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Recommend me some British comedies, new or old. (Original Post) limpyhobbler Jan 2012 OP
"The Goodies" FSogol Jan 2012 #1
thanks! I added it to my netflix queue limpyhobbler Jan 2012 #9
this dem644555il Mar 2012 #57
"Doc Martin", "As Time Goes By" to name two MaineDem Jan 2012 #2
I can't seem to find Doc Martin Series five anywhere available to stream. Do you know if it is SammyWinstonJack Jan 2012 #5
I haven't see it available yet either MaineDem Jan 2012 #7
DVD thru Season 4 is on Netflix. dixiegrrrrl Feb 2012 #34
New season comes out on DVD in March MaineDem Feb 2012 #44
Father Ted... limpyhobbler Jan 2012 #10
The Young Ones Neoma Jan 2012 #3
I watched this a few times about 20 years ago. limpyhobbler Jan 2012 #11
As for new British shows... Neoma Jan 2012 #15
Good Neighbors, Keeping Up Appearances, Mr. Bean - and my all-time favorite - The Office (British DrDan Jan 2012 #4
Thanks for these suggestions! I'll keep an eye out for these. limpyhobbler Jan 2012 #12
"The IT Crowd".... Tikki Jan 2012 #6
you have great taste is shows! limpyhobbler Jan 2012 #13
my favorite bbc sitcom isn't streaming, but is available on DVD NMDemDist2 Jan 2012 #8
thanks for the recommendation limpyhobbler Jan 2012 #14
Ah, I loved that one! catchnrelease Jan 2012 #21
Black Books, UK Shameless n/t Bolo Boffin Jan 2012 #16
I love Black Books. limpyhobbler Feb 2012 #42
Waiting for God--about two rebellious residents of a seniors' residence Lydia Leftcoast Jan 2012 #17
hmmm.... limpyhobbler Feb 2012 #43
Dave Allen quispquake Jan 2012 #18
"Dave Allen At Large" '71-79 jannyk Jan 2012 #25
No US DVD's are available that I'm aware of... quispquake Feb 2012 #27
The Man In The White Suit Graybeard Jan 2012 #19
Those are movies from the heyday of Ealing Studios Lydia Leftcoast Jan 2012 #23
I'm watching season 1 of Doc Martin Still Blue in PDX Jan 2012 #20
From the '50s catchnrelease Jan 2012 #22
And the "Carry On" film series. Graybeard Jan 2012 #24
How could I have forgotten "The Vicar of Dibley?" MaineDem Jan 2012 #26
I just watched my first episode of this a couple days ago. limpyhobbler Feb 2012 #41
I'm about to start watching The Black Adder Son of Gob Feb 2012 #28
a classic. dixiegrrrrl Feb 2012 #35
I started watching it once a long time ago limpyhobbler Feb 2012 #40
Vicar of Dibley, Thin Blue Line, Qi, Benny Hill (of course!), Clatterford, Jeeves & Wooster, Mac1949 Feb 2012 #29
A good list. limpyhobbler Feb 2012 #39
'Worst Week of My Life' is currently on Netflix jannyk Feb 2012 #30
The Rise and Fall of Reginald Perrin and The Worst Week of My Life Lydia Leftcoast Feb 2012 #31
peep show fizzgig Feb 2012 #32
Seen all of them already! limpyhobbler Feb 2012 #38
If you like Doc Martin, you'll like Kingdom Lydia Leftcoast Feb 2012 #33
I just finished Kingdom. GentryDixon Mar 2012 #59
Almost British are some good Canadian shows. dixiegrrrrl Feb 2012 #36
yeah, already seen all the Corner Gas. limpyhobbler Feb 2012 #37
hmmmm..I will check that out, thanks. dixiegrrrrl Feb 2012 #45
I love Red Green MaineDem Feb 2012 #46
My faves and some recommends from others: cyberpj Feb 2012 #47
The first two seasons of Jonathan Creek with Alan Davies and Caroline Quentin Lydia Leftcoast Mar 2012 #52
Lovejoy! northoftheborder Mar 2012 #48
It's not available on streaming but it is on Netflix DVDs Lydia Leftcoast Mar 2012 #51
Absolutely Fabulous shcrane71 Mar 2012 #49
Has anyone mentioned "Coupling?" MaineDem Mar 2012 #50
... limpyhobbler Mar 2012 #55
Extras geardaddy Mar 2012 #53
Fawlty Towers geardaddy Mar 2012 #54
Yes limpyhobbler Mar 2012 #56
"Misfits" on Hulu; been described as "Heroes" meets "Shaun of the Dead" meets "Skins (UK)" eShirl Mar 2012 #58

SammyWinstonJack

(44,128 posts)
5. I can't seem to find Doc Martin Series five anywhere available to stream. Do you know if it is
Sun Jan 22, 2012, 10:26 AM
Jan 2012

available yet?

limpyhobbler

(8,244 posts)
10. Father Ted...
Sun Jan 22, 2012, 11:54 PM
Jan 2012

I added to my queue on Hulu.

