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Richard Briers has died


Al94

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morddwyd

As you know, Briers starred in "The Marriage Lines" with Prunella Scales - she of Fawlty Towers fame - and they remained very close friends for the rest of his life. Richard was godfather to Prunella's children, and they lived very close to each other.

Prunella is on record as saying that Briers was one of the nicest men she knew, and right to the end she visited him regularly, to make sure he was OK.

He wasn't so close to Felicity Kendal ('The good life') however, describing her as a 'somewhat strange' person. In fact, Briers didn't much enjoy his 'Good life' character; he said he found him incredibly irritating.

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Al94

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Penelope Keith gave a very good interview on BBC last night, another one here

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finerty

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Well Richard Briers made many people happy and The Good Life Comedy brought many smiles laughs on peoples faces however young or old. He was a good man and brought joy to many on the tv screen.

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Bing.alau

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I don't like repeats of last week's programs, but at times there is a case for these older programs to be shown again. I missed all sorts of brilliant programs through being away from home through the fifties and sixties, when it seems most of them were doing the rounds. Other people must also have had this problem. So come on BBC and ITV. Check to see if they (old comedy shows by the likes of Richard Briers etc.) are still fit for modern consumption and get them on again. I know old programs can be seen on Sky TV etc. but they are ruined by adverts.

I am sure the BBC could pay royalties from the amount of money involved in the licence fee. Besides as they are having to cut costs by reducing staff levels, there is more of a case for bringing out some of the better shows again.

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Quickbeam

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"a case for bringing out some of the better shows again."

What were better shows at the time 30 years ago aren't necessarily better now, or what a modern audience would watch at prime time on a prime channel. I used to (and still do) like watching The Sweeney and The Professionals, when they were new, they were gritty and cutting edge drama, now when I watch them I see corny parodies much like The Avengers, which pretended to be nothing else than a corny parody.

Currently you can watch David Attenborough's huge Life On Earth series from the early '80s on iPlayer that seemed to last forever at that time. It was very ground breaking in it's day for it's photography techniques and the depth at which the subject was covered. After wading through the first 2 1/2 programmes, I decided that it's too bloody boring to watch all the way through again!

I just cherry pick my viewing now with the use of iPlayers and HD recording and the like.

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I'm inclined to agree with Quickbeam. What was hilarious a few decades ago might fall very flat with a modern audience.

Some of the stuff that was aired back in the 1970s and 80's looks dreadfully amateurish when compared with modern output, and comedy is a particularly difficult field - political and social references that were very funny then would be largely meaningless now.

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fourm member

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I would expect that to be particularly true with 'The Good Life'. Many of the 'weird' things done by Tom are the sort of things we take for granted today.

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Aitchbee

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...Dad's Army and MAS*H both stand the test of time ... Blackadder, also, has timeless 'stiff-upper-lip' turning to 'burst-out-laughing' moments, also.

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Jock1e

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I suppose all you can say is he had a good life.

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Jock1e

"I suppose all you can say is he had a good life."

Well, you might also say that he was awarded the OBE and the CBE for his work, and that he had a very successful comedy career spanning half a century.

Apart from 'The good life' he starred in a range of hit TV series, including 'Marriage Lines','Ever decreasing circles', and 'Monarch of the Glen'.

He was a member of Kenneth Branagh's Renaissance Theatre Company, and played many Shakespearean roles. He was also in three of Branagh's films. he was the voice of 'Fiver' the rabbit in the film 'Watership Down', did various voice overs for commercials, and was the Narrator for the childrens TV series of the Noddy stories.

In the end emphysema got him - he reckoned he had smoked over half a million cigarettes by the time he stopped, in 2003.

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