Low budget comedy sketch series purporting to show the programming of a low key regional television service. Written by Eric Idle of 'Monty Python's Flying Circus' fame. A popular feature ... See full summary »
Yellowbeard, a pirate's pirate, is allowed to escape from prison to lead the authorities to his treasure. He finds that his wife neglected to tell him that he now has a son, 20, and shame ... See full summary »
In this mock-documentary, John Cleese narrates a series of sketches on irritation -- types and techniques. Included are parents irritating their children, old ladies irritating movie-goers ... See full summary »
Arthur Harris is a happily married man who returns from his job to discover that his wife, Fiona, is leaving him. Devastated he gets really drunk and tries to commit suicide. After a few ... See full summary »
Surreal, sketch based TV comedy series. Two series were produced in 1967 by the commercial company Associated Rediffusion. In style and content, a forerunner of 'Monty Python's Flying ... See full summary »
Low budget comedy sketch series purporting to show the programming of a low key regional television service. Written by Eric Idle of 'Monty Python's Flying Circus' fame. A popular feature was the music of Neil Innes (one time member of the eccentric Bonzo Dog Dooh Dah Band), especially his Beatles parody The Rutles: They later featured in their own film: 'The Rutles (All You Need Is Cash)'. Written by
[Singing to the tune of 'Folsom Prison Blues']
I hear the teacups rattle, hear the mighty hoover roar, I'm always washing dishes, or polishing the floor, I'm stuck in Mrs Fletcher's...
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30 years after it was first broadcast, I was fortunate to pick up 2 quality copy DVD's from eB*y (before they stopped their listings and sale!), that are taken from original BBC source tapes of both series' of this classic cult comedy. After all this time, many of the classic lines come flooding back with Idle at his best. Punctuated by the wonderful Neil Innes and his witty musical ditties, this is a real treasure.
Many of the sketches really hark back to classic Python format, and a lot of the 'tag lines' and memorable quotes that it throws out had me realising that it was Rutland Weekend Television and NOT Monty Python that was responsible for them. A lot of it works very well, some not so. The milestone appearance of the Rutles, the classic episode of THE OLD GAY WHISTLE TEST, with Whispering Bob Harris, all great stuff. Additionally, there are some very laboured sketches and episodes. Particularly in Series 2, it seems that some of the initial idea and spark that was evident in Series 1, is somewhat missing. Whether this led to its demise after the 14 episodes, who knows? But a wonderful nostalgic trip none the less, and as to why the BBC have never officially released it on the back of the Monty Python success, again who knows?
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