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Vintage British comedy

Mr.Michael
11-03-2011, 04:36 AM
I've always been a huge fan of British comedy. As a child I loved the Benny Hill Show, and find it actually still quite amusing. Blackadder is propably the best comedy series (although the first series was pretty bad) in the history of TV. Smith and Jones, Laurie and Fry, there are so many funny shows.

Although I quite liked Yes, Minister and Yes, Prime Minister, I have to say that it was maybe a bit overrated. Especially Sir Bumphrey was really annoying with his pompous appearence. And you could see miles away that he wasn't a "ladies man". The opening titles and opening music was also really stupid and trying to be satirical.

bad gambler
11-03-2011, 04:45 AM
Fawlty Towers was one of my favourite comedies. I can't believe only 12 episodes were produced.

Topspindoctor
11-03-2011, 04:58 AM
The only British humor I like is Mr. Bean.

Mjau!
11-03-2011, 05:10 AM
I don't get it. :shrug:

merryploughbhoy
11-03-2011, 06:03 AM
You've got to watch 'only fools and horses' and 'still game' they are the best. I don't like the modern stuff at all, Its not funny at all...

Time Violation
11-03-2011, 07:27 AM
Black Adder and Monty Python rock :D

partygirl
11-03-2011, 08:57 AM
In the 90's as a teen i used to love to watch re-airings of Are You Being Served on PBS.
It was like 15-20 years old back then :lol:
but just out-dated enough to be so interesting and fun... i'd watch it now.

Kolya
11-03-2011, 09:25 AM
I have been watching an old one called Doctor in the House and a newer show called Outnumbered.

British comedy is the best.

AdeyC
11-03-2011, 09:38 AM
On The Buses, Man About The House, Just Good Friend and Dear John have got to be the best ones ever

Henry Chinaski
11-03-2011, 06:11 PM
Although I quite liked Yes, Minister and Yes, Prime Minister, I have to say that it was maybe a bit overrated. Especially Sir Bumphrey was really annoying with his pompous appearence. And you could see miles away that he wasn't a "ladies man". The opening titles and opening music was also really stupid and trying to be satirical.

the reason those shows are rated so highly is that everyone who has worked in politics/the civil service says it's the most accurate depiction of how the political system works that has ever been put on screen

Mr.Michael
11-03-2011, 07:23 PM
the reason those shows are rated so highly is that everyone who has worked in politics/the civil service says it's the most accurate depiction of how the political system works that has ever been put on screen

Yes I know and I also think they are quite funny. I watched two episodes today and I still have to say that there is such a "little finger/pinky" feel to it, if you know what I mean? I don't know if you use such a description in the English language. But the way Humphrey/Bumphrey speaks just reminds me of the ultimate closeted pompous idiot. Mr. Hacker and Bernard were funny though.

SloKid
11-03-2011, 07:50 PM
I have been watching an old one called Doctor in the House and a newer show called Outnumbered.

British comedy is the best.
I really like Outnumbered, the children actors in that one are brilliant.

Seingeist
11-03-2011, 09:21 PM
Great stuff. Python, Fawlty Towers, Blackadder, Mr. Bean, all really terrific.

Guilty pleasure: even the cheesy shit like Keeping Up Appearances and As Time Goes By. :o

More modern: British Office was good, and right now I'm loving That Mitchell and Web Look (Peep Show is a bit too crass for the wife).

buddyholly
11-03-2011, 09:52 PM
It all began with the Goons.

vince_volley
11-03-2011, 09:55 PM
You've got to watch 'only fools and horses' and 'still game' they are the best. I don't like the modern stuff at all, Its not funny at all...

Still Game is brilliant.

Vida
11-03-2011, 10:52 PM
Black Adder and Monty Python rock :D

and only fools.

AdeyC
11-03-2011, 11:50 PM
You've got to watch 'only fools and horses' and 'still game' they are the best. I don't like the modern stuff at all, Its not funny at all...

Never really liked Only Fools and Horses - but I must admit that that chandeleir scene makes me laugh every time.

Kat_YYZ
11-04-2011, 01:37 AM
In the 90's as a teen i used to love to watch re-airings of Are You Being Served on PBS.
It was like 15-20 years old back then :lol:
but just out-dated enough to be so interesting and fun... i'd watch it now.

me too :D

I love them all: Are You Being Served? Benny Hill, Fawlty Towers, Waiting For God; Monty Python. Allo Allo was British, too, even though it was set in France.

vucina
11-04-2011, 02:04 AM
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Mr.Michael
11-04-2011, 05:37 AM
And? :shrug:



Because Bumphrey is so annoying. Everytime he says "Yes, minister" it sounds so incredibly stupid.

They should have used this and bring a whole new comedic element in to the show. Bumphrey gets caught in a Chris Hansen type sting operation. After that Bernard and Hacker have to cover up his actions. Isn't British politics full of these nancy boys?

Two quite weak series were "Last of the Summer Wine" and "As Time Goes By". Sometimes you got the feeling there weren't any audience in the latter. It could take almost five minutes before anyone laughed politely to some jokes.

