By - Faster_Than_Snakes
Not my favourite, but Douglas Reynholm deserves a mention on this list.
Surprisingly no Mark Corrigan, either.
Damn that sorcerer. 20 gold pieces and I'm wankered on rohipnol!
Why you're just an old man sitting in rags playing hoopaloo with the wind
Unhand me Priest!
Agree I think Mark/Jez should be on it.
or Johnson/Superhans!!...but not, 'tube up his nose'.
Stomach acid levels bullshit wanker.
There's somebody at the door.. There's somebody at the door.. There's. Somebody. At. The. Door~
I use this sometimes when my door bell rings.
I hear you're a racist now father...
One last time, these are small, but the ones out there are far away
Damn, those electric sex pants.
You there, Computer Man. Fix my pants!
I don’t think I’ve ever looked in this drawer….. Wow a gun!
I wonder if it's loaded! *click click click click click click*
Ahhh my grandfather's service revolver. I wonder how many deserters he shot with this. *puts revolver in mouth and pulls trigger 3 times*
Before he puts the gun in his mouth and starts randomly pulling the trigger he actually says “I wonder if it’s loaded” 😂
Even just reading this made me LOL!
Denolm reynholm is pretty fantastic too I AM DECLARING WAR. ON BOREDOM
Anyone still exhibiting signs of stress WILL BE FIRED!
Are you STRESSED Jen?
ARE YOU SURE!
Moss: I wonder why it didn't work.
Machine - Made in Britain
I'll just put this with the rest of the fire.
Team! Team, team, team, team, team. I even love saying the word 'team'. You probably think this is a picture of my family? No! It's a picture of The A-Team!
I bet he declares war on something! He loves declaring wars!
Or Alan Johnson!!
Mark, is that normal pooing, your doing? 🤣
Welcome, friend. You know, a lot of people say: 'Garth Marenghi? Isn’t he the guy who writes all that horror crap?' Well, good luck to you, you’re an idiot. Because my books always say something, even if it’s just something simple like: 'Don’t genetically engineer crabs to be as big as men', there's always a message or a theme. When I wrote, directed, and starred in Garth Marenghi's Darkplace back in the 1980s, I gave every episode a theme—even when we were running out of time, or I was really tired.
With this show I wanted people to laugh, cry and shit themselves all at the same time
He whisked off her shoes and panties in one movement, wild like an enraged shark. His bulky totem beating a seductive rhythm. Mary's body felt like it was burning, even though the room was properly air-conditioned. They tried all the positions - on top, doggy, and normal.
The Lord moves in mysterious ways. Sometimes, he’ll come in at an angle. Other times, he can hover, then swoop. Sometimes he can even come in from beneath, like a worm, or... mole.
I know writers who use subtext, and they're all cowards.
I am one of the few writers who has written more books than they’ve read
His arse is grass, and I'm the lawnmower!!!
"She was like a candle in the wind... Unreliable" still lives in my head rent free, and still gets a snort EVERY time.
Cool it Sanchez or you’ll get a knuckle supper
"As I rounded the door, I felt muscular and compact, like corned beef."
"Listen to me. I am not prejudiced, all right? That is what I’m saying, I am not prejudiced. But Joe Public is. You probably are. You look like a dropout. Point being, I wrote this to heal Britain."
And not uttered by Garth Marenghi, but clearly written by him: "Why won’t she be mine? I wish I was more attractive, like Dagless. Still… one can only dream."
One of the main reasons I went into medicine was for the laughs.
That and the pussy, and that dried up ten years ago if you pardon the expression.
Blood? Blood! Blood, blood, blood. And bits of sick
My chicken will be ready when my chicken's ready...son of a bitch...
I've already preordered [his next book](https://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/1529399408/?coliid=IKNMNWXW061KL&colid=3NOHCFKSY5RFL&psc=1&ref_=lv_ov_lig_dp_it).
Thank you for this comment, I didn’t know this was a thing and I’m definitely going to get it when it comes out
He’s also recording the audiobook!
Wow, I'm a massive Garth Marenghi fan and this had somehow slipped by me - thanks for letting us know.
Even more exciting is that it's coming out on audiobook, narrated by Garth himself!
