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 Various Roles (27 episodes, 1979-1982)
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 Various Roles (27 episodes, 1979-1982)
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British sketch comedy starring the likes of Rowan Atkinson and Mel Smith.

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One sketch in the second series saw Rowan Atkinson, Mel Smith and Griff Rhys Jones abducting children and putting them aboard a truck and transported to the BBC for a children's TV show hosted by Rolf Harris. In 2014, Harris was convicted and imprisoned for twelve accounts of indecent assault. Producer John Lloyd admitted in a interviewed that he found it awful looking back on the sketch in the wake of Harris's sex convictions and it makes his blood run cold. See more »

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Buyer: [looking at scaled down model of bathroom set with toilet and shower on the scene] A shower isn't as much use as a toilet is it? Well let's stick another toilet in there then!
Salesperson: But you've already got one sir!
[pause]
Salesperson: How about this heating rack? It can go just here...
Buyer: For drying towels and things?
Salesperson: That's right, yes.
Buyer: A heating rack isn't as much use as a toilet is it, really?
Salesperson: [laughing] Well, I suppose not, no...
Buyer: [takes out rack] , well let's put a toilet there then!
[puts toilet in in its place]
[...]
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Cult British satirical TV show
7 July 2003 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

This show was practically compulsory viewing for teenagers and students in the late 1970s and early 1980s. It introduced the British public to Griff Rys-Jones, Mel Smith, Pamela Stephenson and Rowan Atkinson. Chris Langham was in the first season but seemed to get replaced by G R-J after that.

It consisted of a series of sketches, some purely comedic, others with political overtones. The pizza parlour worker, played by Rowan Atkinson, sneezing on the pizza and declaring "Extra mozzarella" is the former, the close-up of a yobbish Griff R-J talking about him and his mates picking on some black blokes "because we 'ate 'em, right?" and the camera gradually pulling away during the monologue to show he's a uniformed policeman would be the latter.

Some great writing (Clive Anderson, Andy Hamilton, a pre-"Four Weddings and a Funeral" Richard Curtis), go-for-it acting and sketches that hit frequently enough to forgive the ones that didn't. The sketch with the trendy lefty social worker declaring the only way to deal with young men who misbehaved was to "cut their goolies off" is still a classic, as is Gerald the talking gorilla.


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