Cleese Bemoans ‘Terrible’ BBC Scripts

John Cleese, revered patriarch of the British comedy scene, has been mouthing off about the state of modern TV comedy. The BBC has faced the full force of his rant after they dared to send him two duff scripts.

The furious Cleese told the Sunday Telegraph: “I was sent two scripts recently which I was initially very excited about. But then I read them and they were terrible. It doesn’t mean what it once did. They have lost sight of the fact that the script is the most important thing.â€?

It maybe over three decades since Fawlty Towers, Cleese’s own comedy creation, was first screened but it still stands up as one of the funniest shows of all time.

Cleese suggested that one of the problems is that there are so many channels and smaller audiences so scriptwriters don’t get as much money as they used to which means less incentive for people to get into the business.

The Office creator, Ricky Gervais, had a similar rant back in 2009 when he claimed that British comedy was so bad that he “couldn’t stand to watch it anymore”.

Gervais blamed a lack of ambition in the British pysche for the comedy drought and got to writing several more side-splitting shows including Extras.
Cleese, however, has taken a far more antagonostic approach.

After bemonaing the fact that, “very few good opportunities have come [his] way in this country of lateâ€?, the disillusioned 71-year-old has agreed to shoot a series of adverts appearing as the face of the Czech Olympic team…take that Britain.

Fingers crossed his influence will be felt in the 2012 games; at least Cleese knows we could all do with a proper laugh.

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