BBC Sitcom Season

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  1. Sharla

    Sharla The Resistance

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    The remakes of Porridge and Are You Being Served? have been widely publicised along with Young Hyacinth and Goodnight Sweetheart, but there's also some new stuff which looks looks of a reasonably high calibre.

    Motherland stars two time Bafta winner Anna Maxwell Martin, Philomena Clunk and Lucy Punch and written by someone called Sharon Horgan and Graham Lineham.

    Philomena Clunk is also in We The Jury alongside two time Olivier and onetime Celebrity Masterchef winner Sophie Thompson.

    Robert Webb, Melanie Lynskey and Victoria Hamilton (squishy faced neighbour in Doctor Foster) are in something called Our Ex Wife.

    http://www.bbc.co.uk/mediacentre/mediapacks/sitcomseason/our-ex-wife
     
  2. Ag

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    Yes I saw a trailer for these and they had promise.
     
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  4. Christian

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    They played a bit on Radio 4 this morning and Mrs Slocombe didn't sound right at all.

    I think the recreating stuff that already exists is a very odd concept but I'll have a look I'm sure.

    WENDY RICHARD AGOG
     
  5. lolly

    lolly Rowena? From Kuwait?

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    I'm not sure I get it at all. But obviously I'll watch, if only to criticise.
     
  6. Halli

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    Is that Sherrie Hewson
     
  7. Mugatu

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    As if Grace Brothers would exist in 2016. They would all be working in some oppressive, strip-lighted hell hawking polyester Bangladeshi sweatshop fodder to screeching Iceland mums while Mr Humphries drills a glory hole in the mens' changing rooms.

    It was a simpler, innocent time, when middle-aged women could freely make oblique references about their vaginas to strangers.
     
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    :D I can't say that the prospect of any of these remakes particularly delights. Although I'd be up for a nude remake of 'Mind Your Language'. All that SWARTH :horny:
     
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    Apparently it's just a continuation of the old series set in the 80s. They'd have got the original cast but they're currently dead and couldn't commit to a full series.
     
  10. COB

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    Is this related to the new 'best sitcoms ever' poll from yesterday? Mrs Brown's Boys won :gross:
     
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    I don't think it was ever, it was 21st century only.

    Nevertheless Peter Kay's car share was 3rd, which is ridiculous.
     
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    Ahh, that does make more sense - I bet it'd be top five if it had been all time, though :side-eye:
     
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    I was gonna mention that Mrs Browns Boys travesty. Mind you the sitcom hasn't had a great century so far.
     
  14. big ron

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    All of those remakes are sacrilege and will be utter dog shit.
     
  15. Tetris-Rock

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    In Britain, no. US comedy has gone strength-to-strength over the last ten years... but whether you can call things like Parks and Rec and Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt a sitcom in the traditional sense is debatable.
     
  16. Sharla

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    When I saw the trailer for Are You Being Served? I did have a bit of a strange reaction to seeing noted heterosexual and Bafta winning Jason Watkins camping it up as Mr Humphries.

    'Allo 'Allo was also mooted for a remake but ruled too insensitive to Germans for consideration. David Walliams would have made an adequate Rene with Martine McCutcheon as Edith.
     
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    I wonder if it will be as good as the infamous Australian version? :D
     
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    Is this true? That saddens me. Surely the French and English come off just as poorly.
     
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    There are few sitcoms this side of 2000 I can recall enjoying. I actually love Gavin and Stacey and watch it at least annually. Parks & Rec, Kath & Kim...

    I know The Office gets a ton of acclaim, but I thought it was shit. I liked Extras.
     
  20. Christian

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    Kath & Kim went dramatically off the boil very quickly. The first (couple?) of series were brilliant though.
     
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    Oh for sure, but when it was good, it was great.

    I recently watched Black Books, which I quite enjoyed, that was very much in the dying old school sitcom format. Green Wing was fab at the time, but I struggle to sit through too much of it now. A compilation of Michelle Gomez and Pippa Haywood clips suits me just fine.
     
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    I only recently saw Pulling and LOVED IT, so the prospect of Sharon Horgan & Graham Linehan working together is rather exciting :o

    Especially with La Cunk in it as well.
     
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    Oh Christ yes Pulling! Sharon Horgan to receive an honorary damehood for services to comedy IMMEDIATELY.

    Catastrophy is of course brilliant.
     
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    It could be worse. I think British satire has gone FAR more to shit than sitcoms these days. Quite pitiful... we are yet again being totally outmanouevered in this area by the Americans as well.
     
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    Dunno if Bluestone 42 counts as a sitcom but that was great

    I also loved Raised by Wolves but my flop thread shows I'm in a minority :bad: (also it took me til the second series to realise that the mum is Louise from Pulling :o)
     
  26. Indie

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    Well I think there's quite a good few UK sitcoms this century. Office, Peep show, inbetweeners, Friday night dinner, whites, phoenix nights/max and paddy, black books, spaced.

    Granted they're not everyones cup of tea, but that's fine with me :)
     
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    Peep Show of course. I watched the whole damn thing last year. What a thing of wonder.
     
  28. Indie

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    Oh and the IT crowd of course.
     
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    Max and Paddy was a load of SHITE, surely? The problem for most of those is that they ended slash peaked AGES ago. The Office barely feels like it was this century, and the likes of Peep Show went on well past what it should have.

    I know there is stuff out there... it is just the tone of it. Much prefer the American stuff.
     
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    I'd struggle to think of many decent current UK sitcoms, losing proper BBC Three because millennials enjoy using the internet was a big loss. I really enjoyed Together, which was a funny, charming romcom type of thing.

    Catastrophe was also hilarious. I do watch far more American ones though, seems like a DRAMEDY with basically the same plots but less jokes has taken over really.
     
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    Peep Show was brilliant to the end. I'd happily spend a whole day watching it.
     
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    The episode of Peep Show in the first series when Mark falls in love with Alan Johnson is possibly my favourite episode of anything. "It's staring you in the face Mark, theres only one sex left to try"
     
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    I've only just realised he was in the beach
     
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    OMG!

    Actually that's more of an omg!
     
  36. monsta

    monsta CAUGHT YOUR FEVER

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    Him & Her (especially the wedding episodes) was simply sensational.
     
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    Oh it wasn't a patch on Phoenix Nights, but I still found it funny. Although, I admit I'm likely in a minority.

    Peep Show was brilliant to the end.
     
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    Friday Night Dinner might not be everyone's cup of tea either, but I still find it pretty hilarious. SHIT ON IT
     
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    I've heard of Peep Show and The Office but seen neither. The others are all brand new information.

    *goes back to watching reruns of Are You Being Served?*
     
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    Phoenix Nights wax surprisingly superb.
     

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