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Cult British TV comedyFrom Reeves and Mortimer to Psychoville$
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Leon Hunt

Print publication date: 2013

Print ISBN-13: 9780719083778

Published to Manchester Scholarship Online: September 2013

DOI: 10.7228/manchester/9780719083778.001.0001

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‘Careful now’: Graham Linehan – a case study in post-alternative sitcom

‘Careful now’: Graham Linehan – a case study in post-alternative sitcom

(p.69) 3 ‘Careful now’: Graham Linehan – a case study in post-alternative sitcom
Cult British TV comedy

Leon Hunt

Manchester University Press

This chapter examines the sitcom work of Graham Linehan, writer and/or co-writer of Father Ted, Black Books and The IT Crowd. Like Reeves and Mortimer (but in a different way) Linehan’s work manifests a balancing of the traditional and the cultish. While his sitcoms display some of the anti-realist aesthetics of the alternative sitcom (cartoonish violence, occasional touches of fantasy), he has adhered to other stylistic practices that at the turn of the century were viewed as unfashionable - the studio sitcom filmed in front of a live audience. The chapter also considers the ‘Irishness’ of Linehan’s work (particularly in Father Ted) and The IT Crowd’s appeal to a ‘nerd gaze’ through the characters’ display of cultish acquisitions.

Keywords:   Graham Linehan, Sitcom, Father Ted, Black Books, The IT Crowd, Irish comedy

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