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Seasons:
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Release Date:
30 May 2003 (Finland) See more »
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Cast

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Stephen Fry ... Various Characters (26 episodes, 1987-1995)

Hugh Laurie ... Various Characters (26 episodes, 1987-1995)
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Series Directed by
Roger Ordish (13 episodes, 1987-1990)
Bob Spiers (7 episodes, 1995)
Kevin Bishop (6 episodes, 1992)
 
Series Writing credits
Stephen Fry (26 episodes, 1987-1995)
Hugh Laurie (26 episodes, 1987-1995)

Series Produced by
Roger Ordish .... producer (13 episodes, 1987-1990)
Nick Symons .... producer (12 episodes, 1990-1992)
Janice Thomas .... assistant producer (7 episodes, 1995)
Kevin Bishop .... producer (6 episodes, 1992)
Jon Plowman .... producer (2 episodes, 1995)
 
Series Original Music by
Hugh Laurie (unknown episodes)
 
Series Film Editing by
Chris Booth (7 episodes, 1987-1989)
Lee Eynon (7 episodes, 1995)
Damian Raistrick (6 episodes, 1990)
Vic Vine (6 episodes, 1990)
Mark Lawrence (6 episodes, 1992)
Rob Poole (4 episodes, 1995)
Colin Jones (3 episodes, 1992)
 
Series Production Design by
Victor Meredith (7 episodes, 1989-1990)
Grenville Horner (7 episodes, 1995)
Steve Keogh (6 episodes, 1992)
Stephen Sharratt (6 episodes, 1992)
Paul Munting (5 episodes, 1990)
 
Series Costume Design by
Sarah Burns (7 episodes, 1995)
Jan Hughes (6 episodes, 1989)
Richard Croft (6 episodes, 1990)
Lyn Avery (6 episodes, 1992)
Anna Stubley (3 episodes, 1992)
 
Series Makeup Department
Jayne Buxton .... hair designer / makeup designer (7 episodes, 1995)
Martha Livesley .... makeup designer (6 episodes, 1990)
Benita Barrell .... makeup designer (6 episodes, 1992)
Judith Morgan .... makeup designer (5 episodes, 1989)
 
Series Production Management
Babara Jones .... production manager (12 episodes, 1989-1990)
Gareth Carrivick .... production manager (7 episodes, 1995)
John L. Spencer .... production manager (4 episodes, 1992)
Richard Valentine .... production manager (3 episodes, 1992)
Terry Pettigrew .... production manager (2 episodes, 1992)
 
Series Art Department
Bernard Heyes .... graphic designer (13 episodes, 1992-1995)
Bob Warans .... production buyer (7 episodes, 1995)
Liz Jones .... graphic designer (6 episodes, 1989)
Paul Richmond .... properties buyer (6 episodes, 1989)
Chris Ferriday .... properties buyer (6 episodes, 1990)
Andrew Smee .... graphic designer (6 episodes, 1990)
Amanda George .... properties buyer (6 episodes, 1992)
Oliver Elmes .... graphic designer (4 episodes, 1990)
 
Series Sound Department
Stuart Moser .... film sound (7 episodes, 1995)
Laurie Taylor .... sound supervisor (7 episodes, 1995)
Keith Gunn .... sound (6 episodes, 1989)
Tony Revell .... sound (6 episodes, 1990)
Jem Whippey .... sound supervisor (6 episodes, 1992)
Michael Spencer .... film recordist (5 episodes, 1992)
 
Series Visual Effects by
Andy McVean .... visual effects (1 episode, 1992)
 
Series Stunts
Steve Dent .... stunt coordinator (2 episodes, 1995)
 
Series Camera and Electrical Department
Roger Goss .... camera supervisor (12 episodes, 1987-1990)
John Vincent .... camera supervisor (11 episodes, 1989-1995)
Graham Rimmington .... lighting director (8 episodes, 1987-1995)
Robert Pascal .... film camera (7 episodes, 1995)
Duncan Brown .... lighting (6 episodes, 1989)
Alan Horne .... lighting (6 episodes, 1990)
John Daly .... film camera (6 episodes, 1992)
Chris Kempton .... lighting director (6 episodes, 1992)
Chris Miller .... camera supervisor (5 episodes, 1992)
William Dudman .... camera operator (3 episodes, 1990)
David Whitaker .... camera supervisor (2 episodes, 1992)
 
