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Programmes Not Includes On This Website

Deciding whether a programme should be included on this website can be quite tricky as the definition of a situation comedy is open to individual interpretation. If a programme is borderline then we've included it however it must contain certain elements - most notably it has to be funny (a comedy), must normally feature a regular cast of characters who react to their surroundings (the situation part) and be filmed in a comedic style (e.g. emphasising the comedy rather than tension).

Most of the comedy programmes we don't feature are either comedy-dramas , sketch shows , stand-up acts , variety shows or satire rather than sitcoms.

Comedy Drama

A dramatic series with some strong comedy element. Good examples of programmes in this genre are "Teachers" and "Shameless" - these are not sitcoms as they feature a lot of drama too and are filmed in a dramatic rather than comedic style with heavy emphasis on plot.

Sketch Show

A sketch show is made up of a series of short comedy scenes, or 'sketches', commonly between one and ten minutes long. These shows are normally performed by a small group of actors who play multiple roles. The emphasis is very much on the punch-line to the gag. "Little Britain" and "The Fast Show" are good examples.

Stand-Up

A television show featuring a comedian who usually recites a fast paced succession of amusing stories, short jokes and one-liners. Jack Dee and Jasper Carrot are two such famous British Stand-Up comedians.

Variety Shows

A mix of all sorts of entertainment including some comedy.

Satire

A TV programme which sets out to ridicule human nature in a comedic way. Some sitcoms are satirical however other shows such as "The Kumar's at Number 42" and "Brass Eye" are not. TV impressionists such as Rory Bremner are included in this category.

Some Notable British Comedy Programmes Which Are Not Sitcoms

Programme Type Website Links... IMDb DVDs
Teachers Comedy Drama Fan Site | Official Site | Wikipedia Internet Movie Database Link - For Cast and Crew Details Search Amazon for DVDs
Shameless Comedy Drama Official Site | Wikipedia Internet Movie Database Link - For Cast and Crew Details Search Amazon for DVDs
The Kumars at No. 42 Satirical Chat Show Wikipedia | BFI Internet Movie Database Link - For Cast and Crew Details Search Amazon for DVDs
Little Britain Sketch Show BSG Guide | Official Site Internet Movie Database Link - For Cast and Crew Details Search Amazon for DVDs
Bo Selecta! Sketch Show Official Site | Internet Movie Database Link - For Cast and Crew Details Search Amazon for DVDs
Brass Eye Satire Wikipedia Internet Movie Database Link - For Cast and Crew Details Search Amazon for DVDs
The Day Today Satire Wikipedia | BFI Internet Movie Database Link - For Cast and Crew Details Search Amazon for DVDs
The Frost Report Satire Wikipedia | BFI Internet Movie Database Link - For Cast and Crew Details Search Amazon for DVDs
The Goon Show Radio Comedy Wikipedia | Fan Site Internet Movie Database Link - For Cast and Crew Details Search Amazon for DVDs
Goodness Gracious Me Sketch Show Wikipedia | BBC | BFI Internet Movie Database Link - For Cast and Crew Details Search Amazon for DVDs
Harry Enfield Sketch Show | BBC Internet Movie Database Link - For Cast and Crew Details Search Amazon for DVDs
Monty Python's Flying Circus Sketch Show | BBC | Python Line | BFI Internet Movie Database Link - For Cast and Crew Details Search Amazon for DVDs
Morecambe and Wise Variety Show Wikipedia | BBC | Fan Site Internet Movie Database Link - For Cast and Crew Details Search Amazon for DVDs
Not the Nine O'Clock News Sketch Show | BBC | BFI Internet Movie Database Link - For Cast and Crew Details Search Amazon for DVDs
Ballykissangel Comedy Drama | BBC | Fan Site Internet Movie Database Link - For Cast and Crew Details Search Amazon for DVDs
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