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  Situation comedy - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Sitcoms usually consist of recurring characters in a format in which there are one or more humorous story lines centred on a common environment, such as a family home or workplace.
British sitcoms, many from the BBC, are a staple on the government broadcaster Australian Broadcasting Corporation, the Australian equivalent of the BBC, and traditionally many have also been shown by the Seven Network.
Sitcoms broadcast in South Africa during the apartheid era were often English-language imports from the United States of America.
en.wikipedia.org /wiki/Situation_comedy   (3173 words)

  
 British sitcom - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
A British sitcom is a situation comedy (sitcom) produced in the United Kingdom.
Traditional sitcoms continued to prosper, however, with such shows as John Sullivan's Only Fools and Horses, which has dominated the British sitcom scene ever since and was voted "Britain's Best Sitcom" in the 2004 BBC poll of the same name.
In the United States, British sitcoms are rarely seen on the commercial networks, but are often seen on the Public Broadcasting Service and increasingly on cable television, including BBC America and Comedy Central.
en.wikipedia.org /wiki/British_sitcom   (2302 words)

  
 British sitcom
A British sitcom is a situation comedy (sitcom) produced in Great Britain.
British sitcom forms a distinct subgenre of the sitcom, and can be distinguished from its American cousin in that British situation comedies generally have shorter runs and a distinct style of humour.
Many British sitcoms are distributed worldwide by Lionheart Productions[?] and can been seen in the United States on stations that are part of the Public Broadcasting Service.
www.ebroadcast.com.au /lookup/encyclopedia/br/Britcom.html   (239 words)

  
 British Embassy, Warsaw Britcoms   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-07)
Paradoxically, the British sense of humour, thought to be peculiar, is slowly becoming a global one.
Sitcom is a type of a situation comedy, broadcasted as a TV series.
Unlike American sitcoms, which are often meant to „raise the spirits”, Britcoms are usually scathing satires of the society.
www.britishembassy.gov.uk /servlet/Front?pagename=OpenMarket/Xcelerate/ShowPage&c=Page&cid=1107295729062   (426 words)

  
 screenonline: Sitcom
Initially radio sitcoms of the time were simply transferred to television, but eventually the need for new material encouraged the development of shows and forms designed specially for the medium.
The period from 1970-79 in particular is often regarded as the 'Golden Age' of British sitcom.
Good sitcoms are a kind of virtual reality - they reflect the rhythms of everyday life, the pain of the human condition and, of course, the joy of laughter.
www.screenonline.org.uk /tv/id/445368   (1097 words)

  
 Bright Lights Film Journal | British Sitcom Spin-off Films
British radio and TV comedy had dabbled with the big screen before the sixties.
The original series, perhaps the most fondly remembered sitcom in British TV history, featured the adventures of a small-town branch of the "Home Guard" — a disparate group of men, too old to join the Army proper, who are "doing their bit" to defend the country from potential German attack during World War II.
Clearly, if the reinvented British sitcom spin-off is to sustain itself as a successful genre, it seems that localized laughs are out of the question.
www.brightlightsfilm.com /35/britishsitcoms1.html   (3000 words)

  
 The British Sitcom Spin-off Film 1968-80 (1)
Having been deterred from exploiting more dangerous material by the consistently overzealous British film censor, it was clear that the average, enterprising low-budget film producer was eyeing sitcom’s TV success with some envy.
Consequently, the sitcom spin-offs that flooded the screen, from On the Buses (1971) to Rising Damp (1980), became bread and butter to homegrown companies such as Hammer and British Lion.
Similarly, the defiantly unerotic and peculiarly British exploitation comedies of the time, such as the Confessions series, were all but finished by 1977, after a very short burst of suburban success.
www.britmovie.co.uk /features/upton/sitcom00.html   (1380 words)

  
 sitcoms trivia - Learn English bytes - British Council
The episode titles of the third series of the British sitcom Blackadder all use alliteration in a humorous parody of the titles of Jane Austen's novels Sense and Sensibility and Pride and Prejudice.
The first situation comedy is often said to be Sam and Henry which debuted on the Chicago clear-channel station WGN in 1926, and was partially inspired by the notion of bringing the mix of humor and continuity found in comic strips to the young medium of radio.
The British Council is the United Kingdom's international organisation for educational and cultural relations.
www.learnenglish.org.uk /trivia/sitcoms_trivia05.html   (463 words)

  
 OFF THE TELLY: Comedy/Funny Business
Seen by its star Robert Lindsay as an antidote to typical British sitcoms ("I thought they were caricatured and stereotyped, too quickly rehearsed and over-expansive because of the studio audience"), My Family is notable for the BBC in that it utilises proven American talent behind the camera.
The belief that the network has never been able to produce popular sitcoms is as accurate as the assertion that the British sitcom itself is in decline.
This is a difficult juggling act for any sitcom to take on, and the desire to extinguish any element that undermines the authenticity of the programme, must be tempered with the knowledge that the series' primary aim must be to make us laugh.
www.offthetelly.co.uk /comedy/funnybusiness.htm   (2970 words)

