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Nerdist Week at Chris Picks His Favorite British Comedies

The video above is from Look Around You, Robert Popper and Peter Serafinowicz’s classic parody of 1970s educational science films (series one) and 1980s TV youth science shows like Tomorrow’s World (series two). That’s just one of Chris Hardwick’s Picks to Click this week as we count down his list of the Top British Comedies of All Time, as determined by a scientific survey of himself.

Yes, Nerdist Week at BBC America continues over at the network’s website with Chris’ own list of his favorite British comedies. You can guess some, a couple may surprise you, and at least one doesn’t exist. Yet.

Go over there and read Chris’ picks, and maybe pick your own. My own list would have had Father Ted, Hancock’s Half Hour, Black Books, the original The Office, I’m Alan Partridge, and The IT Crowd included along with some of Chris’ picks. Definitely Fawlty Towers, definitely Spaced, definitely Look Around You, especially the first series. And you?

Oh, wait, almost forgot: Watch the Nerdist TV show on Saturday, September 24th, 10 pm Eastern, on BBC America, and tell your friends to do the same. I can’t stress that enough.

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  1. thatguywhofollowsImlookingatmytardisstatuesohemayknowetiquette says:


    I know you will more than likely never see this and that would be great to because it will perhaps mean that you have moved on from the nerdist. But I found something as I read comments on podcast that I am catching up on. (because they don’t let you have the internet when you are locked up. Just telling the truth, don’t try to take it as intimidation on my part, intimidation is a mean thing that i would not be associated with.) well as i am doing that i noticed a pattern in comments, I love patterns they are fun to find (or use for decoration) This pattern was clear as day though, Imlookingatmytardisstatue was very obtrusive, disrespectful, and jealous of some guy named Chris getting new work. Well I quickly stopped debating in my head if a unicorn and Pegasus copulated, would chromosomes for what makes them unique just cancel each out and make it a regular horse? huh what why is this sniveling little DR.who fan hating on this Chris guy? Then I figured out that you meant Mr. Hardwick by stating Chris; because for all i know Chris could be what you named your scared, jealous of anyone even being moderately successful in something that I think I could do better penis. (haha I typed penis instead of dick, penis is just more fun to say don’t you think? Rhetorical by the way, I know, I know now you have to open a page to Google Rhetorical. Anyways once I figured this out I put down my Gandalf tankard and took out my Boba Fett gold coin and tossed it in the air. “well their went that coin again!” I screamed, and after the normal minute or so I had convinced my self not to look for the coin and that I should not base decisions on. So i decided to write you on here. So thanks for pissing me off so much that I had the coin debate again with myself, but you sir are a…wait for it…(oh who am I kidding he probably gets put down everyday of the week, poor guy, Mr. Hardwick should have a podcast of “why is Imlookingatmytardisstatue so depressed and unsatisfied with the Nerdist when he supposedly has a Tardis Statue” )

  2. Imlookingatmytardisstatue says:


    You read that wrong. But that’s fine, I probably wouldn’t read that well either what with the learning disability and all that cum in my eye. One of Chris’s recommendations was made up. But then you’d know this if it wasn’t for that learning disability and the old guano sleeping mask. Now go eat that dick life served you before it blinds you some more.

  3. Dean says:

    I’m gonna say The League of Gentlemen seeing as no one else has.

  4. Peter says:

    Waiting for God
    The Office
    Are You Being Served
    Peep Show
    Mr Bean
    The Mighty Boosh
    Jam & Jerusalem
    IT Crowd
    The Inbetweeners
    Gavin and Stacey
    Little Britain
    i’m Alan Partridge
    Fawlty Towers
    Vicor of Dibley
    Father Ted
    My Hero
    The Thin Blue Line
    Peep Show
    Black Adder
    Worst Week of My Life
    The Increasingly Poor Decisions of Todd Margaret
    No Heroics
    Friday Night Dinner

  5. Pichona says:

    I’m so glad you included Darkplace. I have never laughed so hard as I did at the sight of a man shooting a gun with a gun. Definitely one of my favorite shows.

  6. Nevidge20 says:

    I wish this was on. BBC Prime aswell. Oh well. Illegal download it shall be!

  7. piet says:

    I like the list, but where is “The Thick of It?”

  8. Turophile says:

    @Imlookingatmytardisstatue What the hell are you going on about? I don’t know if I just read that wrong but it sounds like your a big ol’ bitch with a wad of cunt in the ol’ vagine. Seriously, what the fuck are you complaining about?

  9. Lucy says:

    I can’t believe only one other person said The Mighty Boosh. Everyone should watch it! Plus IT Crowd, Spaced, and just for nostalgia’s sake, Mr Bean.


  10. crankbunny says:

    holy crap! i almost forgot Miranda.

  11. crankbunny says:


    My favs include Father Ted (I have a Craggy Island Neighborhoodie to prove it with a horse embroidered on the shoulders), Mighty Boosh, Black Books(YOU ATE ALL MY BEES!), Garth Marenghi’s Dark Place, Man to Man with Dean Learner, Big Train, Green Wing, IT Crowd, SPACED, Snuff Box, Little Britain and Nathan Barley ofcourse.

    Also a fan of the variety quiz shows like Nevermind the Buzzcocks w/Simon Amstell (who is hysterical) and the Big Fat Quiz of the Year.

  12. Imlookingatmytardisstatue says:

    So, instead of mentioning something predictable like the IT Crowd or something neglected like 15 Stories High, Chris chooses to waste the opportunity on a pitch for a terrible and non-existent TV series (keeping in tune with the shift on Nerdist from “a blog and podcast about things that might interest nerds” to “an ongoing job application for Chris”)

  13. Mike says:

    Also, Big Train with Simon Pegg is a good series.

  14. GabyYYZ says:

    There’s a hilarious, and very politically incorrect series from the very early eighties, called Mind Your Language, about a night school for recent immigrants to London, all of who are over the top stereotypes, taught by a very naive ESL type teacher, and kept in line by a strict matronly principal. You should look up some of the clips on youtube – here’s the first episode:

    The other great series is set in the 1920’s/1930’s in England, called You Rang M’Lord, about a butler to a rich lord, but with decidedly socialist leanings.

  15. Scott S says:

    I loved the first series of look Around You, but hated the second. Father Ted never really amused me much, but Graham Linehan’s other stuff like Black Books and IT Crowd are great. Almost anything that Matt Berry pops up in is worth watching, too.

    I tried watching Black Adder again recently, but could only get through a few shows before Rowan Atkinson got to be too much for me.

  16. Chibilisie says:

    Peter S. is awesome. I still watch Running Wilde over and over just so I can see his Alan Alda Impression or pretty much anything his character Fa’ad would say. I prefer series 1 of Look Around You, its a masterpiece!

  17. @Dangalff says:

    Not forgetting Red Dwarf, Coupling, Blackadder, Green Wing, Black Books, The It Crowd, Young Ones and last but not least Spaced

  18. SlimCharles says:

    Only Fools And Horses, Men Behaving Badly, Royle Family, Cold Feet [although, its probably not considered comedy, maybe dramedy], Absolutely Fabulous. My Family was also good at times…
    Plus a bunch of what you already mentioned, Monty Python above all

  19. @Dangallf says:

    Brilliant show. I met Peter in Manchester, U.K. once, lovely man, really tall