Ooh Betty!

Betty Spencer: Our marriage was a great shock to her, she wanted me to marry someone else.

Frank Spencer: Who?

Betty Spencer: No-one in particular, just someone else.

Now I’m beginning to show my age – some really cringeworthy slapstick comedy by a true acting genious – someone who was also noted for doing his own stunts – Frank Spencer (aka Michale Crawford)

Frank Spencer

Some Mothers Do ‘Ave ‘Em was a TV classic that followed the accident-prone Frank Spencer and his tolerant, if long-suffering, wife, Betty, through Frank’s various attempts to hold down a job, which frequently end in disaster.  Frank’s catchphase “Ooh Betty” will forever be part of the British psyche.


One size does not fit all!

The other day I weighed my breasts to see how much they’d cost to post. Too heavy for 2nd class if you get what I mean…

Right up to date now with the 2011 Best TV Comedy Actress – Miranda Hart (aka just “Miranda”)

Miranda Hart

A very talented (and very popular) comedienne, writer and actress, Miranda is the talk of the town at the moment with her TV series.   She earned her reputation as a comedian from her stand-up and sketch shows at the Edinburgh Festival and on the London circuit.


Three lions on a shirt

That’s the thing about your destiny how are you supposed to know when it arrives? How are you supposed to recognise it from random life?

Something a bit more contemporary this time, from a popular stand-up comedian,famed for his satirical and observational comedy

David Baddiel

David Baddiel became a stand-up comedian after leaving university in teh late 80’s.  Since then he has played significant contributions to “The Mary Whitehouse Experience” (which first started on radio), “Newman and Baddiel in Pieces”, “Baddiel and Skinner Unplanned” and “Baddiel’s Syndrome”

The title of this post relates to the hit single he had with Frank Skinner for the Euro 96 football tournament


Upper-class versus Nouveau Riche

My Grandfather used to have his eggs timed by the passing trains.   If they were hard-boiled he had the driver sacked.

Here is a past classic sitcom – a riches-to-rags-to-riches romantic tale of Audrey fforbes-Hamilton, and the new owner of the stately home she had to sell, Richard DeVere.

Penelope Keith and Peter Bowles played the two leading characters and was extremely popular, even though it only lasted 22 shows over 3 series.  To the Manor Born came 21st in Britain’s Best Sitcom, a public poll to find Britain’s favourite situation comedy


Metallurgy for beginners

Blackadder:  You have absolutely no idea what irony is, have you Baldrick?
Baldrick:  Yes I have. It’s just like steely and goldie, ‘cept it’s made of iron

Sorry, but I have reverted to some of my favourite comedy – Blackadder.  this kind of wit will make me laugh for the rest of my days (which should be many)

Blackadder and Baldrick

It is really amazing that something that was created over 20 years ago, a comedy to boot, is just as funny today as it was then.  Undoubtedly there are many reasons for its success; the script, the acting, the actors and so on, but a timeless period sitcom has no reason to age


All the intelligence of a Pot Noodle

I doubt Constable Goody would “get it”, if it came in a large bag marked, “IT”.

It is too good an opportunity, whilst we are on the subject of The Thin Blue Line, to pass up this quote.  Similar to many Blackadder style of quotes (e.g. ” subtle plan”), and delivered by the same comedian, it has the same effect on the audience – laughter.

The Thin Blue Line

The Thin Blue Line was set in the police station of the fictional English town of Gasforth.  One of the main themes was the rivalry between Inspector Fowler (Rowan Atkinson) and the CID led by Detective Inspector Grim (David Haig).  Only 14 episodes were made  😦


Keen of eye, swift of thought, and regular of bowel

The artful dodger was a thief.  And I don’t think he’d have considered himself quite so “at home” in a juvenile detention centre, which is where I’d have put him. Thieving is thieving and no amount of oom-pa-pa or boom-titty-titty will change that.

For only 2 brief series this excellent sitcom graced our screens, depicting a slightly dysfunctional police force headed up by Police Inspector Raymond Fowler

The Thin Blue Line

The Thin Blue Line was yet another successful sitcom for Rowan Atkinson to captivate an audience, together with the writing talents of Ben Elton, considered to be one of the finest comedies of the 90’s,  it seems a shame it ended so quickly.


Get that, would you Barb?

Are you going to make a brew or what Barbara?  I’ve got a throat here like Gandhi’s bloody flip-flop.

Just one more for the road before we return to normality – another Royle Family quote, of which there are so many (and some I probably should not print, given the language content, but they are all so funny)

The Royle Family

Another Jim Royle special (I must get some other quotes from the rest of the family), but so much of it revolves around him, just sitting in the same old chair, in the same old dilapidated room, saying the same old things.  It is really a wonder why The Royle family became such a huge hit with audiences … but it did!  My Arse!


Stop fiddling with yourself!

I paid a quid for these underpants and I’ve got about 50 pence worth stuck up me arse!

Sorry, but I could not resist another Royle Family quote, of which there are many

Jim Royle

Brilliant delivery and timing goes to make this a bit of pure sensational comedy from the cast of the Royle Family.  Famed for picking at his body parts, Jim explodes with this witty retort when his daughter, Denise, suggests he should stop doing this.

The whole quote goes as follows:

Denise Royle:  Dad, stop fiddling with yourself.

Jim Royle:  I’m not fiddling with meself, I paid a quid for these underpants and I’ve got about 50 pence worth stuck up me arse.

Barbara Royle:  She’s right. If you’re not picking your arse, you’re picking your teeth.

Jim Royle:  I’ll pick what I want in me own house and when she gets her own house she can pick what she likes – her nose, her arse, her teeth. Just go and treat yourself.

Barbara Royle:  Oh, I’m ashamed of this family, I am really.


A Royle party

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.

Jim Royle

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!!!