  
 British Sitcom Guide - Steptoe and Son - About   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-07)
"Steptoe and Son" is a landmark in British sitcom history as it set the standard against which all sitcoms were judged.
It was an absolute landmark, the first ‘proper’ sitcom in the sense that it featured actors playing actual characters as opposed to comedians playing extensions of themselves.
Landmark too, was the exploration of the misery, poverty and hopelessness of working class, even underclass, life on British television.
www.sitcom-guide.co.uk /steptoe_son/about.shtml   (634 words)

  
 British sitcoms
The American version of the hit British sitcom has delivered unsatisfying ratings despite the best efforts of an army of writers, executives, programmers and producers.
British television has occasionally adapted American shows, including a hit 1990 remake of "Who's the Boss?" while U.S. television has succeeded recently with reality programs such as "Dog Eat Dog" and American Idol," which originated in Britain.
Some of the short-lived failures: the remake of "Men Behaving Badly," which starred Rob Schneider as a layabout bachelor, and two renditions of John Cleese's revered 1975 British sitcom "Fawlty Towers" -1983's "Amanda's," starring a miscast Bea Arthur as the comic foil, and 1999's "Payne," with John Larroquette in the lead.
www.fredonia.edu /department/communication/schwalbe/britcom.htm   (827 words)

  
 Fawlty Towers
Considered to be one of the finest and funniest examples of British situation comedy, Fawlty Towers has become a critical and popular success throughout the world to the extent that all twelve of its episodes can stand as classics in their own right.
The series succeeded in combining the fundamentals of British sitcom both with the traditions of British theatrical farce and with the kind of licensed craziness for which John Cleese had already gained an international reputation in Monty Python's Flying Circus.
The British practice of making sitcoms in short series gave Cleese and Booth the luxury of painstaking attention to script and structure which was reflected in the show's consistent high quality.
www.museum.tv /archives/etv/F/htmlF/fawltytowers/fawltytowers.htm   (988 words)

  
 British Sitcom Guide - New Sitcoms and News   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-07)
Sitcom about a down on their luck couple who move into a flat previously occupied by a Professional Dominatrix.
A new sitcom which the BBC are billing as a 'comic cross between the Dukes of Hazzard and Cagney and Lacey'.
Pulling is a sitcom about a thirtysomething woman who ditches her reliable fiance to move in with a group of single girls.
www.sitcom-guide.co.uk /news.shtml   (2077 words)

  
 The Best of British - The American's guide to speaking British...
It is served for dinner with fried onions and gravy, in batter as toad in the hole or for breakfast with eggs, back bacon, mushrooms, fl pudding, fried potatoes, grilled tomatoes, toast and marmalade.
In the Epcot Centre in Florida, one of my American friends visited the "British Pub" where he ordered a pint of Guinness and his wife ordered a pint of "whatever was closest to American beer".
If you are ever lucky enough to encounter real scones (with or without currants), in England or on a British Airways flight, cut the scone in half and spread the jam on each half, top it off with the cream and enjoy it WITH a cup of tea.
www.effingpot.com /food.shtml   (6634 words)

  
 Impressionist (entertainment) article - Impressionist (entertainment) Britain impersonator 1970s British television ...   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-07)
Props may also be employed, such as glasses or hats, but these are now considered somewhat old fashioned and cumbersome: the voice is expected to carry the act.
During the 1970s British television was awash with impressions of Frank Spencer, a character from a hugely popular British sitcom called Some Mothers Do 'Ave 'Em.
This may have been because Frank had such distinctive mannerisms and dress sense which gave performers a number of visual shortcuts to cover for failings in their abilities.
www.what-means.com /encyclopedia/Impressionist_(entertainment)   (218 words)

  
 Whitfield, June
The British "new wave" of comedy which began to make serious inroads into British television in the 1980s provided Whitfield with further opportunities.
Absolutely Fabulous was a groundbreaking British sitcom of the 1990s, with a dazzling mix of politically incorrect, outrageousness, and savage wit.
She is not the only funny woman of British television to have had such a comedy-support career, but she is arguably the busiest.
www.museum.tv /archives/etv/W/htmlW/whitfieldju/whitfieldju.htm   (639 words)

  
 BBC NEWS | Entertainment | TV and Radio | British sitcom set to follow Friends
Hartswood Films, which makes the British show, said the mother, daughter and son-in-law trio behind it will also be responsible for the US version and will not water-down its risqué story lines.
It follows the lives of six thirty-something friends "making their way across the minefield of love and relationships" and was criticised after its launch for imitating Friends too closely.
British writer Steven Moffat based the show on his relationship with his wife, Coupling producer Sue Vertue, and their friends.
news.bbc.co.uk /1/hi/entertainment/tv_and_radio/2053407.stm   (425 words)

