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goldenfleece
02-09-2008, 13:38
In the 1970's it was common for TV sitcoms to hit the big screen. This trend started in the late 60's with movie versions of hit series like TILL DEATH US TO PART, and continued in the early 70's with a whole host of movies based on ON THE BUSES (3 films in the series), THE LIKELY LADS, STEPTOE AND SON (2 movies), LOVE THY NEIGHBOUR, DADS ARMY, FATHER DEAR FATHER, BLESS THIS HOUSE, NEVER MIND THE QUALITY, PLEASE SIR, MAN ABOUT THE HOUSE (2 films), thro the mid 70's with classics like RISING DAMP movie, ARE YOU BEING SERVED, and the whole fad culminating around 1980 with the movie version of PORRIDGE.

After that, TV sitcoms fail to reach the big screen en masse......

if I have to pick a favourite, it would have to be the whole ON THE BUSES trilogy, for pure comedy classic qualities. However, some big screen versions of sitcomes often just used scripts from some of the TV series episodes and wove them together. One of the BUSES films combines 3 TV episodes into one movie with some adjoining continuity...RISING DAMP movie was the same....the best are original script versions for the big screen, I especially like the BLESS THIS HOUSE movie too....

honeyb35
03-09-2008, 09:24
argh my OH is obsessed with On The Buses, I've never heard of them until I met him, now I'm sick of them :hihi:
In all honesty though, are there really any sitcoms around at the moment that anyone would want to see made into a film? I can't think of any!

goldenfleece
03-09-2008, 10:02
argh my OH is obsessed with On The Buses, I've never heard of them until I met him, now I'm sick of them :hihi:
In all honesty though, are there really any sitcoms around at the moment that anyone would want to see made into a film? I can't think of any!

from the early 80s onwards there was nothing that was really suitable for big screen versions....this is true....but the exceptions that missed out the big screen might be MEN BEHAVING BADLY, VICAR OF DIBLEY, FATHER TED, etc....they MIGHT have worked on the big screen if the script was good enough....

And classic 70's sitcom that failed to make the big screen, and in my opinion SHOULD have reached it, were FAWLTY TOWERS, GOOD LIFE, REGINALD PERRIN, CUCKOO WALTZ, et al

honeyb35
03-09-2008, 10:12
yes fawlty towers would have been good! A great shame that so few episodes were made of that.

Stainboy
04-09-2008, 12:49
In all honesty though, are there really any sitcoms around at the moment that anyone would want to see made into a film? I can't think of any!

Just the thought of a My Family film makes me cringe :gag:

Shaun of the Dead was sort of like having a film of Spaced but then Spaced was already miles ahead of most of our sitcoms anyway.

Rich
04-09-2008, 15:49
On The Buses! I have all 3 films of that on DVD, absolute classics! Half the jokes on it wouldn't be screenable nowadays, cos everything has to be oh-so politically correct and all that.

Current sitcoms? A Two Pints of Lager and a Packet of Crisps movie would rock! Especially with the Chavtastically funny Ralf Little in the role of Jonny (which is hard seeing as they killed him off at the beginning of the last series, eaten by Sharks! Eh?!)

bellis
05-09-2008, 13:04
In the 1970's it was common for TV sitcoms to hit the big screen. This trend started in the late 60's with movie versions of hit series like TILL DEATH US TO PART, and continued in the early 70's with a whole host of movies based on ON THE BUSES (3 films in the series), THE LIKELY LADS, STEPTOE AND SON (2 movies), LOVE THY NEIGHBOUR, DADS ARMY, FATHER DEAR FATHER, BLESS THIS HOUSE, NEVER MIND THE QUALITY, PLEASE SIR, MAN ABOUT THE HOUSE (2 films), thro the mid 70's with classics like RISING DAMP movie, ARE YOU BEING SERVED, and the whole fad culminating around 1980 with the movie version of PORRIDGE.

After that, TV sitcoms fail to reach the big screen en masse......

if I have to pick a favourite, it would have to be the whole ON THE BUSES trilogy, for pure comedy classic qualities. However, some big screen versions of sitcomes often just used scripts from some of the TV series episodes and wove them together. One of the BUSES films combines 3 TV episodes into one movie with some adjoining continuity...RISING DAMP movie was the same....the best are original script versions for the big screen, I especially like the BLESS THIS HOUSE movie too....

the best ones are the 2 steptoe movies.... but 2 man about the house movies maybe your mixing it up with the film version of george and mildred ?

goldenfleece
05-09-2008, 16:45
the best ones are the 2 steptoe movies.... but 2 man about the house movies maybe your mixing it up with the film version of george and mildred ?

yes, thats right...my error there......

Stainboy
09-09-2008, 13:06
Current sitcoms? A Two Pints of Lager and a Packet of Crisps movie would rock! Especially with the Chavtastically funny Ralf Little in the role of Jonny (which is hard seeing as they killed him off at the beginning of the last series, eaten by Sharks! Eh?!)

The Jumping the Shark reference they did there was the only funny thing they ever did but probably lost on most of their audience.

The idea of a 2 Pints film is possibly worse than a My Family one :rolleyes:

shanes teeth
20-09-2008, 20:05
Fawlty Towers were perfectly crafted 30 minute scripts.Stretching them to 90 would have been sacrillage. Indeed this is the problem with most sit.com. spin-offs. 30 minutes jokes spread out over 90 minutes.
If I was forced to choose on it would be Porridge

Sheff2006
01-10-2008, 18:39
Best has got to be On The Buses.

Classic line from the first O.T.B is near the end when Jack is eating a packet of KP nuts and he looks at Blakey and says "Britain's number 1 nut? Cor blimey they never met him".

Rich
01-10-2008, 18:58
The Jumping the Shark reference they did there was the only funny thing they ever did but probably lost on most of their audience.

The idea of a 2 Pints film is possibly worse than a My Family one :rolleyes:

The musical episode at the beginning of the third series > everything.

ChrisTodd
02-11-2008, 09:04
The On The Buses films and the Bless This House film are films I can still watch now and they can still make me laugh, although they are dated.

Some of the films like the Are You Being Served? movie didn't really seem funny at the time.

I think the film that has lasted the test of time the best is the Porridge movie.

goldenfleece
27-12-2008, 13:09
The On The Buses films and the Bless This House film are films I can still watch now and they can still make me laugh, although they are dated.
Some of the films like the Are You Being Served? movie didn't really seem funny at the time.
I think the film that has lasted the test of time the best is the Porridge movie.

Porridge is the one film I dont like at all, but then I hated the sitcom too.
I would agree the On the Buses trilogy is probably the best......wonderfully optimistic and happy go lucky in a way no other sitcom/film presents.......Inspector Blake still makes me roll on the floor laughing!!

Richeh
01-02-2009, 22:33
Arrested Development is allegedly being extended to a film, which is going to be unmissable. Stands out as being an american comedy, I know, but one of the finest I've seen made in the last decade.

Norbert
28-02-2009, 17:55
When inebriated I find Up Pompeii one of the funniest films. It used to be a TV series too but I've never seen an episode.