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Koroush Ghazi
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Posted: 19 July 2019 at 6:21am | IP Logged | 1 post reply

After two weeks and 4 or 5 episodes a night, I've finished the Goodies Collection and thoroughly enjoyed it, great fun. Only the very last season, which consists of 6 episodes, started boring me. I'll definitely be rewatching individual favorite episodes from time to time.
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Steven Brake
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Posted: 19 July 2019 at 4:23pm | IP Logged | 2 post reply

Koroush, if you like The Goodies, you may be interested in I'm Sorry, I Haven't A Clue, a long running BBC Radio 4 comedy series (it began in 1972) which regularly features Tim Brooke-Taylor and Graeme Garden.
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Koroush Ghazi
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Posted: 19 July 2019 at 8:13pm | IP Logged | 3 post reply

Thanks, I'm really only a fan of these guys together in the Goodies. I know Bill Oddie went on to become well-known for his bird-related nature documentaries, and TBT and Graeme did that radio show, but the magic isn't quite the same. It's in large part due to nostalgia that I love the Goodies. They're not hilariously funny, they are mostly amusing, but also capture the fun spirit of my childhood in the 1970s :)

It's kind of like Rik Mayall after The Young Ones - I found his The New Statesman show was OK, but never as good as The Young Ones, then I lost interest in his stuff after that (like Filthy Rich and Catflap).

Even John Cleese never again achieved the brilliance he showed in Fawlty Towers in my opinion. Fame and the transition to American-style humor tends to dull the great British comedians. Ricky Gervais' new Afterlife reflects that I think, putting too much of an emphasis on happy endings and treacly sentimentality. Karl Pilkington is the only one who's gained some polish but retains his original charm (again, in my opinion!).
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Craig Earl
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Posted: 20 July 2019 at 5:01am | IP Logged | 4 post reply

Only Fools & Horses was fantastic (the half hour episodes became 45-50 minutes in later years, fleshing out the character and adding more drama to the comedy). Without spoiling things for those who don't know, there is a common consensus that the series should have ended after the classic 'Time on our Hands' episode. It's certainly something I agree with.

Many of my other favourites have been already been mentioned, but how about:

1) Auf Weidershen, Pet (regionally accented Brits working in Germany)
2) Men Behaving Badly (Very Non-PC and very funny)
2) Alas Smith & Jones (post 'Not the nine o' clock news' sketch show - worth it for the head-to-head chats)
3) Extras (Ricky Gervais vehicle which included cameos from Sir Ian McKellen, David Bowie, Ben Stiller, Kate WInslet & Robert De Niro to name a few)
4) Minder (featuring the legendary George Cole)

& on the chilling side of things we had 'Armchair Thrillers' & 'Hammer House of Horror'
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Bill Collins
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Posted: 20 July 2019 at 5:14am | IP Logged | 5 post reply

Loved Auf Weidersehen Pet! I was amazed to discover that
Timothy Spall wasn`t actually from The Midlands, so
convincing was his accent!
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Craig Earl
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Yeah, Timonthy Spall's 'Barry' and JImmy Nail's 'Oz' were the stars of the show for me.
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Bill Collins
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Posted: 20 July 2019 at 7:36am | IP Logged | 7 post reply

Craig, i was pleased to see "Moxy" as a bad guy in
Batman (1989) and again in Guardians of the Galaxy!
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Craig Earl
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Craig, i was pleased to see "Moxy" as a bad guy in 
Batman (1989) and again in Guardians of the Galaxy!

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Yeah Bill - Chris Fairbanks (?). Thinking about it, I'm sure Timothy Spall could do something in the MCU!
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Bill Collins
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Yes, that`s him! As for Timothy Spall, i agree.
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