I’ve noticed that among the American people I’ve known over the years that British comedy and drama is an acquired taste, or perhaps an inborn one, similar to the varied feelings people have about foods such as hominy, haggis, or okra.
Some people just can’t watch Monty Python or Fawlty Towers; I’ve surmised that the English accents can be a stumbling block, and I freely admit that those accents, which vary confusingly between social classes, can be a bit thick and mumbly.
I’m a fan, though. I get a charge from watching John Cleese have a fit, or even Benny Hill and his sidekick Henry McGee acting silly. I learned today of a short-lived British sitcom from the 1960s called The Strange World of Gurney Slade. Once again I’m indebted to the savvy crowd at Metafilter!
Here’s the first half of the first episode. All six episodes are available at Youtube:
I had no idea Anthony Newley had starred in this show! It was ahead of its time; self-referential tendencies were in their infancy back then.