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Guz surprised me slightly (in a good way). VCM is going to be ornery all series, i think, which can go either way.

koogs, Friday, 24 September 2021 08:36 (seven months ago) link

I always find her much less witty than she thinks she is.

chap, Friday, 24 September 2021 08:56 (seven months ago) link

Morgana has real potential to be great, but appeared to be trying to co-host the first ep and had clearly prepared most of her 'spontaneity'.

Alan Davies' tired old man schtick has got old already, as has VCM's "I'm better than this" complaining. You're not.

Desiree filling the "useless at anything physical" role that POC comedians invariably do in this show e.g. Paul Chowdhry.

Guz will be great if he can build the wide eyed FUN he clearly feels into being good at any of the tasks.

Long enough attention span for a Stephen Bissette blu-ray extra (aldo), Friday, 24 September 2021 09:29 (seven months ago) link

The Goes Wrong Show is back!

Is it daft? Yes! Do I love it anyway? Yes!

Rerunning the beginning last night was inspired.

Long enough attention span for a Stephen Bissette blu-ray extra (aldo), Tuesday, 28 September 2021 15:48 (seven months ago) link

Really loved the first ep of the new Taskmaster. Stoked 4 the madness.

Ghosts s03 was really excellent. Would be happy if there was another series.

thing that i used to think was cool but now i just don't have time for (stevie), Tuesday, 28 September 2021 16:16 (seven months ago) link

found the Goes Wrong Show painful to watch. i will give it another go.

koogs, Tuesday, 28 September 2021 18:07 (seven months ago) link

(think the one i saw was the Christmas show. and probably not last Christmas)

koogs, Tuesday, 28 September 2021 18:08 (seven months ago) link

Ghosts s03 was really excellent. Would be happy if there was another series.

― thing that i used to think was cool but now i just don't have time for (stevie)

I think they'd need to mess with the formula slightly to avoid staleness, eg Alison loses her ability to see the ghosts (and Mike gains it?).

chap, Thursday, 30 September 2021 10:34 (seven months ago) link

I've watched 3 eps of The Cleaner and it's really painful. The first one had some kind of promise but it's turned into him doing a permanent David Brent impression. oh well.

kinder, Thursday, 30 September 2021 10:37 (seven months ago) link

I also watched all of Back to Life in case it got less depressing. It didn't, but I was sort of impressed at how bleak it made me feel, it sustained that throughout while also being well-written and funny (not in a laugh-out-loud way). I'll also always have affection for "teen in the 90s" references done properly.

I'm eternally grateful they didn't do constant flashbacks to the "event" or include some massive twist. It was far more affecting being what it was. The parents' escapades got a little tedious.

kinder, Thursday, 30 September 2021 10:42 (seven months ago) link

i enjoyed 'Almas Not Normal' a lot.
given up with The Cleaner, just got bored of it.
Ghosts S3 made me and mk2 properly laugh out loud several times.

mark e, Thursday, 30 September 2021 11:14 (seven months ago) link

I also watched all of Back to Life in case it got less depressing. It didn't, but I was sort of impressed at how bleak it made me feel, it sustained that throughout while also being well-written and funny (not in a laugh-out-loud way).

really enjoyed the balancing act of humour and darkness in this (without being dark humour), I felt the acting and writing was great,

then watched the final episode and the whole thing didnt really come together in any way. it had a sort of happy but not enjoyable ending ala the Graduate.

also for wringing 2 series out of a misunderstanding leading to the harmful repercussions of a prison sentence, the deux ex machina of the police station scene was a bit jarring.

