Author Topic: Black Books  (Read 6919 times)

magval

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Re: Black Books
« Reply #60 on: May 16, 2020, 02:38:14 PM »
Look: MOUTHS!

Blue Jam

  • From the mind of Ricky Gervais
Re: Black Books
« Reply #61 on: May 16, 2020, 02:53:39 PM »
"...so tomorrow I want to see you in plain pastels and, if you'd be so kind, a pair of shoes."

Re: Black Books
« Reply #62 on: May 16, 2020, 11:29:59 PM »
"It wasn't Belly Savallas that upset them."
"You didn't do Cobumbo, did you?"
"No... I didn't have any cigars."

Re: Black Books
« Reply #63 on: May 17, 2020, 12:34:46 AM »
“I woke up with ... a bit of a hangover”

Flashback to Bernard opening his eyes and instantly screaming in terror

Re: Black Books
« Reply #64 on: May 17, 2020, 12:46:47 AM »
I'd not seen all of a series of Black Books in chronological order before, but I noticed a number of jokes and plotlines seemed to turn up again in The IT Crowd, I was trying to keep a mental note of them but due to imbibing a load of vodka have forgotten. The only ones I remember now was the guy with the dodgy accounts walking out of the window (I assumed it was going to be a comic mid-conversational suicide like Morris but instead he goes down the fire escape before the police arrive) and the woman one going on a date with an obviously gay guy and having to explain it to him.

Jerzy Bondov

  • best not bother
    • righto so ive got five minutes off work and uh yeah im gonna have a cheeky volvic
Re: Black Books
« Reply #65 on: May 17, 2020, 08:22:24 AM »
The IT Crowd is just 'what if Black Books was shite'

Re: Black Books
« Reply #66 on: May 17, 2020, 08:38:35 AM »
Bernard spying on Manny:

“He’s bending down now... Ah look he’s getting up again! I knew he’d do that.
Now he’s going up on that little ladder. Up he goes with that little wiggle of his. The wiggle of Judas. The Judas boogie.”

The Judas boogie gets the biggest audience laugh but I love “I knew he’d do that”.

billyandthecloneasaurus

  • LIVING ROOMS, bedrooms, dinettes, OH yeah!
Re: Black Books
« Reply #67 on: May 17, 2020, 12:18:04 PM »
I rewatched a couple of episodes recently and was surprised by how little I enjoyed it.  I don't remember it being so...sitcommy.  I think I've watched too many mockumentary type things, and tbh even something as preposterous as always sunny feels a lot more real.  I thought it had aged quite badly.  Felt a bit too, I dunno, like a transparent vehicle for Dylan Moran, and I never really enjoyed Fran as a character.  I don't think there's much chemistry between Moran and Greig either.

samadriel

  • WHA' HAPPEN?
Re: Black Books
« Reply #68 on: May 17, 2020, 12:43:03 PM »
You're wrong, and you're a grotesquely ugly freak.

Prison Biscuits

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Re: Black Books
« Reply #69 on: May 17, 2020, 01:02:32 PM »
I rewatched a couple of episodes recently and was surprised by how little I enjoyed it.  I don't remember it being so...sitcommy.  I think I've watched too many mockumentary type things, and tbh even something as preposterous as always sunny feels a lot more real. 

I sort of know what you mean. The central performances are all great, but lots of the one-off bookshop customers are shite, like proper "you're getting my dander up you grotty little man" level shite. Bad sitcom overacting which really jars with the rest of the cast.

Alberon

  • His heart is an empty fridge
Re: Black Books
« Reply #70 on: May 17, 2020, 02:04:37 PM »
Dylan Moran has probably grown into the character and would probably be better suited to it now he’s in his late forties. Yes, the show started as a vehicle for him, but I don’t have a problem with that.

The show itself has aged in the twenty years since it was made in a way Father Ted has not but I still think it’s as funny now as back then.

spaghetamine

  • it's all gravy, baby
Re: Black Books
« Reply #71 on: May 17, 2020, 03:13:01 PM »
I'm too pissed to articulate myself properly but I love Black Books and find it infinitely re-watchable. Tamsin Greig and Dylan Moran both look sexy as fuck in it as well so that definitely helps.

Re: Black Books
« Reply #72 on: May 17, 2020, 03:27:26 PM »
I watched a few episodes last night and they were as funny as ever (although the Pegg episode was the only one not from the first series).

I was mildly shocked to realise that Bill Bailey was younger in the first series than I now am.

Dewt

  • The Fun House Grand Prix
Re: Black Books
« Reply #73 on: May 17, 2020, 05:21:53 PM »
"He had a little man, in his hair!"
"Well the little man in my hair is getting very, very angry."

Cuellar

  • Taxes, they'll be lower...son
Re: Black Books
« Reply #74 on: May 17, 2020, 05:30:29 PM »
I really like the Linehan trope of a character being wheeled into shot so they move unnervingly smoothly: Kevin Eldon in this, and the priest with the boring voice in the Christmas special of Father Ted.

