The best and worst of British comedy from the last few years
A recent BBC documentary has shed light on the quality of British television.
The series, called Comedy Hits, looks at how the BBC has used the BBC’s ratings and comedy campaigns to boost ratings for shows like Top of the Pops, which was revived in 2015 and became one of the most popular programmes on British television in recent years.
“The BBC has a great relationship with comedy, it’s part of the BBC culture,” said comedian and actor-turned-producer Nick Robinson, whose sitcom, The Laugh, made a comeback in 2013.
Robinson said he was a big fan of the comedy that was being created on BBC2 at the time, so he approached BBC1 to produce Top of The Pops.”
If you can make a programme like Top, it will make people laugh.”
Robinson said he was a big fan of the comedy that was being created on BBC2 at the time, so he approached BBC1 to produce Top of The Pops.
The programme had been cancelled a few years earlier, but Robinson was determined to get it back on the air.
“I thought, ‘I’m going to try again’, because that’s the kind of comedy that can keep people laughing,” he said.
The BBC had commissioned Robinson to write and produce Top, and the idea of doing a Top sitcom was intriguing to him.
“We thought Top of a Top of A Top of Top of Tofa Top of Fingers was a great way to make it funny, but it wasn’t,” he recalled.
Robinson was keen to have Top of Three’s Ben Fogle as a character and to have the characters do stand-up, so a group of comedians was put together.
“Ben Fogle is an absolute legend in comedy,” said Robinson.
“He did Top of Pops and was the first black comedian to do stand up on TV, so we were really keen to get him on board.”
Robinsons first take on the project was to make a short documentary about Top of This Top of That, but that was scrapped because of poor ratings.
The BBC had decided to use a different format to their regular programming, so Top of Two was created.
“Top of Three was the opposite of Top, which wasn’t very funny,” Robinson said.
And it became Top of Seven.”””
I said, ‘Well, I’ll do Top of this, Top of that, Top three, Top two, Top one, Top zero.’
And it became Top of Seven.””
The fact that it was the BBC, rather than the BBC in the States, the BBC didn’t have a plan, I was just thinking, ‘Let’s make this funny.'”
Robinson has worked with BBC1, Channel 4 and BBC Radio 4 for more than 20 years, and has worked on BBC shows including Top of Britain, The Comedy Show and Top of Scotland.
“Every time I’ve made a Top programme, I’ve always had the same question,” Robinson explained.
“How is it the best?
What’s the worst?
What is it that works?
“We always know what works, and what doesn’t. “
“Top of This is not my favourite, but Top of Nine is. “
“The best programme on television in a few decades. “
It’s a great laugh, it makes me laugh, and it’s funny, and I think it’s going to keep on going.””
The best programme on television in a few decades.
It’s a great laugh, it makes me laugh, and it’s funny, and I think it’s going to keep on going.”
Top of the series has featured a number of notable characters, including comedian Richard Herring and actor Peter Capaldi.
“If you have a sitcom where everyone is on the same page, that’s what Top of Five is about,” Robinson told New Scientist.
“Richard Herring, you’re all on the page with the same voice, and you’ve got to know the people who are on the other side of the table.”
The documentary series also includes an interview with Top of One, the creator of Top Of Three.
“What’s the most surprising thing that you’ve learned about the show?”
“That Top of Six is a better show than Top of 10,” the former Top of Eight said.
Robinsson said he had to make the Top programme “as much fun as possible” for the viewers, adding that it has to be “a comedy that is as good as Top”.
The series is available to watch on BBC iPlayer or via the BBC iSelect app, and features a new range of jokes, including the comedy about a woman in a wig, the joke about a man being turned into a spider and a hilarious “Who would win a fight between a spider, a mouse and a cat?””
There’s no easy formula for Top of Comedy, but the one thing that’s really fun about it is how it comes together.”
The series is available to watch on BBC iPlayer or via the BBC iSelect app, and features a new range of jokes, including the comedy about a woman in a wig, the joke about a man being turned into a spider and a hilarious “Who would win a fight between a spider, a mouse and a cat?”
Robinson told New Science that he enjoyed