The Best Episodes of A Bit of Fry and Laurie

Last Updated: Nov 18, 2018

A Bit Of Fry And Laurie was witty and sophisticated entertainment of consistently high quality, with an old-fashioned revue-type atmosphere and oddly 'British' sketches that rejoiced in literary turns of phrase and elaborate wordplay. The delicate innuendos, coupled with Fry's ability to suggest hidden meanings in everyday phrases, gave the impression that bubbling below the innocent surface were lewd undercurrents threatening to burst through, although they never did. To add to this mix, Hugh Laurie demonstrated his keyboard talents with parodies of musical genres.

Too Long, Johnny

#1 - Too Long, Johnny

Season 3 - Episode 4

Sketches include "Specialized Greeting Cards"; "Photocopying My Genitals With"; "Scene from From Here to Just Over There"; "The Not Quite Late Enough Show"; "Taping News from Bristol"; "Nothing Rude About God Save The Queen"; "AA Meeting"; "Pass the Marmalade"; "Too Long Johnny" and "The Red Hat of Pat Ferrick". Fry and Laurie make the Mug of Horlicks cocktail.

star 8.51
36 votes
Directors: Kevin Bishop
Writers: Stephen Fry, Hugh Laurie
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Petrol Attendants

#2 - Petrol Attendants

Season 3 - Episode 2

Includes: * Condom Quickie * Embassy * Ampersands * Duel * Ass-Kickers' Song(song) * Petrol Attendants * Jobs * European Deal * Cocktail Ending: A Slow Snog with a Distant Relative

star 8.49
35 votes
Directors: Kevin Bishop
Writers: Stephen Fry, Hugh Laurie
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Sophisticated Song

#3 - Sophisticated Song

Season 4 - Episode 7

Sketches include: Guests Introduction, Religianto, Consent, Sophisticated Song (song), Fast Monologue, Telephone Alert, Truancy. The guests order a Modern Britain cocktail.

star 8.48
27 votes
Directors: Bob Spiers
Writers: Stephen Fry, Hugh Laurie
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Doctor Tobacco

#4 - Doctor Tobacco

Season 1 - Episode 3

Sketches include "Hugh's Brain", "Gordon and Stuart Eat Greek", "Costume Design", "Doctor Tobacco", "Open University", "Spies Two", and "Special Squad".

star 8.47
61 votes
Directors: Roger Ordish
Writers: Stephen Fry, Hugh Laurie
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Barman

#5 - Barman

Season 4 - Episode 3

Sketches Include: Vox Pops, Guests Introduction, Barman, Interruptus, Little Girl (song), Making Tea, For Some Reason Angry, Don't Be Dirty. The guests order a South Seas Vulvic Wart cocktail.

star 8.42
31 votes
Directors: Bob Spiers
Writers: Stephen Fry, Hugh Laurie
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Soccer School

#6 - Soccer School

Season 4 - Episode 4

Sketches include: Good Evening, Guests Introduction, Soccer School, Dalliard: Models, Hugh Interviewing Guests, Be Nice (song), Head Gardener, Gelliant Gutfright("Flowers For Wendy"). The guests order a A Quick One With You, Stephen cocktail.

star 8.41
29 votes
Directors: Bob Spiers
Writers: Stephen Fry, Hugh Laurie
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Psychiatrists

#7 - Psychiatrists

Season 3 - Episode 1

Includes: * A Word, Timothy * Very Upset * Love Me Tender (song) * Milk Pot * The Department * Stephen's Song (song) * Psychiatrists * Cocktail Ending: Whiskey Thunder

star 8.41
49 votes
Directors: Kevin Bishop
Writers: Stephen Fry, Hugh Laurie
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Dammit Church

#8 - Dammit Church

Season 2 - Episode 6

Includes "Satire/Tribute ('Where is the Lid?' song)", "Yellow Pages", "Beauty and Ideas" (Continued from Series One's "Language Conversation"), "Anarchy", "Dammit Church (John & Peter #6)", "First Kiss", "Borrowing a Fiver Off", "Spies/Firing (Control & Tony #8)", "Introducing My Grandfather To…", "A Vision of Britain", "Wrong Directions" (follows the end credits).

star 8.41
37 votes
Directors: Roger Ordish
Writers: Stephen Fry, Hugh Laurie
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Countdown

