''[[ItsTheOnlyWay There's only one way to find out]] - [[LetsYouAndHimFight FIIIGHT!]]''

''Ear cataracts?''

The United Kingdom's answer to ''Series/MysteryScienceTheater3000'' and/or TheSoup. The series ran from 2001 to 2012. Comedian Harry Hill went through television programmes that had been shown that week, often {{Soap Opera}}s or one-shot documentaries, and lampoons them - for weak acting, bad writing, or general [=WTF=]-factor. It's a highly AffectionateParody, though, with lots of silly facial expressions, cuddly Radio 4 innuendo and episode-long {{Running Gag}}s. OnceAnEpisode, two characters, concepts or something which Hill finds particularly notable would have a slapstick fight on stage.

It was a silly program, but surprisingly intelligent, and genuinely funny. In many ways, it's what snarky web review shows would be if they had a budget and access to the real actors and sets from TV shows - Hill uses the latter to insert himself into scenes from this week's TV and sometimes even interact with the characters.

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!!Contains examples of:

* TheAbridgedSeries: The ''This Week's [Programme] In A Nutshell'' jokes. The most common is ''This Week's [[Series/TheApprentice Apprentice]] In A Nutshell'', which usually consists of a few seconds of a candidate explaining why they're great at a specific task, followed by Lord Sugar's finger of doom pointing them out of the boardroom. Another recurring example is ''This Week's River Cottage In A Nutshell'', which involves Hugh Fearnley-Wittingstall taking care of some farm animals, followed by a clip of him eating their meat.
* AdamWesting
* AffectionateParody: The vast majority of his mockery of programmes is done in this manner, which is doubtless the reason why so many programmes' actors play along and appear on his show.
* AscendedExtra: Knitted Character, literally a ''prop'' from ''Eastenders'' for a few episodes before becoming a fully-fledged character on ''Burp''.
** One could potentially extend that to include Peter the Knitted Duck from the series 9 in-programme "show" "The K Factor" (an AffectionateParody of TheXFactor featuring knitted things). Peter's even [[http://www.facebook.com/posted.php?id=296427219705&start=10&hash=bbe3c8eaed3cb9b9d5ead8c7c0861b2b#!/group.php?gid=296427219705&ref=ts got his own FB fan group]]!
* AsideGlance (Unusual version in which Harry glances aside at a different camera and makes a quip after his own feeder line - usually him quoting the official description of a programme)
** Lampshaded in one episode where Harry claimed that whatever he says on that camera is inexplicably funny.
*** ''Soup!''
*** Sometimes he quotes the programme's BlatantLies description and then for his AsideGlance just shakes his head in one part SarcasmFailure, one part ThisIsGonnaSuck.
** [[SuspiciouslySpecificDenial I love Norwich.]]
** [[http://www.nationalrail.co.uk/times_fares/promotions/pr3744bcc35ce7410024862c7ece4649/details.html Weekend First]] [[ItMakesJustAsMuchSenseInContext is not available in advance to holders of advance tickets. Tickets can be upgraded on the train, subject to availability.]]
* BigWordShout: [[ItMakesSenseInContext SALMOOOOOOOON!]]
* BitingTheHandHumor: Generally at the expense of home channel Creator/{{ITV}}- although the first episode where the studio changed to be filmed at [[TheBBC Television Centre]] liberally sprinkled mockery of a BBC show with comments about the licence fee.
* BreakingTheReviewersWall: Harry often invades or otherwise manipulates scenes in the shows he reviews.
* BrickJoke[=/=]RunningGag: usually over one episode, occasionally over entire series. Bonus points for the number of times things in programmes manage to work ''themselves'' into running gags.
* CatchPhrase: There's only one way to find out - FIGHT!
* CensoredForComedy: A wildlife presenter looking for king penguins was changed, with the addition of a few well-placed censor bleeps, into a wildlife presenter looking for "***king penguins!"
* ContinuityLockout: A lot of the RunningGag sections require knowledge of previous episodes (the jelly and fight competitors). A few of them are even jokes based on apparently cancelled programmes (''Chippy chiiiiips!'').
* CoolVersusAwesome: Some of the "fiiiiiiiiight!"s are along these lines.
