British TV Comedies: Cultural Concepts, Contexts and by Juergen Kamm, Birgit Neumann

By Juergen Kamm, Birgit Neumann

This assortment bargains an outline of British television comedies, starting from the beginnings of sitcoms within the Fifties to the present increase of 'Britcoms'. It offers in-depth analyses of significant comedies, systematically addressing their popular houses, filmic heritage, humour politics and cultural impression.

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The act of patricide having been averted, Harold submits to a course of treatment from a psychiatrist. The sequence with the slightly crazed psychiatrist takes up most of the rest of the episode and includes some extended flashbacks in which Harold recalls earlier humiliating put-downs at the hands of his father. ‘Loathe Story’ is of particular significance in that the sequences where the psychiatrist and Harold discuss the latter’s problems also present the scriptwriters with an opportunity to discourse on the possible reasons for Harold’s aberrant behaviour.

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