#9 - Countdown

Season 3 - Episode 5

Sketches include "Bookshop Customer Attacks Jane Eyre", "Courting Elizabeth", "Split Personality", "World Sport Bushwallyta", "Are You Sleeping With My Sister?", "Aromusician Ottoman Nodge", Cross-Wits and "Jack Wants Neddy to Become the Prime Minister" Fry and Laurie make a "Beef Goulash" in place of a cocktail.

star 8.32
32 votes
Directors: Kevin Bishop
Writers: Stephen Fry, Hugh Laurie
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Steffi is an Angel

#10 - Steffi is an Angel

Season 4 - Episode 2

Sketches include: Hugh's Accident, Psychotherapy Video, Local News at Ten Thirty Three and a Bit, English People Care to be the Most Ignorant in Europe, I'm In Love With Steffi Graf, The Lover's Helper, Fascism Discussion, Max Meets Fiona, and Heart Transplant. The guests order a Long Confident Suck cocktail.

star 8.29
34 votes
Directors: Bob Spiers
Writers: Stephen Fry, Hugh Laurie
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Firing

#11 - Firing

Season 3 - Episode 3

Sketches include "The Yorkshireman Meets the Southerner"; "We've Had Lots of Letters"; "The Department Talks to Alan"; "The Chimpunks' Voice Version of Hey Jude"; "The Day I Forgot My Legs"; "Terry Discusses How to Fire People"; "Summing Up Game"; "Balloon-O"; and "Shoe Shop". Concludes with a Everything in the Till and No Sudden Moves cocktail.

star 8.29
38 votes
Directors: Kevin Bishop
Writers: Stephen Fry, Hugh Laurie
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Devil's Music

#12 - Devil's Music

Season 3 - Episode 6

Sketches include "Magazine Leaflets", "Nigel Carter Visits", "Novelty Shop", "Delightful Restaurant", "Tahitian Kitchen", "My Favourite Pants", "The Bishop and the Warlord", "Court Case Against The Bishop and the Warlord" and "Flying a Light Airplane without Having Had Any Formal Instruction With". Fry and Laurie offer Berliner Credit Sequence as a cocktail.

star 8.29
32 votes
Directors: Kevin Bishop
Writers: Stephen Fry, Hugh Laurie
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The Cause

#13 - The Cause

Season 2 - Episode 5

Includes "MBE Introduction", "This Is Dominic Appleguard", "Rhodes Boysons", "Amputated Genitals", "The Cause (Jack & Freddy/Neddy #1)", "Gordon & Stuart #3" and "Where Eagles Dare".

star 8.25
44 votes
Directors: Roger Ordish
Writers: Stephen Fry, Hugh Laurie
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The Duke of Northampton

#14 - The Duke of Northampton

Season 4 - Episode 6

Sketches include: Stolen Money, Young Tory of the Year, Variety, Gossiping Heads, Death Threat, What I Mind (Misunderstood) (Song), Honda, The Duke of Northampton. The hosts finish off with a Silver Prostate cocktail.

star 8.25
29 votes
Directors: Bob Spiers
Writers: Stephen Fry, Hugh Laurie
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Christening

#15 - Christening

Season 1 - Episode 5

Sketches include "Lavatories", "Critics One", "Judge Not", "Critics Four", "Ignored Teacher", "That's It", "Hugh's Favourite Sketch", "Critics", "The 'Burt'", "Christening", and "Swiss Comedy (Heidi and Johann Smell Just Right)".

star 8.23
62 votes
Directors: Roger Ordish
Writers: Stephen Fry, Hugh Laurie
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Dancercises

#16 - Dancercises

Season 2 - Episode 1

Stephen and Hugh incorporate the song "Time, Where Did You Go?" and Dancersize in their opening gambit. Sketches include "Hardware Store", "Peter and John #2", "Letter to Stephen's Grandfather", "Arthur Meets the Psychiatrist", "The Sportscasters Cover Everyday Life", "Control and Tony Talk about Lies" and "Hugh Interviews 'Michael Jackson'".

star 8.22
51 votes
Directors: Roger Ordish
Writers: Stephen Fry, Hugh Laurie
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America

#17 - America

Season 1 - Episode 2

Sketches include "Information Desk", "My Name is Derek Nippl-e", "Flexibility of the English Language", "America", "The Richard Morley Interview", "Tony Gives Control a Flash", "The Mouth Organist Gets Reprimanded", "Hands Exercise", and "Peter and John."

