Saturday, December 29, 2012

FIVE GO MAD ON TELEVISION


In 1982 a comedy debuted featuring some of the newest voices in alternative British comedy.  As you can see in the photo below, many of those faces became international comedy legends, and at least one got work on the grounds of Hogwarts.  The show was The Comic Strip Presents..., and for several seasons it presented short films that were innovative, edgy, hilarious, dry, and very British.  And sometimes not funny.  But they were always, at the very least, interesting.



The very first episode of The Comic Strip Presents... was entitled Five Go Made In Dorset, and it was a parody of a popular British series that followed a group of kids called The Famous Five.  In the episode (seen below) we follow the adventures of Julian (Peter Richardson, creator of The Comic Strip Presents...), Dick (Adrian Edmondson), George (Dawn French), and Anne (Jennifer Saunders) as they ride bikes and solve crimes, all the while spouting outrageous racist and extreme right wing views that were part of the original Famous Five series.


1983 saw the return of The Famous Five in Five Go Mad On Mescalin.  The Five go on another adventure and solve crimes, and this time around we find they are possibly Nazi sympathizers.


To mark the 30th anniversary of the series, The Comic Strips Presents... filmed an all new episode reuniting The Five in The Five Go To Rehab.  We find out what has happened to the gang over the past three decades as they go on one last reluctant adventure for Dick's birthday.



Anyway...  I've had a lot of time to kill today.

 Shyboy

BONUS EPISODE:
DETECTIVES ON THE EDGE OF A NERVOUS BREAKDOWN

BONUS DOCUMENTARY: 
30 YEARS OF COMIC STRIP

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