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Quot
10-17-2012, 07:00 PM
Hope I didn't overlook a simliar thread. Post your favorites, esp. those readily available on DVD.

Here's my reco:

I've never been an Anthony Newley fan. That is, until I recently stumbled across this wonderful 1960 British tv series (only six episodes) that was not just years ahead of its time -- try decades!


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There are lots of people on the internet who can praise this series much more eloquently than I could ever hope to. Check out this great DVD review (http://www.cathoderaytube.co.uk/2011/08/strange-world-of-gurney-slade-complete.html) (Region 2 only).

From the Amazon synopsis: Both firmly of its time and spectacularly ahead of it, The Strange World of Gurney Slade is to television comedy what The Prisoner has become to television drama - brilliantly inventive, startlingly surreal and unlike anything previously seen on television. Anthony Newley stars as an actor who walks off the set of a banal sit-com and into a fantasy world of his own imagination. In this surreal odyssey through his own personal alternative reality he indulges in random conversations with both animals and inanimate objects it s a world in which characters can step out of advertising posters and where he can hear the most intimate thoughts of passers by. An unpredictable, absurdist fantasy, Gurney Slade created an indelible impression upon anyone who saw it. Created by Newley and written by the highly talented Sid Green and Dick Hills (who were soon to become key writers for Morecambe and Wise) this series has been newly transferred from the original 35mm film elements specifically for this release.

Anyone that patrols the spectrum of surreal television, from Green Acres to The Prisoner, would adore this. I think. I know I do.

Trailer:


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Paul L
10-17-2012, 07:29 PM
I watched GURNEY SLADE last year and loved it. Please don't consider this 'spamming', but my more detailed thoughts about the series can be found here: http://www.dvdcompare.net/review.php?rid=2496

In terms of sitcoms, these are some of my faves:
STEPTOE & SON
PORRIDGE
THE LIKELY LADS/WHATEVER HAPPENED TO THE LIKELY LADS
HANCOCK/HANCOCK'S HALF HOUR
BLACK BOOKS
RIPPING YARNS
THE LOVERS
MAN ABOUT THE HOUSE
SORRY! (I love this show; reminds me of my childhood)
Any of the Eric Sykes shows
RED DWARF
THE LEAGUE OF GENTLEMEN
THE OFFICE
REGINALD PERRIN
IN SICKNESS AND IN HEALTH (so much pathos in this one)
ARE YOU BEING SERVED?
SOME MOTHERS DO 'AVE 'EM
RED DWARF
THE I.T. CROWD
GARTH MARENGHI'S DARKPLACE
RISING DAMP
PEEP SHOW
I'M ALAN PARTRIDGE
SEAN'S SHOW

Sketch comedies:
THIS MORNING... WITH RICHARD NOT JUDY/FIST OF FUN (has this made it to DVD yet?
MORECAMBE AND WISE/THE MORECAMBE AND WISE SHOW/TWO OF A KIND
THE TWO RONNIES
THE FROST REPORT
A BIT OF FRY AND LAURIE
NOT ONLY... BUT ALSO
Any of Tommy Cooper's shows
THE KENNY EVERETT VIDEO SHOW (not available on DVD yet though, is it?)
THE DAY TODAY
BRASS EYE
HALE & PACE
THE MARY WHITEHOUSE EXPERIENCE
MONTY PYTHON
SATURDAY NIGHT ARMISTICE
ABSOLUTELY
Paul Merton's mid-1990s sketch show (what was it called again?)

Richard--W
10-17-2012, 08:19 PM
I got a kick out of ABSOLUTELY FABULOUS! You know, women behaving badly. That's the only British sitcom I know.

Quot
10-17-2012, 08:24 PM
Paul, first off: you got guuuuud taste!

You're apparently a big Chris Morris fan. So where's Jam? It's admittedly dark and a bit of an acquired taste, but supremely divine. Who wouldn't love a sick sketch comedy backed by ambient music and just off-kilter enough for any viewer to simultaneously guffaw and grimace.

Jam, that's who! :)

This sketch, set to Eno's An Ascent (Ending) is beyond brilliant (and it gives one a great feel for the rest of the series):



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Alison Jane
10-17-2012, 10:32 PM
What about Fawlty Towers?!

