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Draymond is "Mr Dumpy" (forksclovetofu), Thursday, 20 May 2021 20:28 (one year ago) link

Ghosts is a single-camera comedy about Samantha (Rose McIver) and Jay (Utkarsh Ambudkar), a cheerful freelance journalist and up-and-coming chef from the city, respectively, who throw both caution and money to the wind when they decide to convert a huge rundown country estate they inherited into a bed & breakfast—only to find it’s inhabited by the many spirits of deceased residents who now call it home. The departed souls are a close-knit, eclectic group that includes a saucy Prohibition-era lounge singer, a pompous 1700’s Militiaman, a ‘60s hippie fond of hallucinogens, an overly upbeat ‘80s scout troop leader, a cod-obsessed Viking explorer from 1009, a slick ‘90s finance bro, a sarcastic and witty Native from the 1500s, and a society woman and wife of an 1800’s robber baron who is Samantha’s ancestor, to name a few. If the spirits were anxious about the commotion a renovation and B&B will create in their home, it’s nothing compared to when they realize Samantha is the first live person who can see and hear them. Joe Port & Joe Wiseman, Mathew Baynton, Jim Howick, Simon Farnaby, Laurence Rickard, Ben Willbond and Martha Howe-Douglas; Alison Carpenter, Debra Hayward, and Alison Owen (Monumental Television); and Angie Stephenson (BBC Studios) are the executive producers for CBS Studios in association with Lionsgate Television and BBC Studios’ Los Angeles production arm. Trent O’Donnell is an executive producer (pilot only) and directed the pilot from a script by Port & Wiseman. Based on the BBC Studios distributed format. Ghosts stars Rose McIver as Samantha, Utkarsh Ambudkar as Jay, Danielle Pinnock as Alberta, Brandon Scott Jones as Isaac, Richie Moriarty as Pete, Asher Grodman as Trevor, Sheila Carrasco as Flower, Román Zaragoza as Sasappis, Devan Chandler Long as Thorfinn, and Rebecca Wisocky as Hetty.

Draymond is "Mr Dumpy" (forksclovetofu), Thursday, 20 May 2021 20:29 (one year ago) link

i see your point about episodes 4 and 5 of Starstruck, episode 4 was largely farce. but i'm still enjoying it.

VCM probably the pick of new Taskmaster guests, but we'll see.

full list - Alan Davies, Desiree Burch, Guz Khan, Morgana Robinson and Victoria Coren Mitchell

koogs, Wednesday, 26 May 2021 15:25 (one year ago) link

mother's day episode of motherland felt like the first fully realized program and a payoff for the investment of time put in

Draymond is "Mr Dumpy" (forksclovetofu), Wednesday, 26 May 2021 16:41 (one year ago) link

Lady Parts was amazing and the first British comedy I want to recommend to people in ages

a hoy hoy, Wednesday, 26 May 2021 17:05 (one year ago) link

yes it's great.

oscar bravo, Wednesday, 26 May 2021 17:19 (one year ago) link

Been meaning to watch that.

Disappointing lineup for the next Taskmaster. Khan and maaaybe Burch are the only ones I'm looking forward to. Hate Davies.

chap, Wednesday, 26 May 2021 18:28 (one year ago) link

By that I mean Alan, not Greg.

chap, Wednesday, 26 May 2021 18:31 (one year ago) link

Though Greg's relationship with Liz Kendall does raise suspicions that he's actually a dickhead...

chap, Wednesday, 26 May 2021 18:32 (one year ago) link

I'd seen the Lady Parts pilot but was still worth seeing the actual first ep - loved the reiwrite of "Man Of Constant Sorrow".

Daniel_Rf, Thursday, 27 May 2021 11:07 (one year ago) link

finished off s3 of motherland, that show really found its stride this go-round

Draymond is "Mr Dumpy" (forksclovetofu), Thursday, 27 May 2021 18:19 (one year ago) link

Yeah, Lady Parts was great, have been doing some recommending.

ailsa, Thursday, 27 May 2021 20:19 (one year ago) link

Bit of a wasted opportunity on Partridge, an actual tory band would be playing polite folk rock not 80's synth pop. "Cottswold Commuters" is admitidely a jam.