As Time Goes By was pleasantly funny. I used to watch it whenever it was on my local PBS station. Very nice thanks!

limpyhobbler

(8,244 posts)
11. I watched this a few times about 20 years ago.
Sun Jan 22, 2012, 11:57 PM
Jan 2012

I couldn't quite remember the details so I pulled it up again today and watched about 3 episodes. Thanks for reminding me

Neoma

(10,039 posts)
15. As for new British shows...
Mon Jan 23, 2012, 12:42 AM
Jan 2012

I recommend, "Outnumbered." It is worth getting a free range DVD player for that jewel. The kids in it, actually improvise their lines! I can't praise that show enough...

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DrDan

(20,411 posts)
4. Good Neighbors, Keeping Up Appearances, Mr. Bean - and my all-time favorite - The Office (British
Sun Jan 22, 2012, 08:34 AM
Jan 2012

version)

limpyhobbler

(8,244 posts)
12. Thanks for these suggestions! I'll keep an eye out for these.
Mon Jan 23, 2012, 12:00 AM
Jan 2012

I've heard of most of them but haven't quite got around to watching them yet.

limpyhobbler

(8,244 posts)
13. you have great taste is shows!
Mon Jan 23, 2012, 12:07 AM
Jan 2012

I love all those shows, some of my favorite shows ever, but I've watched them all the way through.

Thank you. I need more shows like this to watch

limpyhobbler

(8,244 posts)
14. thanks for the recommendation
Mon Jan 23, 2012, 12:13 AM
Jan 2012

For me on netflix it gave me an option to "save to dvd queue".

So I saved it to my queue.

catchnrelease

(1,937 posts)
21. Ah, I loved that one!
Thu Jan 26, 2012, 09:32 PM
Jan 2012

Also, The Irish RM starring Peter Bowles who was in To the Manor Born. It's Irish but a period comedy series.

Lydia Leftcoast

(48,217 posts)
17. Waiting for God--about two rebellious residents of a seniors' residence
Tue Jan 24, 2012, 10:51 AM
Jan 2012

one of whom is Stephanie Cole, who played the aunt in Doc Martin.

My Hero--about a space alien with superpowers (but an extremely literal mind and no notion of Earthly sensibilities) who takes up with an Earthling (a nurse who works for an arrogant and egotistical celebrity doctor).

limpyhobbler

(8,244 posts)
43. hmmm....
Sat Feb 25, 2012, 12:13 AM
Feb 2012

My Hero sounds funny.

I haven't seen it yet, but the description kind of reminds me of that show "Clone" .
It was on hulu for free, a while back, not sure if it still is free.

http://www.hulu.com/clone


It's about a clone. He kind of takes everything too literally.





quispquake

(3,050 posts)
18. Dave Allen
Wed Jan 25, 2012, 01:41 PM
Jan 2012

Had a show during the 70's that was amazing...Mostly him sitting on a chair with a cig and drink, and telling jokes (many with a religious bent) with a bunch of weird funny skits between his jokes...Always loved this...Think the show was simply called "The Dave Allen Show".

quispquake

(3,050 posts)
27. No US DVD's are available that I'm aware of...
Wed Feb 1, 2012, 04:57 PM
Feb 2012

Just a bunch of PAL formatted ones from Britain...that being said, they do show up on some torrent sites at times...

Graybeard

(6,996 posts)
19. The Man In The White Suit
Wed Jan 25, 2012, 09:51 PM
Jan 2012

This is just one of the great comedies made by Alec Guinness early in his career. They are all hilariously funny.

Besides White Suit you should check out:

Kind Hearts and Coronets
The Lavender Hill Mob
The Ladykillers

Lydia Leftcoast

(48,217 posts)
23. Those are movies from the heyday of Ealing Studios
Thu Jan 26, 2012, 09:51 PM
Jan 2012

(1950s, early 1960s), but they're very funny.

Kind Hearts and Coronets: A man tries to murder the nine (?) relatives who stand in the way of an inheritance and a title.

The Lavender Hill Mob: A caper movie. See if you can spot Audrey Hepburn in a bit part.

