9 Funny TV Shows To See You Through Self-Isolation

Something to temporarily take your mind off the pandemic.

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Well, hello there! It’s been quite a week, hasn’t it? Seeing as we’re all stuck inside for ages, I thought I’d share 9 funny TV shows for that you might like to binge watch.

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This Country

BBC iPlayer

The last ever episode of This Country aired on Monday night! Although there’s no need to worry if you missed it, because there are three series on iPlayer for your viewing pleasure.

If you’re not familiar, this mockumentary series follows cousins Kerry and Kurtan Mucklowe as they navigate life as two young people in rural England. I’m not really selling it well, but give it a watch regardless!

I’m Alan Partridge

Netflix

A-ha! Why not spend some time with Alan is his travel tavern or caravan for a while? If you’ve never watched it before, now’s the perfect time, I guess? Alan is metaphorically trapped in a situation he doesn’t want to be in (or literally trapped, in the case of his encounter with a stalker in a shrine dedicated to him…) just like we are now, really.

Inside No.9

BBC iPlayer

Series five has just finished airing, but all five series are available on iPlayer right now. I’m a huge fan of The League of Gentlemen, so naturally, I love Inside No.9 too. (It’s written, and largely acted by, Steve Pemberton and Reece Shearsmith who are half of TLOG.)

If you’ve never seen it before, it’s an anthology series. Each episode is set inside no.9, hence the title. The programme spans various genres and dabbles and experiments with things, so no two episodes are ever the same. It’s a wonderful programme, guaranteed to appeal to everyone somewhere along the line. If you like naturalistic comedy, I’d start with Nana’s Party (my personal favourite.) There’s A Quiet Night In, which is 30 minutes of mime. Then there’s The 12 Days of Christine and Bernie Clifton’s Dressing Room, which are proper tearjerkers. And then you’ve got more unsettling, horror-based episodes like Dead Line (a live Halloween episode!) or The Devil of Christmas. There’s genuinely something for everyone.

Gavin and Stacey

BBC iPlayer

It’s just warm, isn’t it? Gavin and Stacey isn’t without its dark undertones, but it’s a comedy with heart. And while Pam would probably be loving all the ‘drama’ that’s happening right now (she definitely would’ve sent Mick to Tesco to bulk buy bog rolls), sometimes it’s nice to pop over to Billericay and Barry Island for some escapism.

Father Ted

All4

Okay, so maybe a programme about three priests stuck in a parochial house on a small island is a little too close to home right now… But, like I’m Alan Partridge, it’s a classic.

Meet The Richardsons

Dave, UKTV Play

This new mockumentary comedy is airing on Dave on Thursday nights at the moment, but you can catch up on UKTV Play. It follows Jon Richardson and his wife, Lucy Beaumont – both comedians – in their daily life. It’s written by Lucy and Tim Reid (who co-wrote the first series of Car Share). I’ve been pleasantly surprised by how funny it’s been! Watch out for deadpan cameos from people like Susie Dent, Jack Dee, and Jonathan Ross.

Keeping Up Appearances

Gold (on Demand on NOW TV and Sky), BritBox

I’ve been rewatching some episodes of this over the past couple of weeks. I loved watching it in the 90s on a Sunday afternoon (after the EastEnders omnibus and a good roast, naturally…) and there’s something about the absurdity of Hyacinth Bucket that never fails to make me laugh. Patricia Routledge is wonderfully hilarious.

Friends

Netflix

If in doubt, stick Friends on. It’s pretty safe, isn’t it? Not perfect by any means, but safe. Could it BE any more safe? Nothing really bad happens. It’s just all warm and homely and safe. What more can you say?

Dave Gorman’s Modern Life Is Goodish

UKTV Play

You’re also in safe hands with Mr. Gorman in this show that’s basically a long PowerPoint presentation (okay, it’s actually Keynote, but let’s not get too bogged down in details.) It’s funny, it’s lighthearted, and it’ll mean that you never watch Homes Under The Hammer in the same way again…

The last three series are available on UKTV Play at the moment, and if you’ve never watched it before, now’s the perfect time.

What shows have you been loving lately?


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