History Series / RutlandWeekendTelevision

22nd Apr '15 8:38:12 AM mlsmithca
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* MundaneMadeAwesome: [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ehl0ZE4iF-4 "Frontloader"]], a romantic-sounding swinging tune... about doing laundry. The tune is a parody of Stevie Wonder's ''Superstition'', at the time a big chart hit.

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* MundaneMadeAwesome: [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ehl0ZE4iF-4 "Frontloader"]], a romantic-sounding swinging tune... about doing laundry. The tune is a parody of Stevie Wonder's ''Superstition'', "Superstition", at the time a big chart hit.
22nd Apr '15 8:36:49 AM mlsmithca
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The title was invented by Creator/JohnCleese (who received one pound for his idea), on the basis that Rutland was England's smallest county. A Rutland TV station would have to be rather small, so a Rutland Week''end'' station would be ridiculously puny.[[note]]Further, in 1974, the year before the first series, Rutland had ceased to be a separate county due to the Local Government Act of 1972, and become a district of Leicestershire. The RWT spin-off book claims that there are enormous tax advantages to broadcasting from somewhere that technically doesn't exist.[[/note]] A second level of humour was provided by the comparison of the puny back-room Rutland Weekend Television with the broadcasting giant known as London Weekend Television, at the time a going concern that had exclusive ITV broadcasting rights to London and the South-East (Britain's richest areas) between Friday and Sunday evenings. LWT was basically a licence to print money. RWT... wasn't.

Rutland was revived as a county in its own right by MargaretThatcher during the 1980's, in reply to pleas by its well-heeled tory-voting residents that they were paying ridiculously high local taxes to subsidise socialism in neighbouring Leicestershire. But this was long after the passing of RWT as a TV show.

When the show came into being, the title got another joke to it, as accidental ExecutiveMeddling caused Idle to get a presentation budget, instead of the more lavish budget associated with light entertainment. The weekly patter about inability to buy props or sets was quite real indeed.

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The title was invented by Creator/JohnCleese (who received one pound for his idea), on the basis that Rutland was England's smallest county. A Rutland TV station would have to be rather small, so a Rutland Week''end'' station would be ridiculously puny.[[note]]Further, in 1974, the year before the first series, Rutland had ceased to be a separate county due to the Local Government Act of 1972, and become a district of Leicestershire. The RWT spin-off book claims that there are enormous tax advantages to broadcasting from somewhere that technically doesn't exist. Rutland was revived as a county in its own right by MargaretThatcher during the 1980s, in reply to pleas by its well-heeled Tory-voting residents that they were paying ridiculously high local taxes to subsidise socialism in neighbouring Leicestershire. But this was long after the passing of RWT as a TV show.[[/note]] A second level of humour was provided by the comparison of the puny back-room Rutland Weekend Television with the broadcasting giant known as London Weekend Television, at the time a going concern that had exclusive ITV broadcasting rights to London and the South-East (Britain's richest areas) between Friday and Sunday evenings. LWT was basically a licence to print money. RWT... wasn't.

Rutland was revived as a county in its own right by MargaretThatcher during the 1980's, in reply to pleas by its well-heeled tory-voting residents that they were paying ridiculously high local taxes to subsidise socialism in neighbouring Leicestershire. But this was long after the passing of RWT as a TV show.

When the show came into being, the title got another joke to it, as accidental ExecutiveMeddling caused Idle to get a presentation budget, instead of the more lavish budget associated with light entertainment. The weekly patter about inability to buy props or sets was quite real indeed.



A typical episode was introduced by an announcer in an oddball manner (either the announcer openly nervous and repeating words, or obviously messing up the titles of the shows that are next in line, or even auditions for the announcer), before cutting to one of the programs, the strange contents of the programs being a great, if not the greatest, source of comedy. [[OnceAnEpisode Every episode]] had a song by Neil Innes, with everything from cheerful (like ''"[[TheRutles Good Times Roll]]"'') to well known (like ''"I'm the Urban Spaceman"'') to melancholy (''"I Don't Believe in Santa Anymore"'').

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A typical episode was introduced by an announcer in an oddball manner (either the announcer openly nervous and repeating words, or obviously messing up the titles of the shows that are next in line, or even auditions for the announcer), before cutting to one of the programs, the strange contents of the programs being a great, if not the greatest, source of comedy. [[OnceAnEpisode Every episode]] had a song by Neil Innes, with everything from cheerful (like ''"[[TheRutles "[[TheRutles Good Times Roll]]"'') Roll]]") to well known (like ''"I'm "I'm the Urban Spaceman"'') Spaceman") to melancholy (''"I ("I Don't Believe in Santa Anymore"'').Anymore").



