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    Britcoms Through the Ages

    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!





    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 (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.

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    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?)
    'You know, I'd almost forgotten what your eyes looked like. Still the same. Pissholes in the snow'

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    I got a kick out of ABSOLUTELY FABULOUS! You know, women behaving badly. That's the only British sitcom I know.
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    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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    What about Fawlty Towers?!

    I love Are You Being Served?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Alison Jane View Post
    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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    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

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    I really enjoyed Saxondale.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Quot View Post
    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.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Quot View Post
    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
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