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Re: Little - Remenbered Comedy Shows
« Reply #30 on: November 19, 2020, 03:01:27 PM »
This sort of topic always makes me think of the double whammy of So Haunt Me and Mulberry, which I'm pretty sure debuted in the same week and the only reason I really remember them is because they were trailed together incredibly heavily in the lead up.

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« Reply #31 on: November 19, 2020, 03:21:45 PM »
The things I remember from Sean's Show is the theme tune, Windsor Davis turning up with a box and the Sean being on the phone to his Mum, and saying 'What's that Mum, you've found my bed! Great, where was it?....On top of my porn mags?'

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« Reply #32 on: November 19, 2020, 03:22:12 PM »
Dogfood Dan and the Caernarfon Cowboy - two truck drivers who may or may not have been having affairs with each others wives. I don't remember. I should as my dad's friend played either Dan or The Cowboy and either Dan or The Cowboy was played by Kurt from Dear John.

Also a contender for the other thread as the only bit I remember is either Dan or The Cowboy's wife testing him on his specialist subject for Mastermind (the works of John Constable, I believe). Her questions were things like what is the man in the corner of the painting wearing? And I have to say it still makes me laugh and I think of it whenever Mastermind is on.

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« Reply #33 on: November 19, 2020, 03:25:49 PM »
This sort of topic always makes me think of the double whammy of So Haunt Me and Mulberry, which I'm pretty sure debuted in the same week and the only reason I really remember them is because they were trailed together incredibly heavily in the lead up.

I remember So Haunt Me fairly clearly but have never heard of Mulberry.

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« Reply #34 on: November 19, 2020, 03:31:42 PM »
Did they ever actually go downhill in a bathtub in LOTSW or does everybody just remember the Reeves & Mortimer parody? I've never known this and can't be bothered to look it up.

Just the once, in series 15’s "Stop That Bath".

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« Reply #35 on: November 19, 2020, 04:05:58 PM »
It was one of those scenes that immediately got hailed as a "classic moment" in a Delboy-falls-through-the-bar style, being repeated on things like Points of View and various clipshows so much that it became synonymous with the show and confusing everyone (me included) in thinking it happened all the damn time.

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« Reply #36 on: November 19, 2020, 04:53:43 PM »
Dogfood Dan and the Caernarfon Cowboy - two truck drivers who may or may not have been having affairs with each others wives. I don't remember. I should as my dad's friend played either Dan or The Cowboy and either Dan or The Cowboy was played by Kurt from Dear John.

Also a contender for the other thread as the only bit I remember is either Dan or The Cowboy's wife testing him on his specialist subject for Mastermind (the works of John Constable, I believe). Her questions were things like what is the man in the corner of the painting wearing? And I have to say it still makes me laugh and I think of it whenever Mastermind is on.

Ha! I still bring this up to this day in various conversations with family.

Do comedy-dramas count? I was always fond of Big Deal (only recollection - main character was Robbie Box, every episode seemed to involve a greyhound scam) and for some reason Bad Boys, starring Karl Howman as an underworld hanger-on.

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« Reply #37 on: November 19, 2020, 05:35:15 PM »
It was one of those scenes that immediately got hailed as a "classic moment" in a Delboy-falls-through-the-bar style, being repeated on things like Points of View and various clipshows so much that it became synonymous with the show and confusing everyone (me included) in thinking it happened all the damn time.

It was only a bath once but he often had having similarly madcap vehicle based escapades, getting stuck on a runaway go cart or a bike with no brakes etc. I think he even a sank a homemade submarime once.

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« Reply #38 on: November 19, 2020, 05:47:12 PM »
Depends whether you mean little-remembered on here or in general life. I have yet to meet anyone who remembers Kit Curran but I am sure it is remembered on here.

I loved that when it was first on.  Saw it again later on UK Gold and realised that some of the plots had been taken from WKRP In Cincinnati, although that didn't detract from the enjoyment as that was another show I liked.

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« Reply #39 on: November 19, 2020, 06:02:53 PM »
I watched a bunch of Home To Roosts recently, it's really good. John Thaw was an unexpectedly good comic actor and he and Reece Dinsdale had nice chemistry. (I follow RD on twitter, lovely socialist dad energy).

Anything that had Young Ones cast members in I'd have checked out, but I'd usually end up disappointed that there wasn't more slapstick violence. Snakes and Ladders falls into this category.I do remember enjoying Roll Over Beethoven, which was Nigel Planer as an ex-rocker and Liza Goddard as his neighbour. Written by Marks and Gran, I'll have another look as I see it's on YT.

Was Sean's Show the one where he would have conversations with a disembodied Samuel Beckett? I remember it being a bit of a disappointment, I think I liked him as a standup back then.

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« Reply #40 on: November 19, 2020, 06:09:28 PM »
Pure filth, no doubt.

Pretty much, as I recall.

