A series of self contained TV films starring performers from London's "Comic Strip" comedy club and their friends. Noted for a high sense of parody of previous films, literature, and generally everyone in sight.
Alex is a disgruntled waitress at a snobby exclusive restaurant who falls on hard times. Forced to deal with the contempt and disgust of the upper class, Alex & cohorts attempt to go on a ... See full summary »
While taking a holiday in the country with his mother, Dennis hits on a scheme to impress a girl so that she'll go away on a trip with him as his girlfriend. Although he fails to gain any ... See full summary »
This BBC comedy skit show is the brainchild of longtime comedy duo Dawn French and Jennifer Saunders. Each episode would feature satire on British life, television, and parodies on big box ... See full summary »
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 »
The series follows Arbiter Maven (the 17th Arbiter and 'Wearer of the Hat') and Operative Sporall (nice hair and 'Wearer of the Beige Suit') as they keep a close eye on the 791 residents of... See full summary »
Richie and Eddie are in charge of the worst hotel in the UK, Guest House Paradiso, neighbouring a nuclear power plant. The illegal immigrant chef has fled and all the guests have gone. But ... See full summary »
Another Example of English Unirversity/Universal Comedy
In England BBC2 was a TV Channel that didn't ever get big audiences for its shows - possibly due to the fact that when it first started broadcasting in the 1960s people had to buy a new arial (antenna for our US readers) to receive it on their TV. However, it was a channel famous for Friday and Monday night comedy shows/series which appealed to a younger audience - who were willing to laugh at the more unconventional (eg 'Monty Python' types).
These shows (like the Comic Strip, Not the Nine o'Clock News, The Goodies and a few more) generally involved actors and writers with a University education, who were now considered talented enough, by the BBC and later Channel 4, to present their comedic skills to a wider audience. We have to be thankful that they all were given their chance. Some incredibly talented shows were made and careers were formed, by those people involved, who then went on to join and influence the mainstream Film and TV world.
They were ground-breakingly funny at their time. I hope the tradition continues - to boldly go where no comedy has gone before and break new ground.
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