Running for four series, it totalled 26 episodes (including a 36-minute special in 1987). A Bit of Fry & Laurie - Hugh Laurie is dead! After much fan-driven petition, the first series of A Bit of Fry and Laurie, plus the pilot, was released on DVD on 3 April 2006 in Region 2. Hugh is the assistant. The series made numerous jokes at the expense of the Tory prime ministers of the time, Margaret Thatcher and John Major, and one sketch depicted a televised "Young Tory of the Year" competition in which a young Conservative (Laurie) recites a deliberately incoherent speech consisting only of nonsense political buzzwords, such as "family values" and "individual enterprise". With Stephen Fry, Hugh Laurie, Deborah Norton. The script for this sketch is available in the script books and online.[8]. It ran for four series and totalled 26 episodes, including a 36-minute pilot episode in 1987. I have only created a means of accessing them. [3], Noel Edmonds was also a frequent target. He and Hugh Laurie are an iconic double act. This website is an intermittently ongoing labour of love designed to safeguard a long-standing treasure of the web and bring Stephen Fry & Hugh Laurie’s older work to a wider audience; it’s not – save for a couple of Amazon Associates links – an attempt to cash in on their hard work. A cad of a talk show host gets a dressing down by a guest author. While you decide, I will entreat for the very finalest of last, last times, this entreaty of m'colleague, Britain's very own melody man, as I say to him, please, please, oh:" (Series 4, episode 7), Series One: 13 January 1989 – 17 February 1989 (six episodes), Series Two: 9 March 1990 – 13 April 1990 (six episodes), Series Three: 9 January 1992 – 13 February 1992 (six episodes), Series Four: 12 February 1995 – 2 April 1995 (seven episodes), "Little Girl": Wearing a false pencil moustache and overly-oiled hair, Laurie, in the role of a child, "America": Laurie dresses in what was, at the time, the standard American rock star "uniform"—flannel, white T-shirt, jeans, sneakers, and a bandana headband in the style of, "The Sophisticated Song": Laurie, in a white and black suit, plays guitar, accompanied by a back-up band, singing about how normally he is very cool until he needs to talk to his true love, at which point he becomes so speechless, he begins to, "The Polite Rap": Prancing around in neon. In Australia, A Little Bit of Fry & Laurie: Series One Episodes 1–3 (Comedy Bites) was released on 4 March 2010. His songs include: Four collections of A Bit of Fry and Laurie scripts have been published. A Bit Of Fry And Laurie 3x06. ... Stephen Fry and Hugh Laurie's eccentric sketch show Homepage. There was also a similar sketch called In the Bath With... on the radio series Saturday Night Fry. [pause] No, it might not." gcse.src = 'https://cse.google.com/cse.js?cx=' + cx; var s = document.getElementsByTagName('script')[0]; One reviewer said that, perhaps owing to this, Fry got more of the laughs, while Laurie was increasingly relegated to the "straight man" role.[2]. It ran for four series and totalled 26 episodes, including a 36-minute pilot episode in 1987. There is a copyright-related music edit on the series 1 DVD during the final sketch of episode 6 ("Tony of Plymouth (Sword Fight)"). Directed by Kevin Bishop. For your enjoyment, here are some of the very best moments from “A Bit of Fry & Laurie” Contains adult humour. A sketch about a Shakespeare masterclass ("an actor prepares"), where a teacher (Stephen Fry) with delusions of grandeur gives pretentious, nonsensical acting advice to his eager student (Laurie). Between sketches, both Laurie and Fry appear as people in the street, including a police officer; a drifting geek; a woman who suddenly remembers she has "left the iron on"; a pensioner who says that he "wouldn't suck it", without specifying what 'it' is and then walking off laughing; an old conservative; and others. gcse.type = 'text/javascript'; Video (youtube.com) Video (youtube.com) Hugh is a young and surprisingly handsome chat-show host on a young and surprisingly awful Channel Four chat-show. Stephen Fry and Hugh Laurie choose some poems suitable for the modern world with its short attention spans and commuter trains. A Bit Of Fry And Laurie S02E01. var cx = '013150566445813836870:WMX-1835294088'; (This is immediately followed by a mini-feature about Laurie's "death".) Hugh (In reference to whatever sketch has finished) Well that was the unmistakable sound. Alan (Laurie) is hired as a secret agent by a mysterious organisation known only as 'The Department', before which he was a gun-runner, supply teacher, and Home Secretary. Control (Fry) and Tony Murchison (Laurie) are two excessively nice secret agents who first appear in series 1 of the show. From series 1–3 there were also several occasional guest artists, before they were made