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« Reply #41 on: November 19, 2020, 06:11:47 PM »
This'll probably be another that's well remembered here but less so in general - Nightingales. About 10 years ago I had a small gathering of about 10-15 mates over to my flat and one, spotting the DVD on my shelf, starting raving about the show and asked to borrow it, while no one else in the room had even heard of it.

I was just thinking about Nightingales. Bloody loved that show.

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« Reply #42 on: November 19, 2020, 08:04:08 PM »
What about Land of Hope and Gloria, which I'd misremembered as just being called Gloria. Despite being British it had one of the Three Degrees in it and got PANNED.

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« Reply #43 on: November 19, 2020, 08:09:21 PM »
Home Time. An almost all-female sitcom set in Coventry. I thought it was quite good but it only lasted one series.

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« Reply #44 on: November 19, 2020, 08:19:07 PM »
I was just thinking about Nightingales. Bloody loved that show.

Yep. Wonderfully surreal, and Lindsay, Threlfall and Jimmy Ellis are all fucking brilliant. Lots of little recurring gags and catchphrases-which-aren’t-catchphrases. I remember when they got hypnotised or something and kept singing the line “strangers in the night, exchanging glances”. I still, thirty years later, instinctively say “nobody here but us chickens” whenever anybody calls for me. My missus still has no idea what I’m on about.

Fuck it, I’m off to YouTube to see if they have it.

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« Reply #45 on: November 19, 2020, 08:27:21 PM »
Home Time. An almost all-female sitcom set in Coventry. I thought it was quite good but it only lasted one series.

I remember that, largely because I'm from Coventry so I watched it because it's the only TV comedy, in fact possibly the only TV show ever to be set there (apart from Blitz Live!). I remember nodding merrily at the Memorial Park and Fishy Moores references but also thinking anyone not from Coventry wouldn't give a toss about that, which narrowed the potential audience somewhat.

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« Reply #46 on: November 19, 2020, 08:32:35 PM »
I have a very vague memory of a show called Little Armadillos which starred Daniel Peacock. In a nightclub. Can't remember anything else about it.

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« Reply #47 on: November 19, 2020, 08:34:48 PM »
Dogfood Dan and the Caernarfon Cowboy

Carmarthen actually, although it could have been Chandigarh going by Peter Blake's accent at times. I doubt it would have got anywhere if it didn't have David Nobbs' name on it.

Also featured an annoying theme song written by Richard Stilgoe and sung by Lonnie Donegan.

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« Reply #48 on: November 19, 2020, 08:42:03 PM »



Peter Davison was appearing concurrently as the lead in two forgettable sitcoms from 1980-82, and during these runs had taken over as The Doctor. His agent must've taken some nice holidays during the eighties.

It does make me laugh when they put 'classic' on the cover of these DVDS. No fucker remembers anything about Sink Or Swim except possibly Sandra Dickinson and Robert Glenister's old drama teacher.

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« Reply #49 on: November 19, 2020, 09:03:15 PM »
I remember that, largely because I'm from Coventry so I watched it because it's the only TV comedy, in fact possibly the only TV show ever to be set there (apart from Blitz Live!). I remember nodding merrily at the Memorial Park and Fishy Moores references but also thinking anyone not from Coventry wouldn't give a toss about that, which narrowed the potential audience somewhat.

I've never been to Coventry. I don't think I've even met anyone from Coventry. I'm friends on Facebook with Neil Kulkarni and The Specials are one of my favourite bands. That's my entire connection with the place. And I still liked it.

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« Reply #50 on: November 19, 2020, 09:29:00 PM »
Carmarthen actually, although it could have been Chandigarh going by Peter Blake's accent at times. I doubt it would have got anywhere if it didn't have David Nobbs' name on it.

Also featured an annoying theme song written by Richard Stilgoe and sung by Lonnie Donegan.

Oops. Of course it was.

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« Reply #51 on: November 19, 2020, 11:08:29 PM »
Paruses has a six degrees of Kevin Bacon type link to legendary " aged - bit- before- his- time " actor Kenneth Cope ( not yet deceased) ? :-o

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« Reply #52 on: November 19, 2020, 11:48:42 PM »
I've never been to Coventry. I don't think I've even met anyone from Coventry. I'm friends on Facebook with Neil Kulkarni and The Specials are one of my favourite bands. That's my entire connection with the place. And I still liked it.

I'm "friends" with Neil too! I went out with a mate of his in the 90s so we ended up fb friends. He's one of my favourite tenuous social media connections.

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« Reply #53 on: November 20, 2020, 12:26:59 AM »
The Squirrels by Eric Chappell somewhat eclipsed by Rising Damp but still had it's moments with a good cast.Hepton,Jones ,Rowlands and David.

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« Reply #54 on: November 20, 2020, 01:09:41 AM »
Peter Davison was appearing concurrently as the lead in two forgettable sitcoms from 1980-82, and during these runs had taken over as The Doctor. His agent must've taken some nice holidays during the eighties.

