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So You Think You Know British TV?
Transcript of So You Think You Know British TV?
The Comic Strip Presents
Five Go Mad...
The Beat Generation
Bad News Tour, More BN
A Fistful of Travellers' Cheques
Mr Jolly Lives Next Door
Four Men in...
Rik & Ade Edmondson
The New Statesman
The Young Ones
Filthy, Rich & Catflap
French & Saunders
On the Hour/The Day Today
The IT Crowd
Garth Marenghi's Darkplace
Netflix, HBO GO
Edgar Wright, Simon Pegg & Jessica Hynes
Matt Berry, Richard Ayoade & Matthew Holness, Alice Lowe
The Mighty Boosh
The Thick of It
Marion & Geoff
Noel Fielding's Luxury Comedy
2010 and up
A Touch of Cloth
Amazon Prime Video
So You Think You Know British TV? One Fan's Guide
To British Cult TV Comedy And Its Creators
by Anna Belcar
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Clearly, what I am suggesting here is a development of what might be termed '
', in which the visual characteristics of verite have been adopted by sitcom for comedic purposes. However, comedy verite is more than a definition of style.
It also indicates a use of television comedy to interrogate the processes and representations of media forms, in a manner similar to the aggressively involved characteristics of cinema verite.
(...) by using the characteristics of other genres, and removing those traditionally associated with sitcom, the pleasure offered requires at least a working knowledge of other television forms.
Comedy verite, then, is comedy for audiences raised on television formats.
Brett Mills; Comedy verite: contemporary sitcom form. Screen 2004; 45 (1): 63-78. Oxford University Press
Click through to my whole Prezi on Alan Partridge
Searching titles on https://www.comedy.co.uk is recommended. Or, you know, Google.
Go to the popular Google-owned public video service.
Check out Couchtripper's resource.
Search your VOD services (
I flagged only the things that are available in Poland, the situation's could be a lot better anywhere else.
ALWAYS AIM FOR LEGAL SOURCES
Other ways I can't mention.
If you love a thing and/or have cash to flog, buy DVDs on Ebay, often for no more than 5 quid.
When you're converted or just wanna look up some pretty gifs, visit my tumblr: http://britishcomedyoverflowing.tumblr.com/
15 Storeys High
Toast of London
all available on Audible or to be caught repeated on BBC Radio 4 and 4 Extra
The Mighty Boosh
Flight of the Conchords
The Mysterious Secrets of Uncle Bertie's Botanarium (New Zealand)
AD/BC: A Rock Opera
& Webb Sound
A Bit of Fry and Laurie
Smack the Pony
& Webb Look
Robert Webb & David Mitchell
Charlie Brooker's Screen Wipe
Doon Mackichan, Fiona Allen and Sally Phillips
Mark Heap, Simon Pegg, Kevin Eldon, Julia Davis and Amelia Bullmore
League of Gentlemen
Withnail and I
It is a film but it's a classic chunk of British comedy from the 1980s, and it's widely quoted and referenced.
Paul McGann & Richard E. Grant
Episodes most recommended
There are both films and series:
I prefer the series myself :)
Lots of Brooker's scathing humour
plus a crash course on British TV history.
Jeeves & Wooster
If you like Fry & Laurie's dynamic, or the very classic sparkling wit with a period drama flavour, check this adaptation of Wodehouse's books. A true comfort viewing :)
Yes, it's a kids' show, but it's genuinely funny and the cast get on like a house on fire. :)
Netflix on 12th May '17
How to go about finding the stuff
Julian Barratt & Noel Fielding
Rich Fulcher & Matt Berry
If you like Black Books, watch Dylan Moran's stand-up shows. :)
Knowing Me, Knowing You
Blue Jam (+18)
Originally presented at SerialCon 2017, with later additions.
It's a resource to a live talk, but I could expand on the written form should you show interest in getting it.
Find me here: