Britain s Greatest TV Comedy Moments

The perfect gift for anyone who wants to relive some of British comedy's most beloved TV moments.

Britain s Greatest TV Comedy Moments

British TV comedy in its glorious forms—from sitcom to sketch shows—is a much-loved highlight of the small-screen schedules. In this must-have collection, Louis Barfe has selected the very best of British television's comedy classics. Unforgettable moments from The Morecambe and Wise Show, Blackadder, and Fawlty Towers rub shoulders with classic sketches including Monty Python's "Dead Parrot" and Hancock's "The Blood Donor." Generation-defining examples from That Was the Week That Was and Not the Nine O'Clock News appear alongside relishable offcuts from more recent triumphs including The Office, The Thick of It, and Outnumbered. Showcasing our funniest TV comedy stars, their shows and their writers, Britain's Greatest TV Comedy Moments is a hilarious trip down memory lane.

British TV Comedies

The socalled 'British Disease' was a derogatory term for what was at least
believed by many at the time to be a relative ... In the words of sitcom expert and
selfconfessed obsessive Louis Barfe in Britain's Greatest TV Comedy Moments: [
A] ...

British TV Comedies

This collection offers an overview of British TV comedies, ranging from the beginnings of sitcoms in the 1950s to the current boom of 'Britcoms'. It provides in-depth analyses of major comedies, systematically addressing their generic properties, filmic history, humour politics and cultural impact.

Keeping Quiet

'slapstick' conjures up images of crude violence, the comedy of the
unsophisticated: the Three Stooges, the Chuckle Brothers, Futtock's End, The
Plank. ... Yet in one of those recent ubiquitous TV chartshows, The Greatest TV
Comedy Moments of all Time, many of the top clips ... Is that really what we've
come to, Britain?

Keeping Quiet

Keeping Quiet is a love-letter to the modern sight-gag on film and television, tracing the history of physical clowning since the advent of sound. Taking up the story of visual humour where Paul Merton’s Silent Comedy leaves off, Julian Dutton charts the lives and work of all the great comedians who chose to remain silent, from Charlie Chaplin - who was determined to resist the ‘talkies’ - right through to the slapstick of modern-day performers such as Rowan Atkinson, Matt Lucas and Harry Hill. This fascinating chronicle - spanning nine decades - shows how physical comedy, at first overshadowed by dialogue-films in the 1930s, reinvented itself and how this revival was spearheaded by a Frenchman: Jacques Tati. Julian Dutton draws on his own experience as a comedy writer and performer to give an expert analysis of the screen persona and the comedy style of dozens of the screen’s best-loved performers including Laurel & Hardy, Buster Keaton, Harpo Marx, Norman Wisdom, Jerry Lewis, Benny Hill, Peter Sellers, Eric Sykes, Ronnie Barker, Marty Feldman - and many more. This book will appeal both to the serious student of film, television and theatre - including those aspiring to write or perform comedy - and to the general reader and comedy fan.

Television s Moment

Sitcom Audiences and the Sixties Cultural Revolution Christina von Hodenberg
... Award in 1966, 1967 and 1968. Speight also won the Writers Guild of Britain '
best TV comedy script' prize for 1968 and 1969. Guardian, 13 March 1968; Times
, ...

Television s Moment

Television was one of the forces shaping the cultural revolution of the 1960s and 1970s, when a blockbuster TV series could reach up to a third of a country’s population. This book explores television’s impact on social change by comparing three sitcoms and their audiences. The shows in focus – Till Death Us Do Part in Britain, All in the Family in the United States, and One Heart and One Soul in West Germany – centered on a bigoted anti-hero and his family. Between 1966 and 1979 they saturated popular culture, and managed to accelerate as well as deradicalize value changes and collective attitudes regarding gender roles, sexuality, religion, and race.

Nirvana

That Top Of The Pops thing might be one of the best comedy moments ever on
British TV.” The performance did the trick. At the time, an appearance on Top Of
The Pops guaranteed a rise up the charts. 'Smells Like Teen Spirit' had been ...

Nirvana

As the assistant editor of Melody Maker, Everett True was the first journalist to cover the Seattle music scene in early 1989 and interview Nirvana. He is responsible for bringing Hole, Pavement, Soundgarden, and a host of other bands to international attention. He introduced Kurt Cobain to Courtney Love, performed on stage with Nirvana on numerous occasions, and famously pushed Kurt onto the stage of the Reading Festival in 1992 in a wheelchair. Nirvana: The Biography is an honest, moving, incisive, and heartfelt re-evaluation of a band that has been misrepresented time and time again since its tragic demise in April 1994 following Kurt Cobain's suicide. True captures what the band was really like. He also discusses the music scene of the time-the fellow bands, the scenes, the seminars, the countless live dates, the friends and allies and drug dealers. Drawn from hundreds of original interviews, Nirvana: The Biography is the final word on Nirvana, Cobain, and Seattle grunge.

