Have you ever thought that your favourite comedy TV show should have its own movie? Imagine seeing your favourite small screen characters on the big screen. Us too, so here are some classic comedy TV shows that need a movie remake.
8. Red Dwarf
This British space romp has had rumours of a big-screen remake or adaptation for years. Alas, nothing has yet to happen. The original BBC cast has managed to come together for an extended episode for TV and the show has now reached 12 seasons. Red Dwarf also had a failed pilot in the US and it’s possible that this is what put the stoppers on a trip to the big screen for the crew. Still, Lister, Rimmer and the gang continue to explore deep space and may well do so until they drop. It would surely feel odd to see these comedy characters portrayed by other actors in a movie remake, wouldn’t it?
7. Everybody Loves Raymond
Often described as the perfect American sitcom, Everybody Loves Raymond originally ran from 1996 through to 2005. They’re a few reasons why it’s seen as one of the best, and it mostly has to do with the characters. Based around Ray, his wife, brother and parents, it’s the perfect combination that everyone can relate to. Ray Romano is a genius of character writing and dynamics. Not only does he nail it with some genuinely funny comedy, but there are also heartfelt moments that solidify the bonds of the characters. Sadly, Doris Roberts and Peter Boyle are no longer with us. But, if Ray could find suitably talented actors to play his parents, could it work? We could certainly do with a feel-good movie at the moment, and it would be great to see how the family are fifteen years on. Come on Ray, get writing.
6. Keeping Up Appearances
Keeping Up Appearances was a British comedy that aired from 1990 to 1995. Written by legendary British comedy writer Roy Clarke, it was the quintessential sitcom. There were many elements that made Keeping Up Appearances so good, but the key thing was the characters. It was based around Hyacinth Bucket; a lower-middle-class housewife who longed to climb the social class ladder. She’s rather eccentric and snobbish, insisting her surname be pronounced ‘Bouquet’. She was complemented by her long-suffering husband Richard. Her lower-class siblings Rose, Violet and Onslow, were also constant causes for embarrassment. Although Roy Clarke is in his nineties, as is Hyacinth actress Dame Patricia Routledge, maybe it could still happen? The premise is still relevant today, so why not make a movie about Hyacinth Bucket in the twenty-first century? It would certainly make my year.
5. 3rd Rock from the Sun
Aliens living on Earth trying to understand human behaviour is a well-worn concept. What makes a good one is great writing and great actors. 3rd Rock from the Sun had both. The show is based around a family of aliens who end up living in an attic in a fictional town in Ohio. The main protagonist is alien commander Dick Soloman, played by John Lithgow. Most of the humour (and episode titles) are based around Dick trying to understand how humans work. If you’ve never seen the show, think of it as a mix of Mork and Mindy and Data from Star Trek. There is a genuine longing to understand human behaviour, but with a large helping of humour on top.
The show ran from 1996 through to 2001 and lasted for six seasons, celebrating 25 years this year. It won numerous awards at the time and boasted some pretty impressive cameos. John Cleese, Kathy Bates and even William Shatner himself appeared. You can never have too much of a good thing so come on John, let’s have you back on the big screen.
4. Get a Life
This rather surreal black comedy was a bit misunderstood but might benefit from a movie remake. Written by and starring Chris Elliot amongst others, it took quite a bit of persuading before the network commissioned it in 1990. Sadly, it was cancelled by 1992. It’s a shame as it’s actually genius. Based around Chris, an immature thirty-year-old who still lives at home with his parents. The only job he has is a paper round, and as he can’t drive, gets around everywhere on his pushbike. That’s the normal bit. The stuff Chris gets up to is quite frankly bizarre, but hilarious. He dies about twelve times through the series; one of which involves him exploding. There is something special about the show that would have been a hit had it been made twenty years later. Unfortunately, audiences in 1990 just weren’t ready for that surreal dark humour. They are now, so make the movie Mr Elliot. Please?
