Laugh­ing at a Beeb com­edy? That’s funny!

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The cor­ners of my mouth trav­elled up­wards and I be­gan to make a strange noise, like a “Ha ha ha!” sound.

The doc­tor told me not to worry, claim­ing that I was just do­ing some­thing called “laugh­ing”.

He even claimed that sit­coms, even BBC ones, are “sup­posed to be funny”.

That did not seem very likely to me. Did he not watch or

Thank­fully, the mys­tery was solved at the end of the pro­gramme:

has dual her­itage. It is a joint ven­ture by the BBC and HBO, the bril­liant Amer­i­can broad­caster. From the Yank side we get the writ­ing team: Christopher Guest and Jim Pid­dock, two “Brits” who have lived in the USA for long enough to re­mem­ber what funny means.

From the Bri­tish side we get ex­cel­lent ac­tors like Chris O’Dowd and Tom Ben­nett, who were both launched to fame by Chan­nel 4 (in The

and So what, BBC sup­ply?

Some money, pre­sum­ably, and per­mis­sion to per­fectly ridicule two of their shows, and, erm,


So, once again, Amer­ica’s poo­dle.

But, with­out them, our com­edy is just poo.



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