Phoenix Nights is a Brit Com starring Peter Kay. It revolves around the Phoenix Club, a run-down, scabby social club in Bolton. The owner is Brian Potter, a wheelchair-bound egomaniac currently on his third club (his first two closed down due to flooding and burning, respectively) but who is convinced that "Clubland will never die". Together with his hapless band of staff and regulars- most notably his long-suffering second-in-command Jerry St.Clair- Brian attempts to make the Phoenix Club the number one club in Bolton, despite rival club owner Den Perry, an extremely bad run of luck and their own ineptitude.It later got a Spin-Off, Max & Paddy's Road To Nowhere.
This series contains examples of:
Acting for Two: Peter Kay as both Brian Potter and Max. He actually played several roles but they were the two main ones.
Bar Brawl: In the 'Wild West night' episode, complete with all the traditional trappings.
Bavarian Fire Drill: Two men wander in off the street and steal the club's TV in broad daylight, and nobody stops them because they're wearing overalls and it's assumed that they're here to repair it.
Butt Monkey: Jerry. It's not so bad at first, but in series 2 he takes the fall for pretty much all of Brian's antics.
Crappy Carnival: The 'family fun day' in episode 8, complete with a questionably shaped bouncy castle, a children's 'play area' (actually a Portaloo full of scaffolding and footballs scavenged from the roof) and face paint which is apparently permanent.
Flanderization: In the main show, Max is a tough bouncer who occasionally shows a softer side. In the spin off, the softer side is all that's left.
Foreshadowing: Done quite well with the fire inspector's visit, which foreshadows the club being burned down at the end of series 1. It also explains why there were no smoke alarms when the club was set on fire.
Inspirationally Disadvantaged: Not at all the case with Brian, whose struggles to get around and get things done aren't glossed over but who's rude, abrasive and only ever mentions his disability to get his way or derail an argument.
Loads and Loads of Characters: For a twelve - episode Brit Com, anyway. There's Brian, Jerry, Max, Paddy, Ray Von, Holy Mary, Kenny, Young Kenny, Les, Alan, Ant & Dec, Marion, Joyce and Spencer (and those are just the club staff).
Oh Crap: Den Perry in the last episode of season two when he realizes he's been manipulated into an Engineered Public Confession by Brian. He tries giving the audience his typical smug smirk, but it's looking very watery at that point.
Once an Episode: In the first series, something gets stolen from the club in every episode.
Also, at the end of every episode there's an audition by an appalingly bad or inappropriate act, which is dismissed with a loud 'Next!'.