I thought I’d go through my DVD collection to show you what I have, and this post and video is part 5, looking at the final batch of my favourite TV shows. Feel free to comment if you share any of my tastes. 🙂
- Some Mothers Do ‘Ave ‘Em. Another classic, very funny sitcom. Lots of slapstick in here, lots of great stunts. Michael Crawford is just brilliant in this, as is his long-suffering wife Betty of course too.
- The Thin Blue Line. This is a very funny sitcom set in a police station. If you’ve never seen it, but you like Rowan Atkinson, it’s worth checking out. It’s very different to Mr Bean and things like that that he’s done, which is a good thing.
- The Two Ronnies. I’ve got two Best Of DVDs with their best sketches, like Fork Handles and the Mastermind sketch and things like that. But then I’ve also got the complete series collections as well, of which there’s quite a lot. So I’ve got all the complete episodes, and there are so many funny moments throughout. You’ve got all the news stories they start and end the show with, all the serials like The Phantom Raspberry Blower, all the musical numbers they do at the end of the shows, and so on. It’s just very funny and so well written. The musical guests they have in the middle of the shows I’ve never been that bothered about though. Occasionally you get the odd good one, but I’m not often interested in them otherwise. But apart from that, it’s just a very funny show, with lots of great sketches, characters and jokes.
- The Underground. I love London, and I love travelling on the London Underground. I think it’s a great service, it’s so nice and easy to use, especially these days. So this documentary is really interesting, it’s fascinating to see behind the scenes.
- East London And District Driver’s Eye View. This may seem a bit sad, but it’s a line I’m very familiar with, because my relatives live on that line, and I’ll hopefully be living near a station on it myself very soon when I move to London. But it is actually much more interesting than you think it might be, seriously. It’s well worth looking at one of these DVDs if you’re a Londoner and you live on a particular line.
- The Vicar Of Dibley. Another classic sitcom that you don’t need to say much about It’s very funny, the characters are brilliant, and it was great to see Geraldine Grainger get a really nice happy ending at the end of the final episode.
- Wallace & Gromit. Again, you don’t get many of these, because they take a while to make given that they’re done as claymation. But they are very well animated and very good episodes, and they were always a hit at Christmas. So I’ve got A Grand Day Out, The Wrong Trousers, A Close Shave, and A Matter Of Loaf And Death.
- Whose Line Is It Anyway? I’ve got the first and second series of the British version of the show, with Clive Anderson hosting. I never really got into the American version, but I love the British series, with Paul Merton and other guests. It’s very funny improvised comedy.
- Would I Lie To You? I’ve got some of the series of this that they’ve released on DVD. It’s not the earlier Angus Deayton years. Instead, these are the DVDs of the Rob Brydon series. Not all the series, they’ve only released a few, but it’s nice to have them because they are very funny. And they’re still making new episodes today, which is great.
- Yes Minister & Yes, Prime Minister. Another classic, and I think very true to life no doubt. A lot of what you see here probably does go on behind the scenes in politics, it seems very plausible. It’s very well written and acted, so definitely well worth watching. You don’t need to have an interest in politics, it works for everyone But it gives you a wonderful insight into how things probably do work sometimes. The Yes, Prime Minister series I’ve’ got has a double-sided disc inside it, which is one of those madly frustrating things that I mentioned from the Only Fools And Horses box set I’ve got, because you can never tell which side of the disc is which. But you live with it, it’s not the end of the world. It’s just a bit frustrating.
- The Young Ones. This was just a brilliant sitcom, another classic. So surreal and so well made. And they had great musical guests on here, including Madness and Motorhead and so many others. The storylines were just completely crazy, and so were all the characters, but it really worked because of it. And there are some good extras on here as well, with some interesting insights into how the show was made.
- You Rang M’Lord? This is very different to The Young Ones for sure! This is from the people who made Oh Doctor Beeching! So it was much more gentle humour, but it was very good. And they were quite long episodes as well, as they were all 50 minutes long, which is relatively unusual for a sitcom (although Only Fools And Horses did get extended to that length for a while).
So that’s it for part 5, I hope you’ve enjoyed hearing about all the TV shows I’ve got so far. Next I’m going to move on to films, live comedy and music, so there’s still quite a way to go. But we’ve done a big chunk of it now. So if there’s anything that you’ve enjoyed and that you share my tastes in, feel free to comment and let me know what you like. And I will see you in part 6 when I start looking at films next!