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Have a Complete Guide to Britcoms (60s - 90s) - Part 3

A guide by Tiggah "the Anglophile" (Calgary, Alberta Canada)

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Introduction

For Parts 1 & 2 of this Guide, please see my "About You" area. This Guide is limited to actual Britcoms (on Region 1 dvd and/or NTSC video), which have been grouped, where possible, according to actors and/or writers. Where possible, I've included my personal rating (*****) out of 5. Please do not think that comedies listed here are in any way inferior to those listed in Parts 1 or 2; it was merely necessary to split the Guide into three parts for reason of length.

As with Parts 1 & 2, I have taken the liberty of including a section for companion books, simply because they are such an enjoyable adjunct to the series.



The Britcoms - Part 3

As Time Goes By: Complete Original Series (Also As Time Goes By - Reunion Specials) - Oscar-winner Judi Dench and Geoffrey Palmer portray former lovers who accidentally reunite after 38 years. This gently humourous and mildly poignant 90ís serial is a very relaxing and thoroughly enjoyable comedy. Writer: Bob Larbey. *****

A Fine Romance - The Complete Collection - Judi Dench and real-life husband Michael Williams star as 40-something mismatched lonely hearts thrust together by a well-meaning sister. A relaxing, delightful early 80ís serial by writer Bob Larbey. *****

Mulberry: The Complete Series - Geraldine McEwan is Miss Farnaby, an elderly and very set-in-her-ways spinster who hires a new manservant, the cheeky, impertinent, witty Mulberry. He's the perfect tonic for her; he also happens to be the Grim Reaper's son! Another relaxing, gently humorous comedy (90's) co-written by Bob Larbey. ****

Butterflies - Series 1 (Also series 2) - With plenty of internal musings, Wendy Craig and Geoffrey Palmer star in this bittersweet comedy about a middle-aged housewife experiencing a mid-life crisis.

Outside Edge [VHS] - A 1990ís dramatic comedy about relationships--two in particular. The setting for the episodes is the weekly amateur cricket match. Team captain Roger, a pompous control freak, is assisted by his docile, supportive wife. Team member Kevin and his "handyman" wife Maggie are an affectionate couple with problems of their own. ****

To the Manor Born: The Complete Collection (Silver Anniversary Edition) - Penelope Keith is the blue-blooded former Lady of the Manor who often comes to blows with Richard de Vries (Peter Bowles), the gauche, nouveau riche supermarket magnet who is the new owner of the Manor. A delightful, gently humorous 70ís serial. ****1/2

Good Neighbors: The Complete Series 1-3 (Also: Good Neighbors - The Complete Final Season / Royal Command Performance) - Middle-aged Tom Good (Richard Briers) quits his job, deciding to become totally self-sufficient, much to the chagrin of the neighbours (Penelope Keith & Paul Eddington). ****

Two's Company - The Complete Series - A loud, cantankerous American author who's used to calling the shots and having her own way meets her match when she hires a snooty, manipulative, and opinionated (albeit highly capable) English butler.****1/2

Only When I Laugh Series 1 (Full series available on dvd--see Amazon.ca) - 70ís comedy set in the ward of a hopelessly inept hospital. Richard Wilson stars as the incompetent Dr. Thorpe and Peter Bowles as one of the patients. Writer: Eric Chappell. ***

The Bounder (Also series 2) - Peter Bowles stars as ex-con Howard Booth, a posh, smooth-talking scoundrel (and convicted embezzler!) content sponge off his law-abiding brother-in-law (George Cole) as he spins tall tales to impress the wealthy widow next door. Writer: Eric Chappell. ****

Rising Damp - Series 1 (4 series in all) (Also: Rising Damp - The Movie) - Leonard Rossiterís portrayal of Rigsby, the jittery, fast-talking, unkempt, nosy, bigotted, socially-inept landlord of a run-down boarding house, is pure comic genius. Another classic from the 70s. Writer: Eric Chappell. *****

The Fall & Rise of Reginald Perrin: The Complete Series - In this classic 70ís serial, Leonard Rossiter is superb as the witty, fast-talking and facetious Reggie Perrin, a businessman experiencing a major mid-life crisis who chooses a novel way of dealing with it. No one conveys angst like Rossiter! ****

Home to Roost (Also set 2) - John Thaw shines as the cantankerous, set-in-his-ways Henry, a divorced man whose grown-up son moves in with him. A cute, witty classic from the 80's. Writer: Eric Chappell. ****

Thick As Thieves - John Thaw stars as Stan, an ex-con who had moved in with Annie, the wife of his best friend, Dobbsy (Bob Hoskins), while Dobbsy was in prison. Dobbsy is now home, but Annie wants Stan to stay! Written by Ian La Frenais & Dick Clement. ****

Some Mothers Do 'Ave 'Em - Collection Set - A very agile Michael Crawford (Phantom of the Opera) is the disaster-prone idiot Frank Spencer in this entertaining 1973 comedy that is pure slapstick. Some great stuntwork by Crawford! ****

Not on Your Nellie: Season 1 - Hylda Baker stars as Nellie Pickersgill, a vertically- and verbally-challenged tee-totaller who takes charge of her father's pub with comical results in this cute little 1970's comedy. ****

Oh Brother! - Derek Nimmo stars as a clueless, accident-prone, but very zealous monk in this very early 70's britcom set in a monastery. First episode is b/w from 1969, the rest of the surviving episodes are colour. ***



A Few More Britcoms

Haggard - Writer: Eric Chappell



Britcom Companion Books

Judi Dench: Scenes from My Life - Dame Judi Dench takes us on a photographic journey through her life and career.*****

Mixed Fancies - Brenda Blethyn's autobiography. *****

Peter Bowles - Peter Bowles' autobiography. *****

A Celebration of the Good Life - tribute book by Richard Webber (see Amazon.co.uk)

White Cargo: A Memoir (Windsor Selection) - Felicity Kendalís (Good Neighbours) memoirs of her early life growing up in India (see Amazon.co.uk)

Rising Damp: The Complete Scripts - book of scripts plus a some background info. *****

"Rising Damp": A Celebration - Richard Webberís excellent tribute book (see Amazon.co.uk) *****

The Two of Us: My Life with John Thaw - By John Thaw's widow, actress Sheila Hancock

"Some Mothers Do 'ave 'em" - informative tribute book by Richard Webber (see Amazon.co.uk) *****

Parcel Arrived Safely: Tied with String - Michael Crawford's very entertaining autobiography! *****

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