Daniel_Rf, Monday, 31 May 2021 09:47 (one year ago) link

Yeah that segment felt like it was gonna be total ilx bait when it started but it didn’t really come off

I am loving it in general tho. The Ruth Duggan bit is a joke I’ll never tire of, also fair play for getting in lines about “things that don’t fly at the bbc anymore, like criticising the government”

Pfizer the pharma chip (wins), Monday, 31 May 2021 10:52 (one year ago) link

i don't know how many other americans read this thread but i was recently informed that Stath Lets Flats is on HBOMax now. i know there are several UK ILXors who loved it but i hadn't found an easy way to watch it before this. it is very funny.

na (NA), Wednesday, 2 June 2021 15:10 (one year ago) link

Glad Americans can dig it too, it's quite culturally specific.

chap, Wednesday, 2 June 2021 15:20 (one year ago) link

there's probably cultural stuff of which i'm not getting the nuances but there's also destroying three TVs while trying to catch a pigeon with a small plastic bag

na (NA), Wednesday, 2 June 2021 15:25 (one year ago) link

Stath is kinda perfect.

I knocked out the first season of Friday Night Dinner, which is basically the same set of jokes rearranged for each episode and consistently told well. i liked it well enough to keep going i think.

UK ilxors: what other britcoms from the 00's/10's that are commonly known to be good over there but are unknown in the US should I be looking for? I need good acting, decent writing, no laughtrack and am otherwise willing to take a shot.

Draymond is "Mr Dumpy" (forksclovetofu), Wednesday, 2 June 2021 22:01 (one year ago) link


kinder, Wednesday, 2 June 2021 22:04 (one year ago) link

watched all of it at the start of this year!

from upthread:

if you want a general guide as to how dark Pulling is, right around the fourth episode of the first season, there's a sequence where they beat a cat to death with a brick. And it's funny! But it is very much there.
― That's not really my scene (I'm 41) (forksclovetofu), Saturday, January 30, 2021 12:19 AM

Draymond is "Mr Dumpy" (forksclovetofu), Wednesday, 2 June 2021 22:14 (one year ago) link

Count Arthur Strong is, I think, massively underrated. Laughtrack though, if that's a deal-breaker.

Well *I* know who he is (aldo), Wednesday, 2 June 2021 22:19 (one year ago) link

unfortunately it is. But i'll try the pilot!

Draymond is "Mr Dumpy" (forksclovetofu), Wednesday, 2 June 2021 22:21 (one year ago) link

i tried 8 out of 10 cats/countdown and it's not watchable

Draymond is "Mr Dumpy" (forksclovetofu), Wednesday, 2 June 2021 22:24 (one year ago) link

I’ve no idea what’s well-known in the US. Inbetweeners? Spaced? Detectorists? Mighty Boosh? Royle Family? All good, for different values (and types) of good. Some of them may have laugh tracks for all I know. Black Books has one for sure.

Tim, Wednesday, 2 June 2021 22:26 (one year ago) link

i tried 8 out of 10 cats/countdown and it's not watchable

― Draymond is "Mr Dumpy" (forksclovetofu)

It's appalling. If you want a cosily undemanding yet entertaining comedy panel show try Would I Lie to You (or better yet Taskmaster).

chap, Wednesday, 2 June 2021 22:42 (one year ago) link

Inbetweeners? Watched all of this so long ago that i have completely forgotten it existed! I think it was fine?
Spaced? heard of this, never watched it, will try it. i like edgar wright well enough so this is a good recommendation. i get it confused with red dwarf which i am thinking you might find funny.
Detectorists? Watched this, its decidedly okay!
Mighty Boosh? dated a girl who was really into this and i don't know if i can ever watch it again.
Royle Family? Never heard of this. Will give it a try!

