''The Armstrong and Miller Show'' is an English sketch comedy series starring the eponymous double act of Alexander Armstrong and Ben Miller. The duo originally broke into British television with a series entitled simply ''Armstrong and Miller'', which ran from 1997 to 2001 on Paramount Comedy and Channel 4, whereas the newer series began six years later in 2007 and aired on [=BBC1=]. The third series of ''The Armstrong and Miller Show'' ended in December 2010.

Comparisons to ''ThatMitchellAndWebbLook'' are inevitable, as both shows starred a double act, ran during similar time periods, and were slightly renamed versions of earlier sketch shows. In contrast to Mitchell and Webb, however, Armstrong and Miller do not have readily apparent character archetypes (layman/boffin, straight man/indignant man, et cetera).

Famous RunningGags from the series include:
* A pair of WWII RAF pilots who speak like modern teenagers (Isn't it? Standard.)
* [[WalkAndTalk Striding Man]], who evidently has a need for a great deal of unimportant information.
* "Origin Of" stories depicting cavemen who invent or discover modern ideas such as job interviews and acceptance speeches.
* Several sketches in which a man has a perfectly amicable conversation with several people, wishes them goodbye, leans over a desk microphone, and says in his best Bond villain voice, "'''[[foldercontrol]]

[[folder: kill them ]]
'''".
* Brabbins & Fyffe, [[AffectionateParody a parody]] of Music/FlandersAndSwann.
* A series of vox pops in which a man describes his quirks or mental illnesses, ending with "and that's why I became a teacher."
* Parodies of 1970s [[PublicServiceAnnouncement public information films]] [[note]]Authentically presented in 4:3 aspect ratio though the rest of the series is in widescreen[[/note]] giving useless or dangerous advice.
* "Enlightenment, with Dennis Lincoln-Park", in which Miller plays a TV historian who has been entrusted to view some rare and precious object... despite the fact that he is [[TheKlutz horrifically accident-prone]].

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!!''Tropes present in The Armstrong And Miller Show:''
* AffectionateParody: Lots. Flanders & Swann, Austen novels, The Hairy Bikers, Jeeves & Wooster, not to mention plenty of one-off sketches.
* BenevolentBoss: Played For Laughs. The head of MI6 is this, often to the point of hindering operations that threaten national security. He once interrupted a terrorist [[JackBauerInterrogationTechnique interrogation]] so the staff could present the agent with a birthday cake.
* BewareTheNiceOnes: The "kill them" sketches. Plus Miranda and Pru, the owners of Dandylion's cafe in the first series, who are perfectly pleasant (in a bitchy sort of way) when talking to each other, but every sketch ends with them attacking the customers.
* ButtMonkey: Declan.
* TheCameo: Morten Harket (lead singer of A-Ha) of all people turns up in the Farmer's Market Song ([[DontExplainTheJoke 'cause his name rhymes with "market", geddit?]])
** Their ''UsefulNotes/ComicRelief'' sketches include a cameo by Mitchell and Webb ([[spoiler:"Kill them!"]]), and another by Geoffrey Palmer as a senior RAF officer, who manages to set our heroes straight on a couple of points by lapsing into their vernacular.
* BigNo: Happens in one of the sketches featuring the man who, when out shopping, acts out disastrous events featuring his family and the new purchase.
* {{Brownface}}: In the sketch about the pirate who misses his old lifestyle, Armstrong plays a woman of unspecified tropical origin.
* CaptainOblivious: Roger, who walks in on his wife and his boss before or after they have sex -- or in an otherwise-compromising position -- and he always manages to be convinced that nothing is going on between the two of them.
* TheCastShowoff: Armstrong's great musical talents are frequently put to use in the show.
* TheCatCameBack: Jilted Jim, the [[LeftAtTheAltar lonely]] man who keeps bothering the same couple on their honeymoon.
* CovertPervert: Fyffe, apparently. He and Brabbins don't bother hiding the fact that the reason for his umpiring a group of young female tennis players is not actually his love for the game.
* CountryMatters: Subverted only due to CurseCutShort in the form of the censor at the end of the foreigners' song in an early Brabbins and Fyffe sketch.
* CurseCutShort: A lot of Brabbins & Fyffe's songs end this way, with a hasty [[WeAreExperiencingTechnicalDifficulties cut to the Test Card]].
* ADateWithRosiePalms: Brabbins and Fyffe's "Knocking Out a Crafty One."
