A Bit of Fry and Laurie 5 Seasons 1989

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Fry as a put upon headmaster and Laurie as a Puritanical parent who wants to exchange his 'soiled' son kicks off the premiere episode. Useful tips for making poetry convenient is followed by a bookshop in which all the books have been edited for greater British glory. Laurie turns in a great performance as a fraudulent psychic, and the duo round out the episode with description of a censored sketch and its boorish replacement

Starring:
Stephen Fry, Hugh Laurie
Runtime:
30 minutes
Original air date:
January 13, 1989

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Product Details

Genres Comedy
Director Roger Ordish
Starring Stephen Fry, Hugh Laurie
Supporting actors Deborah Norton, Mark Arnold
Season year 1989
Network BBC
Producers Roger Ordish
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Customer Reviews

They are very witty, smart, clever and funny.
David Alterman
There are some funny bits, but others are just a bit dumb.
cat lady 4
Stephen Fry and Hugh Laurie are a great team.
Myra Joyce

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42 of 42 people found the following review helpful By Eddy on June 24, 2006
Format: DVD
'A Bit of Fry and Laurie' ranks as one of the greatest sketch shows ever to hit British television. However its fame is nowhere near as widespread as that of its counterparts 'Fawlty Towers' and 'Monty Python's Flying Circus'. Because of this lower profile it is rarely re-run on television and DVD and VHS releases are very limited. This is why it was with great joy that I heard of the DVD release of their complete first two series.

Having seen what Stephen Fry and Hugh Laurie have to offer, it is difficult to understand why they have not had more widespread success. Their humour is fantastically witty and posesses the sophistication and finesse that other programmes so sorely lack. Stephen Fry's manipulation of the English language is always amusing and his talents fused with those of Hugh Laurie are a potent mix. Indeed it may sometimes remind the viewer of their other collaboration on 'Jeeves and Wooster'.

It is great news that this series has finally been committed to DVD and not simply a 'best of'. I would urge all comedy fans to buy this DVD and enjoy what is a top class comedy programme.
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45 of 46 people found the following review helpful By redSG on June 16, 2006
Format: DVD
Capitalizing on the success of "House," the BBC have finally decided to release "A Bit of Fry & Laurie" on DVD, and I couldn't be happier. I got hooked on Hugh Laurie and Stephen Fry while watching the Blackadder series, and have followed them through to other projects (Laurie's "House" and his book, "The Gun Seller" and Fry's fantastic program in the UK "QI") with great satisfaction. However, being from the States, and living there during the run of "A Bit of..." I hadn't been able to see much of the series til now.

The DVD doesn't disappoint. The duo's comic prowess comes through clear as a bell from the start of the disc. Ironic, urbane, witty, and cheeky--it's British sketch comedy at its best. There's a lot of great word play, and great comic timing throughout. I'd highly recommend it to any fan of BritCom.
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34 of 34 people found the following review helpful By P.B. on June 29, 2006
Format: DVD
Four seasons were not enough of this wonderful, hilarious show written and performed solely by Stephen Fry and Hugh Laurie (okay, in the fourth series they had some famous guests like Imelda Staunton and Phyllida Law and a few extras here and there throughout the run of the show, but mostly, it was just the two of them.)

Their writing is amazing and their performances are doubly so. I highly recommend buying these discs. Fantastic.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Ari T on January 12, 2012
Enjoy the early work of legendary comedians and actors, Steven Fry and Hugh Laurie. Their timing, wit, and character development is impeccable. If you're looking for peccable comedy, go elsewhere. If you're looking for intellectual, smart humor, or if you're British and are looking for humour, then this is your episode. Also works great on removing pet stains.
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21 of 26 people found the following review helpful By ZeppoGirl on April 30, 2006
Format: DVD
i'm so glad they're finally putting this show out on DVD (and not just 'the best of')! Hugh Laurie and Stephen Fry are hilarious in this show, the skits they do, portraying different characters (even women); they have to be a top comedic duo!
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By John Garvens on November 7, 2011
Hugh Laurie and Stephen Fry are an amazing team. The timing, the wordplay, the wit. In a word--brilliant. Watch this show. You'll love it.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Avid Reader on January 29, 2007
Format: DVD
Before Hugh Laurie was the acerbic Dr. House, he was half of the comedy team of Fry and Laurie. Their bits are often sophisticated, sometimes silly, and occasionally incomprehensible to the US viewer (references to fellow Britians). Can't stop at one--better just order season 2 while you're at it.
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7 of 9 people found the following review helpful By M. Lake on January 16, 2007
Format: DVD
Before they were the crusty misanthropic doctor in the TV series House and the king of plummy voice-overs, Hugh Laurie and Stephen Fry were overeducated sketch comedians. Their BBC shows were quirky, hit-and-miss affairs in the post-Monty Python vein, and are a worthy slice of British TV history from the late 1980s. These shows were designed as half-hour throwaway entertainment, and so they're not something you'll study over and over again, but they're entertaining nonetheless.
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