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Best British comedy top 5

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  1. Lionheart

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    What is your favourite British comedy ( please include TV as alot have at least one film and so what if they dont)....here's mine and this list isnt easy....

    1. Fawlty Towers (Dont mention the war)

    2. Steptoe and son (Harold, Haaarold)

    3. Monty Pythons flying circus (film wise definately Monty Python and the holy grail) ...We are the knights that say Ni

    4. The young ones ( you bastard Vyvyan)

    5. Bottom ( not forgetting Guest house Paradiso)

    There is so much more...damn i wanted Carry on in there not to Mention Hancocks half hour
     
  2. cmcg55

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    Carry On would have to be in there.

    Yes, it's dated, formulaic, vulgar and tacky. However, in comes from an era when life was simpler, and let's face it, most of us wish that world still existed. Kenneth Williams's shocked face followed by a disgusted (but very excited) "Oooooo, Matron!!!" is about as iconic a scene of British comedy as exists.
     
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    Carry on is all of those things...and isnt it wonderful....you are spot on cmcg
     
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    Let us also not omit the talents of Mr Atkinson. Whichever way you look at it, Mr Bean is brilliant visual comedy, it's like Buster Keaton on steroids. Also, has there ever been a character in the history of cinema, television, radio, stage... whatever medium you choose, who could could take sarcasm to the levels of Edmund Blackadder (especially in BA III).

    "It is said, Percy, that civilized man seeks out good and intelligent company so that through learned discourse he may rise above the savage and closer to God. Personally, however, I like to start the day with a total ******** to remind me I'm best." - Sir Edmund Blackadder, Blackadder II.
     
  5. Lionheart

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    lol yesss cmcg...my daughter just said I should have had Rowan in my top 5 (Blackadder is genius)....i need a top 50 ....I love British comedy, we are masters of sarcasm
     
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    British Comedy remains the best of the best. I've lived in three different countries now, and have visited (by my last count) 24 others. I understand obviously that there's a language barrier which may mean I'm missing some incredible work of art, but I can certainly say that in the English-speaking world, British Comedy is so far ahead of everything else it's not even a competition. Right now I'm in the US (one month left before I return to the UK), but I can say with experience that there's nothing over here remotely close to the standard of (say) Blackadder.

    Even in more modern times when there's so much garbage on TV, every so often something still pops out something that's pure genius: The Office, Little Britain, and so on. I think it's the ability to laugh at ourselves more than anything else - so few other nations possess that. If the BBC could combine the British talent for comedy with what America is currently doing with Drama/Thriller genre (Alias, CSI, 24, Sopranos, etc.), they'd rule the universe.
     
  7. Lionheart

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    I totally agree, we really are miles ahead of America and the rest of the English speaking world, not only are we way ahead in sarcasm but also in twisted comedy...little Britain u mention...which reminded me of The league of Gentlemen..."Whats all this shouting we'll have no trouble here"...I cant see the rest of the world catching up with Edward and Tubbs for a long time yet lol...after all, this is a local shop
     
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    Only fools and Horses
    In sickness and in Health
    Faulty Towers

    My fav 3. :)
     
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    Just to clarify - Are we talking films or TV? You have placed this thread in the movie section but then only nominated tv progs...


    Movie: Life of Brian

    TV: The Office

    :smashin:
     
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    You are right Lex but this covers so much...all i am doing is representing both at the same time...as Monty Python did back in the 70s...ps...are u mad...i hope so lol...2,3 and 5 all represent cinema
     
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    1. Red Dwarf
    2. Bottom
    3. Only fools and Horses
    4. Game on
    5. Blackadder
     
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    Good on 4/5, but Game On?

    Game On was what happens when you get a middle-class writer to try to represent lad culture when he had no experience of it himself. Way too affected, it just tried too hard. Doesn't deserve to be mentioned in the same breath as the others, to be honest.
     
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    Only fools and horses. with out a doubt the best comedy from the uk bar none :smashin:
     
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    What about some older stuff?

    E.g.