star 8.21
84 votes
Directors: Roger Ordish
Writers: Stephen Fry, Hugh Laurie
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All We Gotta' Do

#18 - All We Gotta' Do

Season 4 - Episode 1

Sketches include: Grey and Hopeless, Guest Movements, Theme Vox Pops, Blame the System, The Comedy Charter, Writing Poetry, Smell: The Forgotten Sense?, Gordon's Unintelligible Song, Wrist Changer Commercial, and It's A Soaraway Life. The guests order a Golden Meteorite cocktail.

star 8.20
35 votes
Directors: Bob Spiers
Writers: Stephen Fry, Hugh Laurie
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Tideymans Carpets

#19 - Tideymans Carpets

Season 2 - Episode 2

The BBC must find new places for funding. Thus this episode is sponsored by Tideyman's Carpets, which ingratiates itself in almost all the sketches: "The Spillage That Wasn't", "Control Talks of the Open Window", "A Right Way and a Wrong Way to Deal with Trick-or-Treaters", "The Tideyman's Test", "Piano Standards", "Nazi Interrogates English Major", "John and Peter #3" and "The Improvised End Sketch".

star 8.20
45 votes
Directors: Roger Ordish
Writers: Stephen Fry, Hugh Laurie
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Over to You

#20 - Over to You

Season 2 - Episode 3

Fry and Laurie have gags over their mouths to protests the censors' ban on traditional swearwords. Thus Fry and Laurie create new swearwords for their sketches: "Testimony", "Over to You", "The Jeweller's Shop", "Girlfriends", "Mystery Object", "Westminster Society", "Peter and John #4" and "What People Find Funny".

star 8.15
47 votes
Directors: Roger Ordish
Writers: Stephen Fry, Hugh Laurie
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Tribunal

#21 - Tribunal

Season 4 - Episode 5

Sketches include: The Louella Della Tweed Interview, The Post-Race Interview, Hearing on Councilman Wade, It's Red, It's Shiny and It Doesn't Exist, Telephone Quiz Line, Dachshund Owner's Baby Talk, Wasp Exterminators. The guests order a Swinging Ball Sack cocktail.

star 8.11
26 votes
Directors: Bob Spiers
Writers: Stephen Fry, Hugh Laurie
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Marjorie's Fall

#22 - Marjorie's Fall

Season 1 - Episode 6

Sketches include "Marjorie's Fall", "Puppy Appeal", "Leave It Out", "Girlfriend's Breasts", "Spies Four", "Violence", "Chicken", "Cocoa", and "Tony of Plymouth (Sword Fight)".

star 8.10
61 votes
Directors: Roger Ordish
Writers: Stephen Fry, Hugh Laurie
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Trouser Competition

#23 - Trouser Competition

Season 1 - Episode 4

Sketches include "Trouser-Competition Introduction", "Prize Poem", "Awful Smell", "Madness", "Antique Shop", "Spies Three", "Light Metal (The Bishop & The Warlord)", "Bank Loan", "Nipples", "Inspector Venice", and "Tomorrow's World".

star 8.07
69 votes
Directors: Roger Ordish
Writers: Stephen Fry, Hugh Laurie
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SAS

#24 - SAS

Season 1 - Episode 1

Sketches include "Mr. Smear Confronts the Headmaster", "Hugh Laurie's Short Poetry Reading", "Politician Insists, 'Stop Breaking into My Car'", "SAS Application/Library Books on Cricketers", "Spoon Bender", "Apology", and a barbershop piece called "Bitch Mother Come Light My Bottom" by Sir William (now Lord) Rees-Mogg.

star 7.86
120 votes
Directors: Roger Ordish
Writers: Stephen Fry, Hugh Laurie
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Returning Suits

#25 - Returning Suits

Season 2 - Episode 4

Fry and Laurie want to be big enough for Marlon Brando to notice them. Thus come the sketches: "Dinner with Digby", "Department Store Changes", "Interrogation in the Car", "An Elf or a Pixie", "Peter and John #5", "The Robert Robinsons", "Control's Telescope" and the "Bigometer Update".

star 7.67
43 votes
Directors: Roger Ordish
Writers: Stephen Fry, Hugh Laurie
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