ALFRESCO was broadcast on Sunday evenings round at 10.30pm and featured early work from some of the top talent of British alternative comedy people like Ben Elton , Stephen Fry and Hugh Laurie , not to mention later serious actors like Emma Thompson and Robbie Coltrane
ALFRESCO was and is at the very least a major disappointment . In 1983-84 the writers and actors had their irons in different fires like THE YOUNG ONES and several Channel 4 sketch shows and it's patently obvious that everyone involved in this sketch show had used their best jokes in other comedies .
Take this scene in a crowded bar : A woman isn't happy with the service in a bar and mutters under breath to the barman " Stupid old fart "
The barman is offended " Oi I'm not deaf you know "
The woman replies in all innocence " I never said you were deaf , I said you were a stupid old fart "
The bartender apologisies in an embarrassed tone " Oh sorry I thought you said I was deaf . I must get my hearing aid fixed "
If you can remember something on its only showing after 20 years it must have been either very good or very bad . I'm sure if anyone can remember it will agree that ALFRESCO wasn't very good
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