"Britain, Britain, Britain. Land of technological achievement. We've had running water for over ten years, an underground tunnel that links us to Peru, and we invented the cat."
Cult British Sketch Comedy show with an array of bizarre characters. Performed by Matt Lucas and David Walliams, with narration by former Doctor Who star Tom Baker. It began life as a radio series, and the TV version ran between 2003 and 2005. There was also a two-part Christmas special in 2006. A US version began broadcasting on HBO and the BBC in 2008, featuring a number of new characters along with familiar faces from the original show.Noted for its excessive use of the Catch Phrase and various stereotypes.Best-known sketches:
Vicky Pollard, chavvy teenage mother, is visited at home by a social worker and admits that she swapped the baby for a Westlife CD. The horrified social worker exclaims "How could you do such a thing?" and Vicky says "I know. They're rubbish!"
Lou and Andy visit a swimming pool.
A man discovers that his mail-order Thai bride is in fact a "ladyboy".
Sebastian, in love with the Prime Minister of Britain (who is his boss), serenades him in the House of Commons with "Beautiful" by Christina Aguilera.
Features tropes galore, including:
Accidental Misnaming: Type A. Marjorie frequently mangles the names of people in her slimming class - Meera ("Moira", "Mary",) Dave ("Johansen") and Jenny ("Julie"). Andy has occasionally addressed Lou as "Len."
Adam Westing: The Narrator occasionally hints at his true identity: "With nothing to watch but repeats on the telly of Doctor Who, Medics and that episode of Blackadder II I was on..." The Narrator character is something of an exaggeration of Tom Baker's real-life eccentric personality (albeit as "an old fascist," according to the creators).
Back for the Finale: All the students Linda insulted (even ones from deleted scenes) show up in the Series 3 finale.
Bland-Name Product: The "vomiting ladies" sketches received complaints from the Women's Institute, who did not want their logo associated with a character portrayed as a right-wing bigot (and her put upon friend). From then on, the characters belonged to the fictional "Women's Association".
Breaking the Fourth Wall: The narrator occasionally does this, the most notable moment being when he encourages upset viewers to write down the names on the credits as they play (even pointing out his own) and make obscene phonecalls to them, someone does.
Catch Phrase: By the truckload. "Yeah, but, no, but ...", "I am the only gay in the village," "But I'm a lady!", "I want that one," "What a kerfuffle!", "Computer says no", "Look into my eyes ...", "Write the feem toon, sing the feem toon ...", "Bitty", "Margaret? Margaret?"
Christmas Episode: Though it showed all the characters in foreign locations, and made no reference to Christmas.
Chubby Chaser: Bubbles DeVere's ex-husband Roman is one. He apparently divorced her because she lost a lot of weight, and when she gets into fights with his current wife Desiree he's often eager to watch from the sidelines.
Couch Gag: The Narrator's opening and closing spiels are different in every show (and in the third season, many of the opening spiels quote rap lyrics).
Have I Mentioned I am Gay?: Dafydd will have to remind you that he's the only gay in the village. He's actually not — see Everyone Is Gay above; his village is quite literally Wales' answer to Provincetown — but don't dare tell him that.
Jerk Ass: Vicky, Andy, Marjorie, Sebastian and Maggie
Jerk with a Heart of Gold: Bubbles DeVere is a notorious gambling addict, skips on her bills, and is often enough to eager to get to know a man without any respect for his personal space. Beyond that she's fairly easygoing and amicable around everybody else.
Shout-Out: Several to classic Doctor Who - one character was named Matthew Waterhouse (after the actor who played Adric), Andy once flew into a rage when some bullies called him Davros, and, naturally, there's a reference or two in Tom Baker's narration.
Godzilla and Godzooky, of all things, gets one in series 3.
Special Guest: Included Peter Kay, Dawn French, Ruth Madoc, Nigel Havers, Kate Moss and Robbie Willaims in roles on the show or in the live stage show. David Soul, Les Mackeown, Mollie Sugden, Elton John, Cat Deeley, Vanessa Feltz, Paul McKenna, George Michael, Ronnie Corbett, Jonathan Ross and Trisha Goddard have all appeared as themselves.
Vomit Indiscretion Shot: Maggie, the conservative old woman who vomits whenever she finds out the food she ate was made by someone not white, British, straight or just different in general — much to the horror of her friend, Judy.
Younger than They Look: One sketch involves an elderly grandmother discussing with her grandson all the drugs she used to do back in the day, citing "we didn't know it was bad for you!" She's 28 years old.