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eBook Best of the Britcoms: From Fawlty Towers to The Office ePub

by Garry Berman

  • ISBN: 1589795660
  • Category: Television
  • Subcategory: Entertainment
  • Author: Garry Berman
  • Language: English
  • Publisher: Taylor Trade Publishing; Revised edition (January 16, 2011)
  • Pages: 194
  • ePub book: 1408 kb
  • Fb2 book: 1256 kb
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  • Rating: 4.8
  • Votes: 749

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17. Good Neighbors The Good Life. 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.

17. In a previous life, he was a video/TV producer and a contributor to British Television magazine. He lives in Westampton, NJ.

Just the right time for Best of the Britcoms. I pointed out the ways in which they were written and produced that made so many of them, in my humble opinion, creatively superior to their American counterparts.

Rising damp - Fawlty Towers - Good neighbors (The good life) - Open all hours .

Rising damp - Fawlty Towers - Good neighbors (The good life) - Open all hours - The fall and rise of Reginald Perrin - Bless me, father - Butterflies - Shelley - To the manor born). Britcoms of the 1990s (One foot in the grave - The piglet files - Waiting for God - Keeping up appearances - The Brittas Empire - As time goes by - Don't measure up - Britcoms on video).

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.

Best of the Britcoms celebrates the finest British television situation comedies to cross the Atlantic and grace American .

Best of the Britcoms celebrates the finest British television situation comedies to cross the Atlantic and grace American airwaves. The book, illustrated throughout with photographs of memorable scenes and casts, highlights the very best Britcoms, describing those programs noted for their superior quality, creativity, and popularity.

Best of the Britcoms book. I knew of many of the shows, some not seen in years - Butterflies, Reginald Perrin, The Good Life, Solo, Rising Damp, etc. Includes a pretty extensive cross reference section as well.

Party & Occasions. This book covers the most noteworthy situation comedies ever to cross the pond. Each entry has a show summary and descriptions of standout episodes and behind-the-scenes details.

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Best of the Britcoms. from Fawlty Towers to The office. Rev. ed. by Garry Berman. Published 2011 by Taylor Trade Pub. in Lanham. Situation comedies (Television programs).

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!

Comments

Xtani Xtani
I'm a Yank who is a huge fan of Britcoms. I've used the original edition of this book as a reference source since about 1999 IIRC. While this revised edition contains information on shows that have aired since the original edition, the information is scant and for some reason, there are very few photos -- even many of the photos from the original edition are gone -- the majority of the entries for a given show have no photos at all. As a Britcom fan, I hoped for more inside and detailed information, particularly cast listings (which are very brief and in many cases very incomplete). Also, rather than sample episode plot summaries withing the text of the descriptions of the shows, I'd like to have full episode guides.
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Matty Matty
I have been a fan of British comedies ever since I was in middle school, and ever since I've happily absorbed all information about Britcoms, familiar and unseen, that I can come across like a sponge. I had high expectations for this book, but, sadly, I was very disappointed with it. The author seems to have bitten off more than he could chew: he tried to compile too much information into too short a book, with too few details for each series as a result. This book is not so much a comprehensive reference of British TV comedies as it is a condensed guide for American viewers of British comedy watching PBS and various cable networks. Worst of all, there are inaccuracies peppered throughout the book that better research on the author's part could have rectified (and this isn't even the first edition!). In addition to these inaccuracies, there are occasional errors in punctuation and grammar, and the writing style occasionally gives the impression of inexperience with the written word. This book might be appropriate for a newcomer to British comedy trying to find his bearings, but any fan with even the smallest amount of viewing experience will quickly be hungering for something better written, more accurate, and containing more information.
Yanthyr Yanthyr
Some time ago after a meeting of some sort, I happened to call out, "You've all done very well!" and every person there laughed. If someone else ever uses the word "bucket," all you have to do is say "Pronounced bouquet" and very few will not get the reference. Or a simple "Nudge, nudge" might get knowing chuckles. Now for the very few of you who are wondering what that was all about, you have obviously never seen (in order) "Are YouBeing Served?" "Keeping Up Appearances," or even "Monty Python's Flying Circus." Although those three and many other exports from England are so familiar, very few of us over here know anything of their backgrounds. Well, the solution is now available from Taylor Publishing Company. Garry Berman's <Best of the Britcoms: from Fawlty Towers to Absolutely Fabulous> has just been issued.At $18.95 it is a goldmine of information about three sorts of British comedies: (1) those you know and love, (2) those you have known and loved but are not shown any more, and (3) those very popular over there but never shown over here. Of the over 30 programs discussed in the all too few 140 pages (I only wish it was longer) of this book, several are still around on the PBS stations other than the three mentioned above: "Red Dwarf," "'Allo! 'Allo!," "One Foot in the Grave," "Waiting for God," "The Vicar of Dibley," and more. ("Absolutely Fabulous" was a bit too much for Public TV and can be seen on the Comedy Channel with lots of commercials.) From the golden past we have "The Rise and Fall of Reginald Perrin," "Butterflies," "Yes, Minister [and] Yes, Prime Minister," "To the Manor Born," "The Black Adder," the fairly recent "Thin Blue Line," and others. As for those never seen in the Colonies, why don't you just look for yourself? You will see a lot of familiar faces, mind you, who went on to do things you have seen. Each entry gives us the years it was shown in Great Britain, and how many episodes were shown in all. You are then given the writers, directors and producers; told if any of the episodes are available on tape; and then you get the basic casts. What follows is the heart of the matter: anywhere from a half page to four pages of the history of the series (which is used in two senses in this book), comments from the critics, and personal reminiscences from members of the casts. For example, we learn that the basic idea of the maniacally rude Basil Fawlty (John Cleese) was based on an actual hotel owner at whose establishment the Monty Python group once stayed. And that the very first "Are You Being Served?" episode was hurriedly put on the air in 1972 when a telecast of the Olympics was suddenly canceled because of the massacre of the Israeli contestants. And things like that. The book starts with a general overview of British sitcoms and ends with some thoughts about American spin-offs. (You did know, of course, that "All in the Family" was based on the British series "Till Death Do Us Part"? Dear me, then you must read this book.) So give it a try and let me know what you think at our next candlelight supper.