Best of the Britcoms: From Fawlty Towers to The Office

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Taylor Trade Publications, 2011 - History - 169 pages
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With crisp dialog, outrageous characters, and an absurd sense of humor, it's no wonder British sitcoms are so well-loved! Best of the Britcoms covers the most noteworthy situation comedies ever to cross the pond. Each entry combines a show summary with descriptions of standout episodes and behind-the-scenes details, plus gives you production data and full cast listings. And now, the revised edition of this Britcom classic contains seven new chapters on programs that have aired in the U.S. since the original edition was published, such as The Office, Extras, and My Family. Fans of old-school Britcoms won't be disappointed either, as the revised edition also includes the later developments of older series' storylines and detailed information on specials and cast reunions that have occurred in the intervening years. Pick up this book, kick back, and get to know a Britcom!
 

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Contents

A Thumbnail History ofBritish Television
3
Dads Army
5
The Last of the Summer Wine
8
Are You Being Served?
11
Rising Damp
14
Fawlty Towers
17
Good Neighbors The Good Life
21
Open All Hours
25
Keeping Up Appearances
93
The Brittas Empire
96
As Time Goes By
100
Side by Side
102
Absolutely Fabulous
103
Chef
106
The Detectives
108
Goodnight Sweetheart
110

The Fall and Rise of Reginald Perrin
28
Bless Me Father
30
Butterflies
32
Shelley
34
To the Manor Born
35
PART II
39
HiDeHi
41
Yes MinisterYes Prime Minister
44
Only Fools and Horses
48
The Bounder
51
The Young Ones
53
The Black Adder
55
Don t Wait Up
59
No Place Like Home
61
Allo Allo
62
Three Up Two Down
66
Hot Metal
68
Executive Stress
69
The Two of Us
71
Red Dwarf
73
Colins Sandwich
77
May to December
78
PART III
81
One Foot in the Grave
83
The Piglet Files
88
Waiting for God
90
The Vicar of Dibley
113
Nelsons Column
117
The Thin Blue Line
119
Father Ted
121
The Peter Principle The Boss
124
PART IV
127
My Hero
129
Coupling
132
My Family
135
The Office
138
Extras
141
PART V
145
Come Back Mrs Noah
147
Only When I Laugh
148
Agony
149
Solo
150
Ever Decreasing Circles
151
Hilary
152
An Actor s Life For Me
153
You Rang MLord?
154
American Versions ofBritcoms Don t Measure Up
155
Britains Best Sitcom Poll
158
Bibliography
159
Index
161
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Garry Berman is a freelance writer and author of We're Going To See The Beatles!, an oral history of the Beatlemania years in America. As a lifelong Anglophile and avid fan of British TV, he has a personal video library of over 300 hours of Britcoms, from which Best of the Britcoms was born. In a previous life, he was a video/TV producer and a contributor to British Television magazine. He lives in Westampton, NJ.

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