[[caption-width-right:350:Stoneybridge: We're games if you are![[note]]There is an actual Stoneybridge in Scotland, on the isle of South Uist, but the team were unaware of it when they wrote the show, which places their Stoneybridge near the Yetts of Muckhart, which is a real place in Clackmannanshire. The bridge seen in the photo used in the show is in Edinburgh.[[/note]]]]
Absolutely is a British SketchShow which ran between 1989 and 1993. It owed something of its style to ''Series/MontyPythonsFlyingCircus'' (consisting of six writer/performers, weird animation sequences and sketches running into each other), but relied more on recurring characters than the Creator/MontyPython team did. Although it was never a particular ratings winner, it is still fondly remembered by most people who saw it and can, in retrospect, be seen as a forerunner to similar character based sketch shows such as the Fast Show and Little Britain. The six performers were the Scottish Jack Docherty, Gordon Kennedy, Moray Hunter and Peter Baikie, with the Welsh John Sparkes and the (honorary Celt) cornish Morwenna Banks.
Recurring characters included;
* [=MacGlashan=] - a rabid Scots nationalist (played by Jack Docherty)
* Calum Gilhooley - Introduced as 'the most boring man in Scotland' (played by Moray Hunter). In the first series he would always annoy his neighbour about his love for anoraks and Honda motorbikes, before pestering everyone else he spoke to in later series
* Mr Don & Mr George - two flatmates who inhabited their own bizarre universe (played by Jack Docherty & Moray Hunter). They went on to their own SpinOff Series.
* The Little Girl (played by Morwenna Banks) who gave her own perspective on the adult world
* Denzil - an utterly incompetent shelving-obsessed Welsh [=DIY=] fanatic (played by John Sparkes) trapped in an increasingly loveless marriage with his equally grotesque wife Gwynedd (Banks)
* Bert Bastard - Highly unsavoury yet strangely sympathetic DirtyOldMan, played by Sparkes and based largely on his experiences working as a carer for the elderly
* The Nice Family - Ridiculously bland and beige lower-middle class family; ruled by Dochertys strangely-accented patriarch, to whom being Sensible and Tidy are the highest virtues, and consisting of Eldest Son (Sparkes), Daughter (Banks), the Twins (Hunter and Baikie), and Mother (played by Gordon Kennedy [[TheFaceless with his back to the camera at all times]])
* Stoneybridge Town Council - A gaggle of squeaky-voiced Scots (played by the whole cast), running a small town whose only point of any interest is its eponymous stone bridge. A parody of the outsized self-importance of parochial politics, with most sketches revolving around the over-ambitious schemes of megalomanicial council chairman Brucie (Kennedy) for the town to host the Olympics, declare itself a sovereign nation, etc.
!!Contained the following tropes:
* AuthorFilibuster: In-universe. [=MacGlashan=] is spectacularly unsuccesful as a writer, largely because everything he writes is an excuse to have a go at the English.
-->'''[=MacGlashan=]:''' Oh yeah? What aboot 'Traveller in Time'?
-->'''[=McMinn=]:''' Oh yes, 'Traveller in Time', markedly different - Scotsman invents a time machine, travels back to 1965 and shoots [[UsefulNotes/TheWorldCup Geoff Hurst]].
* BerserkButton: The English for [=MacGlashan=] (especially English sports presenters for some reason).
* BreakingTheFourthWall: Quite often used, but a particularly strong example was used at the end of Series three which featured a character in a sketch whose false beard comes loose..he then confesses that he is just a character in a sketch wearing a costume. This is followed by a montage of all the characters in that episode removing their costumes.
* CatchPhrase: Surprisingly for a character-based sketch show, they were largely avoided. Exceptions included Morwenna Banks' 'Little Girl' who started every monologue with 'Yes I do know what is a.....[theme of the sketch]" and ended with 'Yes it is....it's true!!!!"
%% * CloudCuckooLander: Don & George
** The middle-class Peter & Jennifer Wells whenever they try anything involved with a charity (for example, joining Amnesty International and complaining about getting involved with the ANC).
** Denzil, when Gwynedd tries to inform him she is pregnant:
--> '''Gwynedd:''' Denzil, I have just seen Dr. Willseeyounow.
--> '''Denzil:''' Have you? Where!? ''What are he doing in my house?''
--> '''Gwynedd:''' No, Denzil. I saw him at his surgery.
--> '''Denzil:''' Gwynedd, why are you telling me this? There are nothing out of the ordinary about seeing Dr. Willseeyounow at his surgery.