3. Father Ted
Based around three Catholic priests and a housekeeper living on a remote Irish island, Father Ted was one of the funniest sitcoms from the 90s. The characters were superbly written. Ted is the more rounded one who just sees being a priest as a job. Father Dougal is a grown man who is childlike, much to the frustration of Ted. Finally, there is Father Jack. The alcoholic priest who just sits in his chair shouting obscenities.
The show ran through the latter half of the 90s before actor Dermot Morgan’s untimely death in 1998. Interestingly, there have been attempts made at remaking it for the American market. These have never materialised, but good writing and strong characters can reach through cultures, so there is still hope. The show won various awards in the UK and many of the show’s lines are now etched into the culture. And who can forget the scene where all the priests get lost in a retail female lingerie section? Comedy gold.
2. Black Books
We’re keeping with the Irish theme for Black Books. Not only is the show led by Irish comedian Dylan Moran, but it was co-created by Graham Lineham. He was responsible for creating Father Ted. So, we’re in good company. Airing from 2001 to 2004, it was based around a short-tempered book shop owner Bernard Black and his weird assistant. Not only is the writing sharp, but it has the brilliant Bill Bailey playing his assistant. The other main character is Fran, who tries to bring Barnard out of his chain-smoking cynical view of the world. Surreal and a bit dark, yes, but it’s a gem of a show that deserves a big-screen outing.
1. Fawlty Towers
Co-created by Monty Python legend John Cleese, Fawlty Towers was loosely based on a real hotel Cleese once visited in 1970. The show itself only ran for two seasons between 1975 and 1979 but it’s etched into comedy sitcom history. The show is based around hotel owner Basil Fawlty’s escapades, usually involving his foreign waiter, Manuel. He gets himself in regular trouble with his guests but is always subordinate to his wife Sybil. Most people can probably relate to staying in a hotel run by a Basil Fawlty character, so a movie would be relatable. Plus, there was only a handful of original episodes, so our palates are suitably whetted, Mr Cleese. Over to you.
And that’s our list of eight classic comedy shows that need a movie remake. Did you agree with our list? What shows would you like to see turned into a movie? Let us know in the comments below.
Read about what the Friends reunion should have been like HERE.
10 Years Of Game Of Thrones
Since it first aired on 17 April 2011, Game of Thrones has captured the imagination of many fans from start to finish. But, after the lacklustre and rushed ending of this epic fantasy series in 2019, we find ourselves wondering: has its legacy been completely ruined? After 10 years is it worth looking again at the legacy of Game of Thrones? After all, like the fallen Ned Stark once said: “some old wounds never truly heal, and bleed again at the slightest word”.
Have Game of Thrones fan’s been hit too hard by the hurried and unjust ending? Are there storylines and characters within the eight seasons that make up for the less than favourable ending?
After looking back through the seasons, below are what we think are some of the best and most redeeming moments and characters within the series. These could be the reason why fans stay loyal to Game of Thrones and even get excited about future prequels or sequels. We already have next year’s Game of Thrones – House of Dragons series to expect.
WARNING: Only read on if you have watched the entire series as there are spoilers.
Sansa Stark becomes Queen of the North
We ended the series with Winterfell once again being led by a member of the House of Stark. Queen Sansa Stark (Sophie Turner), who regained The North as an independent Kingdom. This decision from the writers is easily the most satisfying conclusion to come out of the finale. And easily one of the best beginning to end character arcs in all Game of Thrones.
Starting out as quite an unfavourable character and the least liked Stark of the pack, mainly due to her spoiled and brattish behaviour. Sansa ended up being the character we were all rooting for. Especially when it came to regaining the north and standing her ground with Daenerys Targaryen – “What about the North”.
But it wasn’t an easy road for her to get to that point. She had to endure a lot of horrific scenes, storylines, and marriages which shaped her character from a little bird to a Queen. But as Sansa said herself, whilst talking to The Hound/Sandor Clegane (Rory McCann), “Without Little Finger and Ramsey and the rest I would have stayed a little bird all my life”. We’re glad she didn’t stay a little bird and became the Queen the North.
