Gentle Comedies

Moonraker

Well-Known Member
Thanks, I will have to listen to this.
After watching the Carry on Films in dvd, I use to listen to the commentary to the films. The invited guests were members of the cast. I recall when Jim dale did a commentary. He talked about Kenneth Williams. There was a joke he related that went something like this.
An old woman walks into Foreman's and Mason's to buy some groceries.

Lady: Ow much for yer cabbages?
Assistant: Four pounds madam.
Lady: Four pounds! You can stick-it up yer ass.
Assistant: I would madam, but I already have a cucumber up there.
 

captain clutterbuck

LOTSW Fanatic
Flicking through to see if there was something to watch Talking Pictures has a film Some Will , Some Won't from 1970 and it has a who's who of British Comedic Actors in it , sadly I missed the start so will have to wait until its on again . I won't bore you with a full list of the cast but there are some of our beloved LOTSW actors in it Dame Thora Hird, Frank Thornton, Norman Mitchell and a youthful Stephen Lewis as a PC [well he's tall enough] . I haven't seen it just wondered if anyone else has and is it worth seeking out to watch , thanks.
 

Peripheral

Dedicated Member
Flicking through to see if there was something to watch Talking Pictures has a film Some Will , Some Won't from 1970 and it has a who's who of British Comedic Actors in it , sadly I missed the start so will have to wait until its on again . I won't bore you with a full list of the cast but there are some of our beloved LOTSW actors in it Dame Thora Hird, Frank Thornton, Norman Mitchell and a youthful Stephen Lewis as a PC [well he's tall enough] . I haven't seen it just wondered if anyone else has and is it worth seeking out to watch , thanks.
You can buy or rent this through Amazon Captain.
 

wstol

Dedicated Member
Flicking through to see if there was something to watch Talking Pictures has a film Some Will , Some Won't from 1970 and it has a who's who of British Comedic Actors in it , sadly I missed the start so will have to wait until its on again . I won't bore you with a full list of the cast but there are some of our beloved LOTSW actors in it Dame Thora Hird, Frank Thornton, Norman Mitchell and a youthful Stephen Lewis as a PC [well he's tall enough] . I haven't seen it just wondered if anyone else has and is it worth seeking out to watch , thanks.
Yes, I have seen it.

It's a good film, it also stars Ronnie Corbett, Leslie Phillips, Michael Horden, Arthur Lowe and Wilfrid Brambell.

From a time when almost all comedy was good.
 

codfanglers

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We have been blessed here in the States as one of the big cable carriers of British shows, WETA-UK, has gone high definition. In my return to this forum I mentioned how awesome it was to see Summer Wine's earlier years in high definition. In the evenings, this channel plays Open All Hours, one episode per day, from start to finish. They recently finished and now started Still Open All Hours from the beginning.

I know it is generally considered inferior to the original, but my wife and I simply love it. We actually enjoy it more than the original. We are happily going to watch it from beginning to the end. My wife is more into British murder mysteries and I am more into the comedies, although, this might be her favorite comedy.
 

Barrychuckle

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We have been blessed here in the States as one of the big cable carriers of British shows, WETA-UK, has gone high definition. In my return to this forum I mentioned how awesome it was to see Summer Wine's earlier years in high definition. In the evenings, this channel plays Open All Hours, one episode per day, from start to finish. They recently finished and now started Still Open All Hours from the beginning.

I know it is generally considered inferior to the original, but my wife and I simply love it. We actually enjoy it more than the original. We are happily going to watch it from beginning to the end. My wife is more into British murder mysteries and I am more into the comedies, although, this might be her favorite comedy.
I think the remake is as close to the latter episodes of LOTSW as you'll find so I"m the same as you, I prefer SOAH as it's more silly than the original
 

codfanglers

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I think the remake is as close to the latter episodes of LOTSW as you'll find so I"m the same as you, I prefer SOAH as it's more silly than the original
It really hit me today, watching the 3rd episode in Series 1 as Gastric was climbing the ladder to give Madge flowers. There are really a lot of similarities to Last of the Summer Wine.
 

Barrychuckle

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It really hit me today, watching the 3rd episode in Series 1 as Gastric was climbing the ladder to give Madge flowers. There are really a lot of similarities to Last of the Summer Wine.
Also the ladies sitting around the table drinking coffee is remarkably similar too
 

captain clutterbuck

LOTSW Fanatic
Sure Mr Clarke simply reworks key parts from his shows if he believes not only will they get a laugh but because he knows they work and are remembered by people as an ethereal part of the show , a sort of "comfort" blanket . I suppose you could compare it to a band or singer who play a gig , yes they play new tracks and music but everyone is there for the hits or well known tracks and you clearly notice the way the audience reacts to the familiarity. By the way I haven't been reading Psychology for Dummies :08:;)
 

codfanglers

Dedicated Member
Also the ladies sitting around the table drinking coffee is remarkably similar too
The ladies from Still Open All Hours, haven't grown on me quite as much. They are enjoyable, but the ladies from Summer Wine set a really high precedent. By the time of Foggy's second run, the ladies are as funny as the men, even funnier sometimes. Those characters are so real. My one grandmother was so much like Nora, with personality and mannerisms. My other grandmother was so much like Ros.
 

codfanglers

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No. My father was the only follower of British shows in my family; Monty Python, Fawlty Towers, and Benny Hill. My wife is the one that discovered Summer Wine for me. She used to record KUA for me when I was at work and Summer Wine followed that!
 

RickAns

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I had wondered codfangler if they had seen the show and noticed how similar they are to the characters you mentioned. Your father has good taste in British shows. I like those you listed. Glad you and your wife discovered this show. It is a gem.
 

codfanglers

Dedicated Member
I had wondered codfangler if they had seen the show and noticed how similar they are to the characters you mentioned. Your father has good taste in British shows. I like those you listed. Glad you and your wife discovered this show. It is a gem.
My grandparents weren't big TV watchers. Even if they saw the show, I don't think they would see the connection- although the connection is real :).

My wife is more into the murder mysteries and I am more into the comedies. But back in 2006, she did discover this show for me and told me that I have to check it out!
 

RickAns

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A few British and Australian murder mystery series I enjoyed watching with my mom years ago were Rosemary and Thyme, Miss Fisher's Murder Mysteries. Not sure if your wife has come across them yet. R & T are amateur sleuths with Felicity Kendal and Pam Ferris. Miss Fisher has a 1920's film noir feel to it. Plus they are not on the violent / gore murder mystery type that my mom would not have liked.
 

codfanglers

Dedicated Member
A few British and Australian murder mystery series I enjoyed watching with my mom years ago were Rosemary and Thyme, Miss Fisher's Murder Mysteries. Not sure if your wife has come across them yet. R & T are amateur sleuths with Felicity Kendal and Pam Ferris. Miss Fisher has a 1920's film noir feel to it. Plus they are not on the violent / gore murder mystery type that my mom would not have liked.
We don't get Rosemary and Thyme. We do get Miss Fisher's Murder Mysteries, but don't watch it.

We will watch Midsomer Murders, Death in Paradise, Father Brown, and Foyle's War. My wife liked the few episodes of the Coroner that she caught.

On the comic side, one channel started showing Mr. Winner. I enjoyed parts of the 2 episodes I caught, but it is on at an inconvenient time. My ten year old got too distracted from his homework by the guy struggling around the house in the robot suit:D so we had to turn it off.
 
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