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 Posted:   Sep 9, 2019 - 12:49 PM   
 By:   Kev McGann   (Member)

There was a 2013 TV series on Channel 4 in the UK called The Mimic that I really liked.
It was a quiet, slow and unassuming show that was contemplatively off-beat.
Well worth checking out.

Jim, did you ever carry on with How Not To Live Your Life?

 
 Posted:   Sep 9, 2019 - 1:01 PM   
 By:   BillCarson   (Member)

Not a sitcom per se but i was always very partial to Richard Briers' Oneupmanship - a 70s series that extended the concept of School for scoundrels (Terry-thomas, ian carmichael) in which Briers demonstrates in various sketches how to get one up in any given situation. One i recall was about how he got a big sit-on tractor mower to do his lawn and drove the man next door insane with jealousy. When the man spent a fortune buying one to match, mowerman says Oh Im just taking this loaned mower back, i could never afford a beast like this" - thus getting one up on neighbour coz he'd been out and spent loads!

 
 
 Posted:   Sep 9, 2019 - 2:00 PM   
 By:   Xebec   (Member)

Briers is great in everything!

 
 Posted:   Sep 10, 2019 - 4:34 AM   
 By:   Jim Phelps   (Member)

There was a 2013 TV series on Channel 4 in the UK called The Mimic that I really liked.
It was a quiet, slow and unassuming show that was contemplatively off-beat.
Well worth checking out.

Jim, did you ever carry on with How Not To Live Your Life?


I started to, and I enjoyed the little I watched. However, the episodes on the 'Tube can't boast the greatest audio and video fidelity. The sound is slowed down and the picture is crunched into a wee box. I've watched many ancient VHS SLP recordings that were better presented than this. I am on the lookout for better versions, though.

 
 Posted:   Sep 11, 2019 - 5:03 AM   
 By:   Jim Phelps   (Member)

Blame it on Rik Mayall, but I also cannot sanction the buffoonery of Alexei Sayle. His BBC radio show is especially dire.

From Wikipedia: "He was voted the 18th greatest stand-up comic on Channel 4's 100 Greatest Stand-ups in 2007. In the updated 2010 poll he came 72nd."

Now THAT'S funny.

 
 Posted:   Sep 15, 2019 - 9:44 AM   
 By:   Jim Phelps   (Member)

Fairly Secret Army is brilliant. Series one definitely has a deadpan John Cleese-ian touch about it. I especially like Geoffrey Palmer's "conversations" with "God." The humor is mostly of the subtle variety, and I love it.

 
 Posted:   Sep 16, 2019 - 8:09 AM   
 By:   Jim Phelps   (Member)



Fairly Secret Army

Diane Fletcher, who appears in this series, was/is a goddess.

 
 
 Posted:   Sep 16, 2019 - 9:14 AM   
 By:   Xebec   (Member)

Blame it on Rik Mayall, but I also cannot sanction the buffoonery of Alexei Sayle. His BBC radio show is especially dire.

From Wikipedia: "He was voted the 18th greatest stand-up comic on Channel 4's 100 Greatest Stand-ups in 2007. In the updated 2010 poll he came 72nd."

Now THAT'S funny.


You didn't even like him in Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade?

 
 Posted:   Sep 16, 2019 - 9:23 AM   
 By:   Jim Phelps   (Member)

God, that scene was awful!

 
 
 Posted:   Sep 16, 2019 - 9:26 AM   
 By:   Xebec   (Member)

God, that scene was awful!

As a kid it really took me out the film. The landlord of The Young Ones is in an Indy film?

 
 Posted:   Sep 16, 2019 - 9:27 AM   
 By:   Jim Phelps   (Member)

It reeks of being another of El Spielbergo's "Wouldn't it be great if...?" last-second schemes, like the eyeballs rolling down the hallway in Minority Report.

And you people worship that guy.

 
 
 Posted:   Sep 16, 2019 - 9:36 AM   
 By:   Xebec   (Member)

It reeks of being another of El Spielbergo's "Wouldn't it be great if...?" last-second schemes, like the eyeballs rolling down the hallway in Minority Report.

And you people worship that guy.


Don't recall that.

Hey, you watch his Columbo episode and tell me he isn't a god.

 
 Posted:   Sep 16, 2019 - 9:58 AM   
 By:   Jim Phelps   (Member)

Jack Cassidy is what made that episode great, not nerd boy cowering behind the camera.

If I ever got the chance to ask El Spielbergo a question, it would be "What was it like working with Jack Cassidy?"

 
 
 Posted:   Sep 16, 2019 - 10:05 AM   
 By:   Xebec   (Member)

Jack Cassidy is what made that episode great, not nerd boy cowering behind the camera.

If I ever got the chance to ask El Spielbergo a question, it would be "What was it like working with Jack Cassidy?"


I'd also ask that. Then why didn't he direct any more Columbo.

 
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