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29th Aug '16 3:27:36 AM JackG
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* Although involving a New York cabbie, there's a scene in ''Series/TheEqualizer'' that has a stereotypical cabbie griping to Robert [=McCall=] about crime and PoliceAreUseless. It's not until the cab is stopped by some thugs running a shakedown racket on unlicensed cab drivers that the audience realises it's actually exposition on why he's called the Equalizer for help.
29th Jun '16 2:35:23 AM Morgenthaler
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* From ''DirkGentlysHolisticDetectiveAgency'':

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* From ''DirkGentlysHolisticDetectiveAgency'':''Literature/DirkGentlysHolisticDetectiveAgency'':
4th Apr '16 10:40:46 AM DarkPhoenix94
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The test taken to qualify as a Black Cab driver in London is called "The Knowledge[[note]]of London Examination[[/note]]", takes about ''three years'' to study for, and requires a ridiculously intuitive knowledge of [[UsefulNotes/OneLondonThirtyThreeBoroughs London geography]]. As Creator/BillBryson put it, "[London cabbies] would sooner entrust their teenage daughters to [[EvilChancellor Alan]] [[ReallyGetsAround Clark]] for a weekend than admit they've never heard of your destination", but chances are they have.

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The test taken to qualify as a Black Cab driver in London is called "The Knowledge[[note]]of London Examination[[/note]]", takes about ''three years'' to study for, and requires a ridiculously intuitive knowledge of [[UsefulNotes/OneLondonThirtyThreeBoroughs London geography]]. It gets to the point where the memory centres of a cabby's brain are recognisably larger than those of a normal person. As Creator/BillBryson put it, "[London cabbies] would sooner entrust their teenage daughters to [[EvilChancellor Alan]] [[ReallyGetsAround Clark]] for a weekend than admit they've never heard of your destination", but chances are they have.
3rd Apr '16 5:00:17 AM Morgenthaler
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* There's an ''ArmstrongAndMiller'' sketch in which it is revealed black cab drivers have to do two tests - the standard "The Knowledge" one everyone knows about, and another, secret, one where they must segue between a harmless topic and a rabidly right-wing one without the passenger getting annoyed.

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* ''Series/TheArmstrongAndMillerShow'':
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There's an ''ArmstrongAndMiller'' a sketch in which it is revealed black cab drivers have to do two tests - the standard "The Knowledge" one everyone knows about, and another, secret, one where they must segue between a harmless topic and a rabidly right-wing one without the passenger getting annoyed.



* When ''HaveIGotNewsForYou'' discussed [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Guy_Goma Guy Goma]], the guy who showed up at a BBC news studio looking for an IT job but was mistaken for the tech writer Guy Kewney and PushedInFrontOfTheAudience, Andy Hamilton said that it had been initially reported that Goma was a taxi driver by trade, but he knew that was false because "a taxi driver would have talked much more authoritatively about something he knew nothing about."

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* When ''HaveIGotNewsForYou'' ''Series/HaveIGotNewsForYou'' discussed [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Guy_Goma Guy Goma]], the guy who showed up at a BBC news studio looking for an IT job but was mistaken for the tech writer Guy Kewney and PushedInFrontOfTheAudience, Andy Hamilton said that it had been initially reported that Goma was a taxi driver by trade, but he knew that was false because "a taxi driver would have talked much more authoritatively about something he knew nothing about."



* ''PrivateEye'' often has its "A Taxi Driver Writes" like this, mocking any given public figure who happens to have said or done something crudely right wing. Usually involves the CatchPhrase "I had that [X] in the back of my cab the other day, very clever man..."

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* ''PrivateEye'' ''Magazine/PrivateEye'' often has its "A Taxi Driver Writes" like this, mocking any given public figure who happens to have said or done something crudely right wing. Usually involves the CatchPhrase "I had that [X] in the back of my cab the other day, very clever man..."
24th Feb '16 11:43:19 AM Kitchen90
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* The racist cab driver in ''FootballFactory''.

