Let's talk about the funniest British comedy of the last decade

Not a deep Anglophile, but I did love Mongrels.

I only know what I see on Netflix but I really like The IT Crowd and The Snuff Box. The latter is bizarre and extremely dark but I think it is hysterical.

Just to clarify - the identity of the funniest British comedy of the last decade is not up for debate. It is Cabin Pressure. This is a fact. You are more than welcome to propose other candidates, I suppose, and I agree that many of these are fine shows in their own right. But you’re wrong. :smiley:

I think you’d like Garth Marenghi’s Darkplace too, if you haven’t seen it. It’s co-written and directed by Richard Ayoade and is wonderfully absurd.

I do agree. Wonderful stuff, especially “Lionel Nimrod”. I don’t think I have heard much of Lee’s solo stuff, but Herring’s though decent, is not nearly as good as what he did with Lee a few years back.

I’m a fan of the “Hut 33”, “Fags, Mags, and Bags”, “The Scarifyers”, but the two funniest are


and “Hamish and Dougal” 'You’ll have ‘ad your tea?’

Hilarious, and I would never have discover it without this thread. Thanks you, Mr. 'head!

Haven’t watched too many British comedies in the last decade, but I’ve been a fan of Nicholas Lyndhurst ever since The Piglet Files. I recently discovered After You’ve Gone, and I’m enjoying it a lot.

It’s no Piglet, though.

So, as I’d like to be enlightened further (because Benedict Cumberbatch), how would a poor American who is not allowed to pay the license fee (which doesn’t apply to radio anyway) able to get this thing?

^ post #14 contains a suggestion.

So does Post #4. :slight_smile:

The series are also apparently available on CD; and it might be worth checking your local public library to see if it has them.

In addition, the BBC sometimes makes some of its radio programs (or is that “programmes”?) available online, via podcast or streaming player, though AFAIK that doesn’t help you with Cabin Pressure.

Anyone else have any better ideas?

Cabin Pressure is great - thanks to this thread, I now own all four seasons.

AudioGo seems to have a sale going on - $3.99 per season as MP3s. Got all 4 for not much more than a single CD on Amazon.

Excellent. Bought the first season; I’ll give it a try soon enough to decide whehter I need to take advantage of the AudioGo sale for the rest.

those of you listening for the first time, please let us know what you think.

yellow car!

Ah, thanks for the heads-up!

Surely Coupling is the right answer? Or is it too old?

The BBC always makes all Radio 4 programmes, of which Cabin Pressure is one, available for free, worldwide, via streaming audio, both live as broadcast and for a week after from the Radio 4 web site: http://www.bbc.co.uk/radio4/programmes/schedules/fm.* Entertainment programmes such as this are usually then repeated (often several times, but when is hard to predict in advance) by Radio 4 Extra, which exists solely as streaming audio online, and can also be had both as a live stream and as separately streamed programs available for a week after the original “webcast”: http://www.bbc.co.uk/radio4extra/programmes/schedules.

Some shows are also available as podcasts at around the time of first broadcast, but selection is a bit arbitrary. I do not know if Cabin Pressure was ever available in podcast form.

I live in the UK now, but still I always listen to this stuff via the online streams, as I did when I lived in the USA.


*Actually, I am fairly sure that the BBC makes all its radio output (at least, all the nationally broadcast stuff) available for free worldwide via streaming audio. Radio 4 and Radio 4 Extra are the relevant for nearly all the comedy and drama, though (although there is occasionally a decent comedy show on Radio 2).

It’s a digital radio station too.

They do, the only exception is some rights-limited sports events.

Bloody BBC and its socialist funding model. If we’re not careful, they’ll be doing the same with healthcare soon.

I’ve enjoyed *The Old Guys . . . *mainly because I am one. Too bad there were only 12 episodes.