* CriticalAnnoyance: A common gag as he gets progressively more irritated with someone on a programme getting something consistently wrong in a series of clips before snapping. For example, in ''Series/TheApprentice'' someone dressed up as a glove mascot for a company kept introducing himself as "Mr Glove" when it was supposed to be "Mr G. Love", and after correcting him several times with increasing annoyance, Harry [[BreakingTheFourthWall bursts into the original scene and starts beating him while yelling "IT'S NOT MR GLOVE, IT'S]] ''[[BreakingTheReviewersWall MR G. LOVE!"]]''.
* CurbStompBattle: The "fiiiiight" between God and the Devil.
* DeadpanSnarker
* DeconReconSwitch: Of one of his own RunningGags, no less:
-->'''Freaky Eaters Narrator''': For the last ten years, Simon has eaten nothing but biscuits.
-->'''Harry Hill''': ''[completely deadpan]'' Biscuits. Yeah I've stopped doing the silly voices now, because it's actually quite a serious condition.
-->''[later, after watching Simon's family giving him messages of support]''
-->'''Harry Hill''': Hi Simon. ''[shouting]'' Just stop eating biscuits! Just stop eating them! Just stop eating biccy-wic, biccy-wic, bic-wic-wiccy-wic, Kitkat, Kitkat, Toffee Crisp, Toffee Crisp, Toffee Toffee Toffee Toffee...
* DepartmentOfRedundancyDepartment: The Many Faces of Jimmy King's Face
* DescriptionCut
* DontExplainTheJoke: He occasionally does this as part of a deliberately OverlyLongGag, such as when he explained that he had ''amusingly'' been mishearing "axolotl" as "thanks a lot".
* DontTryThisAtHome: Never played straight. For example, in the 2012 series a washing machine falls off a scrapyard magnet and lands on his head, after which he says "Don't try this at home, kids!", does his AsideGlance and adds: "And the thought never occurred to you until I said it!"
* EarlyInstallmentWeirdness: The show took several years to settle its format. For example, there was more emphasis on sketches, and the 'fights' could happen at any time and they showed one side winning, whereas in later series the 'fight' always happens at the end of part 1 and we don't see who wins due to the advert break. Given the nature of the show it might be more accurate to describe this as Early Installment Less-Weirdness.
* FaceHeelRevolvingDoor: The Knitted Character turned on Harry for replacing him with [[ReplacementScrappy Mr Fuzzy]]. At the end of the series, he showed up to help Harry.
* ForeignRemake - An Australian version, hosted by Ed Kavalee (ThankGodYoureHere) broadcast in 2009.
* GrandFinale: The show more or less wrapped up in the last three minutes when Cheryl Ferguson confronted Harry over the portrayal of her EastEnders character, Heather, on the show. Cue a cover of "Someone Like You" by Harry, Cheryl, Heather, Kitted Character, Wagbo and Amanda Lamb. It seems almost like any other ending, however, the credits played a [[SolemnEndingTheme solemn piano version]] [[TearJerker of the theme]] followed by a [[TheStinger stinger of "It's Over" using a clip of Phil Mitchell in a recent EastEnders episode]].
* GratuitousFrench: Happens with one of the fights.
* HongKongDub: Whenever Harry's actions are supposed to be synched to taped sounds (such as when he plays a musical instrument) he will ''always'' get it wrong towards the end as a joke. He also usually doesn't bother not moving his lips when acting as a ventriloquist.
* HoYay: {{Invoked}} between Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall and a swimmer.
* IAmNotSpock: Played with when Harry refers to Patrick Stewart as [[Series/StarTrekTheNextGeneration Jean-Luc Picard]].
* InkSuitActor: Kind of... Harry's became the cover star of ''ComicBook/TheDandy'', beloved LongRunner in British comics. He even writes it!
* ItMakesSenseInContext: a lot of the funny comes from presenting such moments entirely ''out'' of context.
* KilledOffForReal: The Knitted Character. They got a different one and his UnexplainedRecovery is lampshaded.
* LighterAndSofter: The show became less edgy and more family-friendly over time, acquiring a primetime slot (but, if anything, became ''funnier'').
* LivingProp: Lampshaded in "TV Burp Stars of Tomorrow, Today!" - fake talent-spotting sections showing a clip of an extra reading a particularly mundane line, walking across a room, or similar.
* LongRunners: Has been running for over a decade.
* LongTitle: Some of the "...of the week" sketches.
* {{Mondegreen}}: [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=scUnu3KpT9U TV Bur Smidge of the Week]]
* MoodKiller: Harry will often do this to some {{Narm}}, often by being CaptainObvious to a rhetorical question.
* MutuallyFictional:
