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    Posted: June 06 2013 at 22:32

Trying to think of my favorite British sitcoms from the last, oh, I don't know, 10 or 15 years or so?... Surely I've left some off. Anyway, I've intentionally left off variety shows and anything from before the mid-90s or whatever. Smile

My favorite? Wow, it's tough. I love almost all of the above... but I have to go with Peep Show.


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Originally posted by Horizons Horizons wrote:



I prefer him on The It Crowd, as Richmond the Goth LOL


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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote Blacksword Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: June 07 2013 at 04:30
Such a good list.

The Thick of it gets my vote. Best political satire ever. Peep show is also excellent and after 8 series is still pretty strong in my opinion.

The only one I've not seen fro that list is Snuff Box, but as for the rest I would rank them as follows..

Peep Show
Spaced
The Office
I'm Alan Partidge
Father Ted
The IT Crowd
Black Books
Garth Marenghi's dark place
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Oh man, this is hard. Snuff Box, Spaced, Thick of It and Black Books are all on the same level for me.

And then there is the ommission of brilliant stuff like Coupling, Him & Her, Fresh Meat, The Inbetweeners, Big Train, The Fast Show.... Although not on the same level, The Wrong Door also had some of my favorite moments.
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I've never seen (or heard of) Snuff Box either, but Matt Berry is a talent so I'll have to track it down.
 
Other than that all bar two on the list are excellent, I'm not a fan of Partridge or Brent.
 
Voted Garth Marenghi's Dark Place - British sitcoms need more Matt Holness and more surrealism. When we do that kind of off-beat surreal stuff well it's brilliant, other times it's This is Jinsy, which isn't.


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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote jude111 Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: June 07 2013 at 06:43
Originally posted by Kotro Kotro wrote:

Oh man, this is hard. Snuff Box, Spaced, Thick of It and Black Books are all on the same level for me.

And then there is the ommission of brilliant stuff like Coupling, Him & Her, Fresh Meat, The Inbetweeners, Big Train, The Fast Show.... Although not on the same level, The Wrong Door also had some of my favorite moments.

I left off sketch shows  intentionally, so excellent shows like Big Train, Little Britain, That Mitchell and Webb Look, Catherine Tate Show etc. were left off.

I haven't seen the others you mention, so I'll have to check those out! Smile


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Ah yes, The Inbetweeners should definietly be on there. I really enjoyed all three series.
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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote irrelevant Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: June 07 2013 at 06:53
Originally posted by Dean Dean wrote:

When we do that kind of off-beat surreal stuff well it's brilliant, other times it's This is Jinsy, which isn't.

Oh I've seen that one. LOL







It's not very funny. 
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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote chopper Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: June 07 2013 at 07:14
I've not seen them all but I can't let the brilliant Black Books go without a vote.
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wow, I love British comedy but I haven't seen any of these except the original Office and maybe a couple of Father Ted episodes.  I'm just a bit behind.  The Vicar of Dibley with Dawn French was really good, I've always liked her.
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Some great sitcoms there,  hard to choose one.
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Vicar of Dibley is pure shoite.
 
 
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Peep Show
 
Come Fly With Us 
about a budget airline run by womanizer, Omar Baba is hilarious - especially the  portrayal of the British born,totally British Pakistani. The two men what brought us Little Britain play over 40 roles here from immigration officer to baggage handlers.
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Father Ted
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I love all of these!!!
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Originally posted by irrelevant irrelevant wrote:

Originally posted by Dean Dean wrote:

When we do that kind of off-beat surreal stuff well it's brilliant, other times it's This is Jinsy, which isn't.

Oh I've seen that one. LOL







It's not very funny. 
True, Sky seems to be trying too hard to make sitcoms that work and failing. Stella and Starlings are just stretching a 30 minute concept to a hour to fill airpspace. Some programmes like Spy, Trollied, The Cafe and The Moonie Boy, could work if played differently but they are trying far too hard to work successfully - everything seemed forced and over-played. Great comedy works without trying - Father Ted was simply bizarre and should never have worked but it did and the cast became an ensemble cast because they were naturally great characters played to perfection, unlike the contrivance that is Mrs Brown's Boys.


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Tough choice. Was torn between Father Ted and Black Books and finally opted for the latter

(Both have two brilliant stand up comedians as part of the cast in Ardal O'Hanlon and Dylan Moran - three if you count Bill Bailey)
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Originally posted by Dean Dean wrote:

Father Ted was simply bizarre and should never have worked but it did and the cast became an ensemble cast because they were naturally great characters played to perfection, unlike the contrivance that is Mrs Brown's Boys.

I agree totally. After I heard descriptions of Father Ted, I didn't see *how* I could ever possibly like it. But a good British friend insisted I stick with it and would eventually love it, and he was totally correct (he's never been wrong recommending British tv to me! Come to think of it, he's the one who recommended Peep Show as well to me...)
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How can I not vote for Peep Show.
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