The Ladykillers: Three crooks hide out in the home of an airheaded old lady.

One of my favorites (no longer considered "correct" because of current attitudes toward alcoholism) is called either "Whiskey Galore" or "Tight Little Island." It's about a Scottish island where the whole population goes into a deep depression because World War II shipping problems have made whiskey unavailable. Gordon Jackson (Hudson on "Upstairs Downstairs&quot plays a young man who is dominated by a real dragon of a mother.

Another favorite is

The Wrong Box (which has just recently been released on DVD! YAY!). It has an all-star cast, including Michael Caine, Peter Cook and Dudley Moore, John Mills, Ralph Richardson, Peter Sellers, and a host of others. It's about a tontine in which the last survivor of a group of schoolboys inherits a fortune. As the story opens, only two ailing old men are left, and the greedy relatives of each old man try to ensure that their grandfather/uncle inherits.

A more recent British comedy is Clockwise, from the 1980s. I don't know why it never caught on in the U.S. I just happened to catch it in a theater when the movie I wanted to see was sold out. I later showed it to a group of friends, and they loved it. John Cleese plays (what else?) a pompous ass of a school headmaster whose whole life falls apart when he takes a wrong turn in a train station. (I think it's MUCH funnier than A Fish Called Wanda.)

Still Blue in PDX

(1,999 posts)
20. I'm watching season 1 of Doc Martin
Thu Jan 26, 2012, 09:26 PM
Jan 2012

I'm watching it currently on PBS, and season 1 is quite different. I'm not sure you'd call it a comedy, but there are some awfully funny moments that have had me howling out loud.

catchnrelease

(1,937 posts)
22. From the '50s
Thu Jan 26, 2012, 09:44 PM
Jan 2012

The old St Trinian's movies--The Belles of St Trinians, Blue Murder at St Trinians and about 4 more from that time. About a girls school where the inmates run the place and cause lots of chaos. Sort of dated and I haven't seen one for years but remember that they were fun.

Graybeard

(6,996 posts)
24. And the "Carry On" film series.
Thu Jan 26, 2012, 10:14 PM
Jan 2012

I think there are over 25 films starting with "Carry On Sergeant", "Carry On Nurse" and "Carry On Teacher" made in the 50s. Great fun sprinkled with lots of British double-entendre humor.

Son of Gob

(1,502 posts)
28. I'm about to start watching The Black Adder
Thu Feb 2, 2012, 10:20 PM
Feb 2012

It stars Rowan Atkinson and it's supposed to be really funny. It's streaming on Netflix.

Here's the IMDB description -

Set in England at the end of the War of the Roses, we soon find out that the history we know is a Tudor fiction. In fact, Henry VII did not actually win the battle of Bosworth Field; he lost and though Richard III died in the battle, his nephew King Richard IV (who certainly was not smothered while still a boy in the Tower of London) reigned on for some years. The story focuses on Richard IV's younger son Prince Edmund, a sniveling coward who calls himself the 'Black Adder'. Assisted by his grungy servant Baldrick and the moronic Lord Percy, Edmund plots his rise to greatness.

http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0084988/

limpyhobbler

(8,244 posts)
40. I started watching it once a long time ago
Sat Feb 25, 2012, 12:03 AM
Feb 2012

but couldn't get into it. I think maybe I owe it another try.

Mac1949

(389 posts)
29. Vicar of Dibley, Thin Blue Line, Qi, Benny Hill (of course!), Clatterford, Jeeves & Wooster,
Sat Feb 4, 2012, 08:04 PM
Feb 2012

A Bit of Fry & Laurie, Mulberry (one of my personal favorites), Red Dwarf and Hyperdrive. Wow, I had no idea I had watched so much British television until I started this list! Don't get me started on movies!

jannyk

(4,810 posts)
30. 'Worst Week of My Life' is currently on Netflix
Thu Feb 9, 2012, 02:05 AM
Feb 2012

This has some hysterical moments.
http://movies.netflix.com/WiMovie/The_Worst_Week_of_My_Life/70187719?trkid=4213507



Most of the really good stuff hasn't made it over here. Classics include:

The Two Ronnies
Rising Damp
Never Mind the Quality Feel the Width
The Rag Trade
Rise and Fall of Reginald Perrin
On the Buses
Hancock's Half Hour
The Liver Birds
Some Mother's Do Have 'em
Steptoe & Son
Dave Allen at Large

not so much Benny Hill.

