Alternative British Hilarity
79 8.2 8.31. Garth Marenghi's Darkplace (2004)
Genius offbeat spoof "starring" Horror writer Garth Marenghi and his publisher Dean Learner in 6 individual episodes penned by Marenghi himself.
It's chock full of terrible editing, bad acting and cheesy horror cliches, as well as stunningly original terrifying scenarios. It's a real one off and perfect in every way.
It also boasts some of the best opening titles ever made.
27 8.2 7.92. The Day Today (1994)
Satirical yet hilariously silly, this spoof news programme introduced the wit of Chris Morris to our homes and the character of Alan Partridge.
By taking the cliches of real news programmes and only just tweaking them, you'll never watch the news in the same way again.
178 7.7 83. The Mighty Boosh (2003)
Surreal and rightly loved sit-com of sorts, focusing on the lives and relationship of two unlikely friends Jazz Maverick Howard Moon and King of the Mods Vince Noir.
Beautifully strange with catchy songs, with episodes covering such diverse topics as evil grannies, lovelorn pandas and drug fuelled crabs.
107 7.5 84. The League of Gentlemen (1999)
Dark sketch comedy from these four talented gents, who flawlessly play practically every character. From demon butchers to washed out glam rock stars and job centre workers, they will make you laugh and possibly frighten you as well.
Have some "special stuff" and an "I can I can't" and watch this.
6 7.8 7.45. Catterick (2004)
Satisfying slice of Vic and Bob silliness with bonus added actual plot!
Brothers Carl and Chris Palmer try to find Carl's long lost son but don't realise there's a deranged killer after them.
With fantastic supporting turns from Matt Lucas, Tim Healey and Reece Shearsmith.
246 7.9 8.56. Father Ted (1995)
Three priests live on Craggy Island with their tea-loving housekeeper, but life isn't as easy as Father Ted would like...
Warm, funny and wonderfully cheeky, it's a hilarious watch with one of the best characters ever (Father Dougal) and one of the best TV episodes ever (Speed 3)
55 7 7.87. Big Train (1998)
Top notch alternative sketch comedy from a very young Simon Pegg as well as comic stalwarts such as Kevin Eldon and Mark Heap.
In turns dark, silly and just plain strange, and well worth a giggle.
393 8.1 8.78. Spaced (1999)
Edgar Wright's TV sit-com that introduced us all to the perfect pairing that is Simon Pegg and Nick Frost, and celebrated movie geeks across the land.
Pitch perfect performances from all concerned, and all you want to do is hang out with Tim and Daisy.
209 7.7 8.59. Peep Show (2003)
Cringeworthy and engaging, Peep Show draws you in with its first person perspective and internal monologues.
Jeremy and Mark are dysfunctional human beings that are just charming enough to root for and delight in their social failings.
13 7.7 7.710. Jam (2000)
Profoundly brave and dark comedy sketches from the twisted mind of Chris Morris.
Not laugh out loud funny but so clever and brilliant.
Again, great performances, especially from Morris himself and Eldon and Heap.
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