I love Are You Being Served? :)

Quot
10-17-2012, 10:37 PM
What about Fawlty Towers?!

I love Are You Being Served? :)

And what about Black Adder?

FWIW, Flowery Twats is probably my all-time favorite British show.


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Roderick
10-17-2012, 11:30 PM
A lot of good stuff listed above. I'd add:

The Young Ones
The Comic Strip Presents
Man To Man
Doctor Terrible's House of Horrible
Look Around You
The Inbetweeners
Friday Night Dinner

Toyboy
10-17-2012, 11:41 PM
I really enjoyed Saxondale.

Randy G
10-18-2012, 05:18 AM
Paul, first off: you got guuuuud taste!

You're apparently a big Chris Morris fan. So where's Jam? It's admittedly dark and a bit of an acquired taste, but supremely divine. Who wouldn't love a sick sketch comedy backed by ambient music and just off-kilter enough for any viewer to simultaneously guffaw and grimace.

Jam, that's who! :)


I didn't realize there was a TV version of Blue Jam which was a radio series, Brass Eye by Morris is really great stuff as well.

Paul L
10-18-2012, 06:13 AM
You're apparently a big Chris Morris fan. So where's Jam? It's admittedly dark and a bit of an acquired taste, but supremely divine. Who wouldn't love a sick sketch comedy backed by ambient music and just off-kilter enough for any viewer to simultaneously guffaw and grimace.

Jam, that's who! :)
Yep, I loved JAM. I enjoyed NATHAN BARLEY too. Both were originally on a much longer list, but I tried to edit it down somewhat before posting it :funny:

Alison Jane
10-18-2012, 07:09 AM
FWIW, Flowery Twats is probably my all-time favorite British show.

:up:

Alison Jane
10-18-2012, 07:10 AM
Throughout college britcoms were my Friday night. Gotta love public television!

Newt Cox
10-18-2012, 07:19 AM
Surprised no one has mentioned Black Adder yet.

The Silly Swede
10-18-2012, 07:39 AM
I love Black Adder. Very very much.

Mad Dog
10-18-2012, 08:20 AM
I enjoy Open All Hours quite a bit.

Alison Jane
10-18-2012, 08:27 AM
Surprised no one has mentioned Black Adder yet.


Someone did! And on that note, Mr. Bean too!

Roderick
10-18-2012, 09:07 AM
I forgot to include Snuff Box.

Ian Jane
10-18-2012, 10:05 AM
My favorites...

Monty Python's Flying Circus
Father Ted
Black Adder
Are You Being Served (though it's not as consistent)
Allo Allo
Snuff Box (died too young)
Young Ones
Bottom (I prefer this to Young Ones actually)
Comic Strip Presents
Fawlty Towers

I'm not thinking too outside the box here. Never got into Absolutely Fabulous all that much, though I do at least understand the appeal.

Roderick
10-18-2012, 11:11 AM
Bottom (I prefer this to Young Ones actually)


I've only seen clips of this but it's on my list of shows to fully check out. Have you seen Filthy Rich & Catflap? It was also made by a bunch of the Young Ones/Bottom guys.

Apronikoff
10-18-2012, 11:35 AM
Awesome thread...I'm definitely going to be checking out a lot of the shows on these lists,

My favorites:

Black Books
Fawlty Towers
Monty Python
Spaced
Man Stroke Woman
IT Crowd
A bit of Fry and Laurie
Green Wing
Knowing Me, Knowing You
Coupling

Roderick
10-18-2012, 11:39 AM
Add Spaced and Extras to my list.

Ian Jane
10-18-2012, 12:29 PM
The British version of The Office is also great, as is Extras.

Haven't seen Filthy Rich & Catflap, but I am now intrigued.

Apronikoff
10-18-2012, 02:01 PM
Add Spaced and Extras to my list.

Yeah, Spaced, that's what I meant. Don't know why I was thinking Spaced Out

Newt Cox
10-19-2012, 05:45 AM
I love Black Adder. Very very much.

Me too,It was a show I kept hearing about for years. Then back in January I found the complete dvd set at my library on sale. Took it up to the counter to ask how much. "$3 I guess" the Librarian told. I hadn't her a $5 and told her to keep the change. Watched seasons 1 and 2 in one day. Went to take the dvd for season 3 out and it cracked in half. So I acquired a copy to replace the broken one. Have watched the entire series 3 times so far.

