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

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Cult British TV comedy

From Reeves and Mortimer to Psychoville


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