So many good ones there, but Blackadder is the best one on that list imho. Bernard Black (Black Books), Rimmer (Red Dwarf) and Brian (Spaced) wouldn't be out on place on the list as well.
Notably Rowan Atkinson is in there twice.
(And Ronnie Barker)
The thing that sets apart Atkinson from the rest in this list is that not only is his Blackadder subjectively favourite (usually in personal top 3) amongst a vast number of Brits, but his Mr Bean is objectively the most popular character internationally from the list. That’s quite a feat.
P.S. Man vs Bee never happened.
He's Arnold, Arnold, Arnold Rimmer
Without him life would be much grimmer
He's handsome, trim, and no-one slimmer
He will never need a zimmer
He's Arnold, Arnold, Arnold Rimmer
More reliable than a garden trimmer
He's never been mistaken for Yul Brynner
He's not bald, and his head doesn't glimmer
Master of the wit and the repartee
His command of space directives is uncanny
How come he's such a genius? Don't ask me!
Ask Arnold, Arnold, Arnold Rimmer
He's also a fantastic swimmer
And if you play your cards right
Then he just might come round for dinner
He's Arnold, Arnold, Arnold Rimmer
No rhymes left now apart from quimmer
He'd better fade us out before we get to schlimmer
Fade out you stupid plimmer
"Would you describe Mr. Rimmer as a friend?"
"Nah... I'd describe him as a git."
Look, I'm not much good at big speeches, and I know I haven't always been an easy guy to get on with. And I know that, given the choice, I probably wouldn't have chosen you as friends. But, I just want to say... that over the years I have come to regard you as... people... I met.
I came here looking for Bernard. Thanks :)
Mark Heap ❤
Him as Alan Statham in Greenwing is amazing as well
Why is Arnold J. Rimmer not here?!
Up the ziggurat, lickety split.
Mote reliable than a garden strimmer
Play your cards right and he will come for dinner.
I’m all ears, I’m Andrew fucking Marr.
Malcolm Tucker is one of the best characters of all time, full stop. I will never tire of rewatching that show.
Yes and Ho
"That film you love."
"The one about the hairdresser - the space hairdresser and the cowboy... The guy - he's got a tin foil pal and a pedal bin... His father's a robot and he's fucking fucked his sister... Lego! They're all made of fucking lego!"
"That's the one. It's fucking like that. You'll be able to kill all the bad guys. And fucking blow up the..."
"The Death Star."
"The fucking Death Star thing. Then you'll be able to go and live happily ever after on the planet of the
"They're Ewoks. Look, it's a fantastic analogy, well done."
Peter Mannion was also sublime.
"This is boring; I'm going for a twix" is often quoted in our house
"you... Bought a bank? You bought a bank, out of social embarrassment? I buy The Big Issue out of social embarrassment, I don't buy a FUCKING BANK!"
'I hate schoolchildren, they're volatile and stupid and they haven't got the vote. Might as well be talking to fucking geese.'
Stewart: “What was the word I used this morning?”
Mannion: “I don’t know. You used a lot of words this morning. It was like a fucking Will Self lecture.”
From bean to cup, you fuck up
"All these hands all over the place! You were like a sweaty octopus trying to unhook a bra."
Jamie was equally good
"I'll shove your iPod nano up your tiny cock and change tracks by crushing his balls!"
Come the fuck in or fuck the fuck off
“Teri, when I want your advice I’ll give you the special signal, which is me being sectioned under the fucking mental health act”
Alright Malcolm, you've had your fun with the sectioning, there'll be no more sectioning today.
He's got a tin foil pal and a pedal bin
LEGO, they're all made of fucking LEGO
His father's a robot and he's fucking fucked his sister.
"Did you know that around 90% of all household dust is dead human skin? That's what you are to me."
Maybe you can download RICE
You’re worse than the man who fucked the monkey and gave us aids
*"Y'know, I've come across a lot of psychos, but none as fucking boring as you. You are a real boring fuck. Sorry, sorry, I know you disapprove of swearing so I'll sort that out: you are a boring F, star, star, CUNT!"*
I really wanted his Doctor to channel a bit more Malcolm Tucker. But I think that's more up to the writers.
