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About this website
A wonderful archive of Fry & Laurie scripts once had a home at the now-defunct GeoCities website. Despite being last updated nearly a decade ago — coincidentally, the very day my website hodgers.com came into being! — barely a week went by without a visit from me.
Partly because of the annoucement that GeoCities was to close, but mostly out of devoted fandom, I downloaded the website, ran a series of RegExps over the preformatted text to mark up all the dialogue and generated this simple website to house them all.
It's not a straight port, however. Here are some of the changes:-
- There's now a page for every single sketch, rather than just those that appeared in the books;
- Previous/Next links allow you to skip easily from sketch to sketch in the orders in which they were originally presented;
- All sketches — as well as book & programme indices — are available as XML for developers cleverer than I to play with;
- There's a custom print stylesheet which strips out all the administrative debris;
- I've embedded video from other sources on appropriate sketch pages: 179 so far (~60% of the 298 sketches). Please feel free to contribute more using the form provided;
- The URLs should be a bit more guessable now; the listings even use web-scale identifiers (ISBN for books, programme numbers for programmes).
That old GeoCities website contained this note:
To the best of my knowledge, all of these books are no longer in print. and a fairly lengthy disclaimer:
None of the scripts found in this archive resulted from any work on my part. I have only created a means of accessing them. I was fortunate to have met an internet correspondence several years ago, who was kind enough to share his set of scripts, which he had painstakingly converted to html. I greatly appreciate his generosity. Both continue to apply here.
This website is an ongoing labour of love designed to preserve a long-standing treasure of the web and bring Stephen Fry & Hugh Laurie's older work to a wider audience, rather than cash in on their creativity (save for a couple of Amazon Associates links). I really hope you enjoy it as much as I continue to. Here are some of my favourites to get you started:-