Sunday, May 25, 2014

Top 10 TV British Comedies on Amazon Prime

Top 10 TV British Comedies on Amazon Prime
These BritComs are included to stream for free and binge watch with your Amazon Prime subscription*

1) The Vicar of Dibley
Vicar of Dibley
Instant Video selections

Starring Dawn French, Gary Waldhorn, James Fleet, John Bluthal, Liz Smith, Roger Lloyd-Pack, Emma Chambers and no, no, no, yes it's the one and only Trevor Peacock

Written by Richard Curtis and Paul Mayhew-Archer

2) Good Neighbors aka The Good Life

Stars Richard Briers Felicity Kendal, Penelope Keith and Paul Eddington.

The show originally ran 1975-1978 and was created by John Esmonde and Bob Larbey. 

This is the team that brought us Brush Strokes, Ever Decreasing Circles and Mulberry which ended before we could see the ending that the writers had in mind.

Larbey created A Fine Romance and As Time Goes By.

Ruth Jones (Nessa) and James Corden (Smithy) Gavin & Stacey
at a BBC Radio Wales roadshow
Ben Salter, December 2008
3) Gavin and Stacey

Stars Mathew Horne, Joanna Page, James Corden, Ruth Jones, Larry Lamb, Alison Steadman, Rob Brydon, Melanie Walters

4) As Time Goes By

You must remember this.... Stars Dame Judi Dench, Geoffrey Palmer, Moira
As Time Goes By
Brooker, Philip Bretherton, Jenny Funnell. Yes, Jean did get a gorillagram on this show.

5) Coupling

Stars Gina Bellman, Sarah Alexander, Kate Isitt, Ben Miles, Richard Coyle, Richard Mylan

6) Blackadder aka Black Adder (S1)

Another Richard Curtis show, starring Rowan Atkinson, Tony Robinson, Tim McInnerny, Miranda Richardson, Stephen Fry, Hugh Laurie with some great guest stars. 

The original show ran 1983 – 1989. Amazon also has some of the specials including their more recent Christmas Special.
A Bit of Fry & Laurie
7) A Bit of Fry & Laurie (S1)

Starring Stephen Fry and Hugh Laurie. Before he was Dr. House MD. Again some great guest stars.  Ran 1989-1995.

8) Fawlty Towers (S1)

Starring John Cleese, Prunella Scales, Andrew Sachs, Connie Booth. Written by Cleese and Booth.  Indulge in some Waldorf salad while you watch this show which ran 1975-1979.

9) Doc Martin (S1)

Starring Martin Clunes, Caroline Catz, Ian McNeice, Joe Absolom, Selina Cadell, Jessica Ransom, Annabelle Apsion and Eileen Atkins. 

Stephanie Cole and Katherine Parkinson in early seasons. 

10) Absolutely Fabulous (S1)

Starring Jennifer Saunders, Joanna Lumley, Julia Sawalha, June Whitfield, Jane Horrocks. The original series ran 1992-1996.

British Comedies that can be streamed via Amazon Prime by renting or purchasing to own. Most are also on DVD:
Little Britain

To the Manor Born
Red Dwarf

No Job for a Lady
Last Tango in Halifax
Yes, Prime Minister
The Office UK version 
Concerts, Appearances by stars such as Eddie Izzard
Beatles movies such as A Hard Day's Night

Some British Comedy Series available on DVD. Not yet streaming
-- Make sure it is viewable, available in your region, some only region 2, etc. Cool if you have Amazon Prime because you usually get free two day shipping. We ordered something and that is always helpful.
Are You Being Served?
William and Mary
Monty Python's Flying Circus
Only Fools and Horses
Keeping Up Appearances
A Fine Romance
No, Honestly
Waiting for God
Mr. Bean
My Hero
Jeeves and Wooster (Stephen Fry, Hugh Laurie)
Carry On Laughing 
Peep Show
Last of the Summer Wine

Doesn't really fit as a Britcom, but:
All Creatures Great and Small

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Q: Which are your favorite British comedies?

* As of the date of this post.

(S1) : Season one is included in Amazon Prime, later seasons can be rented or purchased for a fee per episode

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