I know what you mean Cartman, BBC sitcoms in particular do or did follow a certain predictable & narrow formula- usually middle class, prosperous families with first world problems. I'll admit to liking Terry And June I know it's considered the epitome of naff sitcoms but I do enjoy a bit of Terry Medford & Sir Dennis.
I have seen 'Detectorists' Alex, though only a couple of episodes as it didn't really grab me, though I can see the appeal of it. It's good to have a show without a laughter track.
A Richard Briers/Larbey & Esmonde sitcom I like is 'Ever Decreasing Circles', on the face of it another cosy suburban BBC sitcom but there is a dark edge to it. I read that Lemmy from Motorhead was a fan.
Nothing wrong with a bit of Terry & June, Arthur. I quite liked it. Its narrow as you say but it was good light entertainment.
I never actually watched Ever Decreasing Circles, but another one which fitted this description at face value was One Foot in the Grave, and that had a dark edginess to it. Richard Wilson was brilliant in it, but it fell into the familiar trap of being dragged on too long
Post by D.C. Burtonshaw on Feb 21, 2018 13:26:11 GMT
I remember the Good Life too, repeated on weekday teatime in about 1985, you couldn't picture anyone else playing the characters and Richard Briers nailed the Tom Good character. Similar with Ever Decreasing Circles, even as schoolkids/teenagers, me and my brother laughed at certain elements or one liners, and then there was "Howard" (in EDC), and his silly laugh! Good family shows these could be, these BBC sitcoms!
Post by Arthur Pringle on Feb 21, 2018 16:14:05 GMT
Not long ago I watched Richard Briers in 'If You See God Tell Him' on youtube, a 4 part comedy serial ( I wouldn't describe it as a 'sitcom' ) from 1993 written by David Renwick & Andrew Marshall of One Foot In The Grave. I wasn't expecting too much for a 90's show, but it turned out to be a hidden gem, very funny at times with some genius bits of visual humour.
Do you mind not calling me squire or chief or boyo or mate?