A Bit Of Fry And Laurie 3x06. Sketch (Englisch) Moviepilot. In addition, the show was punctuated with non sequitur vox pops in a similar style to those of Monty Python's Flying Circus, often making irrelevant statements, heavily based on wordplay. Much like his cover of "Love Me Tender", this song appears to be Laurie's attempt at seriousness, at least until he reaches the part when he must actually sing what everyone is supposed to do to build a better society. [9], All four series, and the pilot, of A Bit of Fry & Laurie are available to stream on Amazon's Prime Video service.[10]. On iPlayer. A running gag in which either Fry or Laurie, after mentioning another character by name, follows with "no relation" as if implying that their names—which are invariably completely different from Fry and Laurie's names—would lead viewers into believing them to be a relative. Freddy (Laurie; character later renamed 'Neddy') is a meek, quiet man with a noticeable overbite. Hugh Laurie has said he and Stephen Fry "often" discuss reforming their comedy double act, 25 years after their sketch show, A Bit of Fry and Laurie, ended. Episode 6. Stephen Fry and Hugh Laurie choose some poems suitable for the modern world with its short attention spans and commuter trains. 29:29. Derek Nippl-e reports a car mishap to the police. John and Peter are invariably exhorting one another to greater efforts on behalf of their relatively insignificant businesses, with their shouted catchphrases "Damn!" The full version is intact on the Series 1 DVD. There was also a similar sketch called In the Bath With... on the radio series Saturday Night Fry. A Bit of Fry & Laurie was a British television sketch comedy show, starring and written by Stephen Fry and Hugh Laurie, broadcast by the BBC between 1989 and 1995. var cx = '013150566445813836870:WMX-1835294088'; This song is thematically and musically very similar to "America". While he does this, Fry entreats Laurie to play the closing theme by saying, "Please, Mr Music, will you play? He also performed this song on BBC's Comic Relief telethon in 1993, and in 2006 alongside his hosting duties on an edition of, This page was last edited on 22 September 2020, at 21:53. Playing the piano, he sings "Where is the lid?" One written sketch entitled "Dammit 3" was unaired; those actually shown in the programme went straight from "Dammit 2" to "Dammit 4". Fry and Laurie explored a seemingly inexhaustible list of subjects with a delicious turn of phrase and elaborate wordplay. ", a phrase Fry took from the Anglia TV children's TV show Romper Room. 6 / 6 The final episode this series of Hugh Laurie and Stephen Fry's comedy sketch show. The official authorised Fry & Laurie story, Soupy Twists by Jem Roberts, was published by Unbound in 2018. A sketch from 'A Bit of Fry & Laurie' Stephen enters a bookshop. Both have since used this phrase outside the series to refer to the other, for example on chat shows, the dedication in Fry's novel The Stars' Tennis Balls which reads "To m'colleague", as well as the one in his second autobiography, The Fry Chronicles, which reads "To m'coll". A running joke had one character adding "if you'll pardon the pun" mid-conversation, when there had, in fact, been no pun uttered. and "Dammit John!". Such insertions became less frequent in the last two series. "M'colleague" is a phrase that Fry and Laurie began using during the second series to refer to each other. Each episode of Series 3 and 4 ends with Stephen Fry preparing a ridiculously named and even more ridiculously concocted cocktail. Tony Murchison is Subsection Chief of the East Germany and Related Satellites Desk, who brings Control his morning coffee. Episode 7 7 / 6 Janine Duvitski and Robert Daws join Hugh Laurie and Stephen Fry for the final show. During a sketch where Fry had supposedly removed Laurie's brain, Laurie came out and said that he had just finished watching Noel Edmonds and that he is fantastic.[4]. The script for this sketch is available in the script books and online.