Arya Stark kills the Night King
When it came to the death of the Night King there were only a handful of characters who could do the deed. But, if you were anything like us, we had our money firmly on Jon Snow (Kit Harington). But, it was his kick-ass little sister, Arya Stark (Masie Williams), that ended the long night. With a fatal blow to the Night King’s heart with her Valyrian Steel Dagger.
In this episode, there was hardly any dialogue, especially in the last 30 minutes, which made the whole cinematography of the final scenes so much more poignant. From the camera angles to the incredible score which was accompanied only by sound effects and the odd fighting shout of pain. It left us in suspense and just as we thought all hope was lost, as the Night King approached Bran Stark (Isaac Hempstead Wright) and fans started to believe that Game of Thrones was going to take another huge twist, winter was here to stay. Out came our hero from the dark, the epic shot where Arya was flying through the air will always be one of our all-time favourites.
The night before winter came
Another part of the final series that I think deserves some props, was episode two (mainly the last 30ish minutes). This episode was the calm before the storm. But it was also very well done, from this point, as a viewer we didn’t really know who was going to survive and who was going to die. Something that we were never sure with when watching Game of Thrones.
We managed to get some nice send-off scenes for most of the characters which kept the suspense alive. We saw Sansa and Theon Greyjoy (Alfie Allen) meet again, Arya and Gendry (Joe Dempsie) finally ‘get together’ but most notably there was a comical and heart-warming meeting by the fire with Tyrion Lannister (Peter Dinklage), Jamie Lannister (Nikolaj Coster-Waldau), Brienne of Tarth (Gwendolin Christie), Tormund Giantsbane (Kristofer Hivju), Davos Seaworth (Liam Cunningham) and Podrick Payne (Daniel Portman).
There were jokes, Brienne got knighted and we even got a song from Podrick. Which was made into a satisfying montage for other characters around Winterfell as well.
Arya Stark and the house of Frey
The demise of the House of Frey was indeed a good and a well-justified one. Positioned over the last episode of season six and the first episode of season seven. Arya Stark used her new newly found face-swapping abilities to first bamboozle Walder Frey (David Bradley) into eating a pie. Food made from his sons and then again to become Frey to poison the rest of the house.
This was the revenge we wanted for the fallen Starks of The Red Wedding and Arya was just the person to serve it! Because the revenge plot was separated between the two seasons it almost confused us fans. When we started to watch season seven and saw that Walder Fray was still alive the quick-minded ones of us straight away realised what was happening. Yet, there was a handful of us who looked just as confused at Frey’s wife/daughter who was standing next to him. That was until Arya took Walder Frey’s face off.
Cersei Lannister blows up the Sept of Baelor
Another example where the series utilises an amazing music score is in the last episode of season 10. Cersei Lannister (Lena Headey) finally goes all out with her vindictive evilness and blows up the Sept of Baelor. With her daughter in law Margaery Tyrell (Natalie Dormer), The High Sparrow (Jonathan Pryce) and a host of other people she didn’t like, locked inside.
The whole scene lasts about eight minutes and also includes Lancel Lannister (Eugene Simon), having his tendons slit by one of Lord Varys’s (Conleth Hill) little birds, so he couldn’t stop the destruction which was about to happen. There was also the violent demise of Pycelle (Julian Glover), once again by Lord Varys’s little birds. Which was orchestrated by the crafty Qyburn (Anton Lesser).
Whilst this is happening a very smug Cersei watches over the chaos, with a glass of red. But, one thing Cersei didn’t account for was after the acknowledgement of his new bride’s murder, her son, King Tommen (Dean-Charles Chapman) walked himself out of the window to his death.
Battle of the B**tards
Most of the battle scenes in Game of Thrones are pretty epic, but The Battle of the B**tards was by far one of the best. Accompanied by a killer soundtrack and great sound effects this battle was both jaw-dropping and breathtaking.
