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1104877.  Wed Dec 10, 2014 7:49 am Reply with quote

I really, really hope that it is invalid, because otherwise there is a high probability that the cast of the Royale Family, Brendan O'Carroll and Jim Davidson will be virtually immortal...


Ian Dunn
1105277.  Fri Dec 12, 2014 4:43 pm Reply with quote

The Daily Mail article ended up in the Missing Words section of tonight's HIGNFY.

Ian Dunn
1110449.  Fri Jan 09, 2015 2:37 pm Reply with quote

Over 2013 I did some research in British TV comedy repeats for the British Comedy Guide (Report and my personal thoughts). I've done it again for 2014, and the main thing of interest is that QI is NOT the most repeated panel show on British TV.

This is because in 2014 I covered more channels, one of which is 4Music, and it features lots of repeats of 8 Out of 10 Cats. In fact it was the second most British comedy during the whole year: 1,041 repeats, plus 148 Does Countdown episodes. It was repeated on every channel in the Channel 4 network except Film4. Only Last of the Summer Wine was repeated more times. Here is the top ten (in order of number of episodes repeated).

1) Last of the Summer Wine: 1,531 repeats (257 on Drama, 354 on Yesterday, 920 on Gold).
2) 8 Out of 10 Cats: 1,041 (673 on 4Music, 57 on E4, 69 on 4seven, 20 on Channel 4, 169 on Dave, 53 on More4).
3) Two Pints of Lager and a Packet of Crisps: 998 (941 on VIVA, 47 on Comedy Central, 10 on Comedy Central Extra).
4) Mr. Bean (The Animated Version): 877 (827 on CITV, 50 on ITV).*
5) Birds of a Feather: 855 (838 on Drama, 9 on ITV, 8 on ITV3).
6) QI: 780 (708 on Dave, 72 on BBC Two).
7) Desmond's: 770 (All on The Africa Channel).
8) Only Fools and Horses: 713 (712 on Gold, 1 on BBC One).
9) Harry Hill's TV Burp: 708 (All on Gold).
10) 'Allo 'Allo!: 593 (556 on Gold, 37 on BBC Two).

The main info is presented here, with some extra facts and personal thoughts here.

If the Elves want the full result of my research, feel free to get in touch.

*The animated Mr. Bean episodes are only 15 minutes, so it is a bit of a statistical anomaly. If you ignored that, then the other show making the top ten would be Mock the Week with 588 repeats.

1110498.  Fri Jan 09, 2015 6:30 pm Reply with quote

When Ian presented us with last year's figures, I thought it might be interesting to look at these figures in conjunction with the number of episodes of the show which exist. And as you can see at post 1044854, the British comedy which had the most broadcasts per episode in 2013 was Only Fools and Horses, with each episode getting 12.08 airings.

So for the 2014 Top Ten, which has eleven entries because of the dubious status of the Hungarian-made Rowan Atkinson cartoons. As last year, I am taking the number of episodes given on Wikipedia as correct.

1. Last of the Summer Wine: 1,531 295 episodes 5.19 broadcasts per episode
2. 8 out of 10 Cats: 1,041 180 episodes 5.78
3. Two Pints of Lager: 998 80 episodes 12.48
4. Mr Bean: The Animated Series: 877 52 episodes 16.87
5. Birds of a Feather: 855 113 episodes 7.57
6. QI: 780 165 episodes 4.73
7. Desmond's: 770 71 episodes 10.85
8. Only Fools and Horses: 713 64 episodes 11.14
9. Harry Hill's TV Burp: 708 161 episodes 4.40
10. 'Allo 'Allo: 593 85 episodes 6.98
11. Mock the Week: 588 133 episodes 4.42

I'm going to ignore those Mr Bean cartoons, partly because they're not entirely British and partly because they don't really fit the format. We then see that Sheridan Smith has replaced David Jason as Britain's most watched. What does this say about the state of the nation?

Meanwhile, Friends outdid itself in 2014. The 236 episodes that exist got 22.88 plays each in 2013, but in 2014 that was up to a whopping 28.67. In other words, every episode that there is was on more than once a fortnight.

Can this continue? Friends started in 1994, and it's beginning to look a bit dated. The original target audience are on to their second husbands by now, and have already seen every episode a dozen times. By now it might be their daughters who are watching them, but do the young women of today want to watch shows that their moms liked?

1110518.  Fri Jan 09, 2015 7:26 pm Reply with quote

I didn't really catch Friends the first time round. Partly because I was 4 when it started. Though my friends all loved it, they caught up on all the episodes and were suitably upset when it ended. I didn't catch up on it because it was satellite tv in SA which we didn't have. I do watch it occasionally now though if there's nothing else on. It's been the subject of a few post night out day's on the sofa with my friends as well. It's probably got a bit of life left in it.

Ian Dunn
1110585.  Sat Jan 10, 2015 8:28 am Reply with quote

suze wrote:
We then see that Sheridan Smith has replaced David Jason as Britain's most watched. What does this say about the state of the nation?

Actually that's wrong. Sheridan Smith did not star in the final series of Two Pints. Only two actors appear in all nine series: Natalie Casey and Will Mellor. So they are the most repeated actors. I wouldn't say they are the most watched, as I'm guessing that the viewing figures on VIVA are much less than those of Gold.

Source: British Comedy Guide

1110626.  Sat Jan 10, 2015 1:25 pm Reply with quote

I suit suitably corrected. I must have stopped watching Two Pints of Lager when Sheridan Smith left the show, although I can't think why that would have been ...

The high figure for Desmond's is interesting. It's a show that I never saw since it was before my time in the UK, but I'm being told that every episode had the same plot, and as obviously so as with later seasons of Heartbeat. Why a show set around the Guyanese community of South London is on high rotation on a channel whose other content is all African I don't know.


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