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