A bit of A Bit of Fry and Laurie: Tricky Linguistics

Stephen Fry and Hugh Laurie

For no other reason than because I feel like it and because people seemed to like the old Big Train feature, today marks the start of a new regular feature of the blog: ‘a bit of A Bit of Fry and Laurie‘. For those who don’t know, A Bit of Fry and Laurie was a sketch show that ran between 1989 and 1995 in the UK. It starred the now very famous Stephen Fry and the globally famous star of House, Hugh Laurie. And it was very, very funny.

And between now and probably 2020, I’ll be sticking up one sketch a week from the show to prove it. This week, we’re going to start with a sketch about language that clearly shows that Stephen Fry and Hugh Laurie were at Cambridge.


  • I’m Rob Buckley, a journalist who writes for UK media magazines that most people have never heard of although you might have heard me on the podcast Lockdown Land or Radio 5 Live’s Saturday Edition or Afternoon Edition. I’ve edited Dreamwatch, Sprocket and Cambridge Film Festival Daily; been technical editor for TV producers magazine Televisual; reviewed films for the short-lived newspaper Cambridge Insider; written features for the even shorter-lived newspaper Soho Independent; and was regularly sarcastic about television on the blink-and-you-missed-it “web site for urban hedonists” The Tribe. Since going freelance, I've contributed to the likes of Broadcast, Total Content + Media, Action TV, Off The Telly, Action Network, TV Scoop and The Custard TV.