08 February 2017

Written by Marc Lamberts
for Daily Focal

I love British TV, I really do. As a Dutch blogger it is with great admiration that I can say that you nailed classic comedy. It has been perceived so successful over the years, that the Dutch broadcasters decided to show some of your great classic comedy series. Here are 5 of those classic British tv series that are shown in the Netherlands!

Monty Python’s Flying Circus  (1969 – 1974)
This is one of the most celebrated classic comedy series in the world, I think I say no new things. But it has only started to relive its popularity in the Netherlands again in the last few years. More and more youth watch the likes of Cleese, Chapman, Gilliam, Idle, Jones and Palin. The youth knows more about these unconvential comedians than their parents!

‘Allo ‘Allo (1982-1992)
Agent Crabtree, Lieutenant Gruber and RenĂ© have had me in tears. I definitely laughed so hard that my belly ached. This has been a series that has been shown over the years and is still shown over here. It’s funny to think that we Dutch have a terrible accent when speaking English, but we all can imitate Agent Crabtree. Good moaning!

Fawlty Towers (1975-1979)
I was literally forced to watch it when I was little and I only started to appreciate it when I watched it on the telly. There are only 12 episodes, but I love this series. I know it’s very celebrated over in the UK, but is rather unknown over here. Still it has been branded as one of the most popular tv series of all time.

It ain’t half hot mum (1974-1979)
As a kid I have impersonated a lot of the characters, amazing. It’s fair to say that this series was almost of the same popularity as ‘Allo ‘Allo. People over here usually have difficulties understanding British comedy, but this was like a proper introduction. My mates are still talking about this!

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