It does make me laugh when they put 'classic' on the cover of these DVDS. No fucker remembers anything about Sink Or Swim except possibly Sandra Dickinson and Robert Glenister's old drama teacher.

Holding the Fort had a spin off with Matthew Kelly's character Fitz on Channel 4 called Relative Strangers where he lived with his estranged brother and father.

Come to think of it, Channel 4 had a load of comedy shows that have been lost to time.

Someone from this parish directed me to the whole series of Dream Stuffing being on youtube (since been taken down) which is something I vaguely remember. Watching it now it's... not bad. Very likeable in fact. Fairly standard odd couple setup but developed over its 10 episodes with Mo reconciling with her mother. Living in a tower block in the 80s meself, I remember it being a rarity seeing people who lived in tower blocks on TV (Only Fools and Horses being the obvious one). It's the kind of show that would get plaudits now for having two women leads (one of them being mixed race as well), and a none stereotypical gay man. Only lasted one series due to one of the writers sadly dying not long after.

One show that leapt from ITV to Channel 4 was It Takes a Worried Man by the writer of Shelley, Peter Tilbury. Another vague memory of mine, mostly for the terrifying end credits where we see him literally crack up and fall to pieces. It's an odd show for a studio sitcom, it's very muted and not big on laughs but it's well ahead of its time in mining paranoia for laughs.

Another fairly standard one series ITV sitcom, Sometime Never. Got a fair bit of promotion at the time because it was the first (and only) sitcom vehicle for Flaming Hamsters who were best known as them from the Philadelphia ads. Not terrible but pretty stale even at the time given it came out a year after Father Ted and two years after Friends. It was late 80's standup turned into a sitcom and it showed.

Something I really enjoyed despite being way too young for it at the time, The Ritz. Can't remember a thing about it though, maybe it's time for a rewatch...




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« Reply #55 on: November 20, 2020, 01:31:28 AM »
One more, Me, You and Him. ITV vehicle for Punt and Dennis plus Nick Hancock. Came a few months before the first series of Men Behaving Badly, and it's not hard to see why that show went on to success. Again, not an out and out terrible show and actually quite fun if forgettable. Whole series used to be up on youtube but looks like it's been taken down and only that one episode remains.

And Dead at 30 (and second part here), a pilot for a flatshare sitcom by Paul Whitehouse and Charlie Higson that was on Channel 4 around 91 or so? Nothing earth shattering but a good stab at doing a show that captured the 90s zeitgeist. Plus for me, seeing a mega drive in an actual TV show was really exciting at the time[1]. Apparently a whole series was written but sadly not picked up.
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« Reply #56 on: November 20, 2020, 01:33:59 AM »
Hee! I rewatched all of it last year on YouTube, and it actually still stands up, it's still actually quite funny, in a sitcommy way, due mainly to Tony's charming presence , it has to be said.Wanda Ventham was in an episode too, I recall.
I watched it upon original broadcast , too; very fond memories of my friend and former flatmate coming round to visit me on a Thursday eve, prior to pub -going,specifically to watch this programme. My flatmate would give me the role of Slatters , due to strong physical resemblance at the time, and he'd give himself the role of Tony's character's brother ( who was also his flatmate ), and we'd laugh along to the show in a " what are we both playing at now? " kind of way.
That all sounds a bit pathetic now I've typed it out, but they really were great days, ladies and gentlemen.

I love this anecdote. It's made me nostalgic for something I wasn't even a part of.

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« Reply #57 on: November 20, 2020, 01:40:50 AM »
I remember So Haunt Me fairly clearly but have never heard of Mulberry.

Mulberry was great. A bit melancholy but still some good laughs.

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« Reply #58 on: November 20, 2020, 09:43:15 AM »
And Dead at 30 (and second part here), a pilot for a flatshare sitcom by Paul Whitehouse and Charlie Higson that was on Channel 4 around 91 or so? Nothing earth shattering but a good stab at doing a show that captured the 90s zeitgeist.

Watched this when it went out - I've been looking for an upload of this for bloody years, and there it is, uploaded in 2011 no less! Don't tell me my searches have been thwarted simply by typing "Dead At Thirty" rather than "Dead At 30"...

Cheers, will give it a re-watch. This was part of the Bunch Of Five collection of C4 pilots, which also featured R&M's The Weekenders and Frank Skinner's Blue Heaven (which went to a series).

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« Reply #59 on: November 20, 2020, 09:54:06 AM »
It does make me laugh when they put 'classic' on the cover of these DVDS. No fucker remembers anything about Sink Or Swim except possibly Sandra Dickinson and Robert Glenister's old drama teacher.

'Classic' here being a euphemism for 'this isn't shit honest Missus, despite the fact that you've never bloody heard of it'.

That tossed-off-in-a-lunchbreak cover for the Holding The Fort DVD is really quite something. Scraping the absolute minimum criteria of being an acceptable design.

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