Lydia Leftcoast

(48,217 posts)
31. The Rise and Fall of Reginald Perrin and The Worst Week of My Life
Thu Feb 9, 2012, 10:06 AM
Feb 2012

have been shown on my local PBS station. They counterprogram Britcoms against our awful local newscasts.

fizzgig

(24,146 posts)
32. peep show
Tue Feb 14, 2012, 12:55 PM
Feb 2012

my husband and i just started watching it on netflix and it is awkward, uncomfortable and hilarious

limpyhobbler

(8,244 posts)
38. Seen all of them already!
Fri Feb 24, 2012, 11:59 PM
Feb 2012

It's the same two guys from That Mitchell and Webb Look, another great show.

Lydia Leftcoast

(48,217 posts)
33. If you like Doc Martin, you'll like Kingdom
Thu Feb 16, 2012, 11:56 PM
Feb 2012

Stephen Fry plays a small town solicitor with a highly dysfunctional family and strange clients.

GentryDixon

(2,941 posts)
59. I just finished Kingdom.
Tue Mar 13, 2012, 04:13 PM
Mar 2012

I especially liked Hermoine Norris, the crazy sister. I liked her in Wire in the Blood & Spooks (MI-5) as well. She has a great range of talent.

dixiegrrrrl

(60,010 posts)
36. Almost British are some good Canadian shows.
Fri Feb 24, 2012, 11:43 PM
Feb 2012

Corner Gas, leaves me giggling, it is very droll..sort of like Seinfeld maybe,in humor.

And Red/Green Show. One of a kind, stays funny even in re-runs.

limpyhobbler

(8,244 posts)
37. yeah, already seen all the Corner Gas.
Fri Feb 24, 2012, 11:58 PM
Feb 2012

Red/Green I don't think I've seen. I'll keep an eye out.
My favorite Canadian show is Trailer Park Boys. That show is crazy. Not a family show, but wickedly funny.

 

cyberpj

(10,794 posts)
47. My faves and some recommends from others:
Sun Feb 26, 2012, 08:05 PM
Feb 2012
Here are what my housemate and I have seen (rattling off of top of my head)

We have watched and Loved:

Vicar of Dibley
Ballykissangel
Hamish Macbeth
Doc Martin
The original Life On Mars
As Time Goes By
and also an older one w/Ms. Dench and her husband - A Fine Romance
The IT Crowd
The New Batch of Dr. Who
Torchwood
Spaced

A neighbor has recommended
Jonathan Creek
Father Ted
Misfits

Hmmm... That's all I can think of without researchin....
WAIT! - My house-buddy just showed me this:

55 BEST BRITISH SHOWS EVER
(now I have to go check it out!)
http://www.couchslobs.com/2008/03/05/55-best-british-shows-ever/




Lydia Leftcoast

(48,217 posts)
52. The first two seasons of Jonathan Creek with Alan Davies and Caroline Quentin
Sat Mar 3, 2012, 08:25 PM
Mar 2012

are wonderful. The constant bickering of the two characters is sometimes hilarious.
After Caroline Quentin left, she was replaced by Julia Sawalha who is (was?) Alan Davies real-life ladyfriend, but somehow, they didn't have much on-screen chemistry.

The premise is that Jonathan Creek makes his living designing tricks and illusions for magicians. He first meets Quentin's character, Maddie Magellan, a true crime writer, when she is puzzling over a seemingly impossible crime. With his ability to concoct tricks, Jonathan figures out how the crime--and a lot of others later--was committed.

northoftheborder

(7,562 posts)
48. Lovejoy!
Sat Mar 3, 2012, 03:26 PM
Mar 2012

Don't think anyone has mentioned this one, one of my fav's. About an antique dealer/"detective", who gets in all sort of crazy predicaments. Also, very sexy & goodlooking guy (IMHO)! Don't know if it's available on Netflix.

Lydia Leftcoast

(48,217 posts)
51. It's not available on streaming but it is on Netflix DVDs
Sat Mar 3, 2012, 08:22 PM
Mar 2012

The first three or four seasons are the best, but after Lady Jane leaves, it loses something.

The "sexy and goodlooking guy" (I agree!) is a young Ian McShane, who later starred in Deadwood.

limpyhobbler

(8,244 posts)
55. ...
Mon Mar 5, 2012, 11:38 PM
Mar 2012

Yes that pretty funny.

They tried to make an American version of it, but I don't think it got too far.

limpyhobbler

(8,244 posts)
56. Yes
Mon Mar 5, 2012, 11:43 PM
Mar 2012

Watched all the Fawlty Towers during a PBS fundraising marathon many years ago. I would love to sit down and watch all of them again.

Since laughter heals the soul, this sounds like a highly useful and effective way to spend a weekend.

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