From the moment Rickon Stark (Art Parkinson) was killed by Ramsey Bolton (Iwan Rheon) to the moment Sansa sets Bolton’s dogs on him, there was action scene after action scene that captivated all of us and also gave us the Winterfell redemption story we needed. The death of Ramsey Bolton was also the most satisfying death since that of King Joffrey Baratheon (Jack Gleeson).
In this section of high intercity scenes, we get to see Little Finger/ Lord Peter Baelish (Aidan Gillen) do something useful for once by bringing the Vale Knights of House Arryn to save Jon Snow from dying… for a second time.
Daenerys Targaryen and the unsullied
Daenerys Targaryen (Emilia Clarke) was a fan favourite from her first scene. But the admiration for her character grew and grew throughout the seasons. One of the most defining moments was when she visits Astapor on the search for an army to aid her in reclaiming the throne.
After meeting the hostile and pig-headed Kraznys mo Nakloz (Dan Hildebrand), Master of Astapor, Slaver and Unsullied overseer, who taunts Daenerys, believing she didn’t know how to speak Valyrian, he agrees to sell her all 8,000 Unsullied members for one of her dragons.
As most of their communications were through his servant Missandei (Nathalie Emmanuel) he believed Daenerys didn’t hear all the things he was saying. Which made the end scene so much more satisfying. Once the exchange is done, she has the Unsullied whip in hand and Krazny is trying to hold on to the dragon on a chain. She speaks to the Unsullied in clear Valyrian and finally tells Krazny who she is – Daenerys Stormborn of the House Targaryen the blood of old Valyrian.
The moment she tells the Unsullied to slay the masters and uttered the word Dracarys, will forever be the day when we truly started to see how badass she really is!
The red wedding
As horrendous as it is to watch it’s clear that the Red Wedding is still a highlight of season three and indeed the series.
Yes, we already knew by now that anything could happen in Game of Thrones. And blood and gore was a regular occurrence. But this scene took things to a new level with a blood bath no one saw coming… Not even King of the North Rob Stark.
This heart-stopping 10 minutes of cushion grabbing TV, not only saw the death of two of the most loved Starks Rob and Catelyn Stark but also the death of Rob’s wife and unborn child. As well as the betrayal of Roose Bolton a supposed friend of the Starks (Michael McElhatton) and the house of Frey.
This scene cemented for us that no one can predict what is going to happen when you play the Game of Thrones. You win or You Die, there is no middle ground.
The two most sassy characters
When it comes to Game of Thrones, I think we can all agree that the one thing they got right, time and time again was the casting. And this never rang truer than with Lyanna Mormont (Bella Ramsey) and Olenna Tyrell (Diana Rigg). They didn’t have the biggest parts within the series, but boy, did they make their presence known. It got to the point where we were just waiting for their scenes to see what would come out of their mouths next.
Who’s the most impressive pre-teen in the whole of Westeros? That’s right Lyanna Mormont. Even at 10 years old I wouldn’t mess with her. Through the whole three seasons she was in, she demanded and captivated the audience. She said it how it was, and she wasn’t scared of a single thing. She came in like a warrior, back chatting Jon Snow and Sansa and acting like a total boss. Finally, she went out like a warrior taking a giant walker down with her.
The original, potty-mouthed grandmother Olenna Tyrell had line after line of roasting stingers. No one was safe from her sharp-tongued antics. But the one person that was firmly on her radar was Cersei Lannister. Especially after Cersei killed her family in the sept. In true Olenna style, even after she had been fatally poisoned, she still had the last word, admitting to Jamie Lannister that it was her that killed his and Cersei’s son, King Joffrey Baratheon.
There you have it, some of our favourites and redeeming scenes from Game of Thrones after 10 years, what do you think? What are your favourite scenes or storylines? Let us know in the comments below.
Check out our seven lost plot threads from Game of Thrones HERE.
Read iMDB information on Game of Thrones HERE.
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