a permanent fixture during series 4, including Selina Cadell (Series 2, episode 4), Paul Eddington (Series 2, episode 5), Nigel Havers (Series 2, episode 6), Rowan Atkinson (Series 2, episode 6), Nicholas Parsons (Series 3, episode 1), Rebecca Saire (Series 3, episode 2 and 5), Gary Davies (Series 3, episode 6) and Colin Stinton (Series 3, episode 6). I give a brief shake [he shakes his head and makes "brr" noises], and I pour out this golden phrase:" (Series 4, episode 4), "And as I prepare your Swinging Ballsacks, I ask this question, in accordance with known principles:" (Series 4, episode 5), "While I mix these, I turn to the debonair doyen of the dance and I ask as askingly as I might this ask:" (Series 4, episode 6), [Preparing a "Modern Britain"] "But perhaps, somewhere, you might be inspired to add one small, tender, caring cherry of hope. A Bit of Fry & Laurie was a British television sketch comedy show, starring and written by Stephen Fry and Hugh Laurie, broadcast by the BBC between 1989 and 1995. Directed by Roger Ordish. 7:24. The characters stopped appearing after Neddy became Prime Minister. On the series 3 DVD for Region 1, the sketch which features Laurie and Fry singing The Beatles' "Hey Jude" has been omitted. Though the programme mostly consisted of one-time situations and sketches, a few characters appeared over several episodes and series. Two compilations were broadcast on BBC Radio 4 on 11 August 1994. A man quizzes an Information Desk attendant. This causes Stuart great consternation as he attempts to conceal his own inabilities and maintain his reputation as an intelligent and competent businessman. 6 / 3 Last in the third series of comedy sketch programmes starring Stephen Fry and Hugh Laurie. Episode 5 5 / 6 Another half-hour of events designed to make you laugh, with Stephen Fry and Hugh Laurie. Recently Viewed . Stephen remembers 'The day I forgot my legs' and there is a special version of A Question of Sport's 'What Happened Next?' ", a phrase Fry took from the Anglia TV children's TV show Romper Room. A man has come in to make a statement to the police, but his surname is proving rather hard to spell. Gordon does not seem to resent Stuart's obnoxious treatment of him or his behaviour in general, and continues to cheerfully and skilfully deal with the situation, inadvertently showing Stuart to be hopelessly outclassed. Here are some of my favourites:-, part of the now-defunct GeoCities website, the announcement that GeoCities was to close, All sketches — as well as book & programme indices — are. It frequently broke the fourth wall; characters would revert into their real-life actors mid-sketch, or the camera would often pan off set into the studio. A sketch from 'A Bit of Fry & Laurie' Stephen enters a bookshop. [9], All four series, and the pilot, of A Bit of Fry & Laurie are available to stream on Amazon's Prime Video service.[10]. Stephen stares at Hugh for a long time. In the broadcast version, the music was from the soundtrack of "The Sea Hawk" but instead a new piece of music has been used, drowning out most of the dialogue in the process. This song is thematically and musically very similar to "America". Mr Dalliard is a non-appearing character in various sketches, all taking place in a shop environment. Jack then stabbed Neddy in the back with his own Stanley knife. In series 2, Saint-Saëns is not credited for the end music ("Finale" from The Carnival of the Animals) until the second half of the series. ", is an attack on the Broadcasting Act of 1990 and the perceived motivations of those who supported it. Control is head of SIS, the British secret service. While he does this, Fry entreats Laurie to play the closing theme by saying, "Please, Mr Music, will you play? A Bit of Fry & Laurie Concerning Language by Fun English Lessons. Year: ... TV Comedy Sketch UK a list of 39 titles created 15 Dec 2018 See all related lists » Share this page: Clear your history. The first such song, "Mystery", parodies a mournful love song from a lounge singer (Laurie mimics the vocal mannerisims of Sammy Davis Jr.) and presents the obstacles to a relationship between the singer and the object of affection, which become more outlandish every verse: she lives in a different country, would probably have a problem with the singer's job ("with the Thames Water Authority"), has never actually met and may indeed "take a violent dislike" to the singer, and has been dead since 1973 ("fifteen years come next Jan-uary"). Release Calendar DVD & Blu-ray Releases Top Rated Movies Most Popular Movies Browse Movies by Genre Top Box Office Showtimes & Tickets Showtimes & Tickets In Theaters Coming Soon Coming Soon Movie News India Movie Spotlight Video (youtube.com) Video (youtube.com) Stephen and Hugh enter with their mouths gagged with tape, like anti-nuclear protestors (according to Hugh, who