Series Editorial Department
Carol Abbott .... vision mixer (10 episodes, 1989-1990)
Heather Gilder .... vision mixer (6 episodes, 1992)
Hilary West .... vision mixer (5 episodes, 1995)
Kathryn Randall .... vision mixer (3 episodes, 1989-1992)
Hilary Briegel .... vision mixer (3 episodes, 1995)
 
Series Music Department
Simon Brint .... musical director / composer: incidental music (9 episodes, 1992-1995)
Philip Pope .... composer: theme music / musical director (8 episodes, 1990-1992)
Harry Stoneham .... composer: title music (6 episodes, 1989)
Camille Saint-Saëns .... composer: theme music: closing theme (3 episodes, 1990)
 
Series Other crew
Jon Canter .... script editor (12 episodes, 1990-1992)
John Latus .... resource coordinator (7 episodes, 1995)
Rebecca Martin .... production assistant (7 episodes, 1995)
Michael Towner .... assistant floor manager (7 episodes, 1995)
Trudy Waldron .... production secretary (7 episodes, 1995)
Sally Bates .... production team (6 episodes, 1989)
Bill Cole .... technical coordinator (6 episodes, 1989)
Lydia Setton .... production team (6 episodes, 1989)
Julia Hancock .... production assistant (6 episodes, 1990)
Ray Hider .... technical coordinator (6 episodes, 1990)
Terry Pettigrew .... assistant floor manager (6 episodes, 1990)
Simon Foster .... assistant floor manager (6 episodes, 1992)
Mike Spencer .... film recordist (6 episodes, 1992)
Valerie Wilson .... production assistant / script supervisor (6 episodes, 1992)
Lance Wood .... resource coordinator (6 episodes, 1992)
Nicky Hinkley .... choreographer (2 episodes, 1990)
Melanie O'Toole .... design assistant (2 episodes, 1990)
Richard Laxton .... assistant floor manager (2 episodes, 1992)
 

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UK:30 min (26 episodes)
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Australia:M | Australia:PG (some episodes) | Canada:PG

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Quotes:
[a chemist's counter: Hugh strides up to confront the shop assistant]
Assistant:Can I help you?
Hugh:Yes please. I'd like eight packets of condoms, please.
Assistant:Eight?
Hugh:Eight. Four of them featherlite, three of them ribbed,
[half sotto voce]
Hugh:the new single by Jason Donovan,
[loud again]
Hugh:and one multi-coloured pack of Fiestas.
Assistant:Jason Donovan?
[...]
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19 out of 19 people found the following review useful.
Hilarious, 26 August 2006
Author: jash-1 from NYC

I liked Jeeves & Wooster a lot. But it wasn't until I saw BlackAdder that I truly became a fan of Stephen Fry and Hugh Laurie. Over the years I have shifted more toward Laurie than Fry, with "House" completing that shift. (Okay, I'm a House fanatic.) But, living in the U.S., I had never been able to see ABOFAL (other than the occasional sketch posted to the internet). Fortunately, the first two series are now out on DVD. And I've just finished watching the first one.

These men are spectacular together. The acting is beyond reproach. But it is the writing that deserves special note. It is sharp, funny, sly, silly and merciless in skewering the pompous and the ordinary alike. But, above all, it never condescends. They assume the audience is a smart as they are.

I'm tempted to give an example, but so many of the sketches have hilarious twists at the end and I wouldn't want to ruin any of the punchlines for future viewers. But I can promise you at least two or three laugh-out-loud moments in every episode (even if you are watching all by yourself, as I was.)

I do have one quibble which kept me from giving ABOFAL a score of 10. The person who mixed the soundtrack on the DVDs should be taken out and tortured. Slowly. And painfully. There is a laugh track that is silent until they get to a punchline. Then it is dropped in, loudly enough to rattle the walls, frequently ruining the next line. And, in the final sketch in Series 1, the music actually drowns out the actors.

Edit - I have since learned that ABOFAL did not use laugh tracks. The laughter was from the studio audiences (and those tapes have since been used as laugh tracks on other shows.) So the problem was not that they added laughter too loudly, just that the DVDs had a sound mixer who did not comprehend that letting the at-home audience hearing the dialog is more important than proving that the studio audience enjoyed themselves at the taping.

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