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Larry the Loafer5,406 posts since 2 Jul 2005
Granada North West Today
How the hell is that able to happen? You’d think it was a standard template that’s used. The beeb really has gone downhill


Lets face it the pres on all channels is like something from the 90s literally, or in the case of Oneness, something from a local TV channel.


I hugely disagree. Nothing from the 90s looked like a bad PowerPoint recreation.
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Inspector Sands13,123 posts since 25 Aug 2004
Yes, the turning point was The Office (and to a lesser extent The Royle Family) it had no laughter and after that sitcoms with laughter seemed very old fashioned to some.

Oddly the second series of I'm Alan Partridge went out a while after The Office had aired and had complaints about the laughter, with a lot of those saying 'why is there' canned' laughter in the second series when there wasn't in the first'. Of course there was in the first series too it's just everyone assumed it didn't
rdd3,246 posts since 21 Jun 2001
I presume there's a reason why the BBC or BBC Two have decided to start introducing Upstart Crow as "filmed in front of a live studio audience" every week? Or am I missing something?


That was often a thing in US sitcoms in the 1970s and 1980s, to distinguish from those that had canned laughter; though as the posters above note, sitcoms with any type of laughter (canned or not) are virtually extinct. The Big Bang Theory is one of the only ones left, but it’s been running eleven years.
Markymark6,230 posts since 13 Dec 2004
Meridian (North) South Today
I presume there's a reason why the BBC or BBC Two have decided to start introducing Upstart Crow as "filmed in front of a live studio audience" every week? Or am I missing something?


That was often a thing in US sitcoms in the 1970s and 1980s, to distinguish from those that had canned laughter; though as the posters above note, sitcoms with any type of laughter (canned or not) are virtually extinct. The Big Bang Theory is one of the only ones left, but it’s been running eleven years.


M*A*S*H had an optional laugh track, which the BBC didn't use (except, by accident on one occasion if WiKi is to be believed)
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/M*A*S*H_(TV_series)#Laugh_track
Inspector Sands13,123 posts since 25 Aug 2004
It's still a thing here of course and there are a few writers and performers who champion the format: Graham Linehan, Miranda Hart and presumably Ben Elton

It still has its place, and some shows like Mrs Brown's Boys wouldn't work without a studio audience
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