Newt Cox
10-19-2012, 05:47 AM
I've only seen clips of this but it's on my list of shows to fully check out. Have you seen Filthy Rich & Catflap? It was also made by a bunch of the Young Ones/Bottom guys.

Seen Bottom,Filthy Rich and Catflap and the Young ones. The Young ones is my favorite ,then Bottom then FRC. The Bottom film is really good too. But I don't think it has ever gotten a region 1 DVD release.

Quot
10-19-2012, 07:43 PM
I noted that Paul was the only one to mention Garth Marenghi's Darkplace. Somewhat surprising since it got some play here in the states and, considering the material and the approach taken, it seems like a natural fit for this place.

How can you possibly go wrong with Dean Lerner?



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Roderick
10-19-2012, 08:07 PM
I noted that Paul was the only one to mention Garth Marenghi's Darkplace. Somewhat surprising since it got some play here in the states and, considering the material and the approach taken, it seems like a natural fit for this place.

How can you possibly go wrong with Dean Lerner?



I'm a fan but I was too lazy to cherry pick out of Paul's list. But I did list the related show Man to Man with Dean Lerner.

Quot
10-19-2012, 08:12 PM
Someone with a lot more knowledge than me (Paul L?) should start a Brit radio show thread. Blue Jam, Goon Show, Pete and Dud's work don't even begin to scratch that surface.

The Silly Swede
10-21-2012, 08:05 AM
I noted that Paul was the only one to mention Garth Marenghi's Darkplace. Somewhat surprising since it got some play here in the states and, considering the material and the approach taken, it seems like a natural fit for this place.

How can you possibly go wrong with Dean Lerner?


Fuck yes! The intro alone to the "hospital show from the 80s" is more hilarious in itself then 90% of all other sitcoms COMBINED!


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zpdgEv9us5A

Ian Jane
11-03-2012, 08:37 AM
Comic Strip Presents fans might be interested in this:


http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=GitIzA7mkwY

Bleeding Cool (http://www.bleedingcool.com/2012/11/03/five-go-to-rehab-french-saunders-edmondson-mayall-and-more/?utm_source=dlvr.it&utm_medium=twitter) says:

"The Comic Strip Presents: Five Go To Rehab is a sequel to the much-loved 80s Britcom classic, Five Go Mad in Dorset, and indeed, the less well-loved follow up, Five Go Mad on Mescalin.

Both were parodies of Enid Blyton‘s Famous Five books, peopled with “alternative comedy” stars Dawn French, Jennifer Saunders, Ade Edmondson, Peter Richardson and Robbie Coltrane. Dorset was the first episode of the variable, but pioneering, Comic Strip Presents series for Channel 4, and arguably the best.

But this latest episode isn’t for 4, but for Gold, a pay TV channel. I can only guess that the more recent Comic Strip episode The Hunt For Tony Blair didn’t do the kind of numbers 4 wanted."

Travis Sheldon
11-05-2012, 12:16 PM
I was pleasantly surprised to find the Comic Strip Presents series on Netflix streaming.

Zane C.
11-05-2012, 09:57 PM
Count me in as another fan of ARE YOU BEING SERVED? I'm currently rewatching the entire series. What a funny, great show. Sad to think all but two of the main actors are gone now.

Ian Jane
11-29-2012, 10:29 AM
Cool little article here (http://www.bleedingcool.com/2012/11/29/video-blackadder-returns-as-an-evil-scheming-banker/?utm_source=dlvr.it&utm_medium=twitter) about how Rowan Atkinson brought back Black Adder at a stage performance.

Some clips!


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Mr7cYEVeJso&feature=player_embedded


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DhBg5aW1-UU&feature=player_embedded

Ian Jane
12-01-2016, 08:38 PM
RIP Manuel! :(

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2016/12/01/andrew-sachs-much-loved-fawlty-towers-actor-manuel-role-dies/

Quot
12-01-2016, 08:51 PM
Damn. RIP, Andrew.


https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dcJSvHyQG2k

Ian Jane
12-01-2016, 08:55 PM
My favorite Manuel moment.


https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5035TY5RSpg