We all like a good laugh. The best of British Comedy.
Ever since I was a child I can remember enjoying British sitcoms. There have been so many wonderful ones over the years; some are being repeated now on Satellite TV to my absolute delight. When I watch them now they still make me laugh. Most of the actors have now sadly passed away but they have left behind some wonderful memories and ‘laugh out loud’ shows.
I thought I would share the best of the bunch with you all and I hope they bring back such happy memories for you as they do to me.
- Love Thy Neighbour
- Bless This House
- George and Mildred
- Allo, Allo
- Some Mothers Do Av Em
- The Good Life
- Well worth watching
Love Thy Neighbour
This was a very funny show, but today it has become quite taboo due to it’s racist content. But, to be fair I don’t think that most people mind as it is all meant as good harmless fun. It follows the lives of two sets of neighbours, one white and one black family. The husbands do not hit it off but the wives get on very well. The two men are constantly throwing jibes at each other, both giving as good as they get.
Bless This House
I have loved Sid James ever since the Carry On films. He was always a great fun character to watch. This comedy is about a family Sid and Jean are the parents with Sally and Mike the teenage children. They have get into some great scrapes and funny situations. This is bound to have you laughing out loud, and if you have teenage children then you will easily relate to most of it. Brilliantly written.
George and Mildred
What a fantastically funny programme this was. Mildred is the rather domineering wife and George the ‘under the thumb’ husband, although having said that George does get up to things behind Mildred’s back and often gets his own back at Mildred. Although Mildred comes across as overbearing and domineering she is actually a sensitive and romantic woman at heart. Funny and charming.
Now you must have heard of this. So funny. Set during WW2 in a French café owned by Rene. The Germans have occupied the town and Rene helps the resistance to get British soldiers out and back to England. Rene is playing around behind his wife’s back with two of the waitresses which leads to some brilliant one liners. One of the best characters in my view is Officer Crabtree; he is a British spy pretending to be a French policeman. His French is appalling and this lends itself to some very amusing phrases.
Some Mothers Do Av Em
Frank Spencer (played by Michael Crawford), a clumsy man who is always getting into trouble. Wherever he goes there is sure to be accidents happening, you can see them coming before they occur and this alone is enough to have you creased up with laughter. Frank is a gentle soul and a charming man, but everything he touches turns into a calamity. Well written with some famous funny clips. Michael Crawford is well known for doing his own stunts during the filming of this series.
The Good Life
Tom and Barbara Good decide adopt a self-sufficient lifestyle and turn their suburban home into a large allotment with pigs and chickens etc. They get rid of all the home comforts such as TV and live the quiet life. Margo and Gerry (their good friends and neighbours) find it difficult to understand why Tom gave up a perfectly well paid job to take up this lifestyle. Exceptionally funny, beautifully written with some of the best moments in British comedy right here. A must see if you have never heard of it.
Norman Stanley Fletcher (Ronnie Barker) is a criminal of habit and is sent to Slade prison to serve his time. His cellmate is young and naïve Lennie Godber. The pair make for some wonderful TV moments, funny and cleverly written. Norman teaches Lennie the way of the world in his own charismatic way. Full of amusing one liners, this is a great comedy that still works its magic today.
Well worth watching
If you get the opportunity to watch any of these, please do take the time as they really are wonderful.