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Your List of Worst British Comedies

  • 23-09-2021 9:45am
    Registered Users Posts: 5,221 ✭✭✭ Declan A Walsh

    Following on from a reference in another thread, what British comedies do you hate/dislike the most?

    Here are ones that spring to mind for me:

    Last of the Summer Wine - Number 1 in any of my lists!


    Allo Allo

    It Aint Half Hot Mum - I did give it a chance for a while and then I thought what am I doing with myself!

    Citizen Smith



  • Registered Users Posts: 468 ✭✭ PeaSea

    You can always tell a British comedy by it not being funny.

  • Moderators, Business & Finance Moderators, Motoring & Transport Moderators, Society & Culture Moderators Posts: 61,043 Mod ✭✭✭✭ L1011

    Heil Honey I'm Home has to be up there.

  • Registered Users Posts: 468 ✭✭ PeaSea

    Gavin & Stacey, Only Fools & Horses - yes, but they're the exceptions that prove the rule. They're also mostly quite old now.

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  • Registered Users Posts: 32,141 ✭✭✭✭ is_that_so

    Hmm, Citizen Smith captures that whole absurdity of a 1970s urban revolutionary brilliantly! There is plenty of really awful and completely non-PC stuff from the early seventies. Last of the Summer Wine would be on my list, never got its popularity at all. The Brittas Empire would also be on it. Mrs Brown too, even though I know it appeals to a lot of people. To finish off the list I'd add Lunch Monkeys and an Amanda Holden thing called Mad about Alice.

  • Registered Users Posts: 75,445 ✭✭✭✭ JP Liz V1

    Miranda is getting US remade but yes it was bad

  • Registered Users Posts: 13,650 ✭✭✭✭ whisky_galore

    Oh No it's Selwyn Froggitt.

    On the Buses.

    Goodnight Sweetheart.

    Last of the summer wine was sh1t

    Dishonourable mention Mrs Brown

    Didn't particularly like Keeping Up Appearances, one joke: snobby housewife vs dole jockey relatives done to death.

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  • Registered Users Posts: 27,949 ✭✭✭✭ gmisk

    Us remake will likely be even worse...there remakes are generally abysmal...skins...Kath and Kim...Gavin and Stacey...

  • Registered Users Posts: 46 CaboRoig

    I saw a thing called Semi Detached last night with Lee Mack in it. Dreadful.

  • Registered Users Posts: 7,816 ✭✭✭ cml387

    Most Roy Clarke sitcoms always left me cold:

    He wrote the aforementioned "Last Of The Summer Wine", as well as "Oh No! It's Selwyn Froggit", "Open All Hours" and "Keeping Up Appearances".

  • Registered Users Posts: 1,601 ✭✭✭ Nyum Nyum

    Love to see a list of Irish comedies.

  • Registered Users Posts: 468 ✭✭ PeaSea

    The formulaic stuff repeated over the decades like George and Mildred, Ever decreasing circles, Terry and June, Keeping Up Appearances, etc are dreadful.

  • Registered Users Posts: 36,666 ✭✭✭✭ ohnonotgmail

  • Registered Users Posts: 13,650 ✭✭✭✭ whisky_galore

    80-90% of those are awful anyway.

    Way more misses than hits.

  • Registered Users Posts: 468 ✭✭ PeaSea

    it's hard to judge stuff from that far back though that was really popular at the time like Dads Army, Steptoe, On The Buses, etc - it made me laugh at the time (then again I was < 10 for most of it) but now it mostly looks very meh. Audience tastes have changed greatly from that kind of holiday park humour.

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  • Registered Users Posts: 324 ✭✭ FonE




    'Allo 'Allo

    Comedy is so subjective though, what I find funny, someone else will think diabolical. We can't all like the same things. I love Friday Night Dinner but know that some people would rather pull their toenails out than watch it.

  • Registered Users Posts: 5,221 ✭✭✭ Declan A Walsh

    It seems that I could be in a minority in liking Keeping Up Appearances. It would not feature in my Top 10 of all time, but I do get a laugh out of it. Ditto for George and Mildred.

    There is a point well made by a poster about audience's tastes changing. I think my own taste changed in relation to Dad's Army. I liked it when I first saw the series, but, over the years, I have gone off it. It's a bit like the chewing gum losing it's taste! I would hesitate to put it in the top tier of worst comedies, but it could be on the reserve list!

    As regards Open All Hours, I have to say I liked it quite a bit. I think it was Ronnie Barker that made it. However, the recent sequel series Still Open All Hours is awful, or at least the bit I saw.

    On the Buses was just bland. I didn't hate it but I wasn't particularly mad about it either.

  • Registered Users Posts: 36,666 ✭✭✭✭ ohnonotgmail

    'Allo 'Allo is a classic though it did get repetitive in the last few seasons. If you had seen the earlier show that it parodied it was even funnier.

  • Registered Users Posts: 7,816 ✭✭✭ cml387

    Someone mentioned It Ain't Half Hot Mum.

    I heard an interview with Sanjeev Bhaskar recently who said that that programme was very popular among the Indian community.

    Even though Alan Bates may well have played the part of an Indian, in blackface, but he spoke fluent Hindi and dropped phrases and sentences in Hindi into the script which gave the Indian audience much amusement.

  • Registered Users Posts: 5,221 ✭✭✭ Declan A Walsh

    That was me that mentioned it, in my original post! It made me cringe I have to say, but, basically, I just did not it find it funny. It was Michael Bates, by the way, not Alan Bates!

  • Registered Users Posts: 7,816 ✭✭✭ cml387

    Yep. Michael Nates, who was also the original cast member of LOTSW. Mental note: always check😫😁

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  • Registered Users Posts: 5,221 ✭✭✭ Declan A Walsh