Best TV Comedies

My favourite TV comedies that have no doubt shaped my humour.
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The Black Adder (1982 TV Series)
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In the Middle Ages, Prince Edmund the Black Adder constantly schemes and endeavors to seize the crown from his father and brother. (195 mins.)
“ Blackadder (Rowan Atkinson) is an indolent rogue with a sharp tongue and an appealing ability to vacillate between naive optimism and world-weary pessimism. The premise of the series was to visit the ancestors of this dastardly cad in subsequent generations of his family at key moments in history (1485 Richard III; 1560 Queen Elizabeth I; 1760 Prince Regent 'George'; World War I). Incredibly witty and instantly quotable, Blackadder is a first rate series that is both funny and occasionally moving. ” - vprice94
I'm Alan Partridge (1997 TV Series)
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Alan Partridge a failed television presenter whose previous exploits had featured in the chat-show parody Knowing Me, Knowing You with Alan Partridge, and who is now presenting a programed on local radio in Norwich. (29 mins.)
“ Alan Partridge (Steve Coogan) has slid a long way since the ending of 'Knowing Me, Knowing You' and his dismissal from BBC television. He now presents Up With the Partridge on Radio Norwich broadcast in the thankless 4:30-7:00am time slot. Kicked out by his wife, he resides permanently at the sterile and characterless Linton Travel Tavern, chosen because it is 'equidistant' between London and Norwich. The hotel staff treat Alan Partridge as a regular guest and are not as starstruck as Alan would like, which often leads to misunderstandings and embarrassing moments. Alan's ego is shored up by by his loyal PA, Lynn, who comes to see him every day and works hard at keeping him in the public eye and attracting sponsorship deals. Alan Partridge is a thoroughly unpleasant character with a bloated ego and has an awesome disregard of others around him, but his human struggles can't help but evoke viewer sympathy. ” - vprice94
Brass Eye (1997 TV Series)
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Controversal spoof of current-affairs TV and the role of celebrity in the UK. (25 mins.)
“ Brass Eye involved on-camera appearances from a wide range of celebrities and politicians; brought on to comment upon ludicrous news items and were often unaware that the material was spurious. This technique blurred the line between truth and fantasy and increased the controversial nature of the show. The program's aim was to show that many 'celebrities' and 'politicians' will happily be associated with anything in order to promote themselves. A one-off Brass Eye special that satirised the media's hypocritically hysterical obsession with with stories of paedophilia caused a furore, unleashing the fiercest ever debate about taste and morality on TV. Predictably, the hypocritical and 'holier-than-thou' tabloid newspapers led the way, horrified how anyone could find this show funny, missing the point to an extent that the writers had foretold and giving them all the publicity they could have wanted. ” - vprice94
The Day Today (1994 TV Series)
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A spoof of the the British style of news broadcasting - including ridiculous stories, patronising vox pops, offensively hard-hitting research and a sports presenter clearly struggling for metaphors. (30 mins.)
“ A fine satire spoofing current affairs programmes. The cast were acutely accurate in their impressions of personalities one sees in current affairs TV, particularly catching the mannerisms, vocal control and visual style of such presenters. To make the spoof more authentic, the show employed graphics and music that expertly caricatured the high-tech, dramatic style that has now become commonplace in TV presentation. ” - vprice94
Knowing Me, Knowing You with Alan Partridge (1994 TV Series)
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A mock of a TV show where the host is rude to many of his guests. (45 mins.)
“ I remember tuning into this show, without first seeing it scheduled, when I was 14 and thinking it was real chat show. I'm glad I did, as this turned out to be one of the funniest shows I have ever laughed at. Each week, Alan Partridge started the show with some forced chit-chat with his resident house-band, fronted by Glen Ponder, before using a strangled metaphor to describe that night's show. In fact, Partridge's incredibly mangled and overdrawn metaphors were his trademark, alongside his crass questioning and nebulous grasp on his guests careers. Excruciatingly funny and straight out of the theatre of embarrassment, and long before 'The Office', this will make you squirm as well as laugh. ” - vprice94
Spaced (1999 TV Series)
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Friends Tim and Daisy, 20-something North Londoners with uncertain futures, must pretend to be a couple to live in the only apartment they can afford. (25 mins.)