[8]. Hugh Laurie Interviews Michael Jackson - A Bit of Fry and Laurie - BBC. The last series was the least well-received, for a number of reasons: BBC1 was not the best place to showcase Fry and Laurie's arch humour; it featured celebrity guests in all but one episode, an addition which neither Fry nor Laurie approved; and it was shown not long after Stephen Fry's nervous breakdown in 1995, which cast a shadow over the series. The pair would later attack what they saw as the Act's malign after effects in the sketch "It's a Soaraway Life", a parody of It's a Wonderful Life evoking a world in which Rupert Murdoch never existed. Pan across to find Hugh with a blood-soaked knife, standing over the bodies of an elderly couple. Video (youtube.com) Video (youtube.com) Hugh is a young and surprisingly handsome chat-show host on a young and surprisingly awful Channel Four chat-show. On the series 3 DVD for Region 1, the sketch which features Laurie and Fry singing The Beatles' "Hey Jude" has been omitted. I was fortunate to have met an internet correspondence several years ago, who was kind enough to share his set of scripts, which he had painstakingly converted to html. Both in Series 3 and 4, Fry precedes the question with increasingly silly introductions: The catchphrase "soupy twist" is said by both Laurie and Fry at the end of each episode of series 3 and 4 (save the Series 3 closer), in a manner similar to 'cheers'. She comes into the sitting-room, and screams. The show did not shy away from commenting on issues of the day. Jack then stabbed Neddy in the back with his own Stanley knife. In series 2, Saint-Saëns is not credited for the end music ("Finale" from The Carnival of the Animals) until the second half of the series. ... Stephen Fry and Hugh Laurie's eccentric sketch show Homepage. 5:35. Partly because of the announcement that GeoCities was to close , but mostly out of devoted fandom, I downloaded the website and repurposed its preformatted text – partly by hand but mostly via regular expressions – to preserve its usefulness for the long term. ": Laurie announces that he has written a "savage, angry" song about "jars that become separated from their lids". The first three series were screened on BBC2, the traditional home for the BBC's sketch shows, while the fourth series switched to the mainstream BBC1. The 36-minute pilot was broadcast on BBC1 at 11:55 pm on Boxing Day 1987, although it was later edited down to 29 minutes for repeat transmissions (including broadcasts on the Paramount Comedy Channel). Laurie ignores Fry and continues to play until Fry punches him. A sketch from 'A Bit of Fry & Laurie' Hugh and Stephen are in a London club sort of place. In the background, Fry finds a stray lid, and tries it on an open jar sitting on the piano; it fits, and he pleads with Laurie to stop singing as the lid has been found and restored to its jar. A Bit of Fry & Laurie is a British sketch comedy television series written by and starring former Cambridge Footlights members Stephen Fry and Hugh Laurie, broadcast on both BBC1 and BBC2 between 1989 and 1995. [11], Learn how and when to remove this template message, "A Bit of Fry and Laurie - streaming online", "Watch A Bit of Fry and Laurie - Season 1 | Prime Video", Stephen Fry's Incomplete and Utter History of Classical Music, https://en.wikipedia.org/w/index.php?title=A_Bit_of_Fry_%26_Laurie&oldid=979804022, Short description is different from Wikidata, Articles needing additional references from November 2018, All articles needing additional references, Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike License, "I say, as I like to on these occasions, those six refreshing words that unlock the door to sophisticated evening happiness. The characters discuss issues of national security with childish simplicity to parody the typically sparse details viewers were often afforded in British films of a similar genre. The two performers met at Cambridge University – through mutual friend Emma Thompson, no less – and went on to make several TV series together in the ‘80s and ‘90s, including the classic sketch show A Bit of Fry & Laurie.. Directed by Roger Ordish. Two compilations were broadcast on BBC Radio 4 on 11 August 1994. Laurie was also seen playing piano and a wide variety of other instruments and singing comical numbers. Seated in an improbably large gold-buttoned leather chair, he indulges in elaborate and often pointless wordplay: "It is called 'Flowers for Wendy', but might it not rather have been called 'You have been Warned'? [pause] No, it might not." A Bit Of Fry And Laurie S02E01. There were two written, but unaired, sketches featuring the pair, entitled "Spies Five" and "Spies/Twin"—the latter revealing that Control (whose real name was, in