January 11th, 2004
I didn't see the BBC programme opening the campaign to identify Britain's Best Sitcom last night, so I was interested to read Gert's discussion of the show and follow her pointer to the relevant section of the BBC web site. I'd say just over half the Top 10 deserve their place, but I'd happily see Open All Hours, One Foot in the Grave, Only Fools And Horses and The Vicar of Dibley demoted in favour of, say, Rising Damp, Drop the Dead Donkey, Spaced and The Likely Lads. (I'm restricting myself to shows from the BBC's Top 100 list, otherwise I'd certainly nominate The Book Group, probably in place of The Likely Lads.)
As to which of the Top 10 should win, I'd be happy to see the prize go to any of Yes Minister, Blackadder, The Good Life or Fawlty Towers, all of which can reliably reduce me to a helpless, giggling heap to this day.
Sadly, I fear that Only Fools and Horses will probably romp away with the title. If they show that clip of Del Boy leaning on the bar-that-isn't-there, or the one where Rodney unbolts the wrong chandelier, one more time I may have to kill my television.
For what it's worth, if this poll wasn't restricted to British programmes I'd expect to see at least three or four US entries in the Top 10: Frasier, Roseanne and The Phil Silvers Show (a.k.a. Sgt Bilko) are the obvious contenders, though I'm sure I'll think of another five seconds after I click on the "Save this entry" button.
[Via mad musings of me]