CLASSIC BRITISH COMEDY GIFT IDEAS
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Brush Strokes (1986-1991)
I'm a big Dave Allen fan, and I adored the Irish comedian's relaxed, care-free style, sitting on a bar stool and bringing us some very funny observational comedy, ocassionally puffing on his cigarette and sipping from a glass of whiskey. He wasn't afraid to voice his strong opinions on controversial subjects such as religion, sex and the media, showing us how absurd life really was (and still is!). One of his best-remembered lines is "I'm an atheist, thank God".
Man About The House (1973-76)
This 70s British sitcom starred Richard O'Sullivan as a young student chef, Robin Tripp, who shares a flat with young flatmates Chrissy (Paula Wilcox) and Jo (Sally Thomsett). Their landlord is George Roper (Brian Murphy) who is hen-pecked by his wife Mildred (Yootha Joyce) - they went on to have their own spin-off series.
Ask anyone to name an 80s comedy and this one will be mentioned 9 out of 10 times. An absolute classic from the BBC and there are too many memorable moments to fit onto one page. From the blow-up doll scene to Del Boy and his gang unscrewing the wrong chandelier during their stint as "expert" cleaners, everyone has a favourite moment. And the characters were fantastic, too, with David Jason and Nicholas Lyndhurst on top form as Del Boy and Rodney, and there was also the unforgettable dopey roadsweeper Trigger, played by the late Roger Lloyd-Pack, amongst many others. The complete collection DVD is a complete bargain, although, unlike in the series, this one is genuine!
This was, quite possibly, the funniest comedy of the 70s and ran for three series with two Christmas specials and a film. Porridge starred Ronnie Barker as prisoner Fletcher, Richard Beckinsale as his young and naive cellmate Godber, Fulton Mackay as the stern Scottish Principal Officer Mackay, and Brian Wilde as the more timid officer Mr. Barrowclough who could easily be manipulated by Fletch and the other prisoners. A true classic.
Terry Scott and June Whitfield played the middle class couple who lived in the suburbs of Purley, London. The comedy was a reworked version of the 70s sitcom Happy Ever After and ran for nine series with four Christmas specials on BBC1, attracting large viewing figures. It's quite odd that a box set of the complete series isn't available yet, but you can buy each series on separate DVD sets.
This underrated ITV comedy series starred Paul Bown as Malcolm, a reserved biker from the posh area of Merseyside who likes to watch birds (the feathered variety) and Emma Wray as Brenda, a loud, fun-loving scouser from a more working class area of Liverpool. They are an unlikely couple and Brenda is forced to endure Malcolm's hobby during their unstable relationship. The 9 disc DVD includes all 56 episodes of the much-loved series.