Fun Friday #4: The Book Group

Continuing the series of sharing my favourite comedy shows. This week is the turn of a long-forgotten hidden gem from 2002, The Book Group. Odds are that you’ve never seen or even heard of The Book Group, which is such a shame, because it is one of the funniest things you’re likely to see. Set in Scotland, it revolves around Claire, an American who had just moved to Glasgow. In a desperate attempt to make new friends, she forms a book group. However, the people who come along are most definitely not the sort of friends that Claire is seeking. … Continue reading Fun Friday #4: The Book Group

Fun Friday #3: Green Wing

Green Wing, set in a British hospital,¬† must surely be one of the funniest, most inventive, and surreal TV sitcoms ever. I love it. It follows a group of hospital employees as they go about their working lives. Sue White (played by Michelle Gomez) is my favourite character; there’s a strong whiff of psychopath about her, and she’s incredibly funny. See below for the evidence. Exhibit A Exhibit B Exhibit C Green Wing was broadcast on Channel 4, between 2004 and 2006, and the cast included Michelle Gomez, Tamsin Greig, Stephen Mangan, and Sally Phillips. The entire series is available … Continue reading Fun Friday #3: Green Wing

Fun Friday #2: Nighty Night

Second in a new series, looking at my favourite comedy shows. This week: Nighty Night Nighty Night¬†originally aired in 2004 on BBC Three before moving to BBC Two, and only lasted for two series. This is probably my most favourite comedy show EVER. It reflects my love of dark comedy (and believe me, Nighty Night is one of the darkest things you’ll ever watch). I really admire and respect Julia Davis, who not only wrote the script, but also stars in it as the lead character Jill Tyrell, a narcissistic sociopath, who tries to seduce her married neighbour, no matter … Continue reading Fun Friday #2: Nighty Night

Fun Friday #1: Roseanne

First in a new series, looking at my favourite comedy shows. This week: Roseanne. Roseanne¬†originally aired from 1988 until 1997, and for me, was essential Friday night viewing on Channel 4 (at least in the UK; in the US it was broadcast on ABC). I loved how the show mixed up serious issues along with the comedy; the show tackled sexism, homophobia, unemployment, poverty, drugs, alcoholism, puberty, racism, abuse and, of course, the trials and tribulations of family life. It was even produced by someone called Marcy Carsey; what a fantastic comedy name, almost as good as Barbara Broccoli. Unlike … Continue reading Fun Friday #1: Roseanne