fact, Control) had a twin brother also named Control, who painted erotic murals in Earl's Court. A sketch from 'A Bit of Fry & Laurie' Swearing. They also drink very, very excessively. Laurie later played the song when appearing on an episode of Inside the Actors Studio in 2006. A short musical interlude from 1992 that is depressingly topical. . Comedy sketches written and performed by renowned duo Stephen Fry and Hugh Laurie. I say:" (Series 4, episode 3), "And now into the cocktail shaker of my mouth I throw these six words: You Please Music Mr Will Play. A Bit Of Fry And Laurie S04e05. Release Calendar DVD & Blu-ray Releases Top Rated Movies Most Popular Movies Browse Movies by Genre Top Box Office Showtimes & Tickets Showtimes & Tickets In Theaters Coming Soon Coming Soon Movie News India Movie Spotlight When he reaches the end of the song, he repeats the line "All we gotta do is..." several times, and then resumes playing the harmonica. A Bit of Fry & Laurie 250px Title screen from the first series of A Bit of Fry & Laurie' Television show information Created by Stephen Fry Hugh Laurie Written by Stephen Fry Hugh Laurie Starring Stephen Fry Hugh Laurie Deborah Norton (Series 1) Geoffrey McGivern (Series 2) Country of origin United Kingdom Original language(s) English Production Broadcast Original network BBC1, BBC2 Chronology Laurie's musical talents featured on the show in the form of plot points in a sketch and satirical songs. A Bit of Fry and Laurie - Slightly Mad Eventually, Marjorie defeated the pair in the health club business off-screen, leading the two to run a public toilet and later the Diocese of Uttoxeter (John as Bishop, Peter as Executive Vice-Bishop). Much of the humour in these sketches arises from the stilted, amateurish, and inappropriate performance style. A lesbian-obsessed lawyer, a miserable English teacher, and a young couple who baptize their infant for business reasons provide plenty of fodder for the critics' self-absorbed rambling. Season: OR . gcse.src = 'https://cse.google.com/cse.js?cx=' + cx; Control (Fry) and Tony Murchison (Laurie) are two excessively nice secret agents who first appear in series 1 of the show. I visited it a lot. A sketch from 'A Bit of Fry & Laurie' Chatshow. I really hope you enjoy it as much as I continue to. Directed by Roger Ordish. "A Bit Of Fry And Laurie" was a sketch series written by and starring Stephen Fry and Hugh Laurie. Best sketch from "A Bit of Fry and Laurie" by Leox Xxen. "Where is the Lid? This wonderful archive of Fry & Laurie scripts once had a home as part of the now-defunct GeoCities website. Popular A Bit of Fry and Laurie & Sketch comedy videos . 2:41. With Stephen Fry, Hugh Laurie, Deborah Norton, Geoffrey McGivern. Stephen Freddy.. Hugh Oh, good heavens, Jack, I didn't see you there.. Stephen Good evening, Freddy.. Hugh Well, good evening, Jack.. Stephen Now then, Freddy you're a decent sort of chap. This causes Stuart great consternation as he attempts to conceal his own inabilities and maintain his reputation as an intelligent and competent businessman. The hilarity-included regular acts such as not so super spy Tony Mercheson and his boss Control, yuppies, John and Peter, as well as the concluding cocktail recipe to the accompaniment of Mr Music with plenty of Vox Pops. s.parentNode.insertBefore(gcse, s); It's not a straight port. As a service to the public, Fry and Laurie provide two TV critics to deride the show. comedy asked me. After much fan-driven petition, the first series of A Bit of Fry and Laurie, plus the pilot, was released on DVD on 3 April 2006 in Region 2. ", is an attack on the Broadcasting Act of 1990 and the perceived motivations of those who supported it. Mr Dalliard is a non-appearing character in various sketches, all taking place in a shop environment. Directed by Roger Ordish. To the best of my knowledge, all of these books are no longer in print. 7:24. Between sketches, both Laurie and Fry appear as people in the street, including a police officer; a drifting geek; a woman who suddenly remembers she has "left the iron on"; a pensioner who says that he "wouldn't suck it", without specifying what 'it' is and then walking off laughing; an old conservative; and others. A sketch about a Shakespeare masterclass ("an actor prepares"), where a teacher (Stephen Fry) with delusions of grandeur gives pretentious, nonsensical acting advice to his eager student (Laurie). gcse.type = 'text/javascript'; Drive. var s = document.getElementsByTagName('script')[0]; 29:07. Recently Viewed . He often bullies and patronises the mild-mannered Gordon, who in fact displays far greater knowledge and better control of the situation. 