Dewt

  • The Fun House Grand Prix
Re: Black Books
« Reply #75 on: May 17, 2020, 05:37:22 PM »
I really like the Linehan
Careful now

Poirots BigGarlickyCorpse

  • Le corpse garlique of Hercule Poirot
Re: Black Books
« Reply #76 on: May 17, 2020, 05:51:43 PM »
"Well, I have to admit, after years of drinking and smoking, you do look at yourself and think. You know, from that first cigarette in the morning to the last glass of cornershop piss at three a.m., you do sometimes look at yourself and think...

...This is fantastic. I'm in heaven."

Lisa Jesusandmarychain

  • My head really was bulbous.
Re: Black Books
« Reply #77 on: May 17, 2020, 05:59:43 PM »
I'm too pissed to articulate myself properly but I love Black Books and find it infinitely re-watchable. Tamsin Greig and Dylan Moran both look sexy as fuck in it as well so that definitely helps.

Just imagine how upset Bill Bailey's going to be if he reads that post ( you're not wrong though, The Young Tamsin Grieg was hawt).


Re: Black Books
« Reply #78 on: May 17, 2020, 06:40:46 PM »
The bit where the actor Kevin Eldon runs his white glove through thin air and picks up a load of dust.

The bit where Bernard somehow makes some soup into a tower.

Bursting with high-grade visual gags, face-acting and prop work. Table stuck to the mug, Bernard's suit, the Big&Beardy mag, orb lighter, biting the teacup, bathtime Manny, on and on.. So many silly expressions that are still etched in my mind. The whole thing looked gorgeous really, nice warm earthy tones.
First comedy I got properly obsessed with back in the day

Re: Black Books
« Reply #79 on: May 17, 2020, 08:29:42 PM »
I really like the Linehan trope of a character being wheeled into shot so they move unnervingly smoothly: Kevin Eldon in this, and the priest with the boring voice in the Christmas special of Father Ted.

I bet he nicked it from the nun in the Blues Brothers.

Ornlu

  • Hi Gavvy
Re: Black Books
« Reply #80 on: May 17, 2020, 11:18:39 PM »
I really like the Linehan trope of a character being wheeled into shot so they move unnervingly smoothly: Kevin Eldon in this, and the priest with the boring voice in the Christmas special of Father Ted.

It's Mrs Doyle's friend in the latter isn't it? In the supermarket

Inspector Norse

  • I bash the Bishop well.
Re: Black Books
« Reply #81 on: May 18, 2020, 08:25:47 AM »
I haven't watched it in years but I remember it holding up really well on rewatches due to the sheer hit-rate of great lines and scenes (Subbuteo hair, Frankenstein, childrens' book writing session, porno vid etc).

"Hey! There's Evan! He's a young guy: he listens to the Stereophonics, he rides a scooter. Let's see how far I can push him!"

Old Nehamkin

  • You know - for kids!
Re: Black Books
« Reply #82 on: May 18, 2020, 09:19:02 AM »
It's Mrs Doyle's friend in the latter isn't it? In the supermarket

They did that gag at least twice in Father Ted but the priest with the incredibly boring voice was - I think - the first instance.

Re: Black Books
« Reply #83 on: May 18, 2020, 09:25:27 AM »
I bet he nicked it from the nun in the Blues Brothers.

Ah yes, that's probably where I first saw it.

I'm sure there was a bit in Alexei Sayle's Stuff where someone was wheeled onto set, but I think that done with a slow squeaky trolley.
Probably on one of Spike Milligan's Q shows too.

magval

  • Magnum Valentino
Re: Black Books
« Reply #84 on: May 18, 2020, 09:54:29 AM »
Lucy Davis' drunk acting in the Lifecry/children's book episode is probably the worst I've ever seen though.

Alberon

  • His heart is an empty fridge
Re: Black Books
« Reply #85 on: May 18, 2020, 10:01:30 AM »
Ah yes, that's probably where I first saw it.

I'm sure there was a bit in Alexei Sayle's Stuff where someone was wheeled onto set, but I think that done with a slow squeaky trolley.

That was Angus Deaton playing the BBC Chairman. And here it is.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bNfF9WfrX9k

I'd forgotten the people pushing the trolley were in shot as well.

alan nagsworth

  • Don't leave housus! Else I will slap faece.
Re: Black Books
« Reply #86 on: May 18, 2020, 10:15:27 AM »
"I feel like I've been beaten up underwater. I can feel bits of my brain falling away like a wet cake."

Clownbaby

  • Toe to tip, this is a Bart
Re: Black Books
« Reply #87 on: May 18, 2020, 12:06:35 PM »
I do not remember a single moment or line from this show apart from Peter Serafinowicz going "Fraaan" so I think I'm gonna have to watch it again. Looking through this thread is like looking through the thread of a show I've never seen. Maybe it'll make an impression the second time round

Blue Jam

  • From the mind of Ricky Gervais
Re: Black Books
« Reply #88 on: May 18, 2020, 12:46:01 PM »
Lucy Davis' drunk acting in the Lifecry/children's book episode is probably the worst I've ever seen though.

No-one's going to look good doing drunk actor next to Olivia Colman, to be fair.

Jerzy Bondov

  • best not bother
    • righto so ive got five minutes off work and uh yeah im gonna have a cheeky volvic
Re: Black Books
« Reply #89 on: May 18, 2020, 12:47:41 PM »
Oh you know, still beavering away at Radio Four hehehehe

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