I haven't been in at all a blogging mood recently. My holiday activities so far have consisted of reading outside in the dusk cool; having long baths; dancing to Hall & Oates' You Make My Dreams Come True, which is impossible to get out of your head once it's in; going to the video library; and watching what I rented from the video library. So far my rentals have included It's Complicated, The Devil Wears Prada, and Morning Glory. But, as I learnt from last Christmas holidays, it's great to have a TV series to get really stuck into. Last time, we watched the complete series of Seachange, which I adored, and Mork and Mindy, which has left me in a glowing state of Robin Williams adoration. This time round, however, I had no clue which direction to turn for my holiday entertainment.
Working at a video library certainly has its perks, and even without having read the back of a film let alone having seen it, I've become acquainted with a crazy number of random DVDs. It was like this, "putting it back on the shelf" as I refer to my way of knowing, that I was made aware of the 1989 series, A Bit of Fry and Laurie. No one can argue that Hugh Laurie is a great actor, and the last year has functioned to make me a huge fan of the witty, eloquent gentlemanliness of the glorious Stephen Fry. (I am now ridiculously excited to see him as Mycroft in the new Sherlock Holmes film which comes out on my birthday amazingly enough!!!)
As a Woody Allen fan, this quirky little show has huge appeal to me. It is certainly an acquired taste, and oldfashioned and a bit British... well... British... but it is so delightful to watch - thriving entirely on the greatness of their facial acting and the complete glory of their lines. Observe!
This is a sketch from the 1987 BBC pilot. It is my favourite sketch, and shows Stephen Fry in a very young, albiet soft, pink, and gorgeous, state. How great is that line - that cloud of gorgeousness part? Uuuugggh! It's so fantastic.