Kolya
11-04-2011, 06:09 AM
I really like Outnumbered, the children actors in that one are brilliant.

The little girl is an amazing actress. She is scarily logical.

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AdeyC
11-04-2011, 07:30 AM
Two quite weak series were "Last of the Summer Wine" and "As Time Goes By". Sometimes you got the feeling there weren't any audience in the latter. It could take almost five minutes before anyone laughed politely to some jokes.

Last of The Summer Wine went on about 25 years too long.

Although As Time Goes By I always liked.

Har-Tru
11-04-2011, 08:51 AM
The IT Crowd is also good, plus many of the mentioned.

AdeyC
11-04-2011, 09:05 AM
Isn't British politics full of these nancy boys?



LOL - nancy boys - don't think that phrase has been used here since the 70's.

Mr.Michael
11-04-2011, 03:37 PM
LOL - nancy boys - don't think that phrase has been used here since the 70's.

I think it's an excellent phrase. It's not as offensive as many others. And it's a perfect way of describing Sir Bumphrey.

Like I mentioned Blackadder was superb. But it was interesting how different and weak the first season was. The Blackadder character was stupid and almost like an early draft of Mr. Bean. But "Blackadder Goes Forth" might be the best ever. The ending is a classic. Season two is also brilliant. Season three was very good, but Stephen Fry was missing.

Mr.Michael
11-04-2011, 05:45 PM
Still offensive, particularly when used in a derogatory sense. Have a nice thread. :)

But you have to keep it real. Listen how Sir Humphrey says the words yes minister, or almost every other sentence as well. It's a huge nancy boy statement.

ariel2
11-05-2011, 05:01 AM
Great stuff. Python, Fawlty Towers, Blackadder, Mr. Bean, all really terrific.

Guilty pleasure: even the cheesy shit like Keeping Up Appearances and As Time Goes By. :o

More modern: British Office was good, and right now I'm loving That Mitchell and Web Look (Peep Show is a bit too crass for the wife).


"As Time Goes By" was hardly cheesy to me. It was one of the most charming series to air on Public Television. Judy Dench and Geoffrey Palmer had tremendous rapport as actors and Lionel's parents were a scream. Also enjoyed Mrs. Bale - one hell of a stand out performance.

Another favorite of mine was "Butterflies" about a woman who copes with her mundane life married to a dentist by flirting with a man she meets by chance on the street and then spends the rest of the time fantasizing about what could be with him.

Another one not mentioned was "The Good Neighbors" with Felicity Kendal and Richard Briers. I bought the whole collection. They play suburbanites who decide they want to live off the land and start a farm in the middle of the London suburb of Surbiton. Great stuff.

Vida
11-06-2011, 11:45 AM
what is the name of that comedian who has no finger? he was funny as hell.

Certinfy
11-06-2011, 11:54 AM
Only Fools and Horses :inlove: I'll just turn it on when there's nothing on TV. That Batman and Robin scene has to be the funniest thing I've ever seen on TV. :lol:

Clashcityrocker
11-06-2011, 11:54 AM
not the 9 0' clock news and spitting image were cool as well

Certinfy
11-06-2011, 12:05 PM
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Sofonda Cox
11-06-2011, 12:48 PM
Absolutely Fabulous, Bottom and Nighty Night :inlove:

partygirl
11-06-2011, 06:37 PM
Absolutely Fabulous

If were calling this vintage now...it was early 90's :eek:
Then this is my favorite UK comedy, probably top 5 of my all time favorite shows ever...and i love that is seemingly never ending, can't wait for the new series in 2012.

Jennifer Saunders writing is so fantastic, super witty. "Bubble" is one of the best characters ever written or seen
i :haha: just thinking about her.

buddyholly
11-06-2011, 06:38 PM
Absolutely Fabulous Bottom and Nighty Night

Oh, I thought you were describing your perfect date.

AdeyC
11-08-2011, 08:36 AM
"As Time Goes By" was hardly cheesy to me. It was one of the most charming series to air on Public Television. Judy Dench and Geoffrey Palmer had tremendous rapport as actors and Lionel's parents were a scream. Also enjoyed Mrs. Bale - one hell of a stand out performance.

Dinner will be served at 6.34 :)


Another one not mentioned was "The Good Neighbors" with Felicity Kendal and Richard Briers. I bought the whole collection. They play suburbanites who decide they want to live off the land and start a farm in the middle of the London suburb of Surbiton. Great stuff.

Penelope Keith is great in that. It's called 'The Good Life' in the UK - the US changed the title there :)

Sofonda Cox
11-08-2011, 05:22 PM
If were calling this vintage now...it was early 90's :eek:
Then this is my favorite UK comedy, probably top 5 of my all time favorite shows ever...and i love that is seemingly never ending, can't wait for the new series in 2012.

Jennifer Saunders writing is so fantastic, super witty. "Bubble" is one of the best characters ever written or seen
i :haha: just thinking about her.

I know I can't believe it's coming back :inlove: Jennifer is also thinking about doing an AbFab movie :hearts: It's in my top 3 all time, although I prefer the ones from 1992 through 1996 the most.