** An episode of ''Series/LawAndOrderUK'' had a photofit picture of a suspect dubbed "Harry Hill" due to its resemblance to Harry--then the incident was used as the basis for a sketch on TV Burp...
** ''Series/EastEnders'' also referenced the 'FIIIIIIGHT' catchphrase at one point.
* MythologyGag: A Fight between a fake coyote and a fake badger from a wildlife programme elicits a "Come on, Mr Badger- for the parade is in but half an hour!", a CallBack to his old ChannelFour show.
* NotMakingThisUpDisclaimer: Usually when a BBC Three programme is featured, such as ''[[http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b00p1l1q Young Butcher of the Year]]''.
* TheOtherDarrin: Lampshaded in two episodes where the character of [[TheXFactor Wagbo]] is portrayed by a different actor. He then returns. And forms a tag-team with the Other Wagbo.
-->'''Harry:''' "You shouldn't have gone on holiday!"
* OverlyLongGag: [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pTHw0lM7O0Q Ear cataracts?]], as mentioned above and many others like watching an old extra walk across a room.
** This is also used to point out something from another show that ''wasn't'' a gag, but still remained Overly Long, such as the prizes in TheGadgetShow's phone in competition.
** Amanda Laaaaaaaaamb! Amanda Laaaaaaaaamb! Everybody loves Amanda Laaaaaaaaamb!
* ParrotExposition: The famous "cataracts" and "ear cataracts" sketches. It was about Val from ''{{Emmerdale}}'' finding out she has cataracts and all of the characters who are there at the reveal repeat the word "cataracts?" over and over again. Later she's accused by a man for getting upset over a misunderstanding and she asks if her ears have cataracts as well. Both times Harry asks "[ear] cataracts?" and telephones somebody which starts a chain of characters or presenters repeating the word(s).
* PrecisionFStrike: Dropped on the 2004 series when God strikes Jeremy Bowen for doubting Noah's Ark, saying "Don't fuck with me, Bowen!". This was when the show was still in the DarkerAndEdgier late-night slot, compared to the latter LighterAndSofter Saturday night prime-time slot it's probably better known to be shown at.
* RealMenCook: Averted. A RunningGag is Harry being unimpressed or even offended by TV chefs' insistence on trying to evangelise cooking to the masses, and he often makes jokes based on him living entirely off microwaved ready meals.
* RhymesOnADime: The "TV Burp Poetry Corner" segment, which picks out lines from soaps and dramas which (presumably inadvertently) rhyme.
* RunningGag: Too many to list. Often lampshaded, such as when the jelly is accidentally ruined, Harry laments "I got thirty seconds a show out of that!"
* SimpletonVoice: Harry does a distinctive 'breathy' one, speaking as though his nose is blocked, when imitating obviously stupid characters.
* SoundtrackDissonance: [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=g73BCf9NXEw Inappropriately Upbeat Music of the Week]]
* TheStinger - Since the 2009 series, an out of context clip from a random show is played before the Avalon Television logo.
* StylisticSuck: Often. The two most common examples are Harry doing ventriloquism (in a bad "gottle of geer" fashion) and him playing his bongos ("''[[RunningGag I like to play my bongos in the morrrrrr-ning!]]''" or another instrument, only for the dubbed sound to carry on ''after'' he's finished playing.
* ThisIsUnforgivable
--> '''Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall''': There we have a Full English Breakfast Salad...
--> '''Harry''': That is a crime against God!
* {{Ventriloquism}}: A common gag is for him to interpret the voiceover on nature programmes as being the ''animals'' speaking. He also sometimes does this himself with prop dummies (particularly one of [[Series/TheApprentice Alan Sugar]]) but, as part of the joke, does it in a [[StylisticSuck deliberately bad]] "gottle of geer" fashion.
* WhatTheHellHero: Harry is quite adept at the ComedicSociopathy. His treatment of The Knitted Character has raised quite a few eyebrows. Possibly inspired by Brian Conley's earlier "IT'S A PUPPET!!" sketches.
* UltimateShowdownOfUltimateDestiny: The "fight" segments often feature two bizarrely unconnected people or things, like a shark and a toaster, or [[Series/EastEnders Phil Mitchell]] and [[Series/NoelsHouseParty Mr Blobby]]...
* WhosOnFirst: The story on a chimp called "Ai", which turns into a whole sketch about the sister Yu, the brother Mi and so on.
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