Biggest prat in british comedy?

I’ve been watching some episodes of Blackadder (series 2 through 4), when it struck me…

No, not Baldrick’s unique odour, it hit me how similar the characters of Lord Flashheart and Ace Rimmer from Red Dwarf were, heck, they’re practically interchangable, both with a smug, gittiness about them

Who do you think the biggest prat in british comedy is?

from the Blackadder series we have;
Flashheart (played by Rik Mayall)
Edmund Blackadder (played by Rowan Atkinson)
Melchett (played by Stephen Fry)
Queen(ie) Elizabeth (played by Miranda Richardson)

from the Red Dwarf series we have;
Ace Rimmer (played by Chris Barrie)
Rimmer (Chris Barrie)

from the Young Ones series we have;
§Rick, the People’s Poet (played by Rik Mayall)
Vyvian Basterd (played by Adrian Edmonton)
Mike Thecoolperson (played by Christopher Ryan)

  1. Rick, the People’s Poet

  2. Basil fawlty

  3. Hugh Grant

I admit I’ve only seen Red Dwarf’s first six series, but I don’t remember Ace Rimmer being a prat or smug or git at all. (I’m not counting the sixth series episode where Rimmer morphed into an Ace-like version of himself in the execrable Polymorph II.) His character may have changed in later return appearances, but in his introduction, Ace was a genuinely generous, brave, selfless, skilled hero. That’s why everyone – except Rimmer, of course – loved him.

So I don’t see him as the equivalent to Lord Flashheart, who was definitely smug to the nth degree and so jerkish he stole his friend’s would-be bride right before the wedding.

As long as you’re naming folks from Black Adder, you should really add Capt. Darling from … Goes Fourth. Rick from The Young Ones is a great choice. Rimmer, especially in the earlier seasons, excelled as a prat of major proportions.

BTW, how’d you miss Brittas from The Brittas Empire? I’ve only seen a couple of episodes and he wears his gittishness like a mantle. I’d also add both bosses from The IT Crowd, the names of which escape me.

I never heard of the Brittas Empire, I’ll have to do a search for it…

As far as Flashheart and §Rick, it’s rather interesting that both are played by the same actor, Rik Mayall, he also played the imaginary “Fred” in the movie “Drop Dead Fred”, it seems Mayall has quite the talent for playing prats…

Mayall is sort of a one-trick pony but he’s very good at it. He also played Richie Rich in both Filthy, Rich and Catflap and Bottom - both roles were serious prats.

I’ve been watching The Thick Of It. Malcolm Tucker is just about the biggest asshole I’ve seen on any show ever. I don’t know if he can even be considered a prat since he does get things done but jeez is he scary…

Rik Mayall also plays the asshole politician Alan B’tard, who would qualify.

I don’t think Ace Rimmer or Blackadder really qualify as “Prats”… Basil Fawlty is definitely a prat, §Rick “The People’s Poet” is a prat, and Howard Moon & Vince Noir are also prats, IMHO.

Gordon Brittas is an excellent example of a prat, too, but he at least genuinely means well.

Lord Percy (also played by Tim McInnerny) from Blackader II also seems worthy of inclusion in this thread.

Duane Benzie from Spaced. What a douche.

Can’t really see Darling as a prat. Sure, he was a bit of a jerk, but in the end he did his duty like everybody else.

Russell Brand.

Reggie Perrin’s son Tom.

Among other things he called his children Adam and Jocasta and refers to them as “tiny adults”. He also brews his own nettle and parsnip wine.

Gary Strang (Martin Clunes) - Men Behaving Badly
Seconding Duane Benzie

Clever boys!

Father Ted: God I hate Father Dick Byrne!

Flashheart probably takes the crown though, the git. Not only is he full of himself, but everybody around him can’t see sense and confirms his brilliance for him.

Jeffrey Fourmile.

Brittas is a prime example of a prat.

However the alpha-prat of BritCom is without question Alan Partridge, A-Haaaaaaaa.

Darling is a git.

Need enlightenment, Brit-style: What’s the difference between a prat, a git, and a wanker?

I’m not a Brit but I play one on TV and am often mistaken for one, so I’ll try my hand at this small problem.

Git - Someone who has nothing to offer, and doesn’t act otherwise.

Prat - Someone who has nothing to offer, but acts otherwise.

Wanker - Someone who probably has nothing to offer, but acts like they’re the second coming of Christ.

In that case, Russell Brand is actually a wanker.