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In this classic TV soundtrack, Stephen Fry and Hugh Laurie explore a seemingly inexhaustible list of subjects with a delicious turn of phrase and elaborate wordplay. 

The hilarity includes regular acts such as not so super spy Tony Mercheson and his boss Control, yuppies, John and Peter and the critics.

With four brilliant series of great satire, comic genius and hilarious use of language, the show cemented Fry & Laurie as a double act and paved the way for their future stardom.

A Bit Of Fry & Laurie was originally broadcast on BBC 1 and BBC 2 between 1987 and 1995.

Please note that this audio originated as TV soundtracks and contains occasional visual jokes.

Minor edits have been made to the original broadcast for ease of listening.

Contains strong language.

©2021 BBC Studios Distribution Ltd (P)2021 BBC Studios Distribution Ltd

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it is what it is (a recording of a TV show)

same as with some other BBC recordings that were made available recently (e.g. Blackadder), this is simply the audio track of one of their TV series.

as such, you have the obvious limitations of only being able to only to listen, but not see, the gags. while A Bit of Fry and Laurie didn't rely on physical comedy and slapstick too much, it obviously does take away from the experience.

as it is, they even had to cut some gags out entirely, it appears, as those depended too much on you being able to see what the actors are doing to get the jokes

it's hard to recommend as such, and would really only work for fans of the series who already have access to the actual series itself in video form and would like to re-listen to some of the gags while you're out for a run or something.

I'm not going to give it no stars, as many of the gags and jokes still work quite well even without the visual component, and the Laurie and Fry's delivery was spot on.

otherwise, I would definitely recommend you seek out the TV series itself as this recording doesn't really do it justice

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Nearly 12 hours well produced radio sketches

If you like the humor of Fry and Laurie-
This is a great deal.

It is about 11 hours of short (3-7 min sketches) most of the sketches are isolated, and self contained no overarching story.

Just a good audiobook to have on in the background as a background noise while you are focused on work or a drive.

If you like this try John Finnemore’s souvenir program.

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No Vox

The vox populi scenes were removed from the content. Also, not the same without video.

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laugh out loud Laurie and fry

you will never look or watch House, M.D. the same way again. and I did not care for the show before I even knew Laurie was a musician or a comic before he was House.

and then the both of them were in the cast if Bkacadder, along side Rowan Atkinson.

you will laugh out loud.

be warned british humor has a lot .ore sexual humor than American comedy.

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audio of the show

a most delightful recording of the sketches Hue and Stephen did in their younger years.

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  • John Venn
  • 04-22-21

So funny!

Only a few of the jokes don't work as they're visual ones, but the rest is still as amazing in audio form :)

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  • Rug
  • 03-25-22

Rather disappointing in audio

I have fond memories of this but it's another BBC production that has been simply 'dumped' into audio with no work added to ensure that it works.
Far too often something is going on that you can't see and the physically comic performance of Fry and Laurie is missing in audio too so a lot of the humour is lost.
Then, because you are experiencing all the sketches together you realise how many of them are based on someone entering a room saying 'good morning' and then having a whacky sort of interview where one of them says something like 'please fondle my buttocks'. It starts to jar after a time and ceases to be funny.
Some things should just be remembered and this is one of them in my opinion.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 07-11-21

Fantastic timeless comedy

Fry and Laurie's use of subtle inflections, character creation and manipulation of the English language is almost second to none in the modern era

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  • Ben
  • 09-12-21

Classic BBC subversive comedy.

Welcome back to late 80s/early 90s comedy. This is all 4 seasons of the TV series, littered with wordplay & subversive humour. They wouldn't get away with broadcasting a lot of this in the 2020s, but comedy has developed over the decades and this is a product of it's time and was pushing boundaries.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 08-02-21

Sloopy twist!

I grew up watching Fry and Laurie and it is wonderful to have these soundtracks available. Still funny after all these years and they work very well as audio. Great to have one sketch per track, but the naming goes wrong about half way through. A must have for people of a certain age!

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  • KI Marsden
  • 07-31-21

Refreshingly different to listen to a t night when

Excellent banter makes you smile before going to sleep quick wit and lively humour that flows

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  • 08-18-21

A proper heading is required. Good comedy series.

Pity it's spoiled by mislabeling the skits! 23 Jan 92 title 'we haven't met... Names',
If that title sounds confusing it is. Who on earth was your typist. Names is a seperate comedy piece following so after that point all the labels are wrong. Then later you did another syntax error then it was 2 names behind, then a third. Can you reload this with the correct titles for the second half of these series. Am I the first to mention this.. Probably.. does anyone read things anymore?

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