March Madness – British comedy version


March Madness Time!

Time to stock up for some British comedy series power-watching over the next several weeks. Besides the ever-present classics that are worth watching over and over such as Yes Minister, Reginald Perrin and Vicar of Dibley, there are a couple of other series you may or may not be aware of that are worth the discovery time. I’d love to get any or all of these for broadcast, but in the meantime, do yourself a favor and rent a couple of seasons of each and power watch if there is no interest in that little basketball tourney that seems to be happening as we speak.

Black Books

Think Basil Fawlty owning an independent bookshop in central London and you have Bernard Black and Black Books. Determined to go through life loathing the world and everyone in it and a goal of never selling a single book before half past ten, Dylan Moran brings absolute genius to the table in this role. Given the fact that the owner is sour, eccentric and an alcoholic chain-smoker with a bumbling assistant, I’m not thinking this will be an issue. Written by Graham Linehan (Father Ted, The IT Crowd) and Dylan Moran, the series also stars Bill Bailey as Manny and Tamsin Greig as Fran. If you need more convincing, click here.

The Worst Week of My Life

Sort of a British “Meet the Parents”, The Worst Week of My Life stars Ben Miller (Primeval) and Sarah Alexander (Green Wing, Coupling).


  • Cora Latta

    I caught Black Books on another cable channel a few years ago and just laughed myself silly. Witty and smart, but oh so wonderfully British.