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There was a programme on the other night called "the ultimate sitcom" - yet another stupid list show, although at least in this one the winners were actually chosen by other sitcom writers, producers and performers. When it came to Father Ted, however, I was enraged. Because they had a few Irish people saying how, like most of us, they were convinced when Father Ted began that no one outside here could possibly get a vast amount of the jokes. And then it cut to some British writers and producers saying how "Irish" it was - over footage of Jack being drunk and Dougal being an idiot. Which is both (a) enormously racist and (b) totally misunderstands what made it Irish, which were all the injokes (like Ted, in a 1995 episode, cheering on a horse called Divorce Referendum). Yes, idiotic English sitcom producers, we have no culture of our own and the only thing that makes us different from you is being drunk and stupid! And Catholic, of course. Cheers!

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zoje_george
Jan. 4th, 2006 09:30 pm (UTC)
My darling, I would like you to know that due to your influence, and the icon you are currently displaying, the first clue I was able to answer in this week's Sunday NYT crossword was: Irish PM Ahern.

I've never watched Father Ted.
stellanova
Jan. 4th, 2006 10:21 pm (UTC)
Hee! Who knew my icons were so educational

And, Father Ted is possibly the funniest sitcom ever. It's also incredibly Irish for something that was made for a UK station - I interviewed one of its creators years ago and he said that they wanted to put in loads of Irish stuff without explaining it to the British viewers, because after all, over here we grow up absorbing British culture without any explanations.
zoje_george
Jan. 4th, 2006 10:34 pm (UTC)
Well, it was all I could do to not try to cram "bertie you fecker" into the six little spaces.

They show Father Ted on the PBS station here. That's how most Americans get exposed to your programming actually, As Time Goes By, Monty Python, All Creatures Great and Small, Mystery (which eventually runs pretty much every mystery program the BBC creates), and Masterpiece Theatre for example. Which is also why many Americans are still under the misapprehension that all of England, Scotland, and Ireland still look exactly as they did in 1946.
radegund
Jan. 5th, 2006 12:08 am (UTC)
Ah, for JAYZUZ sake. I share your ire.
theodicy
Jan. 5th, 2006 12:44 am (UTC)
Aw, honey, you need to come over here to live.
biascut
Jan. 5th, 2006 01:13 am (UTC)
I am just starting to get all the current affairs jokes - the Craggy Island Chinese community, for example, was always funny because of the way it discussed race, and the random idea that tiny Craggy Island had a well-developed and previously unsuspected Chinese community. Now, of course, I know that it's Chinese rather than, say, Indian for very specific reasons, and that Chinese immigration was a big political thing in the mid-nineties. I really must watch it again and find out how many more of the Irish-only jokes I get.

Bah, though!
barsine
Jan. 5th, 2006 09:25 am (UTC)
Also, one of the stupid commentators kept calling us 'Eire'!
stellanova
Jan. 5th, 2006 09:50 am (UTC)
I know! That made me yell at the screen!
leedy
Jan. 5th, 2006 10:22 am (UTC)
saying how "Irish" it was - over footage of Jack being drunk and Dougal being an idiot.

GRRRRAAARRGHHH. Perhaps it is a good thing that I missed this, or I'd have ended up throwing things at the telly.
cha_rmqu_ark
Jan. 9th, 2006 04:38 pm (UTC)
a friend pointed out that Ted only smokes Sweet Afton, which is a very priestly thing to do.
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