** In one of the caveman sketches a teenage boy's mother tells his father the boy has been "sharpening his spear".
-->'''Father:''' Oh... ''now'' he a man!
* DeliberatelyMonochrome: The RAF pilots sketches. Isn't it.
** Also, the Brabbins & Fyffe and public information film sketches all use deliberately desaturated colour.
* DiscriminateAndSwitch: The couple who's elderly German and English grandparents meet for the first time, are set up as ex-military and begin bickering over the war, only to forgive each other and agree to let the past rest. It's when the topic switches to who was more responsible for the breakup of Katie Price and Peter Andre's marriage, that the fistfight breaks out.
* TheDogBitesBack:
** Declan, the ButtMonkey of the Striding Man sketches, is the one who escorts him from the building after he's fired.
** GordanRamsay's staff beat him to death in response to his endless criticism in a one-off sketch.
* DudeNotFunny: [[invoked]]Parodied in a set of sketches in series 3. A character will have a {{slapstick}} accident and, while they're trying to regain their composure, Miller will walk into view, [[BreakingTheFourthWall look into camera]] and say "This isn't funny, but it actually happened to a friend of mine, so ..."
* FishOutOfTemporalWater: A common setup;
** The WWII pilots
** [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=G2kD1YUtA5o A Victorian pianist shocking his employer's guests by playing racy modern songs]].
** A PickyEater worrying about his nut allergies and yeast intolerance at a Tudor feast.
** Pharius and Horschstadt, two centuries old vampires utterly confused by [[SocietyMarchesOn the modern world]].
* {{Foreshadowing}}: The fountain that appears in the the title card of the Enlightenment sketches is actually the final artifact destroyed by Lincoln-Park.
* FunnyBackgroundEvent:
** In [[TheKryptonFactor The Critical Factor]], the losing contestants are brutally executed while the presenter (Miller) talks to the round's winner.
** Fyffe is often seen drinking or taking drugs while Brabbins introduces their songs.
** This is the entire point of the [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TgN53xYyFjE "exam proctor" sketches]].
* GenreSavvy: In the later "Enlightenment" sketches, Dennis Lincoln-Park seems at least partly aware that he's in a setting where priceless relics can be destroyed with the slightest touch, and takes exaggerated care when handling them. Not that it helps in the slightest.
* HowDoYouSay: Used by the man in the Parisian café when he speaks to British tourists.
** StrangeSyntaxSpeaker: Having gotten [[GoingNative so used]] to speaking French after emigrating from England, as a result, he now speaks English using both the "wrong" (reversed) syntax and uses literal translations of phrases.
* InventingTheWheel: Played For Laughs. In "The Origin Of ..." sketches, there are plenty of cavemen but they don't invent the wheel. Instead, they invent things like small talk, unusual baby names and hairdressing. It's as much a joke about modern life as it is about the cavemen.
* JerkAss: Quite a few, spread throughout the sketches.
* NationalStereotypes: Brabbins and Fyffe's "Foreigners".
* KillItWithFire: One of the losing contestants in The Critical Factor is executed by being knocked out, having petrol poured all over him, and a match struck.
* NoCelebritiesWereHarmed:
** Dimitri from the first series, a take on Chelsea football club owner Roman Abramovich.
** Brabbins & Fyffe, very clearly based on Flanders & Swann.
** GordonRamsay in a one-off sketch, in which he's beaten to death and served to the customers of a restaurant.
** TheHairyBikers in a series of sketches in which their middle-class inclinations keep getting the better of their attempt to demonstrate food found in the wild.
* TheOner: the "Enlightenment" sketches.
* OopNorth: The Geordie window cleaner.
* OurVampiresAreDifferent: Played for laughs, obviously. A pair of old-fashioned vampires try to get virgin blood as if they're "on the pull" but are often beaten or outwitted by modern {{Twilight}}-inspired vampires.
--> '''Pharius''': Since when could vampires do ''[[SuperSpeed that?]]''
* PickyEater: A FishOutOfTemporalWater at a raucous Tudor feast. The only thing he finds he can eat is an apple... which he spits out because he doesn't like Braeburns.
* APirate400YearsTooLate:
** [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TAbzVx4eOdw Parodied]] this in a sketch which involves random people getting press-ganged by the Royal Navy into joining the "South Harbour Club Patrol" after buying t-shirts reading exactly that. And if that concept isn't 18th century enough, then Somali pirates attack South Harbour... by firing audible cannon broadsides.
