Don't Panic!

@p1kef1sh (45647)
November 7, 2012 12:07pm CST
British TV viewers have grown up watching a comedy about a group of Home Guard, home defence soldiers, set in WW2 called 'Dad's Army'. Most of the key actors are now dead and another joined them today. Clive Dunn, who played the elderly, bungling Lance Corporal Jones died today at the age of 92. A generation of great comedy actors has now moved on to a higher stage. Do you feel the departure of great comedians and the void that they leave.
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• Australia
8 Nov 12
I have always been immensely more impressed and entertained by British comedy than by any other. On the other hand, some British comedy is the pits to my personal taste, and Benny Hill is high on my list of anti-comedy lows, along with the Americans Jerry Lewis (a resounding "winner" in my all-time hates) and Jim Carey, and some British shows make me gag (Are You Being Served for instance). But on the whole, from the Goons onwards through Python and Cleese in general (although probably not Atkinson other than B.A), the "war" comedies (add 'allo 'allo to Dad's Army), even some of the Carry On rubbish, Blackadder, Sykes, not only but also, some of the early Ab Fab episodes, and I could go on and on, still get me laughing. So yes, it is sad to see them go. But there is a new generation (if Connolly is (a) new and (b) British), Stephen Fry, Dawn French, and so on, so perhaps all is not lost. Lash
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@p1kef1sh (45647)
8 Nov 12
I find Billy Connolly and Stephen Fry as dull as ditchwater. They were funny but now seem to try too hard. Fry is particularly obnoxious as he has become the self-appointed king of pseuds. All that old fogey stuff. Bleh.... However, British comedy is what it is. Usually self-deprecating and deliberately has fun with established icons of what is 'Britishness'. There is a favourite saying that I like to use 'sacred cows make the best hamburgers' and that seems to embody the heart of British humour to me.
@p1kef1sh (45647)
9 Nov 12
New Tricks is/was wonderful but be warned it's all about to go horribly wrong. If you have the latest series you will know what happens to the line up. Also the other main characters less Denis Waterman have said that they are retiring at the end of this season so of it remains there will be a totally new lineup and that will take some getting used to. Otherwise you a already viewing pretty much the best that we offer at the moment. In fact you watch a lot of shows that I have never seen!
• Australia
9 Nov 12
We've deliberately avoided watching what is the current season in Australia so we can buy it when it is released here and watch it fresh, although the couple of trailers I have caught sight of do seem to still feature Waterman, so perhaps we are a season or two behind you. Lash
@Janey1966 (24127)
• Carlisle, England
7 Nov 12
I was sad to read about Clive Dunn. However, he has had a Good Innings and wouldn't you, living in Portugal lol. I really think the so-called 'comedy' of today is absolutely nothing like what we had in the 70s, 80s AND 90s (BlackAdder is a good example) and it's all gone downhill since 2000. Maybe it's the PC Brigade wielding its influence, who knows? I certainly don't laugh as much as I used to whenever I watch TV..only when repeats of 'Dad's Army' are on, ironically! At Mum's I watched a wonderful 'Arena' programme, first shown in 2001, about Eric Sykes. What a lovely guy..and he was very funny too.
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@p1kef1sh (45647)
8 Nov 12
I cannot stand some of the so called humour of today. 'Little Britain' is just toilet humour in my view. Eric Sykes was a comedy colossus and a real real loss.
@p1kef1sh (45647)
10 Nov 12
I liked the first series of 'My Family' but then it just got silly. That said it was the only sitcom on TV for a while. I agree with you about QI. Just a vehicle for the odious, puffed up Mr Fry.
@cher913 (25895)
• Canada
7 Nov 12
my hubby and i always get old tv show dvds out of the library and quite often, the actors have passed on but we enjoy them anyways.
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@p1kef1sh (45647)
7 Nov 12
Sometimes those are the funniest shows. There is some good stuff now, but somehow the old material is better.
@wolfie34 (26881)
• United Kingdom
7 Nov 12
Every Tuesday night my mum and I have a dvd night, we watch a film then afterwards we will put a comedy on, last night we watched Are You Being Served, when it finished and the names came up it occurred to me that most of the actors and actresses had past away, I don't think any of the original Are You Being Served cast are still alive. I never get fed up watching it, I am building my collection up, I didn't realize they made so many series of the comedy. They sure don't make them like that any more.
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@p1kef1sh (45647)
7 Nov 12
I am not so disciplined that I set aside a time to watch those shows but if I am channel hopping and I see one I'm there...hooked!
@dragon54u (31298)
• United States
7 Nov 12
I always feel sad and nostalgic when an aged comedian leaves us. The comedians of 40-50 years ago had to be funny and really worked at it. They were subtle and you could often enjoy their routine with your entire family--they could make racy jokes that sailed over the heads of younger people but struck an adult's raunchy funny bone. Today's comedians seem to compete as to how many filthy words they can use, how many people they can insult and how outrageous they can be. Really funny humor is a dying art.
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@p1kef1sh (45647)
7 Nov 12
Interestingly the TV channels here are devoting more and more time to old comedies. There must be something in it.
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@pumpkinjam (5700)
• United Kingdom
10 Nov 12
It is always sad but I don't know about feeling a void. Maybe it's because, by the time I get to see the programmes they made, they are all repeats and a lot of the performers had already passed on and those who hadn't were already old and/or retired. I was sad to hear about Clive but he was 92 and, as far as I can tell, had a good life.
@p1kef1sh (45647)
10 Nov 12
He had a very good life I think. When I was at school people used to ask if we were related. Same surname.
@HeartROB (434)
• Philippines
8 Nov 12
I wish I have seen that movie. It is really good to watch that kind of nowadays. We really need a good laugh now. It is really sad that great comedians are now leaving hope that new ones are as good as the old ones. Have a nice day always my friend, let us all have a good laugh always.
@p1kef1sh (45647)
8 Nov 12
I a sure that it is shown somewhere on satellite TV. I hope that you can see it one day.
@ElicBxn (60052)
• United States
7 Nov 12
I have certainly felt that way about some, others... well... not so much...
@p1kef1sh (45647)
8 Nov 12
Indeed.
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