Tried taskmaster, mostly unwatchable but to be fair i don't think I am into panel shows of any variety. I love Only Connect tho!

here's a list of some stuff that exists that I don't know anything about:
how to stay married
not going out
spicks and specks
rob and romesh versus
murder they hope
two weeks to live

here's a list of some uk/au stuff i watched and like:
adult material, aftertaste, brass eye, Cunk on, Day Today, Damned, Dead Pixels, Fisk, Fleabag, Getting On, Ghosts, Anything/Everything Alan Partridge, Look Around You, Mandy, Motherland, Mum, The Other Guy, Serafinowicz show, Plebs, Pulling, Rosehaven, Saxondale, Slings and Arrows, Staged, Stath Lets Flats, Why Are You Like This

Draymond is "Mr Dumpy" (forksclovetofu), Wednesday, 2 June 2021 22:54 (one year ago) link

I'd say you have watched far more British comedy than most people in the UK. I've seen about 4 of those and haven't heard of most of the rest.

Are Animated Dads Getting Hotter? (Tom D.), Wednesday, 2 June 2021 22:59 (one year ago) link

The only one I've seen out of that is Not Going Out and I suggest Not Watching It

kinder, Wednesday, 2 June 2021 23:00 (one year ago) link

(xxp) Have you never seen The League Of Gentlemen?

Are Animated Dads Getting Hotter? (Tom D.), Wednesday, 2 June 2021 23:01 (one year ago) link

15 Storeys High is kind of weird but good? Errol shows up in really random movies, always fun to spot.
I assume you've seen Peep Show

kinder, Wednesday, 2 June 2021 23:02 (one year ago) link

And IT Crowd I assume? Laughtracked to death though it is.

Are Animated Dads Getting Hotter? (Tom D.), Wednesday, 2 June 2021 23:04 (one year ago) link

Peep Show is great and foundational, yes. IT Crowd's laughtrack means I can't watch it.
I think League of Gentlemen got US play years ago... that's also laughtracked I think.
I have never heard of 15 Storeys, grabbing that now. Cult comedies are of particular interest, sketch comedy is not.

Draymond is "Mr Dumpy" (forksclovetofu), Wednesday, 2 June 2021 23:09 (one year ago) link

i'm also gonna try enterprice and two weeks to live, both look promising.

Draymond is "Mr Dumpy" (forksclovetofu), Wednesday, 2 June 2021 23:14 (one year ago) link

It's appalling. If you want a cosily undemanding yet entertaining comedy panel show try Would I Lie to You (or better yet Taskmaster).

outside of covid times, these shows usually have audiences, which forks doesn't like - probably not worth the recs

bobo honkin' slobo babe (sic), Wednesday, 2 June 2021 23:15 (one year ago) link

oh lol xp

here's a list of some stuff that exists that I don't know anything about:
how to stay married
not going out
spicks and specks
rob and romesh versus
murder they hope
two weeks to live


bobo honkin' slobo babe (sic), Wednesday, 2 June 2021 23:16 (one year ago) link

laughtrack/live studio audience with a "LAUGH NOW" sign just takes me right out of the picture for some reason. Too many years of it as a kid.

explain your derision at spicks/specks and housos? I don't know anything about them.

Draymond is "Mr Dumpy" (forksclovetofu), Wednesday, 2 June 2021 23:17 (one year ago) link

they are from a different country, continent and hemisphere

Spicks and Specks is a music-quiz game show with an audience btw

I can't imagine you liking Housos, which is a very aggressively LCD sitcom about residents of public housing. (the creator/writer/producer/director/star dumbed it down from his previous sitcoms about working-class reprobates, Pizza, Fat Pizza, Fat Pizza: Back In Business, Pizza: Special Deliveries, World Record Pizza and Swift & Shift Couriers. There is also a Fat Pizza feature film, a Housos feature film, and a Fat Pizza Vs. Housos feature film. So if you do try it and like it, there's plenty of distraction to be getting on with.)

bobo honkin' slobo babe (sic), Wednesday, 2 June 2021 23:25 (one year ago) link

I love 15 Storeys High, it makes me wish that Shaun Locke had done more stuff in that vein, but I guess he's happy doing panel shows and stand-up.

co-created and co-written by Martin Trenaman who was also in PhoneShop, which should be also included in any list of underrated 21st century cult UK comedies of the

the other co-creator and co-writer was Mark Lamarr of all people - I don't think 15 Storeys High is what I would have expected from a sitcom created by Shaun Locke and Mark Lamarr if I'd only seen their other work.

