Harry Enfield's Television Programme (1990–1992)

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Popular BBC sketch show that introduces a whole host of memorable characters such as Tim-Nice-But-Dim, Wayne and Waynetta Slob, The Old Gits and teenagers Kevin and Perry. The show spawned a slew of spin-off series and films.


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18 January 2015 | daleholmgren
| Harry Enfield is a quiet surprise find in America
Since there is only one review of this on IMDb in 8 years I thought I would comment as well. Enfield's sketches are hit and miss, but a review of his work over the last 25 years shows a great honing of his wit, and when his skit is on, it is deadly. Some of the sketches require a bit of knowledge of British culture. For example, the Smashie and Nicey sketches are a send up of the BBC Radio One DJ's of the era. You wouldn't know, for example, that Paul Whitehouse as Mike Smash moaning on-air about his wife leaving him and playing the same record over and over again is a joke about the real life broken-heart goings on by Tony Blackburn on BBC Radio One in 1976. Even not knowing the origins of the sketch it's quite hilarious, but knowing it makes it wickedly funny.

Enfield and Whitehouse, being older now themselves, target an older crowd for their barbs, and it fits them better than doing routines like Kevin or LoadsaMoney. Nevertheless, there is plenty in the 1990's era Enfield that is outstanding. I only found Enfield accidentally through YouTube; I suppose the inside-joke nature of their British targets makes it difficult to translate over to a broad cross section of American audiences, but I find it devilishly dead-on.

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