6 / 6 Off-the-wall comedy sketches with Stephen Fry and Hugh Laurie. For your enjoyment, here are some of the very best moments from “A Bit of Fry & Laurie” Contains adult humour. Region 1 versions of the first two series were released in the United States and Canada on 22 August 2006. Video (youtube.com) Video (youtube.com) Stephen and Hugh enter with their mouths gagged with tape, like anti-nuclear protestors (according to Hugh, who knows about these things). Drive. [1], The show began its full run at 9 pm on Friday 13 January 1989. "There Ain't But One Way": Laurie and Fry, dressed as two, "Too Long Johnny": Laurie appears dressed completely in black and wearing a red, "What I Mind": Laurie on piano and accompanied by a, "The Protest Song": Laurie again provides himself with a backup band and plays acoustic guitar as well as harmonica. Get the IMDb App. (This is immediately followed by a mini-feature about Laurie's "death".) Highlights include a puppy who has had a hard life: the conversational pull of the Book of Genesis versus that of girlfriends' breasts; and a retirement home resident who, at 94, decides he wants to suck the marrow (or more specifically, the oral sex) out of life. The show began because something else did not. Amazon UK released a complete box set (all 4 series) on 30 October 2006, along with series 4 itself. As in The Two Ronnies, elaborate wordplay and innuendo were staples of its material. The Warlord (guitarist) is dressed as a typical rocker, whereas the Bishop (vocalist) is dressed in his normal vestments, and one black fingerless glove. The Bishop (Fry) and the Warlord (Laurie) first appear in series 1, episode 4. The sketch is a parody of television drama of the period such as BBC TV's Howards' Way, which depicted relatively small-scale businessmen as larger-than-life, world-weary, passionate, and tormented. })(); This wonderful archive of Fry & Laurie scripts once had a home as part of the now-defunct GeoCities website. [5] Fry then shakes the cocktail while dancing eccentrically and serves it to Laurie (in Series 3) or the guest performers (in Series 4), while Laurie plays the piano and imitates the sound of a muted trombone. The stories told were often in the style of The Twilight Zone. With Stephen Fry, Hugh Laurie, Deborah Norton. I give a brief shake [he shakes his head and makes "brr" noises], and I pour out this golden phrase:" (Series 4, episode 4), "And as I prepare your Swinging Ballsacks, I ask this question, in accordance with known principles:" (Series 4, episode 5), "While I mix these, I turn to the debonair doyen of the dance and I ask as askingly as I might this ask:" (Series 4, episode 6), [Preparing a "Modern Britain"] "But perhaps, somewhere, you might be inspired to add one small, tender, caring cherry of hope. mournfully and repetitively. Stuart is brash, arrogant and with a hugely inflated sense of his abilities in and out of the office. His songs include: Four collections of A Bit of Fry and Laurie scripts have been published. I remember A Bit of Fry and Laurie from the late 80s/early 90s, and it was always the highlight of the week. Though the programme mostly consisted of one-time situations and sketches, a few characters appeared over several episodes and series. A Bit of Fry & Laurie is a British sketch comedy television series written by and starring former Cambridge Footlights members Stephen Fry and Hugh Laurie, broadcast on both BBC1 and BBC2 between 1989 and 1995. I'm sorry", and resume the conversation. John (Fry) and Peter (Laurie) are hard-driving, hard-drinking executives who are always partners, no matter what business they happen to be running; in most of their sketches they run a health club. Performance of the three word song, "America". Hugh is the assistant. [3], Noel Edmonds was also a frequent target. A customer in a shoe shop is surprised to learn that the shoes are not for sale, but actually available for pleasures of the flesh, he is eventually tempted by Fredericka the moccasin. I wonder. Episode 5 5 / 6 Another half-hour of events designed to make you laugh, with Stephen Fry and Hugh Laurie. Every time he