A short musical interlude from 1992 that is depressingly topical. With Stephen Fry, Hugh Laurie, John Grillo. I was fortunate to have met an internet correspondence several years ago, who was kind enough to share his set of scripts, which he had painstakingly converted to html. A Bit of Fry & Laurie 250px Title screen from the first series of A Bit of Fry & Laurie' Television show information Created by Stephen Fry Hugh Laurie Written by Stephen Fry Hugh Laurie Starring Stephen Fry Hugh Laurie Deborah Norton (Series 1) Geoffrey McGivern (Series 2) Country of origin United Kingdom Original language(s) English Production Broadcast Original network BBC1, BBC2 Chronology Episode 5. He is the host of several talk shows, each one devoted to an odd action performed by the host and the guest during the course of the interview. After much fan-driven petition, the first series of A Bit of Fry and Laurie, plus the pilot, was released on DVD on 3 April 2006 in Region 2. Such insertions became less frequent in the last two series. Best sketch from "A Bit of Fry and Laurie" by Leox Xxen. The Warlord (guitarist) is dressed as a typical rocker, whereas the Bishop (vocalist) is dressed in his normal vestments, and one black fingerless glove. It frequently broke the fourth wall; characters would revert into their real-life actors mid-sketch, or the camera would often pan off set into the studio. gcse.async = true; During a sketch where Fry had supposedly removed Laurie's brain, Laurie came out and said that he had just finished watching Noel Edmonds and that he is fantastic.[4]. Region 1 versions of the first two series were released in the United States and Canada on 22 August 2006. The script for this sketch is available in the script books and online.[8]. With Stephen Fry, Hugh Laurie, Deborah Norton. Release Calendar DVD & Blu-ray Releases Top Rated Movies Most Popular Movies Browse Movies by Genre Top Box Office Showtimes & Tickets Showtimes & Tickets In Theaters Coming Soon Coming Soon Movie News India Movie Spotlight A sketch about a Shakespeare masterclass ("an actor prepares"), where a teacher (Stephen Fry) with delusions of grandeur gives pretentious, nonsensical acting advice to his eager student (Laurie). (This is immediately followed by a mini-feature about Laurie's "death".) Tony (Laurie) first appears in series 2. Directed by Kevin Bishop. He often bullies and patronises the mild-mannered Gordon, who in fact displays far greater knowledge and better control of the situation. I wonder. Get the IMDb App. A sketch from 'A Bit of Fry & Laurie' Stephen enters a bookshop. Jack (Fry) is an eyepatch-wearing, imposing man who belongs to an unnamed organisation. The 36-minute pilot was broadcast on BBC1 at 11:55 pm on Boxing Day 1987, although it was later edited down to 29 minutes for repeat transmissions (including broadcasts on the Paramount Comedy Channel). He recruits Freddy to participate in several of the organisation's efforts for the "cause", which he states to be freedom, although this may be hyperbolic. John (Fry) and Peter (Laurie) are hard-driving, hard-drinking executives who are always partners, no matter what business they happen to be running; in most of their sketches they run a health club. Tony Murchison is Subsection Chief of the East Germany and Related Satellites Desk, who brings Control his morning coffee. [11], Learn how and when to remove this template message, "A Bit of Fry and Laurie - streaming online", "Watch A Bit of Fry and Laurie - Season 1 | Prime Video", Stephen Fry's Incomplete and Utter History of Classical Music, https://en.wikipedia.org/w/index.php?title=A_Bit_of_Fry_%26_Laurie&oldid=979804022, Short description is different from Wikidata, Articles needing additional references from November 2018, All articles needing additional references, Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike License, "I say, as I like to on these occasions, those six refreshing words that unlock the door to sophisticated evening happiness. The character is a parody of several television shows of the 1970s, most prominently The Professionals. A sketch from 'A Bit of Fry & Laurie' Swearing. Recently Viewed . [1], The show began its full run at 9 pm on Friday 13 January 1989. On the series 3 DVD for Region 1, the sketch which features Laurie and Fry singing The Beatles' "Hey Jude" has been omitted. Hugh Well, I, yes, I think so Jack, yes, I try to be a decent sort of chap, yes. 6 / 6 The final episode this series of Hugh Laurie and Stephen Fry's comedy sketch show. This website is an intermittently ongoing labour of love designed to safeguard a long-standing treasure of the web and bring Stephen Fry & Hugh Laurie’s older work to a wider audience; it’s not – save for a couple of Amazon Associates links – an attempt to cash in on their hard work. I have only created a means of accessing them. Playing the piano, he sings "Where is the lid?" Here are some of the ways in which it differs:-, That old GeoCities website contained this note:-. A man quizzes an Information Desk attendant. The sketch is a parody of television drama of the period such as BBC TV's Howards' Way, which depicted relatively small-scale businessmen as larger-than-life, world-weary, passionate, and tormented. 5:35. John and Peter are invariably exhorting one another to greater efforts on behalf of their relatively insignificant businesses, with their shouted catchphrases "Damn!" As a service to the public, Fry and Laurie provide two TV critics to deride the show. and "Dammit John!". Their antagonist in every business operation is the diabolical Marjorie (John's ex-wife). In the background, Fry finds a stray lid, and tries it on an open jar sitting on the piano; it fits, and he pleads with Laurie to stop singing as the lid has been found and restored to its jar. This wonderful archive of Fry & Laurie scripts once had a home as part of the now-defunct GeoCities website. The official authorised Fry & Laurie story, Soupy Twists by Jem Roberts, was published by Unbound in 2018. A conversation about the uniqueness of Language and how it defines us. One reviewer said that, perhaps owing to this, Fry got more of the laughs, while Laurie was increasingly relegated to the "straight man" role.[2]. "M'colleague" is a phrase that Fry and Laurie began using during the second series to refer to each other. })(); This wonderful archive of Fry & Laurie scripts once had a home as part of the now-defunct GeoCities website. Alan (Laurie) is hired as a secret agent by a mysterious organisation known only as 'The Department', before which he was a gun-runner, supply teacher, and Home Secretary. It ran for four series and totalled 26 episodes, including a 36-minute pilot episode in 1987. What are you doing to the country? Both have since used this phrase outside the series to refer to the other, for example on chat shows, the dedication in Fry's novel The Stars' Tennis Balls which reads "To m'colleague", as well as the one in his second autobiography, The Fry Chronicles, which reads "To m'coll". In the broadcast version, the music was from the soundtrack of "The Sea Hawk" but instead a new piece of music has been used, drowning out most of the dialogue in the process. 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