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I've seen clips of it, on the extras on the Spaced DVD. It was intriguing to say the least
I checked earlier - its not on DVD .... yet.
I have only two episodes I taped from years ago - but I did watch it at the time. It was darker, messier but really funny.


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I'm currently watching Father Ted, which although it's good I can't help but think it gets a bit old very quickly- it's god some good bits in it though


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I'm currently watching Father Ted, which although it's good I can't help but think it gets a bit old very quickly- it's god some good bits in it though
I adore Father Ted. Where are you up to?

It isn't as nearly as clever as Black Books but there are definitely some classic moments in there.


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I picked up series three in a charity shop for 50p, and I've just watched the football episode, the one where Father Ted finds out that his forfeit for cheating on the football match is to "Kick Bishop Brennan up the...".

Ahh, Black Books. Utterly Awesome! My favourite episode is "The Entertainer", where Manny realises that he can play the piano. Loads of people I've spoken to though, their favourite episode is "Elephants and Hens" where they write the kids book


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Ahh, Black Books. Utterly Awesome! My favourite episode is "The Entertainer", where Manny realises that he can play the piano. Loads of people I've spoken to though, their favourite episode is "Elephants and Hens" where they write the kids book
I find it difficult to choose a favourite episode but I think that Season Two was the strongest overall.


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I agree with that. Series one was them just getting a feel for it, and series three, although good, had some pretty strange storylines, even for them. I mean- the explorer and the cat? What was all that about.

Although "I told you- no legal fijjy-wijjiness" is a pretty amazing line

Have you looked up Spaced yet- I really think that you'd enjoy it


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I'm currently watching Father Ted, which although it's good I can't help but think it gets a bit old very quickly- it's god some good bits in it though
I prefer the IT crowd, I think Graham Linehan does a better job with it - less repetitive and better comedians.


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The Mighty Boosh - just needed to mention it. Best British comedy show EVER!!!

But I do like Black books - a very wise friend introduced me to it.

Not so fond of spaced and I love father Ted.


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The Mighty Boosh - just needed to mention it. Best British comedy show EVER!!!
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I'm currently watching Father Ted, which although it's good I can't help but think it gets a bit old very quickly- it's god some good bits in it though
I tried watching that show, Father Ted... and I didn't like it. It bored me to death really quickly . No offense meant to any fans of it.


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No, none taken! I'm not the world's biggest fan, but we all like slightly different things, don't we?
I'm currently watching the League of Gentlemen- like someone else mentioned before, it has a really awful laughter track on the first series (I can't remember if it's on the second and third- it's not on the christmas one though) but if you can train yourself to ignore it, and get past the general weirdness of it, it's really good. I've watched it since the first broadcast of the first episode- although the first time I saw that I wasn't sure how to take it...


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No, none taken! I'm not the world's biggest fan, but we all like slightly different things, don't we?
I'm currently watching the League of Gentlemen- like someone else mentioned before, it has a really awful laughter track on the first series (I can't remember if it's on the second and third- it's not on the christmas one though) but if you can train yourself to ignore it, and get past the general weirdness of it, it's really good. I've watched it since the first broadcast of the first episode- although the first time I saw that I wasn't sure how to take it...
Yep .

Ah that's cool. I've have had to ignore more than my share of annoying laugh tracks... gawd, M*A*S*H and The Golden Girls were known for those. And thank god to FOX (which actually did something good for once)... to having a 'no laugh track' option on the M*A*S*H dvd's. It helped to make the show that much more enjoyable.

I'd really like to smack the person (or persons) who invented that infernal device ...


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Oh I agree. I mean I don't mind if they do recordings in front of studio audiences, that's different because the actors can then milk the situation.
A good example is Red Dwarf. Series 1-6 were filmed mainly in front of studio audiences, and it shows in the actors' work. But in series 7 they got rid of the studio audience, so the actors had to put their trust in the scripts a lot more, and it showed, for example the laughter from the audiences shown the completed episodes had to be fitted into the actors' lines instead of the actors fitting their lines around the audience's laughter, which I think is a much more organic way to do it...


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Oh I agree. I mean I don't mind if they do recordings in front of studio audiences, that's different because the actors can then milk the situation.
A good example is Red Dwarf. Series 1-6 were filmed mainly in front of studio audiences, and it shows in the actors' work. But in series 7 they got rid of the studio audience, so the actors had to put their trust in the scripts a lot more, and it showed, for example the laughter from the audiences shown the completed episodes had to be fitted into the actors' lines instead of the actors fitting their lines around the audience's laughter, which I think is a much more organic way to do it...
I know -- it just sounds so fake. But if it's flimed in front of a studio audience -- then I have no issue there. Milking a situation = one really good scene.

I really love live shows better. Like you said, it's more organic.


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Me too. And I think that's why the bloke in charge of Red Dwarf reverted back to the studio audience in series 8 of Red Dwarf- it just makes for a much more enjoyable experience for the audience, and I assume the actors too


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Me too. And I think that's why the bloke in charge of Red Dwarf reverted back to the studio audience in series 8 of Red Dwarf- it just makes for a much more enjoyable experience for the audience, and I assume the actors too
Well that was good of him to do. Since shows seem to do better that way. It just seems so false when they don't perform in front of a live studio audience. It kind of sucks the fun out of stuff there .


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Yeah- again I agree. It's a shame he had to revert back to recording without an audience for the special they just released- but it was a dead complicated one, and one shot a lot on location (yeah, check me out with my filming lingo lol)

Anyway- back to topic

I'm watching the Fast Show Live, and I'd actually forgotten how much I enjoy this show. I need to get the real series now.


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Yeah- again I agree. It's a shame he had to revert back to recording without an audience for the special they just released- but it was a dead complicated one, and one shot a lot on location (yeah, check me out with my filming lingo lol)

Anyway- back to topic

I'm watching the Fast Show Live, and I'd actually forgotten how much I enjoy this show. I need to get the real series now.
Wow that had to be a bummer. And I got the lingo... it must have been a pain for them to be able to shoot on location.

Ah, what's that show (Fast Show Live) may I ask?


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The Fast show was a British sketch show popular in the 90s. The Fast Show live is a recording of their tour that they did


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I've been watching the X-Factor lately and found that the singers in Britain are more charming with more personality and can sing better than those on American Idol, IMO. And Simon seems to like it more there.


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