The film opens with the cast gathering after the funeral of Jude to see a film he had been working on for two years. It turns out that the film is secret videos of all those gathered ... See full summary »
Tells the stories of keeping a working man's club open, an under achieving bingo worker, a turf war between two ice cream men, a look behind the scenes at the MEN Arena, meet Britain's ... See full summary »
Alan Partridge a failed television presenter whose previous exploits had featured in the chat-show parody Knowing Me, Knowing You with Alan Partridge, and who is now presenting a programed on local radio in Norwich.
The first 2 seasons do not contain a laughter track, the third one does, something which disappointed many of the show's fans as it undermined its naturalistic feel. See more »
[with more concern over a Christmas variety show than serious police matters]
Det. Insp. Beach:
I'm not remotely interested in your drugs bust. What I want to know is... how long have we got until the full dress rehersal?
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Operation Good Guys is easily one of the best 'fly on the wall' spoofs seen in recent years, particularly when you consider that in 1997 it was one of the first of this style genre and therefore in unchartered territory. I sincerely doubt that other programme makers would admit to this, but, it is apparent that some of the filming techniques (and even jokes) have made their way into other, more popular shows, namely The Office.
The fact that the scripts were genuinely improvised gives a far more authentic representation of any scene in question, particularly in the lighter moments (were there any other types of moments??) where clearly the joke intended for the viewer was also amusing to the cast too. This technique allows the viewer to become far more involved in the performance, rather than simply watching a stale and static scene that, whilst undoubtedly amusing, has been rehearsed to perfection.
Episodes/scenes to note:
Series 2 - Mark Kemp's and Bones' portrayal of Guardian Angels, along with the comedic head-gear and uniforms.
Series 2 - DI Beach's elephant man sketch, brought on by a severe case of sunburn.
Series 2 - Mark Kemp's comedy dance routines (taken from Elton John's 'The Passenger' video???), and particularly the bongo playing clip from the Baldy Song.
Series 3 - Mark Kemp's superb take-off of Don King, difficult to see how the cast/crew were able to keep straight faces throughout those scenes.
Series 3 - DI Beach's immortal line, in the episode named "That's Entertainment", "Get me a midget!!!"
All in all, Operation Good Guys was a brilliantly acted and improvised show that sadly never seemed to receive the credit that it truly deserved; there are probably more fans, particularly those people writing/acting in other similar style shows, than care to admit it.
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