“ Tim (Simon Pegg) an aspiring comic artist, and Daisy (Jessica Stevenson) an aspiring writer-journalist meet in a cafe, whilst both pondering over accommodation advertisements. They spot an advert for the perfect flat, which is offered to a professional couple only, so they decide to overcome this snag by posing as such and succeed in renting out the flat from a daunting landlady known as Marsha. Renting elsewhere in the house is an intense painter named Brian. Also on the scene is Tim's best mate, Mike and Daisy's dipsy friend, Twist. This is a flashy, funny and very inventive sitcom that had a unique style, with nods towards the 90's dance culture, casual drug taking, fantasy cults, film quotes, and modern relationships. This is a fresh comedy with visual flair that crams a lot in 30 minutes and is the reason why Shaun of the Dead was such a hit. ” - vprice94
Red Dwarf (1988 TV Series)
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The adventures of the last human alive and his friends, stranded three million years into deep space on the mining ship Red Dwarf. (30 mins.)
“ The crew of a 21st Century deep-space mining ship, the Red Dwarf, are all, bar one, wiped out following the result of radiation leak. The sole survivor is David Lister, who has been placed in suspended animation as a punishment for smuggling aboard a pregnant pet cat. Lister remained in stasis for three million years(!) and when he awakes he has some unexpected company: a hologram, Rimmer; shipboard computer, Holly; and Cat - a human feline that has evolved over the past three million years from Lister's pregnant moggy. As the series progressed, the crew were also joined by an all too human android, Kryton. The crew, with a clash of opposing personalities, is forced to share the same space and face many dilemmas as a surrogate family set-up. ” - vprice94
Curb Your Enthusiasm (2000 TV Series)
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The life and times of Larry David and the predicaments he gets himself in with his friends and complete strangers. (28 mins.)
“ Awkward predicaments, long silences, embarrassment, frustration, excuses, irrational behaviour, coincidence, social rules, unflinching openness, misinterpretation and obituary typos. Welcome to Larry David's universe. ” - vprice94
The Office (2001 TV Series)
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The story of an office that faces closure when the company decides to downsize its branches. A documentary film crew follow staff and the manager Brent as they continue their daily lives. (30 mins.)
“ The Slough branch of a paper merchants, Wernham Hogg, is the subject of an ongoing fly-on-the-wall TV documentary. Cameras eavesdrop on office manager David Brent and his team as they go about their business. The Office, though exploring the thinest of plots, focuses on the easily identifiable eccentricities, annoyances and petty rivalries of office life. Like Steve Coogan's Alan Partridge, David Brent is a marvelous creation that is just as grotesque and lonely. Though the main difference being, David Brent's continuous pathetic need to be loved. ” - vprice94
Phoenix Nights (2001 TV Series)
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The misadventures of club owner Brian Potter who is determined to make The Phoenix Club the best working men's club in Greater Manchester. (25 mins.)
“ A top notch sitcom depicting the problems encountered in running a Bolton social club. Its licensee is the bad tempered, wheelchair bound Brian potter, who struggles through mountains of difficulties with staff and members, many of his own making, forming the basis of the story lines. ” - vprice94
15 Storeys High (2002 TV Series)
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The lives of two men sharing a flat in South London. (30 mins.)
“ 15 Storeys High is a critically acclaimed British sitcom, set in a tower block. The main characters are Vince Clark, a misanthropic, cynical recluse played by Sean Lock, and Errol Spears, Vince's exact opposite and whipping boy, played by Benedict Wong. ” - vprice94
Only Fools and Horses.... (1981 TV Series)
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Classic comedy following the misadventures of two Wheeler Dealer brothers Del Boy and Rodney Trotter who scrape their living by selling dodgy goods believing that next year they will be millionaires. (95 mins.)
“ The sublime comic adventures of the Trotter brothers, Del and Rodney, as they duck and dive through the streets of south London, eking out a living. Endearing characters trying to make ends meet made this sitcom a national favourite. ” - vprice94
The Mighty Boosh (2003 TV Series)
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Vince Noir and Howard Moon have surreal adventures while working at a Zoo run by the deranged Bob Fossil... (30 mins.)
“ Dream-like and surreal, The Mighty Boosh uses its characters and setting to full effect. ” - vprice94
The Royle Family (1998 TV Series)
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A British sitcom about a family going through everyday life in the Royle family house. (45 mins.)
