“I may not have many O Levels but I recognize a cathedral when there isn’t one.” – Clara Burrell-Danby (Pauline Collins), somewhat explaining why she gets so muddled when she thinks of Hamstead, NO, HONESTLY
“I’m afraid it’s started to rain again.” – Sybil Fawlty (Prunella Scales), delivering the very last line, FAWLTY TOWERS
“I must warn you – I’m only available for the next twenty-four hours.” – Marina (Jean Fergusson), playing less than hard to get, LAST OF THE SUMMER WINE
What character delivers the first line in the very first episode of ARE YOU BEING SERVED?
As far as Britcoms go, is there a show that seems to be more beloved than ARE YOU BEING SERVED? Certainly there is more erudite fare and even better written and better acted material. But there’s something about this innuendo-laden farce that just delights so many. Continue reading
“Well, thank you Rector, it was a lovely funeral. We must have one again sometime.” – Audrey fforbes-Hamilton (Penelope Keith) to the Rector (Gerald Sim) after her husband’s burial, TO THE MANOR BORN
“Having a conversation with you is like jumping off a cliff. However exhilarating it is to start with, you know there’s going to come a time when you are really going to regret it.” – Tom Ballard (Graham Crowden) to Diana Trent (Stephanie Cole), WAITING FOR GOD
On THE VICAR OF DIBLEY, when Alice walked down the aisle on her wedding day, she was followed by two children dressed as what?
THE VICAR OF DIBLEY starred Dawn French as Geraldine Granger, the jolly, down-to-earth female reverend of a small country village inhabited by oddballs. It is one of the most successful Britcoms of the digital era and consistently ranked among the top British Comedies in viewer polls. The series ran for twenty episodes between 1994 and 2007 (two series and ten specials).
The cast of colorful characters that populated the fictional Oxfordshire village was often a source of the humor, allowing for Geraldine to act as the down-to-earth fish-out-of-water. One of the most endearing was Alice Tinker, Geraldine’s verger. Played by Emma Chambers (who sadly passed away in 2018 at 53), Alice was dense and scatterbrained, often misunderstanding the most basic of concepts – and rarely getting the vicar’s jokes. Continue reading
“If you give us any more trouble I shall visit you in the small hours and put a bat up your nightdress!” – Basil Fawlty (John Cleese), snidely telling off a hotel guest, FAWLTY TOWERS
“Why is Penny’s gravy always grey?” “D’you know, I was wondering that.” “It tastes all right.” “Yes, oddly enough it does. It’s just not aesthetically pleasing, grey gravy.” – Lionel Hardcasle (Geoffrey Palmer) and Jean Pargetter (Judi Dench), discussing the culinary prowess of Jean’s sister-in-law, AS TIME GOES BY
“We never hit it off, my father and I. We only once had a real conversation. He asked me what I wanted to be and I said, ‘An orphan!'” – Gareth Blackstock (Lenny Henry), CHEF!