BEST BRITISH SITCOM OF ALL TIME
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Best British sitcom of all time revealed: From Fawlty Towers to Absolutely Fabulous here’s the Top 20
Radio Times Best British Sitcoms
Much-loved: Fawlty Towers was named the best British sitcom
Fawlty Towers has been hailed as the greatest British sitcom of all time.
The list of the 20 best British sitcoms ever was compiled by a panel of television experts for Radio Times magazine, with John Cleese’s classic comedy coming out on top.
The show aired in 1975 and 1979 and dramatised the ups and downs of life in a sub-par Torquay hotel.
Cleese played the highly strung hotelier Basil Fawlty, with his then-wife Connie Booth co-writing and starring as waitress Polly.
Enduring: Fawlty Towers is still loved by comedy fans today (BBC)
Prunella Scales famously starred as Basil’s wife Sybil, with Andrew Sachs playing waiter Manuel.
The series, which ran for two series of six episodes, beat the likes of Father Ted, Blackadder, I’m Alan Partridge and Only Fools and Horses to claim the top spot.
“Fawlty Towers succeeds, I think, because it allows infantile rage and aggression a field day in a buttoned down, well-mannered English society,” Booth told the Radio Times.
“It’s unique in being a farce, with all the plot surprises and precision that the style requires. And it doesn’t hurt that the star of the show is a six-foot-five comic genius. If he was shorter I can’t imagine how it would have worked.”
“I was very lucky to be working at the BBC when decisions were taken by people who had actually made programmes,” Cleese said.
Classic: Only Fools and Horses also appeared in the top ten (BBC)
“What a cast. I’m proud we are up there with Porridge and Only Fools and Ab Fab and Blackadder and The Office and Reggie Perrin and The Thick of It.”
Arthur Mathews and Graham Linehan’s Father Ted came in second place, with I’m Alan Patridge and Blackadder taking the third and fourth spot respectively.
Dad’s Army, Only Fools and Horses and Absolutely Fabulous also featured in the top 10.
The list was voted for by a panel of 42 comedy experts including the likes of Richard Curtis, Barry Cryer and Alison Graham.
“When we find a comedy that does make us laugh, that brings a quick hit of joy into our lives, and we treasure it forever,” Graham said.
“In our memories, great comedies are pearls that become more burnished and beautiful through the years. Absence really does make the heart grow fonder.”
The Radio Times list in full:
- Fawlty Towers (1975-9, BBC Two)
- Father Ted (1995-8, Channel 4)
- I’m Alan Partridge (1997-2002, BBC Two)
- Blackadder (1983-9, BBC One)
- Dad’s Army (1968-77, BBC One)
- Only Fools and Horses (1981-2003, BBC One)
- Porridge (1973-8, BBC One)
- The Royle Family (1998-2012, BBC One)
- Absolutely Fabulous (1992-2012, BBC Two)
- Dinnerladies (1998-2000, BBC One)
- The Thick of It (2005-12, BBC Four and Two)
- The Office (2001-3, BBC Two)
- Peep Show (2003-15, Channel 4)
- The Vicar of Dibley (1994-2007, BBC One)
- The Fall and Rise of Reginald Perrin (1976-9, BBC One)
- The Young Ones (1982-4, BBC Two)
- Gavin & Stacey (2007-10, BBC Three and One)
- The Good Life (1975-8, BBC One)
- Detectorists (2014-17, BBC Four)
- Whatever Happened to the Likely Lads? (1973-4, BBC One)
The full feature appears in the Radio Times, covering 13th -19th April 2019.
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