Barnestoneworth United is the worst football team of 1935,who lose every match. Gordon Ottershaw is,however,their loyal fan,determined to prevent them from being disbanded after their final game. To ...
New boarder Tomkinson is thoroughly miserable at Graybridge public school where he has to fight the grizzly bear,get nailed to the wall on St Tadger's Day and do the bidding of Grayson,also known as ...
On the eve of the Great War Roger Bartlesham's aristocratic parents are firm believers in the Empire though Roger, encouraged by socialist Latin teacher Mr Hopper,dreams of equality and opening a tea...
Long running British situation comedy with the vaguest of situations. The Goodies are a three man agency whose brief is to do 'anything, anytime'. This gave the series carte blanche to do ... See full summary »
The Morecambe & Wise Show was a long running and massively popular sketch series starring British comedy duo Eric Morecambe and Ernie Wise, plus a string of top-name international celebrity guests (of a bygone age), like André Prévin.
In this four part BBC television series presented by British comedian and travel presenter Michael Palin, and broadcast in 2002. In it, Palin traveled around the Sahara Desert in Northern ... See full summary »
Wolfie Smith is an unemployed dreamer from Tooting London, a self proclaimed Urban Guerilla who aspires to be like his hero Che Guevara. Leading a small group called the Tooting Popular ... See full summary »
Bless This House centres on life in Birch Avenue, Putney, where travelling stationery salesman Sid Abbott (Sidney James) and his wife Jean (Diana Coupland) live with their teenagers: Mike (... See full summary »
Martin is a committee man. He has numerous schemes and committees organised around the neighbourhood. He is so obsessive about every detail of everything he does he is driving his long ... See full summary »
A series of self contained TV films starring performers from London's "Comic Strip" comedy club and their friends. Noted for a high sense of parody of previous films, literature, and generally everyone in sight.
The first series of six programmes was mostly shot on film, unusual and expensive for a light entertainment show. This made it cost double what a conventional situation comedy would cost. As a result, three episodes were shot in one financial year, with the remaining three in the next. See more »
First of all, there are only 9 episodes. Some comments here refer to there being 12, which might be a result of hallucinogenic drugs, no idea...
RY is very entertaining, quite Pythonesque in many ways. While not all stories are equally funny, all are at the very least interesting to watch. Sometimes weirdness alone in a comedy can keep one's attention, the (successful) gags being a bonus. "Golden", for example, is a comparatively subdued episode but has a certain charm, ditto "Winfrey".
"Tomkinson", "Escape" and "Murder" are the funniest episode, whereas "Roger" and "Frog" didn't turn out that well by comparison.
The DVD offers a relatively interesting running commentary by both Palin and Jones. If, like me, you are annoyed by left-leaning actors/directors promoting their ideology publicly, you should be warned that Jones uses any chance he can to connect what goes on in a scene to social or political issues. He is a Marxist to a fault, but I think we can forgive him for that due to his Python past and cheerful affability...
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