“ Very funny sitcom set in a council house on a Greater Manchester estate. Blessed with triumphant performances from the cast and smart script, The Royle Family made hum-drum life sat in front of a TV set, hysterically funny. ” - vprice94
The League of Gentlemen (1999 TV Series)
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An interweaving narrative chronicling the antics of such diverse characters as: a transsexual taxi driver, a family obsessed with hygiene and toads, a fiery reverend, a carnival owner who kidnaps women into marriage, and a xenophobic couple who run a local shop for local people. (60 mins.)
“ A superb, jet black show full of memorable characters and standout scenes. Set in the village of Royston Vasey, a seemingly picturesque spot, but one populated by dangerous lunatics, social misfits, sinister grotesques and psychopaths. ” - vprice94
Bottom (1991 TV Series)
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Edward and Richard are best buddies living off the government doing nothing more than having a good time and breaking stuff. (30 mins.)
“ Adventures in the sordid life of two of the world's most repellent batchelors, Richie and Eddie. Rude, crude and of dubious social value, Bottom is schoolboy humour of the highest order. ” - vprice94
Garth Marenghi's Darkplace (2004 TV Series)
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This parody series is an unearthed 80s horror/drama, complete with poor production values, awful dialogue and hilarious violence. The series is set in a Hospital in Romford, which is situated over the gates of Hell. (30 mins.)
“ Dr. Rick Dagless M.D. is an egotistical hotshot hospital surgeon, who solves mysteries and plays saxophone on the hospital rooftop. A very funny parody of 80s slasher novels and horror hospital TV dramas. Shockingly underrated and low audience figures prevented a second series being commissioned. ” - vprice94
The Young Ones (1982 TV Series)
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The crazy and sometimes surreal comedic adventures of four very different students in Thatcher's Britain. (410 mins.)
“ A mental, helter-skelter, rude, awesomely violent, unpredictable, swaggering, joyously infantile, exhilarating steamroller of a sitcom. Undeniably anarchic throughout, The Young Ones is an undisciplined sitcom that turns its back on all the established rules and cliches of television humour. ” - vprice94
Scrubs (2001 TV Series)
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In the unreal world of Sacred Heart Hospital, intern John "J.D" Dorian learns the ways of medicine, friendship and life. (22 mins.)
“ Scrubs is a slick, rapid paced and finely acted comedy full of interesting characters, witty lines and funny stories, which often explore life and death situations. Another bonus is the exhilarating blend of special effects, dream sequences, slow and fast motions and visual references to other sitcoms. ” - vprice94
Fonejacker (2007 TV Series)
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Kayvan Novak pretends to be a group of different people and prank calls restaurants and other companys
“ The Fonejacker is masked caller who assumes different over-the-phone identities to confuse unsuspecting members of the public. Tawk t' me. ” - vprice94
Rising Damp (1974 TV Series)
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Popular sitcom set in a seedy bedsit lorded over by the mean, vain, boastful, cowardly landlord Rigsby. In each episode, his conceits are debunked by his long suffering tenants. (30 mins.)
“ One of TVs finest sitcoms, distinguished by the magnificent acting of Leonard Rossiter, cast as Rigsby, the landlord of a rundown boarding house in a northern university town. Rigsby was obnoxious - a nosey, bigoted, racist, lecherous but sexually frustrated, miserly, interfering wretch - but in Rossiter's hands he became somehow lovable. ” - vprice94
Game-On (1995 TV Series)
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The daily lives of three London flatmates. (29 mins.)
“ Deliberately and provocatively un-PC, Game On is a 1990s flat share sitcom that featured more than a dash of crudity. ” - vprice94
Vic Reeves Big Night Out (1990 TV Series)
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Hugely influential, surreal and anarchic parody of the variety show format. Vic Reeves and Bob Mortimer introduce a selection of eccentric characters. The show often appears to be completely random, ramshackle and nonsensical. (25 mins.)
“ A comical mix of violent slapstick, weird characters, surreal ideas and twisted variations on traditional musical hall offerings. A bizarre comedy that reveals different funny moments on multiple viewings. ” - vprice94
Monkey Dust (2003 TV Series)
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(29 mins.)
“ Cynical, animated sketches that dissects the seedier side of Britain. However, Monkey Dust boasts some excellent animation and voice acting, which, when moulded with a moody score, maintains a freshness that is equally fascinating. ” - vprice94
The Simpsons (1989 TV Series)
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The satiric adventures of a working-class family in the misfit city of Springfield. (22 mins.)
