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[TV] UKCC23 - R16 Match ONE - Fawlty Towers vs The Royle Family

R16 Match ONE - Choose your favourite

  • Fawlty Towers

    Votes: 223 77.4%
  • The Royle Family

    Votes: 65 22.6%

  • Total voters
    288
  • Poll closed .


Mellotron

I've asked for soup
Jul 2, 2008
31,603
Brighton
Round of 16 - Match ONE
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Flowery Twats
- 1975-1979, 12 episodes

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An absolute colossus of a show. John Cleese heads up one of the most tightly written sitcoms of all time. Needs no further introduction.

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VS
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The Royle Family -
1998-2012, 25 episodes

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An incredibly warm, earthy sitcom with tonnes of pathos. A brave decision at the time to write a sitcom basically about 4-6 very normal people sitting around doing nothing of an evening, but the tight dialogue and strong performances carried it through - in turn, TRF gave birth to the now reality TV juggernaut Gogglebox.

Made it through the group with relative comfort, but I suspect this might be the end of the line for the Royles.

This Match will run for 7 days, to allow plenty of time for voting.

VOTE NOW!
UK Comedy Cup 2023 - Group Stage Round Up
UK Comedy Cup 2023 - R16 Match ONE - Fawlty Towers vs The Royle Family
UK Comedy Cup 2023 - R16 Match TWO - Father Ted vs The Detectorists
UK Comedy Cup 2023 - R16 Match THREE - The Inbetweeners vs Only Fools & Horses
UK Comedy Cup 2023 - R16 Match FOUR - Blackadder vs Porridge
UK Comedy Cup 2023 - R16 Match FIVE - Not The Nine O'Clock News vs Red Dwarf
UK Comedy Cup 2023 - R16 Match SIX - I'm Alan Partridge vs The Thick Of It
 
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Bod

Well-known member
Dec 8, 2015
625
UK Comedy Cup 2023 - Group Stage Round Up

Round of 16 - Match ONE
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The Royle Family -
1998-2012, 25 episodes

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An incredibly warm, earthy sitcom with tonnes of pathos. A brave decision at the time to write a sitcom basically about 4-6 very normal people sitting around doing nothing of an evening, but the tight dialogue and strong performances carried it through - in turn, TRF gave birth to the now reality TV juggernaut Gogglebox.

Made it through the group with relative comfort, but I suspect this might be the end of the line for the Royles.

===
VS
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Fawlty Towers
- 1975-1979, 12 episodes

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An absolute colossus of a show. John Cleese heads up one of the most tightly written sitcoms of all time. Needs no further introduction.

Each Group will run for 7 days, to allow plenty of time for voting.

VOTE NOW!​
Not the most balanced intro😳
 

Mellotron

I've asked for soup
Jul 2, 2008
31,603
Brighton
Not the most balanced intro😳
I thought I was pretty darn complimentary of both?! For reference, I voted for The Royle Family, but I'm not going to pretend Fawlty Towers isn't seen the way I've described it.

Equally, if the BBC was previewing Brazil vs Sweden, it wouldn't pretend both are equal standard teams :smile:
 
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Mellotron

I've asked for soup
Jul 2, 2008
31,603
Brighton
Forty Titties is looking to possibly rest Manuel & Basil for the second half at this rate...
 

HHGull

BZ fan club
Dec 29, 2011
651
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JJ McClure

Go Jags
Jul 7, 2003
10,780
Hassocks
Have you ever seen my wife make toast?
 

Questions

Habitual User
Oct 18, 2006
24,587
Worthing
There are so many series in the original list I haven’t watched or got.
The I.T. Crowd has been recommended a couple of times to me but I couldn’t get on board.
I still think Count Arthur Strong is one of the top shows of all time but so few people have even heard of it that I speak to. Maybe it’s because it’s from a radio 4 background. I’m watching it for a 3rd or 4th time atm on Prime.
 


Tubby Mondays

Well-known member
Dec 8, 2005
3,010
A Crack House
Tough one!

On the one hand royal family was fantastic but they probably did 2/3 or too many specials that tainted it a touch.

On the other hand fawlty did the perfect amount of episodes but Cleese is a complete piece of work.
 

Mellotron

I've asked for soup
Jul 2, 2008
31,603
Brighton
Tough one!

On the one hand royal family was fantastic but they probably did 2/3 or too many specials that tainted it a touch.

On the other hand fawlty did the perfect amount of episodes but Cleese is a complete piece of work.
The writing standards really did drop towards the end with those specials, don't know if the writing team changed?

The original 3 series in 98-00 was absolutely superb.

The specials (apart from 2006 - Nana's farewell episode - which was decent and had a genuine emotional punch) in 2008, 2009, 2010 and 2012 slowly got worse, to the point where it was almost unrecognisable as the same show towards the end.
 

Tubby Mondays

Well-known member
Dec 8, 2005
3,010
A Crack House
The writing standards really did drop towards the end with those specials, don't know if the writing team changed?

The original 3 series in 98-00 was absolutely superb.

The specials (apart from 2006 - Nana's farewell episode - which was decent and had a genuine emotional punch) in 2008, 2009, 2010 and 2012 slowly got worse, to the point where it was almost unrecognisable as the same show towards the end.
Should’ve stopped the death one yes.
 


MJsGhost

Remembers
NSC Licker Extraordinaire
Jun 26, 2009
4,374
East
NSC demographics will skew the pitch on this one. I was born in '78, so wasn't even alive when most of it was aired and in my opinion, it hasn't aged well at all.
Not for me, Clive, but it'll probably win the cup.

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jcdenton08

Enemy of the People
NSC Licker Extraordinaire
Oct 17, 2008
10,289
NSC demographics will skew the pitch on this one. I was born in '78, so wasn't even alive when most of it was aired and in my opinion, it hasn't aged well at all.
Not for me, Clive, but it'll probably win the cup.

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Yeah. Bloody democracy, it’s an outrage!
 

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