March 9th, 2009

Lousy Smarch Weather

British Acquisitions, Help Needed From Englanders

So, I can safely say I've been away from the land of dark comedy for too long. Therefore, one of the biggest indulgences I'm going to undertake while back in Blighty is the snagging of as much British comedy as I can find. On the list, for various reasons:

The IT Crowd @ 18, Amazon - apparently getting a lot of rave reviews. Fantagraphics swag is in there too!
Fawlty Towers @ 13, Amazon - very few Americans have heard of it and I need to educate on the classics.
Peep Show 1-5 @ 17, Amazon - I have Seasons 1-3, but more seasons came out and I think it's cheaper to buy the whole set again, oddly enough.
Thick of It @ 8, Amazon - dry, vicious Iannucci genius and political spin? If it's between this or Yes Minister, this is cheaper.
QI @ 5 for season A, 11 for B, 11 for C, Amazon - my A season is damaged, and more to collect isn't a bad thing.
Garth Marenghi's Darkplace @ 5, Play - because I still don't own it, and the IT Crowd will link into it anyway.
Life on Mars, S2 @11, Play - me and Steph both own Season 1, so why not get real discs rather than downloaded episodes of the second seasons?
Ashes to Ashes @1 4, Play - and why not continue with another series as a result? It's the 80s, it's got to be good, right?
Armando Iannucci Shows @ 5, Play - again, if it's got his name on it and it's that cheap, it's almost criminal not to try it.

Then the ones I don't think I really want, but when you use Amazon or Play, they offer those "If you like this... why not this?" suggestions...

Smoking Room @10, Play - I recall watching a few episodes and being entertained at times, but never really thought it was worth buying. But I don't know...
Man Stroke Woman @ 5 for season 1, 5 for season 2 Play - I like sketch shows, and this is the closest thing to Big Train in a while, I've heard.
Monkey Dust, @ 5.50, Amazon - again, I recall a few really dark sketches like Jam, but animated.
Jam @ 10 - I owned it, it made it to America, but I don't know where it is now. Might have to re-purchase it as a result.
Aaagh! Mr Hell Show! @ 18 - It's pretty steeply priced, and I can't remember anything more than appreciating Bob Monkhouse being less mainstream and a few really stupid jokes.

What else should I look into that I don't know about? What shows on this list should I avoid and am just remembering with rose-tinted glasses, like I did with Dogtanian and the Muskerhounds? Am I missing something American and awesome and should be looking closer to my second home? Films can count too... am I missing some obvious films in this sinister style that might have slipped under the radar?

Oh, and did Hyperdrive ever get funny? I like Kevin Eldon as a comedian but couldn't find any value to that show at all when I watched it. But didn't he play a character in a kind of show where zombies took over the country, apart from the Big Brother House... was that anything worthwhile?

Also! Rob Brydon! What about him?

Opinions please!

Also not mentioned in comments, but found later on:
Attention Scum? Rob Brydon's Annually Retentive.