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Desc:British version of gay-themed reality competion that bombed in US NSFW for asses
Category:Classic TV Clips, Fashion
Tags:reality, gay, british, campy, mr humphries
Submitted:John Holmes Motherfucker
Date:06/15/14
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misterbuns
MURDER.
BorrowedSolution
1:00 says it all.
John Holmes Motherfucker
I was looking for signs of the American version I remembered when I found this. The American version of this ran in 2004. There was no narration from Mr. Humphries of "Are You Being Served", and it wasn't nearly as campy, and after a huge promotion by Fox was canceled after only 4 episodes.

It was added to the Friday schedule midseason in a block with a show called WONDERFALLS, which was so original and so good that in spite of ALSO being canceled after 4 episodes it still has a fan base 10 years later. It's certainly arguable that having the American PLAYING IT STRAIGHT as a lead-in was the albatross that doomed WONDERFALLS, but Fox also scheduled it against JOAN OF ARCADIA, a superficially similar but inferior show.

I always thought that "Playing it Straight" failed on Fox because it managed to offend gays AND homophobes, but now that I've seen the successful British version, I have to conclude that it wasn't offensive enough.
John Holmes Motherfucker
I don't think that's REALLY Mr. Humphries, BTW.

fluffy
That's a pretty good guess, considering John Inman died 5 years before this was made. (And sounded nothing like this narrator.)

John Holmes Motherfucker
It was merely an allusion. He reminded me of Mr. H. Sorry to hear he passed, he was my favorite part of the show.

dairyqueenlatifah
They're allowed to show dicks and man-asses on British public tv?
fluffy
Yes. A country that still is ruled by an old woman wearing a crown on the basis of her bloodline is more progressive than the United States.

dairyqueenlatifah
Huh. I was pretty amazed when I found out a year or two ago that they have no profanity rules (you can say fuck piss shit bitch ass tits, completely uncensored) but I had no idea nudity was allowed too.

John Holmes Motherfucker
Nudity has been allowed forever. It even pops up in a couple of old Monty Pythons

Jet Bin Fever
Gay Witch Hunt is a great show! I love how they unironically use the term "gaydar" and perpetuate stereotypes by trying to out people for sissy behavior!
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