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Can the BBC do comedy anymore?

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    Posted by mr_mega_drive (U10906978) on Monday, 25th February 2008

    saddened to say this but does anyone else think the BBC's current attempts and comedy entertainment are somewhat lack luster?

    Programmes like, The Mighty Boosh, possibly in my opinion the most over hyped show in the history of television (excluding The Office of course). It seems to me we have a generation of comedians who can neither write, act nor hold on to any sense of modesty.

    We’re bombarded with awful sit-coms about smug middle class morons who we neither like nor care about, My Family for example. Then on the other hand we have The Mighty Boosh, a sketch show about nothing at all, the acting is laughable the plots are pointless to be honest I just hope a large asteroid crashes into the set when their filming the next series.

    If I want a laugh these days I watch Steptoe, Dads Army, Blackadder, Bottom, Only Fools. Original comedy portrayed by incredibly talented actors and written by superb writers. Compare these with tripe like Miss Joslin! I mean why? how, what for!? Probably the last superb comedy was the one off special of The Royale family which should have won awards as it was brilliant, funny and sad, a real dissection of modern life for a working class family, what comedy should be.

    It's about time the BBC started making comedy written and performed by ordinary people about ordinary people not by Cambridge Foot Light’s morons like Mitchell and Webb. BBC comedy used to not only entertain but highlight injustices in British society, like the Royale family special as I mentioned earlier. I could go on forever on this subject so I'll leave it there, so to sum up BBC stop commissioning programmes that have all the entertainment value of a slug doing the London Marathon!

    SORT IT OUT!

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    Posted by mr_mega_drive (U10906978) on Monday, 25th February 2008

    Put a "I'm" on the front of that lol

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    Posted by JinjerTom (U1519700) on Monday, 25th February 2008

    Absolute, whole-hearted agreement!

    I think the BBC H&S Department has done a risk assessment on the adverse effects of spontaneous laughter and found it to be advisable for any potentially funny moments to be removed or at least smothered in bad delivery.

    However, I must say it's not just the BBC.

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    Posted by Fork (U10614516) on Monday, 25th February 2008

    Yes, the repeats of 'older' comedies do more for me than most of the 'modern' stuff. However,I enjoyed 'Little Britain', and am looking forward to Gregor Fisher in a new series called 'Empty', on BBC2 Feb 28 2008.
    www.bbc.co.uk/comedy...

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    Posted by apc_ak (U7979439) on Monday, 25th February 2008

    I don't think the BBC can do anything well any more.

    I used to love the Corp. but now it has become a joke.

    One good drama. Just one. That lasts more than 6 episodes will improve the situation.

    But no - stuck with torchwood. An amateur take on the X-files (and that's a decade old).

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    Posted by oddspares (U1177698) on Monday, 25th February 2008

    “Can the BBC do comedy anymore?”
    Of course they can!
    Every weekday BBC1, 1 and 6 PM there is a hilarious spoof News programme, it’s a bit like “not the nine o’clock news” but even funnier,
    Not to be missed. smiley - laugh

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    Posted by The Phazer (U815970) on Monday, 25th February 2008

    It's about time the BBC started making comedy written and performed by ordinary people about ordinary people not by Cambridge Foot Light’s morons like Mitchell and Webb. 

    Err... you do realise that the shows you mentioned liking were almost entirely written and performed by people who were formally in Footlights?

    Otherwise this entire post is just "comedy in subjective taste shocker!"

    Phazer

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    Posted by Wetherby Pond (U1514913) on Monday, 25th February 2008

    Cambridge Foot Light’s morons 

    oh how i agree -never been a source of good comedy...........oh, except maybe for:-

    Douglas Adams
    John Cleese
    Graham Chapman
    Peter Cook
    The funny ones from The Goodies (and Bill Oddie)
    Tom Hollander
    Eric Idle
    Clive James
    Jonathan Lynn
    Nick Hancock

    Sorry - don't know how that last one slipped through the net.

    I might have left another 100 or so out there -I'll leave you to decide which ones were omitted deliberately.

    Presumably Atkinson and Curtis aren't considered as Oxford Morons?

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    Posted by Baldinio (U2012448) on Monday, 25th February 2008

    "Err... you do realise that the shows you mentioned liking were almost entirely written and performed by people who were formally in Footlights?"

