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catindisguise

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« Reply #320 on: 01-24-2004 17:10 »

I think I'll vote for Blackadder, I recalled a scene in the middle of an exam yesterday and it put me off for at least five minutes. but Fawlty Towers is a great program too  big grin.
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« Reply #321 on: 01-24-2004 17:22 »

I agree, I go into a fit of tears everytime Basil loses his temper.
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« Reply #322 on: 01-24-2004 21:27 »

I watched an episode and a half of The Young Ones last night. Can anyone explain why the hell they have subliminal messages in the episodes? I swear every once in a while I'd see a brief shot of a bird flapping its wings, or a frog jumping or something. It's funny and all, but is there any reason behind it? Or are they just trying to make people go crazy?

Weird show.
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« Reply #323 on: 01-25-2004 00:42 »

The Young Ones is supposed to be like that, and it works.
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« Reply #324 on: 01-25-2004 07:28 »

If you liked 'The Young Ones' then what about 'Bottom'. I think Rick and Ade were just as bad (or should I say great) in that.

I also think that Edward Hitler is one of the best names for a lunatic character in a sitcom ever!

As for my favourite it's either 'Fools & Horses' or 'Fawlty Towers'. Not sure which.
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« Reply #325 on: 01-25-2004 07:29 »

My vote goes to Fawlty Towers of Blackadder, as I like them the most.

I was watching "The Germans" episode of Fawlty Towers last night ... damn thats funny  laff
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« Reply #326 on: 01-25-2004 08:33 »

Fawlty Towers annoys me I understand what there trying to achieve and they do that very well, but its just the frantic nature of basil rushing round trying to stop more trouble.
That I just find unwatchable
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« Reply #327 on: 01-25-2004 10:44 »

 
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Originally posted by FishyJoe:
I watched an episode and a half of The Young Ones last night. Can anyone explain why the hell they have subliminal messages in the episodes? I swear every once in a while I'd see a brief shot of a bird flapping its wings, or a frog jumping or something. It's funny and all, but is there any reason behind it? Or are they just trying to make people go crazy?

That's the intention.  There are about five or six of those, and it's one of those 'blink and you'll miss 'em' things.  It's a show which sometimes goes off at bizarre tangents for no reason other than it's fun to do.

My personal favourite tangent bit was the Cheese Shop sketch:

Customer: Excuse me, is this a cheese shop?
Shopkeeper: No, sir.
Customer: Well that's that sketch knackered then, isn't it?
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« Reply #328 on: 01-25-2004 18:08 »

I like Men Behaving Badly and Two Pints of Lager and a Packet of Crisps. (Was God, The Devil and Bob English?)
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« Reply #329 on: 01-25-2004 18:30 »

Nope, American. However all the episodes were aired here, unlike in the US. And can an animation count as a sitcom?
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« Reply #330 on: 01-25-2004 18:40 »

Sitcoms now is it? It says British Comedy on the title. But yeah I think cartoons can be sitcoms. (Futurama is, right?)
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« Reply #331 on: 01-25-2004 18:41 »

Woops, i'm getting too muddled with the current "Briatin's Best Sitcom" that they're running on TV at the moment.
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« Reply #332 on: 01-25-2004 18:50 »

Whos winning that? I haven't been watching because I.... couldn't be bothered to find out when it was on.
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« Reply #333 on: 01-25-2004 18:53 »

Well, they left the top 10 in a random order and we watch one of them per week and we can vote after every episode. They're just draining us of cash!
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« Reply #334 on: 01-26-2004 00:58 »

"Call the Church!"
"Call the Police!"
"Call the Church Police!"
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« Reply #335 on: 01-26-2004 04:33 »

Nice to see Ricky Gervais win 2 Golden Globes last night for The Office and best actor in a comedy  smile
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« Reply #336 on: 01-26-2004 04:59 »

American's get The Office!?
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« Reply #337 on: 01-26-2004 05:18 »

The ones that get BBC America do.

Ba-dum-bum.  wink
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« Reply #338 on: 01-26-2004 06:33 »

 
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Originally posted by Impossible:
Nice to see Ricky Gervais win 2 Golden Globes last night for The Office and best actor in a comedy   smile

Indeed.  I think this is brilliant, and again shows that there's no need for The Office to be remade.  A major network should pick the Brit Version up and show it as it is (with no laughter track too).

The TV Networks in America must think the general public are idiots if they don't get it.
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« Reply #339 on: 01-26-2004 07:15 »

I despise laugh tracks, I really do.
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« Reply #340 on: 01-26-2004 14:03 »

 
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Originally posted by Melllvar:
 Indeed.  I think this is brilliant, and again shows that there's no need for The Office to be remade.  A major network should pick the Brit Version up and show it as it is (with no laughter track too).

The TV Networks in America must think the general public are idiots if they don't get it.

They are aren't they

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« Reply #341 on: 01-28-2004 06:08 »
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Yeah, The Office is pure brilliance. Have you seen the new Christmas episodes?   laff

So, my list goes like this...

The Office
The Royle Family   laff
Dead Ringers - hilarious!
My Hero
Fawlty Towers
Spaced? Sorta, it's pretty good...
The Brittas Empire...   laff I loved the secretary who kept all her kids in the drawer!