* AffectionateParody: [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_Cj7P11iOW4&NR=1 Rutland Five-o]]. The sketch starts off slow, but becomes a skit-wide CrowningMomentOfFunny. Just...[[TakeOurWordForIt just watch]].

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* AffectionateParody: AffectionateParody:
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[[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_Cj7P11iOW4&NR=1 com/watch?v=_Cj7P11iOW4 Rutland Five-o]]. The sketch starts off slow, but becomes a skit-wide CrowningMomentOfFunny. Just...[[TakeOurWordForIt just watch]].moment of hilarity.



* [[TheCastShowOff Cast Show Off]]: Neil Innes' songs, [[CaptainObvious obviously.]] In a less-known example, it seems David Battley had a knack for juggling -- though we only see this one-and-a-half times.
* {{Cloudcuckoolander}}: A lot of characters, from the host of "''[[ShowWithinAShow Come Dancing]]''" ("So, without any ado, let's nonetheless as soon as possible.") to the singing gynaecologist (ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin) to [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jK3f8smt0pw&feature=related the Ricochet brothers]] ('''Spelled ricochet, but pronounced rick-ot-chet''').
* ClusterFBomb: Mentioned in the [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jvGtx74ofFI&feature=related "Bad Language"]] sketch, when the writers are talking about what to cut.

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* [[TheCastShowOff Cast Show Off]]: TheCastShowOff: Neil Innes' songs, [[CaptainObvious obviously.]] songs. In a less-known example, it seems David Battley had a knack for juggling -- though we only see this one-and-a-half times.
* {{Cloudcuckoolander}}: A lot of characters, from the host of "''[[ShowWithinAShow Come Dancing]]''" ("So, without any ado, let's nonetheless as soon as possible.") to the singing gynaecologist (ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin) to [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jK3f8smt0pw&feature=related com/watch?v=jK3f8smt0pw the Ricochet brothers]] ('''Spelled (spelled ricochet, but pronounced rick-ot-chet''').
rick-ot-chet).
* ClusterFBomb: Mentioned in the [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jvGtx74ofFI&feature=related com/watch?v=jvGtx74ofFI "Bad Language"]] sketch, when the writers are talking about what to cut.



-->'''ED:''' [[CompletelyMissingThePoint What, when you hit me?]]

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-->'''ED:''' [[CompletelyMissingThePoint What, when you hit me?]]me?



* HurricaneOfPuns: Occurs for a moment in the "Rutland Five-O" sketch, where they manage to name all the members of TheWho.

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* HurricaneOfPuns: Occurs for a moment in the "Rutland Five-O" sketch, where they manage to name all the members of TheWho.Music/TheWho.



-->'''Jeffovich:''' [[LampshadeHanging No, I said]] ''TheWho''!

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-->'''Jeffovich:''' [[LampshadeHanging No, I said]] ''TheWho''!''Music/TheWho''!



* LyricalDissonance: [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Gfk5Y46i5kM&feature=related Drama On A Saturday Night.]] ''[[TearJerker (sniff)]]''

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* LyricalDissonance: [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Gfk5Y46i5kM&feature=related com/watch?v=Gfk5Y46i5kM Drama On A Saturday Night.]] ''[[TearJerker (sniff)]]''



* MostWritersAreMale: Pointed out and discussed in [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=THrJrBR0S7Y&feature=related one installment of "Rutland Weekend Theatre".]]

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* MostWritersAreMale: Pointed out and discussed in [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=THrJrBR0S7Y&feature=related com/watch?v=THrJrBR0S7Y one installment of "Rutland Weekend Theatre".]]



* RageAgainstTheAuthor: The [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=THrJrBR0S7Y&feature=related "Trapped By The Writer"]] sketch.

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* RageAgainstTheAuthor: The [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=THrJrBR0S7Y&feature=related com/watch?v=THrJrBR0S7Y "Trapped By The Writer"]] sketch.



* TheShowMustGoOn: [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lbK4N445WBk&feature=related Lance-Corporal Collier]] was originally scheduled to appear in a sketch later in the program, but then the fellow who should have done the announcing didn't turn up, and he was asked to do it instead. He isn't that used to it.