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* The racist cab taxi driver in ''FootballFactory''.''Film/TheFootballFactory'', who moans about controversial topics, such as immigration in London.
20th Feb '16 1:43:23 AM Doug86
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* One of the characters from the vox pops on ''ABitOfFryAndLaurie'' is Creator/StephenFry (who drives a cab in real life, but not as a job) as a stereotypical long-winded cab driver: "If you've got a jar of marmalade in a cupboard, right? And you take the marmalade out of the cupboard, right? You've still got the marmalade. It's not in the cupboard, but you've got the marmalade. You've got to put the marmalade somewhere else haven't you? Course you have, stands to reason. There's the cupboard; no marmalade. But you've still got the marmalade. It's the same with sex and violence on television. You can take sex and violence off television, but where are you going to put them?"

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* One of the characters from the vox pops on ''ABitOfFryAndLaurie'' ''Series/ABitOfFryAndLaurie'' is Creator/StephenFry (who drives a cab in real life, but not as a job) as a stereotypical long-winded cab driver: "If you've got a jar of marmalade in a cupboard, right? And you take the marmalade out of the cupboard, right? You've still got the marmalade. It's not in the cupboard, but you've got the marmalade. You've got to put the marmalade somewhere else haven't you? Course you have, stands to reason. There's the cupboard; no marmalade. But you've still got the marmalade. It's the same with sex and violence on television. You can take sex and violence off television, but where are you going to put them?"
22nd Jan '16 4:07:15 PM nombretomado
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* The character of Charlie Slater in ''{{EastEnders}}'' was a black-cab driver, but in his ten-year stint on the show, he averted the trope; he was generally good-natured and was portrayed as apolitical.
* One of the characters from the vox pops on ''ABitOfFryAndLaurie'' is StephenFry (who drives a cab in real life, but not as a job) as a stereotypical long-winded cab driver: "If you've got a jar of marmalade in a cupboard, right? And you take the marmalade out of the cupboard, right? You've still got the marmalade. It's not in the cupboard, but you've got the marmalade. You've got to put the marmalade somewhere else haven't you? Course you have, stands to reason. There's the cupboard; no marmalade. But you've still got the marmalade. It's the same with sex and violence on television. You can take sex and violence off television, but where are you going to put them?"

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* The character of Charlie Slater in ''{{EastEnders}}'' ''Series/{{EastEnders}}'' was a black-cab driver, but in his ten-year stint on the show, he averted the trope; he was generally good-natured and was portrayed as apolitical.
* One of the characters from the vox pops on ''ABitOfFryAndLaurie'' is StephenFry Creator/StephenFry (who drives a cab in real life, but not as a job) as a stereotypical long-winded cab driver: "If you've got a jar of marmalade in a cupboard, right? And you take the marmalade out of the cupboard, right? You've still got the marmalade. It's not in the cupboard, but you've got the marmalade. You've got to put the marmalade somewhere else haven't you? Course you have, stands to reason. There's the cupboard; no marmalade. But you've still got the marmalade. It's the same with sex and violence on television. You can take sex and violence off television, but where are you going to put them?"
13th Dec '15 4:44:06 PM zootsutra
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* A ''{{Viz}}'' strip had Cockney Wanker taking the Knowledge, which included directions from two arbitrary points for Londoners (a straightforward journey) and out-of-towners (Up the M1 to Dundee, and back down again), and being able to do a stream-of-consciousness speech from any topic to "Enoch Powell, send them all back".

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* A ''{{Viz}}'' strip had Cockney Wanker taking the Knowledge, which included directions from two arbitrary points for Londoners (a straightforward journey) and out-of-towners (Up the M1 to Dundee, and back down again), and being able to do a stream-of-consciousness speech from any topic to "Enoch Powell, send them all back".back" (known as "The Ignorance").
31st Aug '15 8:11:07 AM Kitchen90
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-->''I 'ad that Tropers/{{Fast Eddie}} in the back of my cab the other day! Very important gentleman...''

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-->''I 'ad that Tropers/{{Fast Eddie}} in the back of my cab the other day! Very important gentleman...''''
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13th Aug '15 7:29:14 AM LentilSandEater
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* Probably subverted by Creator/{{Stephen Fry}}, if only because of the fact that he isn't a real cabbie. Although strangers have been known to get into the back seat while he's stopped at a red light and ask him to drive them to Waterloo Station.

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* Probably subverted Averted by Creator/{{Stephen Fry}}, if only because of the fact that he isn't a real cabbie. Although strangers have been known to get into the back seat while he's stopped at a red light and ask him to drive them to Waterloo Station.
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