Clashcityrocker
11-08-2011, 08:57 PM
Catherine Tate show

but it's not vintage ...yet

Kolya
11-09-2011, 03:29 AM
The Sketch Show.

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dabeast
11-09-2011, 03:56 AM
I've always been a huge fan of British comedy. As a child I loved the Benny Hill Show, and find it actually still quite amusing. Blackadder is propably the best comedy series (although the first series was pretty bad) in the history of TV. Smith and Jones, Laurie and Fry, there are so many funny shows.

Although I quite liked Yes, Minister and Yes, Prime Minister, I have to say that it was maybe a bit overrated. Especially Sir Bumphrey was really annoying with his pompous appearence. And you could see miles away that he wasn't a "ladies man". The opening titles and opening music was also really stupid and trying to be satirical.

yeah! Black Adder is my fave comedy series ever, and Rowan has to be my fave comic of all time, tho his Mr. Bean stuff is very watered down. Love 'Allo 'Allo as well.

jmjhb
11-09-2011, 03:13 PM
Alan Partridge.

Mr.Michael
11-10-2011, 01:38 PM
yeah! Black Adder is my fave comedy series ever, and Rowan has to be my fave comic of all time, tho his Mr. Bean stuff is very watered down. Love 'Allo 'Allo as well.

Rowan was simply brilliant in Blackadder and also his live shows were so funny. But I was never really into Mr. Bean and also these Johnny English films were very disappointing. A great comic like him must have realized while reading the scripts that it's really nothing special. I wonder how many times did he demand a re-write. The problem with Johnny English is that it's just not funny. Simple as that.

Bibberz
11-10-2011, 05:10 PM
More modern: British Office was good, and right now I'm loving That Mitchell and Web Look (Peep Show is a bit too crass for the wife).

I'm usually not up for British sketch shows, but this one's pretty awesome. :worship:

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Seingeist
11-10-2011, 05:27 PM
I'm usually not up for British sketch shows, but this one's pretty awesome. :worship:


The evil vicar is among my absolute favorite sketches from that show. Absolutely priceless! :yeah:

merryploughbhoy
11-14-2011, 08:22 AM
Peter kay's Phoenix nights and Max and Paddy's road to nowhere are MUST see if you havee'nt before.

tennisfan856
11-14-2011, 01:36 PM
3 pages and no mention of "keeping up appearances?" hyacinth bucket is a legend.

I've recently been watching the series, "worst week of my life." Predictable, but still has the funniest gags ive seen in series.

Seingeist
11-14-2011, 05:50 PM
3 pages and no mention of "keeping up appearances?" hyacinth bucket is a legend.


Great stuff. Python, Fawlty Towers, Blackadder, Mr. Bean, all really terrific.

Guilty pleasure: even the cheesy shit like Keeping Up Appearances and As Time Goes By. :o

More modern: British Office was good, and right now I'm loving That Mitchell and Web Look (Peep Show is a bit too crass for the wife).

;)

Jaz
11-14-2011, 06:05 PM
Currently on Season 5 of Allo Allo. Superb season.

Kolya
11-15-2011, 12:31 AM
Some Mothers Do 'Ave 'Em.

Mr.Michael
11-15-2011, 12:44 AM
Not the biggest fan of Keeping Up Appearences. Every episode was pretty much the same. Richard wasn't funny at all and once again they missed the chance to score some good laughs about a closeted puff. This time their neighbour Emmet was the obvious choice.

Allo allo was ok when I was young. Haven't seen it for ages. Would be interesting to see it nowadays.

gaitare
11-16-2011, 10:05 PM
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dabeast
11-17-2011, 10:09 AM
^^ that one was hilarious, was just watching on youtube actually :D

dabeast
11-17-2011, 10:17 AM
Rowan was simply brilliant in Blackadder and also his live shows were so funny. But I was never really into Mr. Bean and also these Johnny English films were very disappointing. A great comic like him must have realized while reading the scripts that it's really nothing special. I wonder how many times did he demand a re-write. The problem with Johnny English is that it's just not funny. Simple as that.

Rowan is comic genius. The only standup I can think of that makes me bust a gut when he's talking about "Jesus and his disciples". Sucks for the kids today that only know him from Bean. Yeah the Johnny English films are pretty terrible and this is coming from a big Rowan fan. The most recent one Johnny English: Reborn isn't half-bad tho.

dabeast
11-17-2011, 10:22 AM
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Castafiore
11-17-2011, 10:28 AM
Only fools and horses, with David Jason
Porridge, with Ronnie Barker
Open all hours, with Jason & Barker :worship:
Drop the dead donkey
Fawlty Towers
Blackadder

Peta Pan
11-17-2011, 11:44 AM
My favourite is 'Allo 'Allo! - I have the first 7 seasons on DVD but haven't watched them in AGES.

Others I love are Man About the House, Are You Being Served and although I haven't seen it in ages I also quite liked Dad's Army.

and omg Hilde! Drop the Dead Donkey... I LOVED that too but had totally forgotten about it! Must find a DVD