soref, Wednesday, 2 June 2021 23:37 (one year ago) link

does anyone else remember Simon Day's 2003 sitcom Grass featuring his Billy Bleach character from the Fast Show?

soref, Wednesday, 2 June 2021 23:50 (one year ago) link

I am aware of but have not seen any of the Fast Show spin-offs. Can’t imagine any of them being 1/19th as great as Down The Line, the radio call-in show done by most of the same folks.

bobo honkin' slobo babe (sic), Wednesday, 2 June 2021 23:57 (one year ago) link

the swiss tony sitcom was ghastly.

i vaguely remember grass and how there was another spin-off show with a very similar premise - the green green grass, boycey and marlene move to the country to avoid the driscoll brothers.

《Myst1kOblivi0n》 (jim in vancouver), Thursday, 3 June 2021 00:01 (one year ago) link

yes, and there was another bbc 3 sitcom a few years ago with Russel Howard's sister called Witless that had the exact same premise again

Grass was pretty good iirc, not quite as good as Down The Line (there was a one series tv adaptation of the latter called 'Bellamy's People' which was great as well)

there was a show called Help which featuring Chris Langham as a psychiatrist and Paul Whitehouse playing various different patients, but afaict it's never been repeated or released on dvd because Langham was arrested a few months after its broadcast for child pornography

soref, Thursday, 3 June 2021 00:11 (one year ago) link

good call on phoneshop, though the accents are occasionally bamboozling. good writing!

Draymond is "Mr Dumpy" (forksclovetofu), Thursday, 3 June 2021 05:23 (one year ago) link

Two recommendations for forks would be Catastrophe and Chewing Gum.

Andrew Farrell, Thursday, 3 June 2021 06:12 (one year ago) link

Chewing Gum is ace.

Two Weeks To Live is pretty decent xps
Stars Maisie Williams and the always reliable Sian Clifford and absolutely no laughter track

groovypanda, Thursday, 3 June 2021 06:35 (one year ago) link

Anything/Everything Alan Partridge

btw forkdogg if this does mean that you do audio and prose, Down The Line is a auper-strong recommendations

bobo honkin' slobo babe (sic), Thursday, 3 June 2021 06:50 (one year ago) link

People Like Us was Chris Langham as well, wasn't it? meant to recommend that last night but it might be hard to find.
Nighty Night was another one but I often found it too horrible to watch, and s2 was dreadful.

kinder, Thursday, 3 June 2021 06:51 (one year ago) link

Limmy's Show

Number None, Thursday, 3 June 2021 07:11 (one year ago) link

Lovesick (aka Scrotal Recall) is slight but amusing.

AlanSmithee, Thursday, 3 June 2021 07:15 (one year ago) link

I'm a big fan of the two sitcoms Roisin Conaty stars in: Man Down and Gameface. Man Down is created by and stars Greg Davies. If you don't like Taskmaster, you may not enjoy his persona in it, although I thoroughly enjoyed it. Gameface is created by Roisin herself and is just great. Honestly, the first couple of times I watched Taskmaster I didn't really get the fuss either, but something just clicked for me one day and there it was.

Not Going Out was occasionally funny but frantic when Tim Vine was in it, but it got completely retooled to be a family comedy and now it's unwatchable.

I've also just come to Friday Night Dinner recently, and am really enjoying it. Although obviously it's very sad now because of Paul Ritter.

Another vote for Lovesick/Scrotal Recall. Especially if you want to see the guy who wrote the Detectorists theme tune and starred in the terrible David Bowie biopic actually be watchable.

Brand new Channel 4 comedy We Are Ladyparts was SO GOOD. We tried very hard to parcel it out, knowing there were only six episodes, but ended up watching the last three episodes all in a rush because we loved it so much.

If you like British quizzes or games, you could try Richard Osman's House of Games? It can often be very funny, but is a proper test of knowledge, not a load of tedious dicking about like Eight Out of Ten Cats or that fucking awful film thing that Alan Carr does on Sky, Jesus wept it's terrible.

trishyb, Thursday, 3 June 2021 08:39 (one year ago) link

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