** In series 3, an actual pirate in the stereotypical style is now living the life of a middle-class house husband. He longs to return to the old life, but his wife is insistant that he doesn't.
* PoirotSpeak: The main trait of the Miller character who hangs out in a Parisian café. Although a native of Reading, he has lost fluency in English since moving to France six months ago, and consequently speaks with an English accent and French syntax. Later taken UpToEleven when he meets a fellow Brit who has lived in Germany for two months:
-->'''Man:''' My train goes not, so I must a nearby street reasonable price young man hostel find.
* PolitenessJudo: Jim takes advantage of the honeymooning couple's politeness and sympathy in order to leech their time (and alcohol).
* PottyEmergency: Brabbins & Fyffe's "Train Song" (aka "Have you ever had to take a shit on a train?")
* RantInducingSlight: One sketch has a newly married couple heading to their new home when the wife mentions they're passing a place she used to visit with an ex-boyfriend. The husband remains silent and withdrawn [[DelayedReaction for the next fifty years]], before finally echoing the comment, moments before dying.
* RunningGag:
** "...I accidentally bit him on the nose. Quite hard."
** "Kill them."
** Miranda and Pru starting a fight in Dandylions Cafe, which always ends with ''the same guy'' getting thrown out of the window.
--->'''Miranda:''' Pru, It's kicking off!
** "Shit... I forgot to put the bins out."
** [''singsong''] "Can you lend me twenty euros?"
* SeriousBusiness: In one sketch, a supervillain is behind a shop that sells pots at their full price while claiming that they are ''half price''. Disgusted by this diabolical scheme, his former partner says that he is "the closest thing to pure evil I've ever seen."
* SesquipedalianLoquaciousness: The point of the Regency-era ball sketches, in which the upper-class attendees seduce one another using very sophisticated descriptions of the extremely graphic sexual acts they would like to perform.
* ShownTheirWork: As noted in the DVD extras, the team took great pains to ensure that their period-sketches were accurate. In "How Many Hats" this extended as far as working out exactly what year this show would have taken place in, and finding a period appropriate picture of Princess Margaret for the ending.
* SocietyMarchesOn: Much to the chargrin of [[OurVampiresAreDifferent Pharius and Horschstadt]], who preferred the 18th century.
* SpitTake: In one of the "Enlightenment" sketches. Not from surprise, but because Lincoln-Park has just drunk some foul-tasting home-made communion wine. Unfortunately he does so in front of some candles, and the ignited alcohol incinerates a priceless holy relic.
* TheStinger: Every episode ends with one, typically the finale to a sketch already shown in the episode. In the last episode of the first series, for example, a producer turns the "Kill them" line on the two stars after the wrap up for the series.
* TheUnfunny: Miller tends to play these roles.
* VisualPun: In one sketch, a man who's been taking certain pills he ordered off the internet receives a giant statue of a rooster. Also overlaps with StealthPun, because it's never actually described as [[spoiler:a huge cock]].
* WalkAndTalk: A recurring sketch features a man striding purposefully down endless corridors, ''TheWestWing'' style, while underlings duck in and out delivering him assorted pointless trivia.
* WeAreExperiencingTechnicalDifficulties:
** Several Brabbins and Fyffe sketches cut to the Test Card [[note]]Test card "C" from the black and white era although the sketches are in colour[[/note]] when they start getting too filthy to broadcast. Usually this is used as a CurseCutShort, although a song beginning "[[JailBait The loveliest thing about teenage girls...]]" is cut off before it can go any further.
** "How Many Hats" ends this way when the panellists start attacking their fourth (Miller) for calling them out on the ridiculously obvious/pointless nature of the game. The annoucer cuts to a period-accurate picture of Princess Margaret.
* WhamLine: [[invoked]]The point of a series of sketches in which couples describe their relationship to the camera. They end with one of the saying something which would ruin relationships normally, such as one partner being described as a managing director, and the other as a Nazi sympathiser.
* VulgarHumor:
** Played With. The dentist from the first series is the sketch that produces the most {{Squick}} of the number that the two do, discussing [[TooMuchInformation highly disgusting activities or very graphic sexual practices]] in great detail. However, the humour doesn't come from the vulgarity, it comes from [[ReactionShot Miller's expressions]] and the fact that the dentist has his fingers in the patient's mouth the whole time.
** Brabbins & Fyffe, being a filthier take on Flanders & Swann, is another Played With example. They're incredibly dirty but their songs remain very classy and witty. Before they're hit with the impromptu censor, anyway.