“So Harry says: “You don’t like me anymore.” “Why not?” And he says, “‘Cause you got so terribly pretentious.” And Harry says, “Pretentious, moi?”
As said by Mr Johnson (Nicky Henson) in the outrageously funny Torquay-set show Fawlty Towers (1975 – 1979). Long considered one of the greatest British sitcoms ever, the main character of Basil Fawlty was based on a real-life rude hotel owner. Creator John Cleese had met him when he was still a Monty Python member. You can find other examples of the show’s humour here.
When I went to the first time [the Edinburgh Festival Fringe] my pre-sales were one. I had one ticket sold. Which is quite depressing. Even more depressing when it was a buy one get one free deal. The one person couldn’t even find even find another person for free.
Michael McIntyre telling an anecdote on The Michael O’ Grady Show about his early lack of success. Now believed to be the highest-grossing comedian in the world, among other achievements the English comic has released 4 bestselling stand-up DVDs, hosted his own chatshow and presented the hugely popular Michael McIntyre’s Big Show.
With the European news being dominated by the UK’s decision to leave the EU, I thought it was only fitting to do a politically-themed quiz. So with the shockwaves of Brexit still being felt, here are 15 past and present TV shows that capture different moods, mavericks and mindsets within the political landscape. It is one of the tougher ones I will do, so no worries if you struggle. While my picture quizzes are usually film-based, for those interested I have also done TV ones before, with American drama and cartoons.
Howard: I’d guess I’ll just go to the emergency room to be safe. Bernadette: Howie, this is just your hypochondria. Howard: When I sat on the mute button and thought I’d gone deaf, that was my hypochondria.
Simon Helberg and Melissa Rauch in the continually popular sitcom The Big Bang Theory, set around four geeky scientists and their romantic partners. If you are a fan of the show, which has reached over 200 episodes so far, you should definitely look here and, for a unique take on Christmas, here.
Lucy: Why do you never pay me compliments? Lee: I do. Lucy : When? Lee: Last night. I thought you looked very nice. Lucy: So why didn’t you say? Lee: Because I didn’t know how you’d respond. Lucy: What’s the worst I could have said. Lucy: It’s 3 o clock in the morning. Get out of my bedroom Lee.
Sally Bretton and Lee Mack in the London-based slacker sitcom Not Going Out (2006 – onwards). Originally cancelled during the third series, it was brought back due to fan pressure and has gone on to have four more series, with an eighth set planned. You can find another example of its humour here.
I’ve been reading a bit of Shakespeare recently and as I haven’t done a film quiz for a while thought I should combine the two for a bumper post. His impact on literature, English theatre and popular culture has been extraordinary, so this film quiz was never going to be conventional. I’ve decided to break it into into two parts, faithful adaptations and those that were loosely based. Which half will you do better on? Do you have a favourite Shakespeare play?
Malcolm: Yeah, it’s the one place no one in my family will ever look.
Craig Lamar Traylor and Frankie Muniz in Malcolm in the Middle (2000 – 2006), which told of a boy genius’ hilarious struggles to interact with his classmates and madcap family. You can find another of the show’s humour here.