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#21 Moving Target

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Posted 18 September 2018 - 06:45 PM

Interestingly, as a US denizen, my only exposure to the Avengers was the Grant Morrison comic (Steed and Mrs. Peel) and its recent revival.
I guess because of the popularity of British comic book creators over here, some of their subjects, which are occasionally specifically British cultural touchstones, make their way into our comic book market.


Interesting. I saw it once in the 1990s but didn’t know it was by the mad Scottish chaos magician. He loves his ‘sixties Dandies. Must have a look.

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Posted 18 September 2018 - 10:00 PM

The Avengers was one of those TV programmes that always seemed to be on when I was a kid. Like Thunderbirds, The Likely Lads, Adam Adamant, the Time Tunnel, Voyage to the Bottom of the Sea and others, it's just part of the fabric of my childhood.

 

Emma Peel was my favourite Steed sidekick by a long way. I can't actually remember the Honor Blackman episodes, nor the ones before her when two blokes were the main characters. But I really liked Tara King as well and I quite liked the 'Mother' character introduced at the same time, an overweight, very patrician chap who was a sort of 'M'.

 

Looking back on it now, it was incredibly '60s-ish. It was camper than a row of pink tents. And like The Prisoner (though considerably less so), it had that sort of spooky sci-fi edge to it.

 

I just love the theme music and I cannot listen to it as a piece of music in its own right. It's the most evocative piece of music I know. It's like time travel. It overpowers my senses with my own childhood.


See also: Department S. My mum used to go out on a Thursday night and my dad would make curry for us all. We'd watch Department S, then UFO. I can't actually hear the theme tune to Department S without the waft of curry somehow reaching my nostrils, from 1969.

 

 

I think it was an amazing time to be a kid who was over-fond of the telly. We should have a cult TV thread.



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Posted 18 September 2018 - 10:28 PM

 It was camper than a row of pink tents. 

 

Whelp - I'm stealing that one.

 

LOL



#24 Wandering Hermit

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Posted 19 September 2018 - 11:47 AM

Here are some categories that Rob forgot to add:

 

Funniest Python - Cleese
Best novelist after Dickens - Somerset Maugham
Best metal band - Maiden
Shakespeare history - Richard II (yes II, not III - but its close!)
Best Black Adder season - 2 (Elizabethan)
Greatest culinary contribution - Bangers and mash
Best Composer - Vaughn Williams
Best Stones album - Beggar's Banquet
Funniest misspelled word - "Maths"



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Posted 19 September 2018 - 12:39 PM

Best sitcom - Fawlty Towers (today is the 43rd anniversary of the first showing). Only 12 episodes but genius throughout.



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Posted 19 September 2018 - 12:40 PM



#27 chemistry1973

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Posted 19 September 2018 - 01:02 PM

Basil the Rat is so fucking funny.

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Posted 19 September 2018 - 01:50 PM

Oh come now, The Psychiatrist episode is the best ever!

 



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Posted 19 September 2018 - 01:54 PM

I want some bread and salad creme

 



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Posted 19 September 2018 - 02:01 PM

Simply the fact that they could have an episode called "Hotel Inspectors" is absolute genius. That is hysterical in and of itself.

 

That the actual episode surpasses the high expectations is the final proof that John Cleese is God incarnate. JC = JC. See?

 



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Posted 19 September 2018 - 07:25 PM

Here are some categories that Rob forgot to add:


Funniest Python - Cleese - never much liked Fawlty Towers though, found it acutely uncomfortable
Best novelist after Dickens - PG Wodehouse
Best metal band - Alestorm
Shakespeare history - still Julius Caesar
Best Black Adder season - 4 - Great War, especially the Flasheart episode
Greatest culinary contribution - Faggots
Best Composer.... hmm.... maybe Elgar, or Vaughan Williams, or Holst....
Best Stones album - The Stone Roses
Funniest misspelled word - all UK English words have the correct spelling




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