Adrian Edmonson was properly terrifying though....

my opinionation (Hamildan), Thursday, 30 September 2021 11:23 (seven months ago) link

ghosts s3 didn't seem to get going before it was over, somehow.

first couple of Almas were ok (the sandwich shop...), but the last one, focussing on the sex work less so. maybe it's just a blip.

lots to like in B2L

koogs, Thursday, 30 September 2021 11:38 (seven months ago) link

I also watched all of Back to Life in case it got less depressing. It didn't, but I was sort of impressed at how bleak it made me feel, it sustained that throughout while also being well-written and funny (not in a laugh-out-loud way). I'll also always have affection for "teen in the 90s" references done properly.

I've really loved both series. It's subtly indebted to the sublime Home Time, IMO.

thing that i used to think was cool but now i just don't have time for (stevie), Thursday, 30 September 2021 12:43 (seven months ago) link

For the last few posts I have been getting Back to Life mixed up with After Life. I've worked it out now, though.

trishyb, Thursday, 30 September 2021 12:44 (seven months ago) link

(Yeah, me too)

Andrew Farrell, Thursday, 30 September 2021 12:57 (seven months ago) link

me too, when it was first mentioned!

kinder, Thursday, 30 September 2021 12:57 (seven months ago) link

The Great British Cub Scout Off is pretty dire.

Long enough attention span for a Stephen Bissette blu-ray extra (aldo), Thursday, 30 September 2021 17:32 (seven months ago) link

four weeks pass...

What We Do In The Shadows s3 is on BBC2 from next Tuesday, and Stath Lets Flats s3 is also on on Tuesdays on ch4. (Not watched yet).

kinder, Friday, 29 October 2021 18:11 (six months ago) link

New season of WWDITS is pretty good but episode 6 is hilarious

groovypanda, Saturday, 30 October 2021 11:17 (six months ago) link

Latecomer to Ghosts, we've been watching a couple of episodes each week over the past couple of months. On to S3 now and Kitty and Pat dancing had me crying tears of joy, just magical.

Dan Worsley, Saturday, 30 October 2021 11:26 (six months ago) link

A bit behind on the current series of Taskmaster but the final task in the 100th episode, throwing darts at balloons, was excellent - I loved the tension and the sense of tactics.

I'm enjoying this series much more than expected when I found out who the contestants were. Guz is such a dude.

chap, Sunday, 31 October 2021 12:16 (six months ago) link

And Alan's befuddled schtick is much more endearing in this context than usual.

chap, Sunday, 31 October 2021 12:17 (six months ago) link

The David Mitchell-fronted Cub Camp Not-Taskmaster has actually turned out to be quite fun.

Long enough attention span for a Stephen Bissette blu-ray extra (aldo), Sunday, 31 October 2021 12:22 (six months ago) link

I've been avoiding that given the premise and the host but the guests may make it worthwhile

Question Team is ok

but that episode of Goes Wrong Show i said I'd try was 20 minutes of my life i will never get back

koogs, Sunday, 31 October 2021 13:31 (six months ago) link

It's definitely helped by having almost exclusively Taskmaster MVPs.

I watched the first Question Team and it was ok but Bob was just recycling an Athletico Mince routine.

Long enough attention span for a Stephen Bissette blu-ray extra (aldo), Sunday, 31 October 2021 13:38 (six months ago) link

new Worzel at the weekend.

koogs, Wednesday, 3 November 2021 21:38 (six months ago) link

morgana's "snakes in a can' song slaps

edited to reflect developments which occurred (Camaraderie at Arms Length), Thursday, 4 November 2021 21:31 (six months ago) link

(how does VCM not know how a swannee whistle works?)

koogs, Thursday, 4 November 2021 22:25 (six months ago) link

two weeks pass...

david docherty cycles somewhere with someone. same kind of energy as gone fishing or travel man (or ed ventures) i guess. props (or the opposite) to ayoade for doing the whole thing on a brompton.

koogs, Tuesday, 23 November 2021 13:59 (six months ago) link

Yeah I caught the second half of that, a nice gentle wind down after the episode of Succession I had been watching. I vastly prefer Docherty when he's not singing and playing his annoying little keyboard.

chap, Tuesday, 23 November 2021 14:09 (six months ago) link

I haven't seen DoD yet, but I'd draw a distinction between Ed Ventures and Travel Man - you're dependent on the quality of the guests in the first, whereas interesting things can happen on a Travel Man episode even if the guest is a complete waste like Rob Beckett

Andrew Farrell, Tuesday, 23 November 2021 14:24 (six months ago) link

The final noise making task was a classic, and I've never in my life laughed nearly as much at Alan Davies.

