Self-deprecating humor (or, should one more properly write, "humour")
There are a lot of things at which the British excel; things such as close-order drill, building ocean liners, creating (and losing) empires and, of course, queuing. However, one thing that the British do, perhaps better than any other nation, is self-deprecating humor. Perhaps other nationalities are too insecure in their national pride to permit their people to poke fun at themselves. Other nationalities make jokes about foreigners. However, the British are sufficiently secure in their national pride to have no qualms about ridiculing their own inadequacies before the entire world.
The result is very funny. Yet, one cannot come away from the experience without the sneaking suspicion that this series was produced by, and for, AUSTRALIANS. It all sounds like every joke ever told by the Australians about the "Poms". Barry Humphries would just love it.
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