    Perhaps he was being ironic smiley - doh

    I think Bhoosh is brilliant but comedy is subjective, I like most comedies listed by the original poster except My Family and Only Fools and Horses but I also like Mitchell and Webb.

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    Posted by BooBoo2 (U1168789) on Monday, 25th February 2008

    Can the BBC do comedy anymore?  

    LMJ ... Titty ... Touch Me ... A RESOUNDING NO!

    And do they care? NO!!!!!!!

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    Posted by justpolina (U6637834) on Monday, 25th February 2008

    I'd like to think he was being ironic....

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    Posted by MIKERAPHONE (U3696141) on Monday, 25th February 2008

    Oh yes i had forgotten about that comic gem
    Hello I'm Karen Taylor....smiley - doh

    One of those instantly forgettable comedies.
    Let's hope no more BBC money goes her way.

    There is no real comedy being written that is true.

    I wonder in 2028 when BBC Execs need some repeat programmes , what from today they dare use as fillers.

    I can not think of one that stands out whatsoever....smiley - steam

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    Posted by BooBoo2 (U1168789) on Monday, 25th February 2008

    I suppose, in a deeply ironic way, the BBC offerings are indeed laughable...

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    Posted by pitcairn1.... Lilles (U1788003) on Monday, 25th February 2008

    This just does not apply to BBC but when was the last decent comedy on ITV.

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    Posted by riverbank (U2851836) on Monday, 25th February 2008

    No one's mentioned Armstrong and Miller - I thought that was a pretty sharp sketch show and it seemed to go down well on these boards.

    As for sitcoms, one of the best I saw last year was 'Swiss Toni' on DVD - no idea why that never made it to the main BBC channels. But if you do get chance to watch it, I'd recommend the show.

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    Posted by twinklelibran (U2570877) on Monday, 25th February 2008

    I do so wholeheartedly agree mr_mega_drive I love all the old comedies really good clever entertainment. Don`t like the modern rubbish.

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    Posted by Civilian (U3360093) on Monday, 25th February 2008

    The BBC have certainly given up on good family comedy shows. All we get now is the sweary stuff on BBC2. Perhaps someone from the BBC can explain why?

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    Posted by Wetherby Pond (U1514913) on Monday, 25th February 2008

    Recent Comedy:-

    Outnumbered, Extras, Freezing, Lead Balloon, Never Better, Gavin & Stacey, Mitchell & Webb, Armstrong & Miller - found them all funny.

    Tittybangbang, LMJ, My Family - all to me unfunny.

    Catherine Tate, Mighty Boosh, Little Britain - hit or miss, mainly miss, with the occasional guffaw.

    Not So Recent Comedy:-

    Reggie Perrin, Dad's Army, I Didn't Know You Cared, Ever Decreasing Circles, Porridge, Fawlty Towers, Not the Nine O Clock News - found them all funny.

    Terry & June, Last Of The Summer Wine (I know it's still dragging on, but it belongs in the past),My Hero, Oh. Mr. Beeching - all to me unfunny

    Only Fools & Horses, Monty Python, Three Of A Kind - hit or miss, mainly miss, with the occasional guffaw.

    Moral of the story? Nowt changes - there'll always be good and bad (to each individual's taste).

    If I dredge the memory over the past 40 year's of BBC TV comedy, of course I'll recall ten's of great comedy series - I bet I find it difficult to remember the many, many more that either left no mark whatsoever or I've erased from recollection for reason of retaining my sanity 9to a degree at least)





    Wibble!

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    Posted by riverbank (U2851836) on Monday, 25th February 2008

    Good post, Scrooge.

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    Posted by TinyLittleThing (U11093570) on Monday, 25th February 2008

    I dissagree, there is alot of rubbish comedy about but there is also quality out there. I loved Gavin and Stacey and The Mighty Boosh. I thought Outnumbered was genious, I also think that there were some brilliant moments in Rob Brydons Annually Retentive and Armstrong and Miller. There is also nothing that makes me laugh as much as Still Game. Also Flight of the Concords Family Guy and Arrested Development I know that they arent BBC made but they do show them so they desserve some credit for that alone.

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