reaches this part, as if unable to think of an actual course of action to save the world, he mumbles incoherently in to the microphone. Control is head of SIS, the British secret service. Gelliant (Fry) is the host of short horror programme The Seventh Dimension, who presents bizarre and nonsensical stories such as "Flowers for Wendy" and "The Red Hat of Patferrick". A Bit of Fry & Laurie - Topic; 159 videos; 1,695 views; Last updated on Mar 12, 2020 In the broadcast version, the music was from the soundtrack of "The Sea Hawk" but instead a new piece of music has been used, drowning out most of the dialogue in the process. The third series followed in October 2006. He is the host of several talk shows, each one devoted to an odd action performed by the host and the guest during the course of the interview. It ran for four series and totalled 26 episodes, including a 36-minute pilot episode in 1987. It was the first pilot Fry and Laurie had produced for the BBC since 1983; their previous attempt, The Crystal Cube, had not met with the BBC's approval. I greatly appreciate his generosity. A man quizzes an Information Desk attendant. Their antagonist in every business operation is the diabolical Marjorie (John's ex-wife). A sketch in the second series, in which a Conservative government minister is strangled while Stephen Fry screams at him "What are you doing to the television system? It frequently broke the fourth wall; characters would revert into their real-life actors mid-sketch, or the camera would often pan off set into the studio. Year: ... TV Comedy Sketch UK a list of 39 titles created 15 Dec 2018 See all related lists » Share this page: Clear your history. Episode 5. The character was originally modelled upon a similar figure named Peter Mostyn whom Laurie had earlier portrayed on Saturday Live. It ran for four series and totalled 26 episodes, including a 36-minute pilot episode in 1987. I have only created a means of accessing them. A cad of a talk show host gets a dressing down by a guest author. and the first character would say, "Oh, wasn't there one? A man has come in to make a statement to the police, but his surname is proving rather hard to spell. They are portrayed as the world's leading "light metal" band (as opposed to heavy metal). 3. There is a copyright-related music edit on the series 1 DVD during the final sketch of episode 6 ("Tony of Plymouth (Sword Fight)"). Jack (Fry) is an eyepatch-wearing, imposing man who belongs to an unnamed organisation. He recruits Freddy to participate in several of the organisation's efforts for the "cause", which he states to be freedom, although this may be hyperbolic. What are you doing to the country? I visited it a lot . A sketch from 'A Bit of Fry & Laurie' Jane gets back home. Back up to: A Bit of Fry and Laurie. One reviewer said that, perhaps owing to this, Fry got more of the laughs, while Laurie was increasingly relegated to the "straight man" role.[2]. Hugh (In reference to whatever sketch has finished) Well that was the unmistakable sound. In Australia, A Little Bit of Fry & Laurie: Series One Episodes 1–3 (Comedy Bites) was released on 4 March 2010. Stephen remembers 'The day I forgot my legs' and there is a special version of A Question of Sport's 'What Happened Next?' Hugh Well, I, yes, I think so Jack, yes, I try to be a decent sort of chap, yes. A Bit of Fry and Laurie (1987–1995) Episode List. The first such song, "Mystery", parodies a mournful love song from a lounge singer (Laurie mimics the vocal mannerisims of Sammy Davis Jr.) and presents the obstacles to a relationship between the singer and the object of affection, which become more outlandish every verse: she lives in a different country, would probably have a problem with the singer's job ("with the Thames Water Authority"), has never actually met and may indeed "take a violent dislike" to the singer, and has been dead since 1973 ("fifteen years come next Jan-uary"). It's a Soaraway Life: The Rupert Murdoch Sketch A Bit of Fry and Laurie originally broadcast between 1989 and 1995. He is behind his desk. The series made numerous jokes at the expense of the Tory prime ministers of the time, Margaret Thatcher and John Major, and one sketch depicted a televised "Young Tory of the Year" competition in which a young Conservative (Laurie) recites a deliberately incoherent speech consisting only of nonsense political