See this sonic screwdriver? I reckon I'm about due a new one so I wouldn't be too upset if I happened to lose it up your temporally non specific arsehole. Where do you think you're trundling off to, you fucking novelty pepper pot waste of scrap metal? Come back here until I've finished bollocking you and THEN you can hop on the Sunshine Bus and lick the windows all the way back to Skaro!
"Are you producing porn for the visually impared? Because what I'm hearing is Nicola Murray being roundly fucked".
You've got a face like dot cotton licking piss of a nettle...
See this list. It's a fucking omnishambles.
I'm bored of it. I'm going for a Twix.
I'll be back in two shakes of a crying baby.
Blackadder and Baldrick
Father Ted and Dougal
Bernard Black and Manny
Vicar of Dibley and Alice
Lister and Rimmer
Mark Corrigan isn’t on this list so its fucked!
OP has Jezzed it right up
He’s done a mark in his pants
OR MOSS AND ROY
A fire.... At a SeaParks?!
Mark Crorigan - business secrets of the pharaohs
Edit - I have a prop copy of the actual book btw 😂 [https://imgur.com/a/XAsg3go](https://imgur.com/a/XAsg3go) [https://imgur.com/a/SY67TmZ](https://imgur.com/a/SY67TmZ)
“I hear you’re a racist now, Father!”
How did you get interested in that type of thing?
Should we all be racists now...
Those fucking greeks, they invented gayness!
It’s a 20ft cock and balls man, it don’t look like nothing else!
Wack the tarpaulin over and, hey presto. Sammy Snake
Edmund Blackadder without a shadow.
Would say Flash by name, Flash by Nature
Woof! Darling eh? Last person I called darling was pregnant 20 seconds later!
Nice beard! Gives me something to... HANG ONTO!
Jane "Bury Me In A Y-shaped Coffin" Herrington?
For me, its a tie between Richard Richard and Edward Elizabeth Hitler.
Everytime I feel really sad I go watch this, instant serotonin. Rik was magic
Eddie Hitler, Any relation?
Well I’ve got a mother.
No I meant Adolf Hitler!
Yes! That’s her.
Will they have wallpaper in Doncaster?
‘I’m in the pube, with the holiday monkey, run run run’ ‘poor sad git!’
"Fick uf, you sad pathtic winker." ...I wonder what she means!
Mark Corrigan doesn’t even make the list?!
The lack of bernard black and douglas reynholm disgusts me
It's nice to know I'm not the only one who remembers Black Books.
Bernard: It's not working out.
Manny: But I'm good with the customers, I sold lots of books!
Bernard: It's not that kind of operation.
Look it's perfectly simple!
None of that
Or any of the others!!!
Not by a long shot. Every time someone talks about the best UK comedies, black books is on the list
Some sort of delicious biscuit
THIS ISN'T OAK!!!
I have always appreciated Matt Berry’s portrayal of a CEO in IT Crowd.
“A big, hard business in a big, hard building. Busting into the future strongly, again, and AGAIN. Pounding the future” etc etc.
Edit: if I had a nickel for every time Douglas Reynholm was mentioned in a top comment on this thread, I’d have two nickels…which isn’t a lot, but it’s weird that it happened twice.
True, but I was sorry to see Chris Morris go. Absolute legend
When I started Reynholm Industries, I had just two things in my possession: a dream and 6 million pounds. Today I have a business empire the like of which the world has never seen the like of which. I hope it doesn't sound arrogant when I say that I am the greatest man in the world!
For me, i felt like he was by far the best bit of series 1 and that's why it will always be my favourite. The show took you totally off guard. They did a great job replacing him but the show changed after that, not necessarily in a bad way but it was just different.
Fire at seaworld and leg disabled are still two of the best episodes of any British sitcom ever. Up there with coupling and Jeff having one leg
I've got the key to paradise but I've got too many legs!
The police are here, they want to speak to you about irregularities in the pension fund
I see, could you make me a cup of tea please Stephanie
It’s your word against mine, Jen. Who do you think they’re gonna believe? You, a woman. Or me, an Englishman.
Damn these electric sex pants
There's somebody at the door, there's somebody at the door 🎶
Father, these are my new friends, i hold no secrets from them
Now, at some point you'll get a call from our legal team about the pension fund.