“ The stories of Springfield play out complex tales that feature mistrust, duplicity and flawed individuals following the dictates of their character rather than their conscience. Unlike so many American TV shows, there is no simple moralising in the Simpson's, as good guys sometimes lose and bad acts are sometimes rewarded. This is a two-dimensional comedy tour de force with more depth than most of its three-dimensional counterparts. ” - vprice94
South Park (1997 TV Series)
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Follows the misadventures of four irreverent grade-schoolers in the quiet, dysfunctional town of South Park, Colorado. (22 mins.)
“ Crudely executed and even cruder content(!), this animation delights in its coarseness and rude energy. The series is centered around a quartet of school children that reside in the demented town of South Park. Though the storyboard is completely juvenile in its presentation, its saving grace is its impeccable timing and outrageously funny humour. ” - vprice94
Yes Minister (1980 TV Series)
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The Right Honorable James Hacker has landed the plum job of Cabinet Minister to the Department of Administration. At last he is in a position of power and can carry out some long-needed reforms - or so he thinks. (60 mins.)
“ First class political satire, admired not only by the public, but also by politicians of all persuasions. Clever and complex plotting, cracking and convoluted dialogue, accurately drawn observations and top notch acting make Yes, Minister an absolute must. ” - vprice94
Frasier (1993 TV Series)
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Dr. Frasier Crane moves back to his hometown of Seattle where he lives with his father and works as a radio psychiatrist. (22 mins.)
“ A 'Cheers' spin-off about the character Dr. Frasier Crane. An uptight and frosty individual who is saddled with a good deal of psychological baggage. A sharply written comedy. ” - vprice94
Porridge (1974 TV Series)
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The prison life of Fletcher, a criminal serving a five-year sentence, as he strives to bide his time, keep his record clean, and refuses to be ground down by the prison system. (45 mins.)
“ With memorable characters, rich comic dialogue and cunning plots Porridge is a prison sitcom that is held in high regard, and rightfully so. Very good. ” - vprice94
The Golden Girls (1985 TV Series)
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Four previously married women live together in Miami, sharing their various experiences together and enjoying themselves despite hard times. (30 mins.)
“ A lively sitcom that featured three middle-aged women and one particularly old lady, who supported one another, traded insults and talked about sex incessantly. In a nut shell? Older people can have fun too, and sex is not the preserve for the young. Witty, wry and adult, this was a comedy that dealt with sensitive issues that were very funny and often poignant. ” - vprice94
Police Squad! (1982 TV Series)
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Sight-gags and non-sequiturs dominate this spoof of police dramas. The six episodes formed the basis for later very successful "Naked Gun" movies. (24 mins.)
“ Police Squad! was a spoof on TV cop shows of the past such as Dragnet and M Squad. Yet despite its brilliance, it was soon off the air. Its cancellation was partly explained by an ABC executive, who claimed that the show required 'too much attention' from viewers. Yet those viewers who were able to concentrate were amply rewarded. The cancellation of this show was a real indictment of where US television was at in the early 1980s. This is a gem of a comedy that ran for a mere six episodes, but launched a string of films. ” - vprice94
Peep Show (2003 TV Series)
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Mark and Jez are a couple of twenty-something roommates who have nothing in common - except for the fact that their lives are anything but normal. Mayhem ensues as the pair strive to cope with day-to-day life. (25 mins.)
“ Hear their deepest, darkest and most socially unacceptable thoughts and feelings of Mark and Jeremy as they struggle to find their place in the modern world. ” - vprice94
The Thick of It (2005 TV Series)
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Set in the corridors of power and spin, the Minister for Social Affairs, is continually harassed by Number 10's policy enforcer and dependent on his not-so-reliable team of civil servants. (29 mins.)
“ Caustic comedy, set in the corridors of power. This satirical sitcom focuses on the civil servants, the PR team and ministers who work for the (fictional) Department of Social Affairs and Citizenship. Deliciously cringe-inducing, this series will make you hide behind your hands. ” - vprice94
Green Wing (2004 TV Series)
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Funky hospital-based sketch-comedy-drama type show. (65 mins.)
“ A sitcom and sketch show that is fascinating to watch and completely offbeat. Green Wing delivers visual and spoken gags at a rapid pace with a more than capable cast who seem to almost improvise their lines. ” - vprice94
Dad's Army (1968 TV Series)
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During WW2,in a fictional British seaside town,a ragtag group of Home Guard local defense volunteers prepares for an imminent German invasion. (30 mins.)
