Monthly Archives: March 2012

The Royle Family

If you’d like to watch some Royle Family to pair with Monday’s assigned article, this lovely person….I mean, this craven law breaker has posted all the episodes on YouTube. I’m planning to show clips from Series 2, Episode 5, “Barbara’s Finally … Continue reading

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How Strange would The Mighty Boosh be on radio?

Although wacky and certainly “out-there”, I enjoyed The Mighty Boosh and found it to be entertaining. It was definitely something that you would describe as being best watched while on drugs, but it still found its moments to be not … Continue reading

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The Appeal of “The Mighty Boosh”

Although we have viewed some British sitcoms during the course of the semester, I believe that it was this week’s screening that gave me a true idea of the range and depth of British TV comedy. Prior to this class, … Continue reading

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Don’t Look Away

“Blink and you’re dead. They are fast. Faster than you can believe. Don’t turn your back. Don’t look away. And don’t blink.” The Doctor’s words in “Blink” seem to resonate with BBC4’s The Thick of It, a program which requires … Continue reading

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Elizabeth McGovern — Real-life Lady Crawley

Interesting article from The New York Times on Elizabeth McGovern, who is in “Downton Abbey.” Formerly engaged to Hollywood star Sean Penn, McGovern has led a relatively quiet life married to an Englishman the past 18 years — in a … Continue reading

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“The Thick of It” — Elixir for BBC4

After writing my first paper on the threat of elimination of BBC4, I was extremely intrigued to watch “The Thick of It.” The program, created by comedic genius Armando Iannucci, was one of a few programs I came across in … Continue reading

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Psychoville…Emphasis on the Psycho

It was only one third of the comedy we watched this week and by far my least favorite, but I could not think of anything else to talk about because it was just so…I don’t even know what singular word … Continue reading

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WTF…Was That Funny?

I mean honestly…WHAT WAS THAT. This comment is reserved solely for Psychoville. The Thick of It is way too normal, and The Mighty Boosh is far less put together to be associated with this “comedy”. Maybe I am just too … Continue reading

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US Producer Makes UK Show

Interesting quote in here from Paul Feig, who you may know as the creator of Freaks and Geeks and director of Bridesmaids, and who is creating a mock-talk show comedy with American hosts for Sky Atlantic after it got rejected … Continue reading

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Yep…I’m good

Week after week, we have seen British television comedies hit many notes…some funny, some less entertaining. This week, at least in two cases, I am suffciently disturbed. I can admire the wit of The Thick of It, but not the … Continue reading

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“Yes, Prime Minister” to make a return to UKTV Gold

This news dropped early this morning – the “constitutional treasure” will return, produced by BBC Productions. http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/news/political-satire-yes-prime-minster-305843?utm_source=dlvr.it&utm_medium=twitter    

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Old Gregg

Anyone else think The Mighty Boosh seem really familiar? Old Gregg is a YouTube hit from a few years ago which most of my friends have seen, though none of us had any context. Very bizarre. And very similar to … Continue reading

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Ofcom and biased perspectives

I was really intrigued by “The Promise,” both in content and because of what Prof. Becker mentioned about complaints on the program’s ideology. Without having seen the entire series – and with a few gaps in our viewing of the first … Continue reading

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Him and Her: Still too zany?

Much like Kelly, I was very impressed with the concept of Him and Her, and found it a very refreshing change of pace from the majority of comedies on both American and British television. I absolutely love the idea of … Continue reading

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Natural Humor in “Him and Her”

As far as I can tell, Him and Her was one of the few comedies that was received well amongst our class. As usual, it is refreshing to watch a British comedy and see that the United Kingdom can take … Continue reading

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