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Should the parrot remain demised?

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Should the parrot remain demised?

Monty Python are due to reunite and David Jason is reprising his role as Granville in a Christmas special entitled Still Open All Hours.
With recent remakes like The Rise and Fall of Reginald Perrin starring Martin Clunes which, in my opinion was diabolically unfunny, should old favourites have a make-over, relaunch or new series with new stars or should they be left in the vaults as part of our collective memories?
I'm not sure Open All Hours with Ronnie Barker would work but at least they haven't cast someone else in his role. Was the remake of Perrin so unfunny because I was able to compare Clunes with Leonard Rossiter. Did any watch the new version never havinng seen the original and can comment?
What do people think particularly baring in mind the Python and Open All Hours?

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Re: Should the parrot remain demised?

it will be amusing to see if they follow the same material as before, I mean what was funny back then certainly would be breaking all the rules of pc now and I daresay offend a large number of people (although probably on behalf of someone who they believe should be offended)
I don't hold high hopes for them being able to pull off more than a few minutes before the plug gets pulled over such things if they follow there old material direction
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Re: Should the parrot remain demised?

Remakes never seem as funny as the original.  I don't think this will work.  I wonder if it will even get off the ground. They don't get on with each and it could end in disaster.
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Re: Should the parrot remain demised?

I find most of the Python humour falls into the category 'Funny Once', the second time it falls flat.
I'm more amused that a large percentage of men over a certain age can recite verbatim the saga about the "demised parrot".
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Re: Should the parrot remain demised?

I'm with Mav: it's past it's sell by date.  I'm sure it has nostalgic appeal for many my age, though.
On my drive home last night the news played bits of the Dead Parrot sketch and I have to say, it was bordering on embarrasing: the silly voice thing has really dated.
Having said that, I was never a huge fan first time around: they had moments of brilliance but I found most of their stuff a bit "meh".
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Re: Should the parrot remain demised?

I voted maybe.
i wasn't overly keen on the older shows to be honest but there are some american fiction shows such as the A-Team which could do with a revival.
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Re: Should the parrot remain demised?

  Undecided It will be interesting to see if John Cleese can be funny again  Undecided
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Re: Should the parrot remain demised?

I voted no.
I am too young to have seen Monty Python when it was originally broadcast. While I find it funny (and certain sketches excellent), I bet most of it was funnier when it was still breaking ground.
There's a lot of great modern comedy about anyway but my worry would be that a great institution would be reduced to a formulaic Little Britain type affair. It would be on constantly repeating loops on endless channels for an inordinate amount of time. And everyone would get sick of it. Then it will be forever tainted like Piers Morgan.
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Re: Should the parrot remain demised?

Angry It's.....!

Time for something completely different.
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Re: Should the parrot remain demised?

John Cleese is God IMO, he hasn't done anything that hasn't been hilarious, including Fawlty Towers.
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Re: Should the parrot remain demised?

We've just found MASH on True Entertainment. Boy has that stood the test of time, still just as funny and pointed. Absolutely no need to remake that!
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Re: Should the parrot remain demised?

Agree about MASH.
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Re: Should the parrot remain demised?

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Agree about MASH

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I was also surprised how well it has stood the test of time
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Maybe just the only one brave enough to say so  Wink
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Re: Should the parrot remain demised?

It's not unusual for comedy shows to take a few episodes to get going. Earlier this week True Entertainment broadcast series 1 episodes 1 and 2 of M*A*S*H. They really hit the ground running. The bit with Henry's desk disappearing was as funny as anything in the whole 11 years it ran.
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The bit with Henry's desk disappearing was as funny as anything in the whole 11 years it ran

That was the second episode  Shocked
Wow!
As you say, it was all there.  Amazing.
I guess the movie might have been a bit of a springboard, though the cast was entirely different.