Not overly enamoured by next year's line-up.

chap, Thursday, 25 November 2021 23:36 (five months ago) link

i think my highlight of the series was VCM learning to ride a bike there and then.

koogs, Friday, 26 November 2021 05:45 (five months ago) link

VCM, even until the end, said at least one task every week was "impossible" and didn't really engage while we watched everyone else get on with it.

I think I would have been happy with any of the other 4 as series champions to be honest.

Not overwhelmed by the new lineup, although Bridget Christie is fine in other people's things I find her own material a bit hectoring. Don't think I know Sophie Duker at all.

Long enough attention span for a Stephen Bissette blu-ray extra (aldo), Friday, 26 November 2021 09:55 (five months ago) link

Sophie Duker is great.

Daniel_Rf, Friday, 26 November 2021 09:56 (five months ago) link

oh fuck tho, Ardal O’Hanlon? Worst stand-up I've ever experienced in my life.

Daniel_Rf, Friday, 26 November 2021 09:57 (five months ago) link

Her and the bloke who isn't Father Dougal I don't know.

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chap, Friday, 26 November 2021 09:58 (five months ago) link

Judi Love is pretty annoying.

chap, Friday, 26 November 2021 09:58 (five months ago) link

Sophie Duker is a regular guest on Frankie Boyle's New World Order (and is the only one I predicted in our annual game of "who hasn't done Taskmaster yet that they might get for the next series"). Seems OK. Absolutely unenthused about any of them though.

VCM might be my least favourite contestant ever.

ailsa, Friday, 26 November 2021 10:00 (five months ago) link

The other bloke is Chris Ramsey (Hebburn, Shagged Married Annoyed podcast, surprisingly decent on Strictly a few years ago). He might be ok.

Judi Love is really annoying, yes.

ailsa, Friday, 26 November 2021 10:03 (five months ago) link

iirc this thread was tepid at best on at least the last two rosters as well and the show turned out all right anyway

Daniel_Rf, Friday, 26 November 2021 10:08 (five months ago) link

how has this thread managed to have not one post about Stath Lets Flats S3 in it

anyway it was good, episode 4 was completely classic, and there's a moment in episode 5 (the 'long boy' bit) that might be the funniest ten seconds in post-millennial UK comedy

imago, Friday, 26 November 2021 11:06 (five months ago) link

I think I must be in the minority, because I found Stath a bit lacklustre this time round. The jumping in the canal bit positively annoyed me, it was so stupid. Although their Youtube channel is just fantastic.

trishyb, Friday, 26 November 2021 12:00 (five months ago) link

Idk, that canal-jumping episode felt like the demented all-out antic climax of the entire thing before the last two episodes played it more sentimental

imago, Friday, 26 November 2021 12:14 (five months ago) link

The series as a whole maybe used the slow-motion-with-song effect a bit much but that's nitpicking

imago, Friday, 26 November 2021 12:15 (five months ago) link

Maybe I'm a man of simple tastes, but I pissed myself at the canal jumping.

chap, Friday, 26 November 2021 18:24 (five months ago) link

I go up and down on the show but every episode there's two or three genius turns of phrase that makes me love it

kinder, Friday, 26 November 2021 19:05 (five months ago) link

it felt like it was trying harder this season and going heavier toward the conceptual but i enjoyed it even so

When Young Sheldon began to rap (forksclovetofu), Friday, 26 November 2021 19:26 (five months ago) link


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