Eddie has locked himself away in the toilet and Richie finds he's been inventing gadgets and only to find himself joining Eddie on a adventure through time and space on-board Eddie's time machine "The Turdis" which is a toilet cubicle.
The Mad Kevin Turvey has been hired by the BBC to investigate things but rather than investigate 'norma'l things Kev decides to investigate stupidly bizarre things (like he does) and his ... See full summary »
Richie buys an inflatable doll named Monica as his lover, and he tries to conceal it from Eddie. But it all goes terribly wrong when Richie accidentally super glues Monica to his groin, mistaking Eddie's super glue for Handcream.
This comedy series is all about two mates, Gary and Tony who share a two bedroom home. They are grown men who act like a couple of drunk two year olds, who spend their time either drinking ... See full summary »
The adventures of two "likely lads" ostensibly set in the North East of England (but filmed in Willesden Junction, London). Terry and Bob have been friends since childhood. Bob is the ... See full summary »
Richie (Rik Mayall) is a former actor who has only one ambition - to be famous. He believes that everyone knows who he is and often has a paranoid feeling that people are out to get him. He lives with his minder Edward (Ade Edmondson), a drunk. His agent Ralph Filthy (Nigel Planner) is not very good at his job and apart from being an agent, he is involved in some rather shady businesses. This series follows Richie's pathetic attempts to reach stardom. He stops at nothing to reach his goal, he even contemplates killing his own father. Fourth wall breaking happens very often. Hugh Laurie and Stephen Fry make an appearance in one episode, as well as young Chris Barrie. Written by
In Rik Mayall and Adrian Edmondson's later sitcom "Bottom", their characters were called Richie and Eddie. See more »
Richie, if you don't stop talking, I am going to cut off your head, put it in the microwave until it goes ping, mash it up with a bit of milk and butter, and ram it up your backside!
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This is one of the premier comedy shows of the 80s, and certainly one of Elton's best. He uses every comedy technique in his repertoire for this series and it's clear his writing had matured considerably at this point in his career.
When I first got to university in 1989, a friend there was a staunch Filthy fan. He and I would argue the toss over whether Filthy or the Young Ones was the "best" comedy series (bloody students, nothing better to do). It took a few years but I'm now convinced - Filthy is "grown up" Young Ones. The writing is better, the characters are stronger, the jokes are funnier, and there are still surreal moments. There are even real plots for goodness' sake!
I honestly can't recommend watching this series highly enough. Even if you just do it once and decide you hate it, you will have seen some of Ben Elton's "Rik and Ade" masterwork.
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