Bernard Black runs his own bookshop even though he doesn't much like people who buy books and hates having customers. Next door to Bernard's shop is the Nifty Gifty gift shop run by Fran, ... See full summary »
In this sequel to "Second Thoughts", Faith Greyshott is newly single and looking forward to enjoying it. However, her daughter Hannah ruins her plans by suddenly returning from traveling the world and moves back in with her.
Surreal black comedy about an assortment of odd characters trapped in an asylum, in a quiet English countryside. It is run by staff whose sanity is decidedly suspect, as proved by their ... See full summary »
I am currently watching the repeats of 'Hippies' on Sky and have confirmed my original thoughts on the programme. Hippies, together with Father Ted, is the best sitcom of the last twenty-five years! When it was first shown I expected to hate it. Unashamedly, I adore the music, ideals and sentiments of the 60s (best music, best fashion, best television, best films.....) and hated portrayals of the era in other sitcoms such as The Young Ones (the Neil character) and Absolutely Fabulous. How dare people from lesser eras poke fun at the best decade of all; The Young Ones was made in the ghastly 1980s....didn't anyone at the time recognise the absurdity of laughing 'AT' the 60s from the viewpoint of that appalling era!!!!
The writers of Hippies, however, appear to have a great affinity with the 60s, yet a previous comment on this site, which was otherwise positive, appeared to believe that the programme was poking fun at the era. I don't see that at all. If you think that, do you think the same writers were poking fun at Ted, Jack and Dougal in Father Ted? I don't think so. Like Ted, Hippies is very strong on 'sight' gags, reprisal jokes ('Get on the bus, Ray!')and dream sequences and, personally, I think that the scripts are water-tight. Highlights are Eleanor Bron, the fabulous Rickman character, the scenes with Ray's parents, Hugo's 'Pink Floyd' review and Bob Helmets' obituary, Ray appearing naked in a 'Hair'-type production not realising that his whole family are in the audience.....
And yet in trying to find out anything about the series, I found a CV of one of the writers, and 'Hippies' has been completed written out!!!! Not even listed!!!! A resounding 10/10.
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