knows about these things). The two performers met at Cambridge University – through mutual friend Emma Thompson, no less – and went on to make several TV series together in the ‘80s and ‘90s, including the classic sketch show A Bit of Fry & Laurie.. [5] Fry then shakes the cocktail while dancing eccentrically and serves it to Laurie (in Series 3) or the guest performers (in Series 4), while Laurie plays the piano and imitates the sound of a muted trombone. In this sketch, a man returns home from vacation to find strange changes to his local police station. A sketch from 'A Bit of Fry & Laurie' Hugh and Stephen are in a London club sort of place. All four series of A Bit of Fry & Laurie are available on Netflix and for digital download from several sources. Gelliant (Fry) is the host of short horror programme The Seventh Dimension, who presents bizarre and nonsensical stories such as "Flowers for Wendy" and "The Red Hat of Patferrick". A sketch from 'A Bit of Fry & Laurie' Swearing. Though Dalliard never appears, and is implied to be a creation of Fry's shopkeeper's imagination, he is referred and spoken to several times in every sketch: "He isn't my Mr Dalliard, he's everybody's Mr Dalliard". Partly because of the announcement that GeoCities was to close , but mostly out of devoted fandom, I downloaded the website and repurposed its preformatted text – partly by hand but mostly via regular expressions – to preserve its usefulness for the long term. The stories told were often in the style of The Twilight Zone. Fry and Laurie explored a seemingly inexhaustible list of subjects with a delicious turn of phrase and elaborate wordplay. Much like his cover of "Love Me Tender", this song appears to be Laurie's attempt at seriousness, at least until he reaches the part when he must actually sing what everyone is supposed to do to build a better society. Both have since used this phrase outside the series to refer to the other, for example on chat shows, the dedication in Fry's novel The Stars' Tennis Balls which reads "To m'colleague", as well as the one in his second autobiography, The Fry Chronicles, which reads "To m'coll". The official authorised Fry & Laurie story, Soupy Twists by Jem Roberts, was published by Unbound in 2018. Directed by Roger Ordish. comedy asked me. My sister fancied Hugh Laurie but I was besotted with Stephen Fry. s.parentNode.insertBefore(gcse, s); With Stephen Fry, Hugh Laurie, Deborah Norton. As a service to the public, Fry and Laurie provide two TV critics to deride the show. Stephen Freddy.. Hugh Oh, good heavens, Jack, I didn't see you there.. Stephen Good evening, Freddy.. Hugh Well, good evening, Jack.. Stephen Now then, Freddy you're a decent sort of chap. mournfully and repetitively. Much of the humour in these sketches arises from the stilted, amateurish, and inappropriate performance style. "Where is the Lid? He often bullies and patronises the mild-mannered Gordon, who in fact displays far greater knowledge and better control of the situation. Both in Series 3 and 4, Fry precedes the question with increasingly silly introductions: The catchphrase "soupy twist" is said by both Laurie and Fry at the end of each episode of series 3 and 4 (save the Series 3 closer), in a manner similar to 'cheers'. Performance of the three word song, "America". and "Dammit John!". With Stephen Fry, Hugh Laurie, Deborah Norton, Geoffrey McGivern. I was fortunate to have met an internet correspondence several years ago, who was kind enough to share his set of scripts, which he had painstakingly converted to html. I really hope you enjoy it as much as I continue to. It's not a straight port. 29:29. (function() { Both of those statements continue to apply here. The character is a parody of several television shows of the 1970s, most prominently The Professionals. Stuart is brash, arrogant and with a hugely inflated sense of his abilities in and out of the office. A customer in a shoe shop is surprised to learn that the shoes are not for sale, but actually available for pleasures of the flesh, he is eventually tempted by Fredericka the moccasin. John and Peter are invariably exhorting one another to greater efforts on behalf of their relatively insignificant businesses, with their shouted catchphrases "Damn!" Episode 6. With Stephen Fry, Hugh Laurie, Deborah Norton. What are you doing to the country? Comedy sketches written and performed by renowned duo Stephen Fry and Hugh Laurie. He sings (or rather speaks) his songs from a pulpit. It's a Soaraway Life: The Rupert Murdoch Sketch A Bit of Fry and Laurie originally broadcast between 1989 and 1995. Their antagonist in every business operation is the diabolical Marjorie (John's ex-wife). 28:16. Laurie was also seen playing piano and a wide variety of other instruments and singing comical numbers. 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