The Best Murders Are British

Humor, especially in moments of distress reminds us of the fallibility of human
responses. ... NOTES 1. For American fans of British television, it is notable how
similar the humor of Life on Mars is to other British comedies that rely on
rhetorical ...

The Best Murders Are British

A staple of television since the early years of the BBC, British crime drama first crossed the Atlantic on public broadcasting stations and specialty cable channels, and later through streaming services. Often engaging with domestic anxieties about the government's power (or lack thereof), and with larger issues of social justice like gender equality, racism, and homophobia, it has constantly evolved to reflect social and cultural changes while adapting U.S. and Nordic noir influences in a way that retains its characteristically British elements. This collection examines the continuing appeal of British crime drama from The Sweeney through Sherlock, Marcella, and Happy Valley. Individual essays focus on male melodrama, nostalgia, definitions of community, gender and LGBTQ representation, and neoliberalism. The persistence of the English murder, as each chapter of this collection reveals, points to the complexity of British crime drama's engagement with social, political, and cultural issues. It is precisely the mix of British stereotypes, coupled with a willingness to engage with broader global social and political issues, that makes British crime drama such a successful cultural export.

Nature s Top 40 Britain s Best Wildlife

Some may wonder how we dare make a Top 40 list of Britain's greatest wildlife
spectacles in such a manner, and may feel ... But look down any of the numerous
Top 40 lists that have formed the basis of a variety of television programmes,
such as the Funniest Moments on TV. ... clip of talk-show host Russell Harty
being attacked by Grace Jones is not as funny as the lower-ranked, but hilarious,
moment ...

Nature   s Top 40  Britain   s Best Wildlife

From leaping dolphins to boxing hares, soaring eagles to the beat of a million wings – the British Isles offer some of the richest and most varied wildlife encounters in Europe. But how do you pick the must-see events?

The Rough Guide to British Cult Comedy

The Canon : 50 essential comedy shows Today ' s TV executives spend their
waking moments in an anxious , never completely ... Does it matter that , as
Armando Iannucci pointed out in his Oxford University lecture in March 2006 , the
top five ...

The Rough Guide to British Cult Comedy

The Rough Guide to British Cult Comedy is the ultimate guide to live and television comedy in Britain from the 1980s to the present day. From Ben Elton to Alan Carr, this book profiles fifty of the most influential cult comedy icons and discovers how they became household names. Throughout the book, there are tips from comedians and industry insiders, with a mix of amusing anecdotes and practical suggestions for writing and performing your own live show and sitcom. The guide reviews the top cult comedy on TV and in the movies, with a detailed focus on what inspired them and what they in turn inspired. "Comedy Stories" looks at the highs and lows of performing live comedy with tales of the rowdiest hecklers and strangest audiences. The book comes complete with a round up of the best dvds, books and comic websites available.

Turned Out Nice Again

With a cast of thousands, including Peter Cook, Ken Dodd, Dusty Springfield, Spike Milligan, Rolf Harris, Bruce Forsyth and Reeves and Mortimer, Turned Out Nice Again reveals a world of comedians and cavorters, dancing girls and crooners.

Turned Out Nice Again

With a cast of thousands, including Peter Cook, Ken Dodd, Dusty Springfield, Spike Milligan, Rolf Harris, Bruce Forsyth and Reeves and Mortimer, Turned Out Nice Again reveals a world of comedians and cavorters, dancing girls and crooners. From the early days of vaudeville, via the golden age of radio, to live television spectaculars, the rise of the chat show and alternative comedy, Louis Barfe pulls back the curtain of variety to reveal the world of light entertainment in all its glory.

The Conservative Party and Anglo German Relations 1905 1914

The traditional defence of such xenophobic utterances is that they are just part of
the ' ironic ' British sense of humour . ... Don ' t mention the war ' episode entitled '
The Germans ' in the BBC comedy series ' Fawlty Towers ' , they are castigated
as ' lacking a sense of humour ' . ... In a recent British Channel 4 programme , '
The 100 Greatest TV moments ' , England ' s 4 – 2 victory over Germany in the ...

The Conservative Party and Anglo German Relations  1905 1914

The first ever major study examining of the views of the Conservative Party towards the key aspects of Anglo-German relations from 1905 to 1914. Drawing on a wide variety of original sources, it examines the Conservative response to the German threat, and argues that the response of the Conservative Party towards Germany showed a marked absence of open hostility towards Germany. Overall, this important new study provides a powerful and overdue corrective to the traditional depiction of the Conservative Party in opposition as 'Scaremongers' and the chief source of Germanophobic views among the British political parties.

The Best British Stand Up and Comedy Routines

In the original television version , Palin suggests he tries taking it to his brother's
shop in Ipswich . Cleese ... In November 2004 , in a Radio Times poll , it was
voted the Greatest Comedy Sketch of ... One of the reasons for its popularity may
be that unlike some other memorable Python moments it does not push the
comedy ...

