I’m off for a chat with the Arabs … Mustafa Crap
With a hint of vulgarity the Royal Family arrives at last into this blog. A personal family favourite this Liverpudlian family depicts life as seen around the living room TV, couch potatoes in other words.
How can such a simple, almost boring set give rise to such great comedy? Great writing and an excellent cast is the answer! Jim Royle, played by Ricky Tomlinson, belches, farts, picks his nose and his backside, but life revolves around him and woe betide you if you cross him! My Arse!!!
I don’t believe it!
An immortal line, now forever part of the British way of life, it never fails to raise a smile. Something so simple but brought to life by the brilliance of the writer AND the delivery of a great actor.
Victor Meldrew was another line of the well-worn stereotypical accident prone, down-trodden character. Played by the brilliant Richard Wilson, One Foot in the Grave lasted for 6 series over 10 years and brought the about this glorious catchphrase
(after being ordered to fight and defy the Sun)
Gunner Graham: But the Sun isn’t an anatomical entity, it’s an inanimate object. How can we possibly fight it, Sergeant-Major?
Sergeant-Major Williams: How can we possibly fight it, Sergeant-Major? Let me tell you, Gunner La-De-Dah Graham, the British Army can fight anything! Intimate or not!
Something a little older now, and very dated too – a bit un-PC for today’s audiences, but at the time it was a very popular show. This unlikely hit program even had a No.1 hit in the pop charts for two of its cast, Windsor Davies and Don Estelle, with “Whispering Grass”
It Ain't Half Hot Mum
It Ain’t Half Hot Mum was a sitcom based in India 1944, and was based around the Royal Artillery Concert Party who perpetually try to avoid going in to action by performing for the troops with their brand of camp entertainment!
Since I have been manager, I am proud to say there have only been twenty-three deaths. And not one of them was a staff member.
Oh Mr Brittas, with all your ambition and good intentions why does everything go wrong when you are around? Everyone seems to love a loser and Gordon Brittas is one of the best losers around.
A a well-meaning but incompetent manager of the Whitbury New Town Leisure Centre he is forever coming up with ‘half-baked’ ideas. Add to that the amazing ability of upsetting his staff and the public with the occasional death its a wonder he too does not suffer the same fate…
If the Good Lord had wanted us to know about cuisine, he would never have given us crispy pancakes.
This dirty, rude, lazy, foul-mouthed, sexist, violent, alcoholic appeared on our screens in the 80’s and is still going strong. Tackling many taboo subjects, Rab C Nesbitt reeks of dark, Glaswegian humour, when you can understand the heavy dialect (which actually makes it even funnier).
Rab C Nesbitt
It has been voted one of the 50 Best British sitcoms of all time in a wide-ranging poll of the viewing public. Opinion can be divided though; love it or hate it the performance if Gregor Fisher is fantastic.
Eddie: In this body there is a thin person dying to get out.
Gran: Just the one dear?
Eddy and Patsy were a pair of career women on the London fashion scene – both trying to appear younger than they actually were – a life revolving around alcohol, recreational drugs, and chasing the latest fads.
The award-winning Absolutely Fabulous (BAFTA’s and Emmy’s), or just Ab Fab, has graced our screens since the 90’s and rumour has it there may be another series on the way, at least a 2012 Christmas Special perhaps. Lovely sweetie-darling!
Let’s face it Tony, the only way you’re gonna be “in there” is that if you’re both marooned on a deserted island and she eats a poisonous berry or a nut which makes her temporarily deaf, dumb, stupid, forgetful and desperate for sex.
Back in the 90’s this sitcom was a must-watch. In an age of political correctness, these two lads were rude, drank copious amounts of lager and were derogatory to women – but British TV audiences loved it.
Men Behaving Badly
Men Behaving Badly told the story of Gary and Tony, two beer-guzzling flatmates, watching hours of TV and having mindless talks about women. Their(almost) loves of their lives were Dorothy (Gary’s girlfriend) and Deborah (an attractive blonde in the flat above).
“The Ooh-Aah bird is so-called because it lays square eggs.” I don’t understand that.
An exceptional cast that will live long in British TV history, this sitcom based in Surbiton contracted the lifestyle choices between the Ledbetter’s (Jerry and Margot) and the Good’s (Tom and Barbera). One an upper middle-class couple and the other couple who have decided to give up on the rat race, drop out of society and become self-sufficient, growing their own vegetables and rearing their own animals.
The Good Life
Margo, the rather prim and proper well-to-do neighbour, was the butt of so many jokes, with the additional joke that she never realised were also laughing at her. The quote above was hers, and could only have been hers.
I think animal testing is a terrible idea. They get all nervous and give silly answers.
A typical one-liner gag, but performed by a would be giant of British comedy. Running for 6 years this dynamic duo excelled at elaborate wordplay and innuendo.
A bit of Fry and Laurie
A Bit of Fry and Laurie was a TV sketch show which helped launch the careers of Stephen Fry and Hugh Laurie, from whence they launched their now incredible careers. The show often involved mocking the posh and the upper classes, so a genuinely British institution.
Bob: Back in time for a drink, watch the box this afternoon – that’s what a weekend should be – sport, sleep, slippers and sex.
Terry: Not necessarily in that order.
Something pretty old now, but still very fondly remembered – The likely Lads was first shown in black and white TV for the first 3 series. It later returned in the 70’s as Whatever Happened to the Likely Lads and was even more popular in colour.
The Likely Lads
Terry Collier and Bob Ferris are two completely different teenagers who are learning to cope with working life in the North-East of England. Bob is ambitious, a social climber and willing to work hard to get what he wants. Terry is just out for a good time and wants nothing more than beer, girls and football.