“ Walmington-on-sea, an imaginary south-coast town was the setting for the Second World War adventures of a disparate group of men who, prevented by age or disability from enlisting in the services, enrolled as Local defence Volunteers (LDV), forming part of Britain's 'last line of defence' - a force which became known as 'Dad's Army'. Consistently good writing combined with a wonderful cast of old timers makes this an endearing treat. ” - vprice94
Cheers (1982 TV Series)
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The regulars of the Boston bar Cheers share their experiences and lives with each other while drinking or working at the bar where everybody knows your name. (22 mins.)
“ A giant sitcom on all levels - number of characters, popularity, longevity and comedy quality. Its premise, the comings and goings at a Boston bar. Sounds deceptively simple, but the finely drawn characters populating the bar, coupled with the razor sharp dialogue made Cheers anything but. ” - vprice94
Da Ali G Show (2000 TV Series)
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Hipster Ali G. interviews a variety of guests from the world of crime prevention, drug enforcement and... (30 mins.)
“ Sacha Baron Cohen plays three unorthodox journalists — the main character Ali G, a Kazakh named Borat Sagdiyev, and a gay Austrian named Brüno Gehard. ” - vprice94
Up Pompeii! (1969 TV Series)
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(30 mins.)
“ Laden with double entendres, awful puns and broad humour, Up Pompeii! gloried in a visiting cast that changed with every episode. Frankie Howerd's unique style made the series work a treat making this 14 episode series a hit, which once again proves Briton's unending love for Carry On style sexual innuendo and smut. Oh, don't! ” - vprice94
Stella Street (1997 TV Series)
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“ Imagine a run-of-the-mill side street where Hollywood superstars such as Michael Caine, Jack Nicholson and other celebrities like Mick Jagger and Jimmy Hill(!) reside. Featuring the comic talents of Phil Cornwell and John Sessions who interplay between the celebrity characterisations. Like its inhabitants, Stella Street is barmy and often very funny. ” - vprice94
Spitting Image (1984 TV Series)
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A satire show using puppets that are charicatures of major public figures. (25 mins.)
“ Blessed with some brilliant puppets, puppeteers and voice impressionists make this a wickedly witty sketch show. The production schedule of Spitting Image was indeed frightening. Each week new moulds of faces would need to be created and quickly shipped to studios for the ever changing world it caricatured. ” - vprice94
KYTV (1989 TV Series)
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KYTV is the BBC comedy show which parodied Sky satellite television, which when it first started on Britain was pilloried for its cheapness and lack of content. (30 mins.)
Director: John Kilby
“ KYTV is a British television comedy show about a fictional television station that ran on BBC2 from 1989 to 1993, which satirised satellite television in the UK at the time. ” - vprice94
The Ren & Stimpy Show (1991 TV Series)
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The gross misadventures of a hyper chihuahua and a stupid cat. (30 mins.)
“ Bizarre in style and substance, we follow the misadventures of a mentally disturbed chihuahua (Ren) and a mentally challenged cat (Stimpy). Toned down by its network due to its adult content, Ren and Stimpy served a big slice of tasteless pie and a side helping of twisted humour. Though, beneath all of its anarchic style, laid the bare bones of humanity as we watch the duo struggle with what life has to throw at them in order to survive as outsiders. ” - vprice94
Nighty Night (2004 TV Series)
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While telling her husband he's dying, Jill sets her sights on the next door neighbour, Don. And torments his wife, who suffers from MS. (30 mins.)
“ Notorious for its dark humour, the show follows narcissistic sociopath Jill Tyrell (Julia Davis) – who manages a beauty parlour alongside her moronic, asthmatic assistant Linda (Ruth Jones) – as she learns that her husband (Kevin Eldon) has cancer. She uses this fact to manipulate new neighbour Cathy Cole (Rebecca Front), a wheelchair user with multiple sclerosis with whose husband Don (Angus Deayton), a womanising doctor, Jill has become obsessed. ” - vprice94
Catterick (2004 TV Series)
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Carl Palmer Returns From The Army To Join His Brother Chris Whos Agreed To Help Find His Son But Whats Starts Off Simple Becomes A Interlinking Story (30 mins.)
“ Catterick is arguably Vic and Bob's darkest and most bizarre programme to date, balancing their typically odd, idiosyncratic comedy with some genuinely dark scenes. It plays like a darkly comic road movie, albeit full of Vic and Bob's bizarre, often inscrutable and frequently silly humour. ” - vprice94