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Old January 16 2009, 01:02 PM   #1
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House a flop in the UK?

According to Hugh Laurie it is...
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Hugh Laurie has claimed that his American accent is the reason for House's failure in the UK.
The medical show, currently in its fifth season, has proved a hit in the US but failed to replicate its success in Laurie's native country.
The actor suggested that British audience's familiarity with him means that they are on the lookout for slip-ups with his accent.
"I'm quite dubious anytime I hear any of my countrymen playing American," he told Playboy. "I think that's why House doesn't do so well in England... The British are wise to me.
"Any sort of linguistic affectation drives the English absolutely mad... We're all out to detect falsehood and artifice in the way English speakers speak."
I thought it did quite well on Five, it seems it's usually in high in their top 10 shows of the week, and gets 2-3m viewers regularly. Seems a bit odd that it would be considered a flop.
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Old January 16 2009, 01:03 PM   #2
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Re: House a flop in the UK?

It's not a flop.
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Old January 16 2009, 01:03 PM   #3
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Re: House a flop in the UK?

It's perhaps not as popular as it could be, though.
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Old January 16 2009, 01:05 PM   #4
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Re: House a flop in the UK?

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It's perhaps not as popular as it could be, though.
I suppose it's not as popular as it is in the US, but then again what shows are?
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Old January 16 2009, 01:33 PM   #5
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Re: House a flop in the UK?

There would be some people saying, "He's not a doctor, he's the Prince Regent, with Blackadder as his butler! He's an imbecile!"

Mind you, that just tells me he's a bloody good actor.
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Old January 16 2009, 01:39 PM   #6
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Re: House a flop in the UK?

I keep expecting him to say "What ho! Jeeves" to Cuddy.
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Old January 16 2009, 01:40 PM   #7
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Re: House a flop in the UK?

Well there are still some people who still have trouble getting 5 also some fans might not want to wait for 5 to show house so they D/L the eps.
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Old January 16 2009, 01:42 PM   #8
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Re: House a flop in the UK?

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I keep expecting him to say "What ho! Jeeves" to Cuddy.
They really should do that one episode...
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Old January 16 2009, 01:48 PM   #9
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Old January 16 2009, 01:49 PM   #10
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Re: House a flop in the UK?

^Ever since Monty Python it's been a rite of passage for male, university educated British comedy actors to dress up as women at some point early in their careers.
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Old January 16 2009, 01:58 PM   #11
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Re: House a flop in the UK?

Pip pip, what ho, etcetera!

Very good... sir.
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Old January 16 2009, 01:58 PM   #12
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^Ever since Monty Python it's been a rite of passage for male, university educated British comedy actors to dress up as women at some point early in their careers.
Absobloodylutely! And much fun they have given us.

I've liked Laurie in just about everything he's done - he's a great comedian and actor.
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Old January 16 2009, 02:25 PM   #13
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^Ever since Monty Python it's been a rite of passage for male, university educated British comedy actors to dress up as women at some point early in their careers.
Actually long before that, hence pantomime traditions and various other comic acts.

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Old January 16 2009, 02:27 PM   #14
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Actually long before that, hence pantomime traditions and various other comic acts.
Of course.

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Old January 16 2009, 02:30 PM   #15
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Re: House a flop in the UK?

I'm writing an audio sitcom with a friend at the moment (to be podcasted) and it occurred to me last night that the entire cast is male, even though we have a few female chars.

Now I'm convinced we're destined for the big thyme.
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