Q5

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Q5

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Q5, also Q6, Q7, Q8 and Q9. In March 1969 BBC2 presented Q5,the show that pushed the comedy boundaries into surreal territory several months before Monty Python appeared on screen. Created by Former Goon Spike Milligan, the sketches followed one another in quick succession, with some often abandoned halfway through and the cast immediately launching another sketch or just milling about the set, muttering & gesturing and trying not to laugh. Q5 became Q6, then Q7, Q8 and Q9, but the BBC then decided that the Q prefix was too confusing, so series 10 was called There's A Lot Of It About (same writers and cast).
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  • Experimental comedy, which dissolved the conventional TV sketch show format. Q5 predated Monty Python (just) and led the way for outrageously surreal comedy on mainstream television.

    10
    I first saw the Q series as re-runs when I was a child. I've been a fan of Spike Milligan's work and writing ever since.

    The Q series was a first glimpse of the totally surreal in TV humour. It sought to put on screen what Spike and others had achieved on radio with the Goon Show. I absolutely loved it because it appeared so disorganised. Some sketches run into others, some leap to unexpected subjects or locations randomly. Many scenes simply had no conclusion, except for the entire cast advancing towards the camera, chanting, 'What are we gonna do now? What are we gonna do now?' Hilarious!

    Another set of re-runs is well overdue, or a DVD release of this landmark British comedy series. It is a travesty that some of it was wiped by the BBC.moreless
  • Spike Milligan Rocks!

    10
    I know you guys don't like this show much, but I guess you dont have a f***ing sense of humor!

    I'm sorry, but I am outraged at the idea of the BBC taping over his shows, because, back then, you see, tape was expensive, but that doesnt justify for getting rid of such genius.

    The oddball humor is rather fast and well excecuted, move over South Park, Raymond, and all the rest, this I nominate the best comedy of all time!moreless
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