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    British Comedy Download Recommendations

    Is British comedy dead?

    What are the latest series (that are actually funny) showing back in the UK?

    Please, "My Family", "Absolutely Fabulous" and such sitcom trash need not apply.

    The last few things I've watched and enjoyed are "Early Doors" series 1 and 2 and the first series of "Saxondale" with Steve Coogan, but to be truthful I don't know how old they are, they could have been on 5 years ago for all I know.

    I've also got some invites for TheBox which has loads of good British torrents, if anyone is interested.

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    There is a series on at the minute called 'The Visit' with Ken the landlord playing a father visiting his son in jail. The whole thing is set in the visiting room. It's a bit hit & miss but it's of the same stable as Early Doors.

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    Quote Originally Posted by NickA
    "Absolutely Fabulous"
    I quite liked that one, what's wrong with it ? too popular ?

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    Subtle, clever humour, rather than visual humour does it for me.

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    Quote Originally Posted by NickA
    I've also got some invites for TheBox which has loads of good British torrents, if anyone is interested.
    Yes please

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    Surprisingly, Butterfly, the so called Northern oafs who are only good enough to work in the mines tend to produce much more subtle comedy based on observational humour and social comment. Whereas the so called cultured Southerners are still making slapstick and farcical sit-coms.

    For the newcomer, a few to try out...

    I'm Alan Partridge
    Paul Calf's video diary
    Coogan's Run
    The Royle Family
    Early Doors
    Saxondale
    The League of Gentlemen

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    I.T. Crowd

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    I will tell my hus.

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    I like Peter Kay.

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    ^Oh, yes I forgot about Peter Kay...

    The Phoenix Club
    The Ice-cream Man Cometh
    and Max & Paddy's Road to Nowhere

    are all great examples of Northern Comedy.

    I don't have any more invites yet, but I will put you all on a waiting list (at the moment - Thetyim, CMN, Boozer)

    What's the IT ccrowd Squirrel? I've never heard of it.

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    some recentish UK comedy

    Nicka - I posted the below elsewhere, because I hadn't seen this.
    Peep Show, Green Wing, The Thick of It, Nathan Barley & The Mighty Boosh are all from the last few years and are very good


    " Just found this forum and have been reading all 43 pages of this thread.
    Very interesting, I like a lot of the recommendations.

    Big fan of comedy, here are my recommendations of UK shows:

    Peep Show, 4 series (best UK sitcom of the last 10 years - don't need to take my word for it, see reviews on the web - better than The Office even, which I loved)
    Green Wing, 2 series (superb comedy drama, but with the emphasis on surreal comedy)
    Nighty Night, 2 series (very funny - written by Julia Davis - who appeared in Big Train and Jam)

    Brass Eye (best sketch show ever)
    The Day Today (second best sketch show ever)
    Jam (extremely dark, and sick in parts, sketch show)
    Nathan Barley (excellent sitcom about the press)
    (all written or co-written by Chris Morris - the best and most intelligent comedy writer ever)

    The Thick of It (a very modern political sit-com, incredibly funny and intelligent)
    On that note - Yes Minister and Yes Prime Minister from the 80's - funny, intelligent and great dialogue

    I'm Alan Partridge; Knowing Me, Knowing You With Alan Partridge; Coogan's
    Run (anything else with Steve Coogan in it - Saxondale is also worth a watch)

    Father Ted - pure genius
    The Mighty Boosh, 2 series (very surreal sitcom)
    Monkey Dust (a quite sick but satirical funny cartoon sketch show)

    Both series of Life on Mars are excellent and highly recommended.
    Shameless is must see.


    I must take issue with the person who recommended the IT Crowd.
    I saw the first series. Terrible, I can't believe Chris Morris appeared in it. It shows that he didn't write it though!


    If you want my view on any other UK comedy series you have heard, I have probably seen it, so just let me know.

    ChiangMai noon - if you liked This is Britain, I think you will like Dead Man's Shoes - very different plot, but similar themes.

    Think that's enough from me for now. "

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    Max & Paddy, of course! Fantastic. Sales of those Pakistan shirts Peter Kay wore went through the roof after that show.

    Harry Hill - despite what you make of him - has done a very good show named TV burp & is on Youtube if anybody wants a look. I promise you will find it hilarious, he mainly takes the piss out of UK telly.

    Here is a one-minute clip.


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    Apologies for begging again, but anyone got an invite to Demonoid, as I saw it was mentioned a few times?

    Can post a comedy series on disk to you in return, if you like.

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    Quote Originally Posted by PHA
    but anyone got an invite to Demonoid
    Yeah I have. Will PM it to you...

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    I like:



    It's a reality show that's so abrasive, it's funny.

    "Multi-Michelin-starred Gordon Ramsay sharpened his knives, and his tongue, for more explosive outbursts and tough love in his fourth six-part series of BAFTA award-winning and Emmy-nominated Ramsay's Kitchen Nightmares. You're a restaurant owner in crisis. The wolves are at the door, but the punters aren't. Enter Gordon Ramsay, the most feared and revered chef in Britain today, with his potent recipe of passion, perfectionism and inspirational leadership. Gordon has just one week to turn each business around. In this series, Ramsay unleashes his trademark mix of abrasive straight-talking with inspirational leadership on four more restaurants in crisis. "

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    Quote Originally Posted by Hootad Binky
    Ramsay's Kitchen Nightmares
    I saw the final of 'Gordon Ramsay's Hells Kitchen' the other night (by accident). That was pretty good.

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    invite

    thanks for the invite, I can't send you a PM, so it will have to be here - apologies to everyone else

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    No probs, enjoy.

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    British comedy scripts - Les Dawson - Cissie and Ada

    If you like Les Dawson these scripts are good for a laugh - no vid - sorry

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    Father Ted, Dave Allen and Graham Norton are very good.

    Can i have one of those invitations please?

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    IT crowd is a channel 4 comedy. I think it was the writer of Father Ted who made it.

    I love the Green Wing as well

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    The IT Crowd is written by Graham Linehan, one of the two writers of Father Ted.

    He is an excellent writer and co-wrote the first series of Big Train and the first series of Black Books.

    He also contributed to Brass Eye, the Fast Show, Coogan's Run and Jam.

    That's a great track record. However, the first series of the IT Crowd is one of the poorest comedies I have seen in recent years and there are some very bad ones out there. Didn't bother with the second series, so can't comment on that.


    The Green Wing is superb and highly recommended to everyone.

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    it's not a BBC comedy - but I would recommend "seven periods with Mr Gormsby"

    a kiwi comedy - the wit is scathing. series one was great and series 2 is starting to show up online.

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    Currently watching "Funland", written by Jeremy Dyson it's a dark comedy based around the bizarre goings on in lap dancing clubs in Blackpool.

    Funny, dark and you get to see a fair few pairs of tits and some shagging.

    Recommended, especially for anyone who likes the League of Gentlemen or similar stuff.

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