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Initial post: 30 Nov 2011 09:54:23 GMT
Nugent Dirt says:
Taking a cue from the Life Is Short thread I'm thinking about what shows have failed to deliver following a successful run by such and such writers/performers. How about
Nathan Barley - a huge disappointment from Chris Morris after Brass Eye, Day Today etc
Oh Dr Beeching - David Croft hits the skids after Dads Army, Hi Di Hi
Clarence - Ronnie Barker nauses up after Porridge and Open All Hours

In reply to an earlier post on 30 Nov 2011 21:27:23 GMT
Last edited by the author on 1 Dec 2011 09:52:55 GMT
gille liath says:
I'm not having Hi de Hi - that's brilliant.

I thought Nathan Barley was interesting, but probably mis-sold as a comedy; from what I saw it was really quite a serious satire. And I wasn't a big Brass Eye fan anyway.

Clarence - well, RB made so many shows. You can't knock down a coconut every time.

I nominate everything John Sullivan did post-Fools & Horses; Leonard Rossiter's last sitcom, Tripper's Day; Steve Coogan's show about the Latin dancer; Magicians, Armstrong & Bain's first film; Paul, Simon Pegg's last film (hopefully); John Cleese's Fierce Creatures; Max & Paddy; Carry On Columbus...

The more you think about it, the more you realise everyone makes at least one dud album if they carry on long enough. I think Gervais & Merchant have tried to dodge that by having such a low rate of output - but it hasn't woked with LTS.

Posted on 1 Dec 2011 11:28:48 GMT
Sou'Wester says:
Can't remember who said it but the quotation "Only mediocrity can be trusted to be always at its best" seems apt here. Look at most of the really great figures in art and entertainment and you'll find they've had their failures. Often, however, their failures are still more interesting than lesser performers' successes.

In reply to an earlier post on 1 Dec 2011 11:41:32 GMT
gille liath says:
What's changed, though, is that there are far fewer comedies on telly nowadays. It didn't matter too much if Ronnie Barker or Perry & Croft had a blip - they just went on to the next project. Now, you're only as good as your last show; and if a comedy fails, it leaves a hole that is likely to be filled by another programme about decorating or cookery. That's why it matters that LTS is a disappointment.

In reply to an earlier post on 1 Dec 2011 15:23:09 GMT
Last edited by the author on 1 Dec 2011 15:25:57 GMT
Nugent Dirt says:
gille - if you read closely my comment relates to Dr Beeching,a poor sitcom that doesnt compare to DA and Hi di Hi.
Viz LIS -there have been some moments I have found myself laughing quite loud e.g. when Johnny Depp makes WD do 'Riverdance'

In reply to an earlier post on 1 Dec 2011 17:02:18 GMT
Last edited by the author on 1 Dec 2011 17:03:27 GMT
Huck Flynn says:
likewise in SHow 2 where WD is dressed as an ewok in a teddy bear suit, also love watching him get out of his 4WD jeep

i felt the last series of Reggie Perrin had outstayed its welcome - some good ideas but uninspired script

In reply to an earlier post on 1 Dec 2011 19:42:37 GMT
gille liath says:
Riverdance gags should be against Comedy Writers' Union rules.

I thought you were coupling Hi De Hi, as an afterthought, with Dr Beeching. Sorry I misunderstood but, in the absence of the connective 'and', a closer reading wouldn't have helped.

In reply to an earlier post on 3 Dec 2011 13:34:11 GMT
sistermoon says:
John Sullivan's 'Green Green Grass' was known by me as 'Andrew Collins Was Robbed' as he took a storyline used in 'Grass' (the vehicle for Simon Day's Billy Bleach character) and reworked it with Boycie as the hero.

In reply to an earlier post on 30 Dec 2011 14:57:55 GMT
sistermoon says:
Oh Dr. Beeching WAS garbage, but I suspect Julian Fellowes saw You Rang M'Lord and thought it was a serious documentary! The resemblance to Downton Abbey hit me when I saw footage from You Rang M'Lord on the recent DAvid Croft tribute programme.

Posted on 30 Dec 2011 20:16:25 GMT
Paul Dixon says:
that new david jason so called comedy about a butler is utter crap

Posted on 24 Jan 2012 13:30:40 GMT
SmithsFan says:
Going Straight - very disappointing sequel to Porridge.

In reply to an earlier post on 11 Feb 2012 13:38:35 GMT
sistermoon says:
Noel Fielding's Luxury Comedy series doesn't go anywhere.

In reply to an earlier post on 13 Feb 2012 16:00:05 GMT
Nugent Dirt says:
I agree. It's utter pants. Am I alone in thinking David Jason's done more bad stuff than good?

Posted on 16 Feb 2012 08:09:49 GMT
Sou'Wester says:
From the five excruciating minutes I put up with it, I'd say Mr. Fielding's "Luxury Comedy" should be prosecuted under the Trades Description Act.
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