--> '''Gwynedd:''' No, Denzil. ''He'' saw ''me'' at his surgery.
--> '''Denzil:''' Well he would do if that's where you were! Doctors are trained to notice people wandering about in their own surgeries, Gwynedd!
* DependingOnTheWriter: The Don & George sketches were written either by Jack Docherty or Moray Hunter separately. The writers have commented on how you can tell which is which (Jack's sketches were all about weird situations, Moray's sketches were streams of jokes).
* DrivingADesk: Parodied in the sketch where the Nice Family go out for a picnic. In the interior shot of the car, Father constantly wrenches the steering wheel back and forth in the usual manner while the back projection remains straight - Then in an exterior location shot of the car, it's weaving from side to side right across the road.
* InformedAbility: Parodied here [http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8m7oyYGCQH4]
* GoodCopBadCop: Unfortunately they can't remember what goes with Good Cop.
* TheHyena: The concept behind Pete Baikie's Laughing Man character - A rotund Pavarotti lookalike who bursts into hysterics at the sight of such things as You Don't Have To Be Mad To Work Here But It Helps signs and My Other Car Is A Porsche stickers.
* IsThisThingStillOn: After one Calum Gilhooley sketch 'ends', Michael Grade (then chief executive of Channel 4) enters the set to show some gormless [=VIPs=] around. After Moray and Jack are forced to make awkward small talk until the [=VIPs=] leave:
-->'''Moray:''' God, they just swan in here-
-->[Jack indicates the boom microphone is still present]
-->'''Moray:''' ... and I'm jolly glad they do!
* JustAStupidAccent: The accent and lyrical languge of Braid Scots turns out to be Gordon Kennedy saying a few key phrases ('Oh, it cannot be') in a totally exaggerated Scottish accent.
* KarmaHoudini: In one sketch, an angry Docherty and Sparkes claim the secret to this is having a sensible haircut.
-->'''Sparkes:''' Listen! You can do anything you want as long as you've got a parting!
-->'''Docherty:''' You can murder your wife!
-->'''Sparkes:''' You can eat ''babies''!
-->'''Docherty:''' Just as long as you've got a parting!
-->[Photo of Adolf Hitler is shown]
-->'''Docherty:''' Okay, he may have started World War Two. He may have been responsible for the Holocaust. BUT YOU COULD HAVE TAKEN HIM HOME TO MEET YOUR PARENTS!
* LargeHam: Morwenna Banks edges into this territory when playing the Little Girl. John Sparkes edges into this territory all the time (even when playing the straight man).
* LoveDodecahedron: One sketch featured this with a group of Bohemian characters attending the funeral of a companion. So involved are all their relationships that even they have forgotten who was supoosed to be married to whom and who slept with whom.
* MartyStu:[[invoked]] Parodied with Peter Baikie's 'Mr Musak' character. He began as a parody of Richard Stilgoe, sitting at a piano and singing songs about how clever he is. By the fourth series, he is able to travel around on his piano and sort out just about any sort of problem, ranging from premature baldness to death.
* RefugeInAudacity: John Sparkes's character Frank Hovis always gave his talks to camera while sitting on a toilet. His customary self-introduction was "This is Frank Hovis" but in one sketch, that's as far as he got before giving into an [[OverlyLongGag extraordinarily long]] cascade of invisible but [[ToiletHumor all-too-audible diarrhoea]], which was apparently so excruciating that he couldn't speak. When it was over, he just muttered "Bye-bye" and the sketch ended.
* ReunionShow: The cast (minus Docherty due to schedule conflicts) got together in 2013 to perform a mixture of new and old sketches for the [=BBC=] radio show ''Sketchorama''. The passage of time was lampshaded in the opening sketch, with Brucie announcing that the Stoneybridge Town Council Annual meeting was "The first one for twenty years. Owing to... a reason."
* TheTalk: The Nice family children receive this from their father. The entire conversation is at cross purposes, with him advising them on jobs and pensions, whilst they ask about flagellation and reveal they've all had sex with Derek the Scoutmaster. At the end, Father, who does not appear to have been hearing his children at all, stands up and announces to the camera:
-->"Well! I think that went very well!"
--> ...and faints.
* ToiletHumour: Literally with John Sparke's 'Frank Hovis' who delivered a monologue from a toilet seat, largely about his problems with various lavatorial functions.
* WhatKindofLamePowerIsHeartAnyway?: 'Schedule D Man' - who has the power to get his tax returns in on time.