- BBC Four
- Mark Kermode
- Kim Newman, John Das and Mark Kermode
- Nick Freand Jones, John Das and Jane Long
In a revealing look at one of the defining genres of British cinema, Mark Kermode argues that comedy films win laughs by tapping into our abiding national preoccupations. We love to root for the underdog or 'little man', a key figure who appears in countless guises. We delight in seeing class and manners satirised and subverted. We're fascinated by films that mix comedy and crime. We enjoy home-grown pastiches and parodies that take the big beasts of Hollywood down a peg. And then there's the infamous phenomenon of the British sex comedy...
From side-splitting classics to overlooked gems, Mark shows how making fools of ourselves can make for seriously good cinema.
Below is the list of films which appear in the show, in order they appear (films listed with an asterisk are non-British films starring British comedians).
The Personal History Of David Copperfield
Carry On Doctor
Theatre Of Blood
I'm All Right Jack
Dr Strangelove Or: How I Learned To Stop Worrying And Love The Bomb
Kind Hearts And Coronets
Monty Python And The Holy Grail
Absolutely Fabulous: The Movie
1. The Little Man
2. Class And Manners
3. The British Sex Comedy
4. Criminal Comedy
5. The Joke's On Hollywood
6. Little Britain?
- Camera set-up
- Single camera
- Music composed by Neil Brand.
- First broadcast
- Monday 11th January 2021 at 9pm on BBC Four
- Episode length
- 1 hour
- All previous repeats
- Thursday 14th January 2021 at 11:20pm on BBC4
- Tuesday 12th January 2021 at 1:30am on BBC4