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* TheShowMustGoOn: [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lbK4N445WBk&feature=related com/watch?v=lbK4N445WBk Lance-Corporal Collier]] was originally scheduled to appear in a sketch later in the program, but then the fellow who should have done the announcing didn't turn up, and he was asked to do it instead. He isn't that used to it.



* SpinOff: ''The Rutland Dirty Weekend Book'', which was part-book, half TV guide for the fictional TV station. They did use some of the names (and, naturally, all of the actors) that had been in the show, which gave the average fanatic some quite fun deduction moments, such as "Hey, the wittiest man in the world joined the Razorblade Five to form The Gay Gordons!".
** also Neil Innes' solo show featuring the music, ''The Innes Book of Records''.

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* SpinOff: SpinOff:
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''The Rutland Dirty Weekend Book'', which was part-book, half TV guide for the fictional TV station. They did use some of the names (and, naturally, all of the actors) that had been in the show, which gave the average fanatic some quite fun deduction moments, such as "Hey, the wittiest man in the world joined the Razorblade Five to form The Gay Gordons!".
** also Neil Innes' solo show featuring the music, ''The Innes Book of Records''.



* TalkLikeAPirate: When GeorgeHarrison made a guest appearance, he came out in full pirate gear and doing this trope, only to be disappointed when he was informed there was no pirate sketch. After several small appearances throughout the episode where he persists in trying to be a pirate, he finally appears at the end, dressed normally, to sing as he was invited to. He and the band play the full intro to "My Sweet Lord"...and then he [[CrowningMomentOfFunny breaks out into a song about pirates]].
* TheyFightCrime: Muttski and Jeffovich of [[strike: Hawaii]] Rutland Five-o.
* VanityPlate: The opening RWT logo is a parody of the pre-show logos used by the various {{ITV}} companies at the time.
** The second logo combines a StealthPun and a VisualPun: the cow parodies the BBC's COW (Computer Originated World) continuity announcements.

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* TalkLikeAPirate: When GeorgeHarrison Music/GeorgeHarrison made a guest appearance, he came out in full pirate gear and doing this trope, only to be disappointed when he was informed there was no pirate sketch. After several small appearances throughout the episode where he persists in trying to be a pirate, he finally appears at the end, dressed normally, to sing as he was invited to. He and the band play the full intro to "My Sweet Lord"...and then he [[CrowningMomentOfFunny breaks out into a song about pirates]].
pirates.
* TheyFightCrime: Muttski and Jeffovich of [[strike: Hawaii]] Rutland Five-o.
''Rutland Five-o''.
* VanityPlate: The opening RWT logo is a parody of the pre-show logos used by the various {{ITV}} Creator/{{ITV}} companies at the time.
**
time. The second logo combines a StealthPun and a VisualPun: the cow parodies the BBC's COW (Computer Originated World) continuity announcements.
22nd Apr '15 8:28:43 AM mlsmithca
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The title was invented by Creator/JohnCleese (who received one pound for his idea), on the basis that Rutland was England's smallest county. A Rutland TV station would have to be rather small, so a Rutland Week''end'' station would be ridiculously puny.[[note]]Further, in 1974, the year before the first series, Rutland had ceased to be a separate county due to the Local Government Act of 1972, and become a district of Leicestershire. The RWT spin-off book claims that there are enormous tax advantages to broadcasting from somewhere that technically doesn't exist.[[/note]]. A second level of humour was provided by the comparison of the puny back-room Rutland Weekend Television with the broadcasting giant known as London Weekend Television, at the time a going concern that had exclusive ITV broadcasting rights to London and the South-East (Britain's richest areas) between Friday and Sunday evenings. LWT was basically a licence to print money. RWT... wasn't.

