Series / Phoenix Nights

"Clubland will never die."

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:

  • The Band Minus the Face: singing duo Park Drive. Minus Park, with Drive bravely attempting to perfom duets solo. It doesn't end well.
  • 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.
  • Blatant Lies: Most of what Kenny Senior says. He even lies under oath in court.
  • The Bouncer: Max and Paddy are the not-very-good doormen.
  • 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.
  • Chuck Cunningham Syndrome: Marion the barmaid disappears between series 1 and 2 without explanation to be replaced by Joyce.
  • Comically Small Bribe: Paddy is willing to kill someone for his cut of a thousand pounds.
    • "A thousand pounds? I'll blow his 'ead off!"
  • 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.
  • Crouching Moron, Hidden Badass: Max and Paddy, at least in the season one finale.
  • Engineered Public Confession: How Den Perry gets his come-uppance at the end of the second season.
  • Disabled Snarker: Brian.
  • Disability as an Excuse for Jerkassery: BRIAN.
  • 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.
  • Giver of Lame Names: Everyone.
  • Hilarious Outtakes: 'Next!'
  • Honest John's Dealership: Eric's 'Games sans Frontiers', responsible for Sammy the Snake, a Das Boot fruit machine (responsible for a hilarious scene in which someone wins "Achtung! Das Jackpot!" complete with a synthesised chorus of Deutschland uber Alles... during the wake of the Captain, a World War II veteran) and a 6-foot Ker-plunk set among others.
  • 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.
  • Jerkass: Brian himself, but compared with the bullying, swaggering, loutish Den Perry he's a Jerk with a Heart of Gold.
  • 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).
  • Loads and Loads of Roles: Peter Kay
  • Malaproper: Brian Potter frequently, e.g. 'St. Paul on the road to Domestos'
  • Manipulative Bastard: Brian, especially when he gets around his newly - imposed ban on running the club by manipulating Jerry into doing it.
  • Obstructive Bureaucrat / Knight Templar Keith Lard.
  • 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 appallingly bad or inappropriate act, which is dismissed with a loud 'Next!'.
  • Oop North: Bolton, where the show is set.
  • The Plan: The pub quiz which backfires when the prize of a year's supply of Japanese "Kamikaze" lager turns out to be non-alcoholic.
  • Punny Name: A lot of the acts, and Ray Von (R-r-r-rave on!)
  • Putting the Band Back Together: The start of the second series, after the Phoenix Club is burned down.
  • Raging Stiffie: Taken Up to Eleven with Sammy the Snake.
  • Rare Guns: Max's Broomhandle Mauser, which he uses to try and carry out a hit in the second series. Alas, he can't quite bring himself to do it.
  • Running Gag: Bob Carolgees, continued from That Peter Kay Thing.
  • Seinfeldian Conversation Max and Paddy fill most of their nights with inane but hilarious ramblings about 'classic' films.
  • Serious Business: Talent Trek, and the quiz night.
  • Sitcom Arch-Nemesis: Den Perry, as the owner of rival club Banana Grove. Though he becomes much more than this when he burns down the Phoenix Club at the end of the first series.
  • Spin-Off: This is a spin-off of That Peter Kay Thing, and got its own spin-off/sequel later on.
  • Wrong Genre Savvy: Attractions are often poorly matched to their audience, such as Ray Von's blasting hardcore dance music at a roomful of pensioners.
  • Zerg Rush: Max and Paddy vs. all-dwarfism Football Hooligans stag party.