Wednesday, 15 August 2012

My Top 5 favourite British comedy shows.

Thought I'd do a bit of a fun post today, seeing as I'm in that kind of mood - and I'd make the most of it.  Can't promise that good mood'll last! ;-)

Anyway, today I thought I'd concentrate on comedy shows - my top 5 favourite comedies, and I'm sticking with just British comedies for now, because if I start on US shows too I'll be here all day!  Might do those in a post all of their own...  

So, today I'm concentrating on those shows I can watch time and time again, those shows that still make me laugh out loud, even though I know exactly what's coming next.  Want to know what they are?  Okay then.  here goes - in no particular order...

1) Phoenix Nights.

I think this one will always be up there on my Top 5 list, because it never, ever fails to make me laugh, no matter how many times I watch it.  And I've watched it quite a few times, believe me.  This comedy may not be to everyone's taste, but I'm a huge fan of Peter Kay, I love his style of comedy, and for me, Phoenix Nights is a classic comedy that I will never tire of watching.  If I ever need cheering up then it's one of these I dig out and watch.  Alway, always makes me smile.  Love it! 

2) Only Fools and Horses.

Classic, classic comedyThere's no other way to descibe this, really.  Again, it's another show that always makes me laugh out loud, even at episodes I've seen a hundred times before.  It's stood the test of time, and that's testament to both the writing of the late John Sullivan, and the terrific acting of Nicholas Lyndhurst and David Jason.  Truly brilliant comedy, and for me, the repeats on GOLD are worth the monthly subscription to SKY alone!

3) Benidorm.

Apart from the fact I love Derren Litten's writing, I think I find this one really funny because I can identify with half the bloody characters!  And by that I mean that, on the many package holidays we've taken over the years, we've met quite a few people like the characters in Benidorm!  Although, maybe not quite as exaggerated!  Ah, the memories...

4) Fawlty Towers.

You can't really describe this as anything but a British classic, really.  I remember being allowed to stay up late to watch this when I was little, and I've been a fan of the show ever since.  Again, thanks to that fabulous UK satellite channel, GOLD, we get regular repeats of this every now and again, and every time I watch those repeats, it's still as funny as it was all those years ago.  John Cleese is a legend...

5)  The Inbetweeners.

Bit of a surprise entry on my Top 5 list this one, and, despite it finishing in 2010, I've only just started watching it - finished series 1 last week, watched a couple of episodes of series 2 - but, despite it being very rude, and very, very childish, I find it bloody hilarious!  But don't watch if you're easily offended!  In fact, don't even go near it if that's the case.  Really.  I'm not kidding!!

The 4 lads in this remind me and my hubby of a few of the younger guys on our college course all those years ago, which is probably why we can identify with their behaviour.  But, despite it probably not being aimed at my particular age group (over 40's - Jesus, I feel old just typing that!) and despite the fact the humour can make you wince now and again, it cracks me up, and at the same time makes me incredibly glad I'm not that age again!!  Can't wait to see the movie, either, so I'd better get watching series 2 and 3 then...

So, there we have it.  And, quite honestly, I could have turned that into a Top 10 really easily because I haven't even mentioned the likes of Keeping Up Appearences, The Good Life, or the absolutely brilliant Mrs Brown's Boys.  I could go on for a while, believe me.  So the aforementioned 5 are just a selection of my favourite British comedy shows.  After all, what is life without a little bit of humour?

And, now you know what makes me laugh, what are your favourite comedy shows?  Anyone willing to share...?


  1. There are some great shows there and you're right about Only Fools standing the test of time. It never gets old.