The Best British Stand Up and Comedy Routines

A book-and-CD compilation introduces a range of top-selected British comic artists while providing transcripts, audio excerpts of favorite routines, and additional material, in a volume that features such skits as Rory Bremner's impression of Prince Charles and the Monty Python troupe's "Dead Parrot" sketch. Original.

European Affairs

The biting humor of some of the Whitehall scenes is reminiscent of the classic
British TV comedy se - ries , “ Yes , Minister , ” in which a wily top civil servant , Sir
Humphrey Appleby , usually gets the better of his elected political superiors .

European Affairs


European Culture and the Media

But in the UK at the present moment American television is seen by influential
elites as superior to British television . The 21 ... Thomas Jones considers the
former better value for money than the latter : ' It ' s very funny , very clever ( and
fairly intelligent , too ) ... the other best thing on television ' , to Channel 4 , which
is said to have paid £700 , 000 per episode for the animated series ( Jones ,
2002 , p .

European Culture and the Media

European Culture and the Media presents new research and thinking on cultural globalisation, with special focus on and in-depth analysis of European media culture. Written by some of the most prominent European media researchers, it introduces new theories, empirical data and analysis of media communication, genres and media institutions.

Funny Business

The 1980s also confirmed Julie Walters ' position as Britain's best comedy In the
1980s British film comedy actress of the moment . The 1960s continued to have a
parasitic Otherwise , the attempts of relationship with television : in British ...

Funny Business

Published to tie in with a BBC2 documentary series on international comedy, this book profiles stars from more than a hundred shows. It contains career details, highlighting key films/TV performances, quoting opinions from other performers and examining excerpts from their best-known routines.

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The Great War 1914 1918

In 1999 the final moments of the series , where the characters become freeze -
framed as they go over the top , was first among the ten clips voted , with no
apparent irony , ' the nation ' s all - time favourite ' moment from a television
comedy . Perhaps ... The idea that Britain had suffered a lost generation was
expressed by Stanley Baldwin in 1935 as the country ' living under the shadow of
the war .

The Great War  1914 1918

The Great War scarred both the people and the popular imagination of Europe. No previous war matched it in scale, brutality and futility. The course of events has been told many times, spurred by an endless desire to understand 'the war to end all wars'. However this impressive book moves beyond military narrative to offer a much fuller analysis of the conflict's impact: strategic, political, social and cultural. Starting with the context and origins of the war, including assassination, misunderstanding and differing national war-aims, it then covers the treacherous course of the conflict and its social consequences: #Mobilisation had a massive impact both on soldiers and female civilians, producing radical changes to people's way of life which stimulated political change #Science and technology created a new brand of industrialised warfare and were accelerated by the imperative of victory # The insecurity and strain of war created dissidence and mutiny, engendering revolution in Germany, Austria-Hungary and Russia. The war left a long-term legacy for victors and vanquished alike. It created new frontiers and changed the balance of power, influenced the arts, national memory and political thought. The reach of this account is global, showing how a conflict amongst European powers came to involve their colonial empires, and embrace Japan, China, the Ottoman Empire, Latin America and the United States. This is a bold and original book, offering a thematic study of a war that was famously, and quite rightly, labelled as 'the seminal event of the twentieth century'. Ian Beckett is Professor of History, Luton University, UK.

Gift of the Gag

Some of the audience arrived at the London studios for the recording of the
interior scenes dressed as priests and nuns . ... And then there were the awards :
a British Academy of Film and TV Award for best TV comedy in 1996 , many
British ...

Gift of the Gag

"What's happening? Why is Irish comedy suddenly centre-stage after years of working on the edge? This book, the first major exploration of the phenomenon, looks behind the scenes for the answers, interviewing the comedians themselves, presenting their jokes and routines and placing it all in the context of the seismic social changes in today's Ireland."--BOOK JACKET.

Only Fools and Horses

The Story of Britain's Favourite Comedy Graham McCann ... This was, in fact, an
extremely bold decision by the writer, because, up until this moment, British
sitcom characters simply never died – they either disappeared with little or no ...

Only Fools and Horses

In the thirty years since viewers first visited Nelson Mandela House, Only Fools and Horses has won countless awards and is still Britain's most-watched and best-loved sitcom. Del Boy's overwhelming popularity has even inspired the Oxford English Dictionary to include a selection of his most famous words and phrases, such as 'lovely jubbly' and 'twonk'. In this fascinating, entertaining and meticulously researched book, acclaimed biographer Graham McCann goes behind the scenes to tell the inside story of Britain's most enduring comedy. With major contributions from the people who wrote, produced and starred in the programme and with material drawn from the BBC archives, it's time to take one last trip down Hooky Street . . .

British Film and Television Year Book

Makes regular appearances as Guest - Conductor with the major Symphony
Orchestras of Britain , the Continent of Europe , Japan , Canada ... 1968 : Dee
Time , Since 1968 she has starred in annual series of her own B . B . C . TV show
Cilla .

British Film and Television Year Book

Includes section "Who's who in British films and television" (varies)