  
 British Sitcom Guide - Website Links   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-07)
Search for any sitcom to find out who was in it and what else the actors have been in.
It mainly revolves around British standup comedians however there is some sitcom news on there.
British Comedy on American TV Valdefierro is a lovingly created shrine to British comedy from an American perspective.
www.british-sitcom.co.uk /website_links.shtml   (436 words)

  
 British comedy feature
This was the golden age of British sitcom, but film versions ranged from disappointing to mind-blowingly awful, as scriptwriters struggled to expand formulas devised specifically for half-hour slots.
There were no fewer than nine films based on TV sitcoms in 1973 alone, including Nearest and Dearest, in which pickle factory-owners Hylda Baker and Jimmy Jewel go on holiday to Blackpool, and the infamous Love Thy Neighbour, which treated racism as a joke, but lacked Speight's wit and irony.
The popularity of sitcom films quickly fell away as producers scraped the bottom of the barrel, though Porridge made it to the big screen in 1979, and even secured an American cinema release under the title Doing Time.
www.iofilm.co.uk /feats/featkevinandperry.htm   (1004 words)

  
 The British Sitcom Spin-off Film 1968-80 (2)
Before long, companies were funding film versions of sitcoms that one might generously describe as pedestrian (Love Thy Neighbour;1973, Father Dear Father; 1973), as well as those that have since sunk into complete obscurity (Never Mind the Quality, Feel the Width; 1972, That’s Your Funeral; 1972, For the Love of Ada; 1973).
Of the two, The Likely Lads is the more flawed film, centring as it does around a rather inane caravan episode, not unlike the lethargic escapades of a later Carry On or the obligatory trips of other spin-offs.
Every success like Bean, and, for that matter, Notting Hill and Bridget Jones’s Diary, is grist to the publicity mill that says British cinema is on the up, but it also represents that we have McDonald’s where greasy cafés or pubs used to be.
www.britmovie.co.uk /features/upton/sitcom01.html   (1460 words)

  
 For 'Family' Britcom, it's all in the writing   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-07)
The experiment was such a success that Barron eventually left the show to join the BBC full-time to develop and be the showrunner on new team-written sitcoms for the British broadcaster.
Now DLT is looking to bring its British hit to the United States in its original form and is in talks with several major cable outlets to pick up the repeats.
Most British shows end up on public TV partly because of the pace and partly because of the (low) number of episodes available.
www.hollywoodreporter.com /thr/icopyright_display.jsp?vnu_content_id=2043657   (595 words)

  
 BBC - Britain's Best Sitcom - Homepage
After weeks of voting, Del Boy, Rodney and Co. were given the ultimate comedy accolade.
We've got fascinating extra info about the Top 10 finalists, along with exclusive clips and quotes from celebrities, stating why they thought their chosen sitcoms were the best.
Brighten up your PC with a selection of brand new comedy wallpapers and a selection of e-cards to send to your friends.
www.bbc.co.uk /sitcom   (167 words)

  
 Sitcom Today   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-07)
Singer's sitcom gives her a break from sad songs
Reba McEntire says she loves being on a sitcom because it allows her to be funny in a way she never could in her music career.
LAMONT Bentley, an actor who appeared in more than a dozen films and TV shows but was best known for his role on the comedy series Moesha, died early last Wednesday in...
archive.wn.com /2005/01/30/1400/sitcomtoday   (524 words)

  
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And that's amazing because the show is taken almost word for word from the well-written British scripts (with some language and scenes censored for American audiences).
At any rate, the original British series (just released on DVD, by the way) is clever enough that we'll give the American version a chance to blossom.
Those are believed to be the highest ratings the sitcom ever pulled down locally and nationally.
www.cincinnati.com /text/post/2003/10/03/broad092503.html   (487 words)

  
 British Sitcom Guide - Alan Partridge
Despite being a total loser Alan is still under the impression he is a major media star.
The Alan Partridge character, played so well by Coogan, is one of the most embarrassing but at the same time funny sitcom characters created.
The first and second series were a joy to watch however many consider the latest third series a let down on the previous two.
www.sitcom.co.uk /alan_partridge   (220 words)

  
 Boston.com / A&E / TV / Why he stopped giving at 'The Office'
Even after becoming the first British television show to be nominated for (and win) two Golden Globe Awards, Gervais says doltish boss David Brent and the rest of the crew at paper company Wernham Hogg will not be returning to the small screen.
There's probably not a British influence in there, and if it is, it's from real life, and not a sitcom.
I've loved British sitcoms for the first two seasons, and then they go bad.
www.boston.com /ae/tv/articles/2004/11/14/why_he_stopped_giving_at_the_office?mode=PF   (1127 words)

  
 screenonline: Rising Damp (1974-78)   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-07)
Traditionally the BBC made the British classics, largely because a structure was in place to encourage script development, there were regular repeats to build audiences and commercial pressures were less intense.
), is one of British sitcom's greatest female characters.
What could have been just a set of sexist spinster clichés is instead both hilarious and touching.
www.screenonline.org.uk /tv/id/579131   (389 words)

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