Tom and Roy
The Old Guys
"I'm happy, I'm happy, I'm happy, I'm happy. I'm happy, I'm happy, and I'll punch the man who says I'm not."
is a sitcom starring Clive Swift and Roger Lloyd-Pack and was created by Jesse Armstrong and Sam Bain, the minds behind Peep Show
. The show follows Tom (Lloyd-Pack) and Roy (Swift) as they navigate their twilight years. Sounds idyllic, right? They're basically expies of Mark and Jeremy
, so their twilight years consist of verbal abuse, lusting after unattainable women, and Failure Is the Only Option
This show provides examples of:
- Comedic Sociopathy: Sally and Tom.
- Cringe Comedy
- Deadpan Snarker: Roy. "Partial rather than abject humiliation, hurray."
- Expy: Picture Jeremy and Mark in 30 years. Actually, just check the top of the page!
- Failure Is the Only Option: If Roy tries to convince everyone that he is not a doddering old man whose mind is going, he will invariably end up on the floor of a public toilet, having just accidentally peeked on a man with his trousers down, pretending that he's senile to escape the usual fallout.
- Grandma, What Massive Hotness You Have: Sally, the next-door object of the boys' desperate affections. Also "Sexy Barbara", the Hot Librarian.
- Heterosexual Life-Partners: Tom and Roy. One episode involves Tom trying to get Roy to marry him as part of a pension scam, and Roy agrees after Tom promises "No bed stuff!"
- Hey, It's That Guy!: Roy, Clive Swift, is Richard of Keeping Up Appearances and Lloyd-Pack was Owen on The Vicar of Dibley.
- I think Richard finally got fed-up with being hen-pecked and ran off to another show and changed his name to get away from Hyacinth!
- Tom's daughter Amber is Jen from The IT Crowd, and Amber's boyfriend, Steve, is 'Blinky' Ben Swain.
- Not so Above It All: Roy appears very sophisticated, but he's not above getting involved in childish tests of will, like who will break and do the big shop first.
- Vitriolic Best Buds: Tom and Roy again. Roy is normally polite, but Tom is a jerkass.