buzzwords, such as "family values" and "individual enterprise". With Stephen Fry, Hugh Laurie, John Grillo. Here are some of my favourites:-, part of the now-defunct GeoCities website, the announcement that GeoCities was to close, All sketches — as well as book & programme indices — are. Neddy was being force-fed information from Jack when it became clear that Jack's organisation was a group of Nazis who were bent on ruling England through Neddy. Both of those statements continue to apply here. Alan (Laurie) is hired as a secret agent by a mysterious organisation known only as 'The Department', before which he was a gun-runner, supply teacher, and Home Secretary. While you decide, I will entreat for the very finalest of last, last times, this entreaty of m'colleague, Britain's very own melody man, as I say to him, please, please, oh:" (Series 4, episode 7), Series One: 13 January 1989 – 17 February 1989 (six episodes), Series Two: 9 March 1990 – 13 April 1990 (six episodes), Series Three: 9 January 1992 – 13 February 1992 (six episodes), Series Four: 12 February 1995 – 2 April 1995 (seven episodes), "Little Girl": Wearing a false pencil moustache and overly-oiled hair, Laurie, in the role of a child, "America": Laurie dresses in what was, at the time, the standard American rock star "uniform"—flannel, white T-shirt, jeans, sneakers, and a bandana headband in the style of, "The Sophisticated Song": Laurie, in a white and black suit, plays guitar, accompanied by a back-up band, singing about how normally he is very cool until he needs to talk to his true love, at which point he becomes so speechless, he begins to, "The Polite Rap": Prancing around in neon. Partly because of the announcement that GeoCities was to close, but mostly out of devoted fandom, I downloaded the website and repurposed its preformatted text – partly by hand but mostly via regular expressions – to preserve its usefulness for the long term. He spoofs American college activist rock, singing about how everyone can make the world a better place. The scripts for these sketches are available in the script-books.[6][7]. In this sketch, a man returns home from vacation to find strange changes to his local police station. A Bit of Fry & Laurie Concerning Language by Fun English Lessons. and a fairly lengthy disclaimer: None of the scripts found in this archive resulted from any work on my part. My sister fancied Hugh Laurie but I was besotted with Stephen Fry. The second character, puzzled, would say, "What pun?" Directed by Kevin Bishop. The characters stopped appearing after Neddy became Prime Minister. var gcse = document.createElement('script'); Here are some of the ways in which it differs:-, That old GeoCities website contained this note:-. Stephen Fry and Hugh Laurie's eccentric sketch show. A conversation about the uniqueness of Language and how it defines us. Series 1 was released on 6 July 2007 in Region 4. Stephen stares at Hugh for a long time. A Bit of Fry and Laurie. This website is an intermittently ongoing labour of love designed to safeguard a long-standing treasure of the web and bring Stephen Fry & Hugh Laurie’s older work to a wider audience; it’s not – save for a couple of Amazon Associates links – an attempt to cash in on their hard work. gcse.async = true; The character is a parody of several television shows of the 1970s, most prominently The Professionals. Gordon (Fry) and Stuart (Laurie) are executives and old friends. All four series of A Bit of Fry & Laurie are available on Netflix and for digital download from several sources. Series two was released on 12 June, with a bonus feature, the 45-minute Cambridge Footlights Revue (1982) in which Fry and Laurie appear with Emma Thompson, Tony Slattery, Penny Dwyer and Paul Shearer. He sings (or rather speaks) his songs from a pulpit. 6 / 3 Last in the third series of comedy sketch programmes starring Stephen Fry and Hugh Laurie. From series 1–3 there were also several occasional guest artists, before they were made a permanent fixture during series 4, including Selina Cadell (Series 2, episode 4), Paul Eddington (Series 2, episode 5), Nigel Havers (Series 2, episode 6), Rowan Atkinson (Series 2, episode 6), Nicholas Parsons (Series 3, episode 1), Rebecca Saire (Series 3, episode 2 and 5), Gary Davies (Series 3, episode 6) and Colin Stinton (Series 3, episode 6). 28:16. 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