    The Rebel
    Kind Hearts And Coronets
    The Ladykillers
    The Goose Steps Out
    The Intelligence Men
     
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    I agree with most of the above, some others possibly worth a mention:

    Film:

    Shooting fish
    Brassed off
    Local hero
    Four weddings and a funeral
    Shaun of the dead

    TV:

    Porridge
    Yes minister
    Spaced
    Black books
    Father ted
     
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    The Ealing comedies are great :thumbsup:

    What about Will Hay?
    I love his films, especially Oh, Mr Porter! and Ask a Policeman :)
     
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    Agree with virtually everything here but the stand out moment for me of recent times - the series that had me laughing out loud throughout, with tears streaming down my face - has got to be Green Wing . Hit every branch of the Classic British Comedy Tree for me :rotfl:
     
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    Movie - so many, but Young Frankenstein stands out as something special

    TV - OK, back to more recent, but there's a little gem I found on DVD and its doing a new series on BBC2, Still Game - And Julia Davies's Nighty Night :thumbsup:
     
  19. Steve N

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    Who can tell me the scripted bit in blackadder where dreaded "Jack" is coming.
    "Do you mean so and so Jack"
    "No"
    "Then you must mean ??? ??? Jack"
    "No"
    Etc, etc, etc till the punchline. Had me laughing out loud.

    Oh, talking about laughing out loud, has anyone mentioned Father Ted yet?
     
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    Nope....Father Ted needs to be here.

    "Down with this sort of thing"

    "Carefull now"

    Slays me every time :D
     
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    some of the older shows like ...

    Dad's Army
    Rising Damp
    Porridge
    Steptoe & Son
    Whatever Happened to the Likely Lads
    Reggie Perrin
    Morecombe & Wise
    Two Ronnies
    Fawlty Towers
    Ripping Yarns
    Rutland Weekend Television
     
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    Was mentioned in post #15. Worth making into a film?

    "One more time Dougal. These are small, but those are far away"

    Fupping brilliant.
     
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    Three not mentioned yet, I think

    Spaced
    Coupling
    League of Gentleman
     
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    EBA: Who shall be our seventh ? Wilfred ?

    WD: Why, need I say more ? Jack

    {[FX Deathly chord] The other five look worried}

    GdG: Not mad bully-boy Jack, the grave robbing assassin of Aldwich ?

    WD: No.

    TFP: Then crazed animal Jack, the cattle rustling canibal from
    Sutton-Coalfield ?

    WD: Ha ha... no.

    StIB: Then your mans sane Jack O'Hooligan the man-hating goat-murderer of
    Dingle Bay.

    WD: No.

    FB: Surely not Canon Jack Smollett senior arch-deacon of the Diosces of St
    Bothar, the entrail-eating heretic of Bath and Wells ?

    WD: No. I'm talking of unspeakably violent Jack, the bull-buggering
    beast-killer of no-fixed-abode.

    {[An even deathlier chord] All look even more worried}

    EBA: Are you sure he's the sort of chap we're looking for ?
    :clap:
     
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    Film
    Life Of Brian


    Tv
    Porridge
    Open All Hours
    Red Dwarf
    Blackadder
    Dinnerladies
    Benny Hill



    :thumbsdow least funny "comedies" :thumbsdow
    League Of Gentlemen
    The Office
    Father Ted
     
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    I got the recently released on dvd "nearest and dearest" movie,
    hylda baker's misuse of words still makes me laugh.
    I also got the 3 on the buses movies as a £14.99 box set,
    classics :thumbsup:
    I've got most of the carry on movies just a few more to order to make the full set up.
    I do enjoy modern comedies but it seems that they so often have to rely on just f'ing and blinding to raise a laugh. :(
     
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    Personally, I believe Phoenix Nights to be a work of genius, and Brian Potter a character that ranks up alongside Basil Fawlty. A part of me craves a third series, but only if the magnificent standards can be maintained.

    Blackadder is up there, too.
     
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    the episode with the horse that gets drunk is my favourite in phoenix nights :clap:
    and the "max and paddy" spinoff series is even better :thumbsup:
    I've got blackadder series one on dvd but I wasn't so keen on the others.
     
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    HI,

    For me, my votes would go, as follows:

    Best British Comedy Film - Monty Python's Life Of Brian

    Bets British Comedy TV Show - Fawlty Towers

    I prefer "Life Of Brian" to "Holy Grail", purely because there are so many jokes in the first one, that you can watch the film time and time again, and still find something funny, be it a quote, something happening in the background, a character doing something dumb, or whatever else. "Holy Grail" is damn good, but not as outright hilarious as "Life...".

    Ditto with "Fawlty Towers". It was 12 episodes of absolute genius, whereas "Only Fools..." was done to death, and seeing as you can still see it on BBC1 almost every week at least once, it's simply no longer as good as it should still be. One noticeable ommission though, was "Drop The Dead Donkey", which is still hilarious to this day, even though it was meant to be topical. How ironic that so many of the topicality is still relevant today! :clap:


    Pooch
     
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    :eek: let battle commence...
     

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