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The Office (2001)
The Office is definitely one of the best British comedies EVER. Everything about it is great. It is a mockumentary series set in an office (ironically) of a paper business called Wernham Hogg.
The main character is David Brent, the general manager, a politically correct, over confident man who likes to think he is a talented comedian and a philosopher. He constantly tries to impress his staff, but usually to no avail.
Tim, a sales rep, is tired and bored of his job but is still friendly and funny. He has romantic feelings for the receptionist Dawn, but finds it difficult to make his feelings clear since she has a fiancé.
There is also Gareth, a jobsworth who, at least in the workplace, has no sense of humour. He frequently annoys Tim without realizing and claims authority over everyone in the office (even David sometimes) because of his role as team leader and Territorial Army training.
The aforementioned Dawn is a receptionist who wishes she could do more than work in an office. The main characters are great but Dawn is probably the least developed and most uninteresting of the main characters and seems to be quite boring.
The show is so funny because of how cringe-worthy it is. David Brent is usually the cause of this as he tries to be witty and intelligent but just ends up looking like an idiot. The pranks that Tim plays on Gareth are also very funny and the sexual innuendos that Dawn and Tim make to the very innocent Gareth are very funny. The show is all about characters and their traits and personalities.
The first series was excellent and slightly better than the second (but it was very very good as well) and the two-part Christmas special was great.
Overall this is one of the funniest comedy shows in TV history.
Carry on England (1976)
Carry on England. The worst of the lot. When you look back at some earlier Carry on films (such as Cleo or Up the Khyber) it makes you wonder how it came to this. The majority of the cast had never been in a Carry on film, while the regulars obviously weren't too enthusiastic. I've tried several times to watch this film but have failed to make it to the very end. The plot is as follows - wait, is there an actual plot? It is centred around Captain S Melly *sigh* played by Kenneth Connor. He is put in charge of a mixed-battery. During a very long scene, nearly the whole cast is introduced. Every joke and pun during this scene just falls flat - it's not funny at all. The soldiers do nothing but kiss each other. Windsor Davies plays Sergeant Major Bloomer, second in command to Smelly (I'll just refer to Kenneth Connor as that from now on). The next two biggest roles were Sergeant Able played by Patrick Mower, and Sergeant Willing played by Judy Geeson. To be honest, just too many of the characters names had a double entendre. I won't list anymore characters because there's just too many (because barely any are developed; NONE of them are interesting). The jokes are unfunny, the characters are uninteresting and the overall production leaves a LOT to be desired. This film is truly awful and that's all I can say really.
Doctor Who: The Long Game (2005)
Could have been a lot better...
This, along with The End of the World, is my least favourite episode of Series 1. Adam, from the previous story Dalek, joins the Doctor and Rose as they travel to the year 200,000, to the space station known as Satellite 5. While Adam is off getting brain surgery (for selfish reasons), the Doctor and Rose find out that the human race is being controlled by the Mighty Jagrafess. One problem with the episode is the characters. Two of the workers on Satellite 5 are Cathica and Sukie. Cathica is a hard worker who aims (as does everyone else) to be promoted and go to Floor 500, 'where the walls are made of gold'. But honestly, at no point do we feel any emotions from the character. Throughout most of the episode she just whines about not getting promoted or else just tells the Doctor and Rose that they're not allowed to wander, which left me thinking, what are we supposed to think of her? One minute she's an honest worker who just wants to be promoted, but then she's following the doctor who is investigating the place, and then she still tells the Doctor and Rose they shouldn't be doing it! As for Sukie, the twist in her character just doesn't work. We have barely been introduced to her and now she has been revealed as someone else. The fact that we already know that the place is being run by evil people (we see the editor BEFORE she comes up in the lift for her promotion) just means that it is ineffective and I just didn't care really. And then there's Adam. He is annoying, stupid (genius, really?) and downright selfish. He was just there to screw up and, again, what we are meant to think of him is unclear. He doesn't help the plot in any way, apart from creating a problem that was easily resolved anyway. Another problem is the story. The real function of Satellite 5 isn't very interesting ( , and it just doesn't matter that there is a creature controlling it because we don't care or know much about it in the first place. I can't see a lot of people caring about a world of people being manipulated nearly 198,000 years in the future. In Bad Wolf/Parting of the Ways it was the not long after this and it was an end of world situation in which the Doctor, Rose and Jack were certainly in danger. But in The Long Game, there was nothing that HAD to be done by the Doctor. The human race wasn't threatened by total extinction and there wasn't a good villain. Overall this episode just leaves you feeling a bit unsatisfied. The original idea just wasn't good enough for a whole story and the characters don't help it either.