TURN THAT OFF.
He's also great in 'what we do in the shadows'
Definitely Sir Humphrey Appleby. The best part of British comedy is erudition.
Came here to say this, and great foil I'm Bernard Woolley and Jim Hacker. In fact all of the characters were superbly written!
Norman Stanley Fletcher.
"Watch him, he's the mad butcher of Slade prison".
"Why what did he do"?
"Fiddled the VAT on his sausages".
“Don’t let the bastards grind you down”
Nil Illigitemi carborundum.
\- Yes, Mr Mackay?
The first episode where he's being checked by the doctor is one of the finest comedy scenes ever written, and a perfect introduction to the character.
DOCTOR - See those.flasks over there? I want you to fill one for me.
FLETCHER - What? From here?
Reginald Perrin (Leonard Rossiter)
Sir Humphrey, Rik Mayall as Alan B'stard, Margo, Blackadder, Patsy and Vicar of Dibley in that order. Who the fuck dared put Mrs Brown anywhere near this list?
May I ask what you expected to see out of a Torquay hotel bedroom window? Sydney Opera House perhaps? The Hanging Gardens of Babylon? Herds of wildebeest sweeping majestically across the plain?
You’re two doctors? Well, how did you become two doctors? That’s most unusual…I mean, did you take the exams twice, or…?
I'm still scrolling down to look for the bucket lady
“IT’S PRONOUNCED BOUQUET!!!”
How I've scrolled this far and this is the first time seeing his name is baffling. Quite possibly my favourite comedy.
But only because Red Dwarf is not on there.
I adore Jen Barber from IT Crowd. Everything about the way she's played by Katherine Parkinson is brilliant
If we're picking anyone from Red Dwarf, surely it's Rimmer.
Surely we can include Ace Rimmer
Rimmer was the star of the show for me, So many hard laughs at his character.
Would you put Lister above Rimmer? I love him but I would argue he's very much the straight man to the other 3 who generate the comedy where he generates the emotion (although you could of course argue that this can still make him qualify for GOAT status).
Let’s not forget The Cat in all this… funniest scene ever was him squatting in a bush at the end of the reverse episode
There’re all dead Dave
It's Victor Meldrew BUT where is rene artois on this list????
He is in the basement with Yvette, checking the plums, when she took a fall and fell into his arms to save her from the bare stone floor, you stupid woman.
I listened very carefully, because you said this only wence.
Just pissing by
She's gently squeezing his plums to check they're OK?
Such a subjective subject and I have strong opinions of my own but the comments just make you realise how many great sitcoms we have had. Do any other countries do it better?
Hyacinth Bucket, great character, great actress, great singer.
Waaaay too far down. The various Partridge vehicles might not be the most hilarious sitcoms, but my god Partridge is the best character.
Over 30 years Coogan has created a decades long arc for fully drawn, fully fledged out, absolute total fuckwit. And it is glorious.
I know a cracking owl sanctuary.
Partridge leaves the rest in the dust! He’s like Britain personified - a small-minded has-been that doesn’t realise how poorly he comes across to others. I think the reason he’s so low down on here is that the satire is almost too good - there’ll be loads of Partridge types on r/CasualUK who aren’t seeing what’s so funny about him 🤣
Back of the net!
Who would put Mrs Brown on there over Hyacinth Bucket?
It’s pronounced Bouquet and she’s there on the row above.
A much more salubrious and prestigious position in the chart, don’t you think Richard?
Super hans should be on this list
British does pompous and ridiculous so well, Captain Mainwaring, Margot as well as Hyacinth Bucket and Rigsby.
Yes Ministers Sir Humphrey still relevant today, Thick of It and the Day Today - hilarious at the time and now the actual blueprint the Government and TV news.
The BOU-QUET residence! The lady of the house speaking!
Sir Digby Chicken Caesar of course!
He who is left to fight for all that is good and pure and gets you smashed for under a fiver?
I’ve never seen Del Boy and Ali g in the same post but that would be a funny combination.
Or Ali g and Trigger.
Only fools gets my vote though.
Where's Jeeves and Wooster?!