EDIT: how could I miss out...
Monty Python and The Holy Grail
Black Books
Smack the Pony
The Sketch Show

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« Reply #342 on: 01-28-2004 11:56 »
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In Canada, Showcase showed the first 3 episodes of The Office last night.  I was busy watching DVDs, so I taped them and intend to watch them tongiht.  Of course, if I want to see more after that, I'll have to buy the DVDs or subscribe to BBC Canada.

And I tried, but I couldn't resist:

 
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Origianlly posted by Nurdbot:
"Call the Church!"
"Call the Police!"
"Call the Church Police!"

"Alright.  THE CHURCH POLICE!"
(footsteps)
"Here!  What's all this then, Amen?"
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« Reply #343 on: 01-28-2004 12:01 »

Black Books! I love Black Books, too many people haven't seen it. It should be forced on everyone every week.
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« Reply #344 on: 01-28-2004 12:57 »

have any of you seen 'monkey dust' yet? its a bbc animated show about the seedier side of society and is very dark and satarical but very funny, too. it's kind of a sketch show, with many different tales, skits, etc. it's certainly not for minors. see if you can source a view, its certainly worth it for the shock value alone. i like it because of its savage satire of modern poplular culture, thats obsessed with celebrity and spin.
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« Reply #345 on: 01-28-2004 13:26 »

I've saw one ep, it was pretty crap. I remember a good sketch about this guy who was bombarded with leaflets made specifically for the things he does like catching a train and giving to homeless people, but to be honest Jam has the monopoly on shock value and sure, Monkey Dust is satirical but in a somewhat blatant or overly abstract way (it alternates).
 
 It stands out though since it's one of the only British adult animation shows currently doing the rounds.
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« Reply #346 on: 01-28-2004 15:26 »

I was watching Peep Show last night on E4, it's pretty good hearing the private thoughts of the two guys.
Like the uptight office guy, he tries to flirt with a girl in his office by drawing on a post-it, of a stickman (him) giving a giant heart to a stickgirl (her).
Except he says: "It's not funny, too normal!" and draws a big swastika on the heart.
"Yeah, that'll do it, I'm a nutter!!laff
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« Reply #347 on: 01-28-2004 15:33 »

Also, remember kids, Rob Brydon's new comedy "Directors Commentary" starts tonight.  Basically a spoof of all director commentaries on DVD's using old TV and Movie clips, and Rob's washed up director persona, Peter De Lane.

Hopefully, should be fun.  11pm ITV.
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« Reply #348 on: 01-28-2004 15:37 »

Yeah I heard about that. I should check it out tonight.


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« Reply #349 on: 01-28-2004 15:45 »

Hey, I love that guy!

"I fucking hate traffic wardens!"  laff
That was the first I saw of him.
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« Reply #350 on: 01-28-2004 18:23 »

I seen the first part of Directors Commentary and I thought it was boring and shit.

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« Reply #351 on: 01-28-2004 18:27 »

It's a dream show for ITV though, because besides a couple of licensing fees, it's a really cheap show for them to produce.
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« Reply #352 on: 01-28-2004 19:22 »

 
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Originally posted by Juliet:
I seen the first part of Directors Commentary and I thought it was boring and shit.

Philistine!

I enjoyed it.  I'm looking forward to future episodes where he covers "Mr & Mrs" and "Only When I Laugh".
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« Reply #353 on: 01-29-2004 01:03 »

I agree with Melllvar, Juliet. Go watch that crappy 'Gimmie Gimmie Gimmie' if you can't take decent comedy.
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« Reply #354 on: 01-29-2004 01:28 »

Indeed, gotta love that Lorne Greene mounting horse commentary, in Bonanza:

"Stirrup, Leg, Saddle, Bang.  Textbook."  laff

As first shows go, it was pretty good, and beats most of ITV's other fare at the moment, hands down.  It's obviously better if you watch and enjoy DVD Commentaries (especially lone ones).
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« Reply #355 on: 01-29-2004 04:00 »
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Originally posted by Dolcelannah:
Yeah, The Office is pure brilliance. Have you seen the new Christmas episodes? 



They are airing in australia for the first time on fevuary 8th and 15th. Its on foxtel though, which is kickass for me.
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« Reply #356 on: 01-29-2004 14:16 »

 
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"Stirrup, Leg, Saddle, Bang.  Textbook."   laff


It was true greatness.

"Its all about comparison, man and technology, servent and employer and now two servents."

I'm A firm believer in the philosophy of a ruling class.

Especially since I rule.
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« Reply #357 on: 01-29-2004 15:52 »

 
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 Philistine!

I enjoyed it.  I'm looking forward to future episodes where he covers "Mr & Mrs" and "Only When I Laugh".

Sorry. I wasn’t in a good mood last night.

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« Reply #358 on: 01-29-2004 16:40 »

I'll have to watch it properly next week. I had half my eye on my English homework last night so I missed quite a lot of it.
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« Reply #359 on: 01-29-2004 18:22 »

I was lucky enough to watch it again on tape, and on second viewing you hear more classic comments:

"... a young thrusting Tony Slattery.  I was proud have had a hand in Tony's entrance".

"The Thyroid - cruelest of all the glands"

"Can a good man wear a black hat?... Can a black man wear a good hat?"

The tangent about the court case was pretty funny too, "I hesitate to use the word 'Slut', but that is what you are!"
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