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Bit of Fry and Laurie, A

"I was sprawled in bed with Kathleen Turner and David Vine, when..." "Standards of accountability - ooh, I do like that one, I shall be using that in bed tonight"

FIRST DYNASTY, THEN SWITCH OVER TO BBC2 FOR FRY AND LAURIE. And so it once was in discerning households of a Friday night, as Stephen and Hugh brought us intricately crafted Oxbridge comedy, at turns surreal (“Par-pa! Par-pa! I haven’t done this for years”), stupid (“I stooped to pick a buttercup. Why people leave buttocks lying around, I’ve no idea”), satirical (“What do I think of John Major’s leadership? I’d welcome it!”) and saucy (“Yes, it’s called ‘England: A Nation of Cricketers’ by Ted Cunterblast”). Best topped off by that ace title sequence showing the duo walking into TV Centre, the series suffered from rapidly diminishing returns, before being upgraded to BBC1 for its fourth and final run – wherein IMELDA STAUNTON and JOHN BIRD rushed the set. Soupy twist.

"My husband and I read the Daily Mail. We prefer it to a newspaper" "I killed her because she said she wanted to marry Noel Edmonds. Until then, she really had been a model daughter"
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  1. Arthur Nibble

    July 18, 2009 at 12:50 am

    The lofty heights that Cannon and Ball can only dream of, then wake up startled in a cold sweat.

  2. legrandpierre

    July 18, 2009 at 11:08 am

    “Except for today….except for April the 29th of August…oh yes, except for today…”

  3. Paul Gatenby

    July 18, 2009 at 4:25 pm

    Some of the best comedy names ever committed to sketches. Especially Professor Midgery Margery.

  4. Chris O

    July 18, 2009 at 5:00 pm

    Oh Christ – I’ve left the iron on…

  5. gareth jones

    July 18, 2009 at 5:39 pm


  6. Flossie

    July 19, 2009 at 9:47 pm

    My ass! I oughta bust your ass for this! Tell that ass to get his ass in here so I can straighten out his ass

  7. Vestan Pance

    November 29, 2009 at 12:34 am

    Makes me want to go out and buy a dozen grollings and a beveled spilge-trunion.

  8. paulus

    May 22, 2010 at 4:05 pm

    Humour… only a mother (or drunken students) could love!

  9. MikeyC

    July 23, 2011 at 12:48 am

    “Good juicy tongue in the back passage?”

  10. Richard16378

    July 23, 2011 at 12:50 pm

    The Kicking Ass song & the Jane Austen soup & broth sketch stand out in my mind.

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