Comments on: Exam week fun: University Challenge http://www.historiann.com/2011/05/10/exam-week-fun-university-challenge/ History and sexual politics, 1492 to the present Thu, 25 Sep 2014 07:23:18 +0000 hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=3.9.2 By: evan http://www.historiann.com/2011/05/10/exam-week-fun-university-challenge/comment-page-1/#comment-824684 Wed, 11 May 2011 22:30:26 +0000 http://www.historiann.com/?p=15225#comment-824684 Historiann – am a long time reader, and while not a great commenter, the combination of history and 1980s bbc comedy inspired me. The excerpt you’ve selected may not be that sophisticated, but there are other bits that I think are very clever.

The bit I show in my lectures on Thatcherism from the episode ‘Cash’ has Rik yelling:

we haven’t got any money. Vyvyan’s baby will be a pauper. Oliver Twist, Geoffrey Dickens. Back to Victorian values. I hope you’re satisfied, Thatcher!

I love the mixing up of Charles Dickens with Tory MP Geoffrey Dickens and the piss-take of Thatcher’s promotion of ‘Victorian values’.

Here in Australia, the show gets shown on occassion on ABC, so quite a few first-year students are down with the show when I show it in class.

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By: cgeye http://www.historiann.com/2011/05/10/exam-week-fun-university-challenge/comment-page-1/#comment-824607 Wed, 11 May 2011 17:52:13 +0000 http://www.historiann.com/?p=15225#comment-824607 Dear lord, I loved THE YOUNG ONES, and that whole comedy combine that also produced French & Saunders.

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By: Historiann http://www.historiann.com/2011/05/10/exam-week-fun-university-challenge/comment-page-1/#comment-824499 Wed, 11 May 2011 13:47:18 +0000 http://www.historiann.com/?p=15225#comment-824499 Evan–that’s really clever, although a bit depressing to me to know that a period of my life is now taught as history. But it makes perfect sense–Rik and Viv are very much characters from university in the 1980s. (The other two relied on their retro-poses and attitudes for their humor even back in the 1980s). Still, when I made the comment about the humor, I was just noting that it’s quite broad, shall we say, and not overly sophisticated.

I had no idea there might be so many readers who remembered this series fondly. I guess a lot of you were also staying up late on Sunday nights watching MTV, back when it was still mostly music and only occasionally a place for re-runs.

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By: Western Dave http://www.historiann.com/2011/05/10/exam-week-fun-university-challenge/comment-page-1/#comment-824485 Wed, 11 May 2011 12:49:31 +0000 http://www.historiann.com/?p=15225#comment-824485 We sow the seeds, Nature grows the seeds, we eat the seeds.

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By: Anonymous http://www.historiann.com/2011/05/10/exam-week-fun-university-challenge/comment-page-1/#comment-824445 Wed, 11 May 2011 10:25:17 +0000 http://www.historiann.com/?p=15225#comment-824445 That’s the gopher from Caddyshack.

Vegetable rights and peace!

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By: evan http://www.historiann.com/2011/05/10/exam-week-fun-university-challenge/comment-page-1/#comment-824378 Wed, 11 May 2011 06:14:04 +0000 http://www.historiann.com/?p=15225#comment-824378 I would say it wasn’t just funny if you’re a teenager in the 1980s, the Young Ones is a classic. I use an excerpt from the episode ‘Cash’ in my lectures on Thatcherism and currently devising a paper on using the show as a simulacra of 1980s Britain.

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By: Indyanna http://www.historiann.com/2011/05/10/exam-week-fun-university-challenge/comment-page-1/#comment-824336 Wed, 11 May 2011 01:29:33 +0000 http://www.historiann.com/?p=15225#comment-824336 I think that was Darla, from the Little Rascals, who was doing the linguistics major at Footlights… ???

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By: Feminist Avatar http://www.historiann.com/2011/05/10/exam-week-fun-university-challenge/comment-page-1/#comment-824279 Tue, 10 May 2011 21:34:46 +0000 http://www.historiann.com/?p=15225#comment-824279 Well, I can name them all, but I won’t if it will spoil the game. But for the record, Alan Cummings isn’t in this sketch. The MC is Griff Rhys-Jones – a Welsh comedian, who used to be in a comedy duo with Mel Brookes(who in some episodes played the University Challenge security guard).

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By: Historiann http://www.historiann.com/2011/05/10/exam-week-fun-university-challenge/comment-page-1/#comment-824270 Tue, 10 May 2011 21:10:43 +0000 http://www.historiann.com/?p=15225#comment-824270 Can we still do that, JJO? Now that would perk up my exam week!

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By: JJO http://www.historiann.com/2011/05/10/exam-week-fun-university-challenge/comment-page-1/#comment-824264 Tue, 10 May 2011 20:55:14 +0000 http://www.historiann.com/?p=15225#comment-824264 Point one: abolish property!
Point two: abolish capitalism!
Point three: Dexy’s Midnight Runners playing free, daily, in the university library!

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