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The title was invented by Creator/JohnCleese (who received one pound for his idea), on the basis that Rutland was England's smallest county. A Rutland TV station would have to be rather small, so a Rutland Week''end'' station would be ridiculously puny.[[note]]Further, in 1974, the year before the first series, Rutland had ceased to be a separate county due to the Local Government Act of 1972, and become a district of Leicestershire. The RWT spin-off book claims that there are enormous tax advantages to broadcasting from somewhere that technically doesn't exist.[[/note]]. [[/note]] A second level of humour was provided by the comparison of the puny back-room Rutland Weekend Television with the broadcasting giant known as London Weekend Television, at the time a going concern that had exclusive ITV broadcasting rights to London and the South-East (Britain's richest areas) between Friday and Sunday evenings. LWT was basically a licence to print money. RWT... wasn't.
22nd Apr '15 8:25:37 AM PrimeEvil
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** The second logo combines a StealthPun and a VisualPun: the cow parodies the BBC's COW (Computer Originated World) continuity announcements.
15th Mar '15 11:07:37 PM Patachou
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''Rutland Weekend Television'' (''RWT'') was a SketchComedy show on BBC 2, written by EricIdle and his fellow actors and with music by NeilInnes. The show starred Creator/DavidBattley, EricIdle, NeilInnes and HenryWoolf, with appearances here and there wherever needed by other actors. Gwen Watford acted as the CarolCleveland for the group, with model Carinthea West providing glamour and very occassional token nudity.

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''Rutland Weekend Television'' (''RWT'') was a SketchComedy show on BBC 2, written by EricIdle Creator/EricIdle and his fellow actors and with music by NeilInnes. [[Music/TheBonzoDogBand Neil Innes]]. The show starred Creator/DavidBattley, EricIdle, NeilInnes Creator/EricIdle, Neil Innes and HenryWoolf, Henry Woolf, with appearances here and there wherever needed by other actors. Gwen Watford acted as the CarolCleveland Creator/CarolCleveland for the group, with model Carinthea West providing glamour and very occassional token nudity.
4th Jan '15 10:51:46 AM TheUnsquished
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* BitingTheHandHumor: In episode 6, (and throughout most of the show, really) the announcer continously complains about the terrible budget -- and a terrible budget was just what TheBBC had given them.

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* BitingTheHandHumor: In episode 6, (and throughout most of the show, really) the announcer continously continuously complains about the terrible budget -- and a terrible budget was just what TheBBC Creator/TheBBC had given them.
2nd Dec '14 10:13:25 AM StFan
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-->'''Eric:''' That is ''no'' excuse for five minutes solid swearing. That last word you used is ''never'' to be seen on television, apart from perhaps by lip-readers on ''MatchOfTheDay''.
* CompletelyMissingThePoint: The first episode features a man in a cell playing chess against a guard, with another guard watching.

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-->'''Eric:''' That is ''no'' excuse for five minutes solid swearing. That last word you used is ''never'' to be seen on television, apart from perhaps by lip-readers on ''MatchOfTheDay''.
''Series/MatchOfTheDay''.
* CompletelyMissingThePoint: ComicallyMissingThePoint: The first episode features a man in a cell playing chess against a guard, with another guard watching.
23rd Aug '14 4:03:51 PM TheOneWhoTropes
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''Rutland Weekend Television'' (''RWT'') was a SketchComedy show on BBC 2, written by EricIdle and his fellow actors and with music by NeilInnes. The show starred DavidBattley, EricIdle, NeilInnes and HenryWoolf, with appearances here and there wherever needed by other actors. Gwen Watford acted as the CarolCleveland for the group, with model Carinthea West providing glamour and very occassional token nudity.

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''Rutland Weekend Television'' (''RWT'') was a SketchComedy show on BBC 2, written by EricIdle and his fellow actors and with music by NeilInnes. The show starred DavidBattley, Creator/DavidBattley, EricIdle, NeilInnes and HenryWoolf, with appearances here and there wherever needed by other actors. Gwen Watford acted as the CarolCleveland for the group, with model Carinthea West providing glamour and very occassional token nudity.
19th Mar '14 4:35:39 PM MarkLungo
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Rutland was revived as a county in its own right by Margaret Thatcher during the 1980's, in reply to pleas by its well-heeled tory-voting residents that they were paying ridiculously high local taxes to subsidise socialism in neighbouring Leicestershire. But this was long after the passing of RWT as a TV show.

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Rutland was revived as a county in its own right by Margaret Thatcher MargaretThatcher during the 1980's, in reply to pleas by its well-heeled tory-voting residents that they were paying ridiculously high local taxes to subsidise socialism in neighbouring Leicestershire. But this was long after the passing of RWT as a TV show.
19th Jan '13 1:30:41 PM Wackd
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* TheBackstageSketch: The show's actors could be seen sitting around a table ostensibly doing read-throughs, commenting on the quality or otherwise of Eric Idle's scriptwriting and generally fracturing the fourth wall.
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