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The only time I ever saw the adult one they had a Tory couple with one whose claim to fame was trolling a guy on lbc and one who thought she was the most attractive woman to ever work in Westminster. It was nauseating, and also a bit like a fast show sketch, and it felt like they weren’t real people. I didn’t watch another episode.

a hoy hoy, Tuesday, 16 March 2021 14:02 (ten months ago) link

At its best, the adult one can be genuinely quite sweet and heartwarming. But yeah there are plenty of pricks on it too.

chap, Tuesday, 16 March 2021 15:26 (ten months ago) link

Just caught up with Crashing on Netflix - overall quite patchy and obviously Waller-Bridge finding her feet, but the curry night episode is flat out hilarious.

chap, Thursday, 25 March 2021 09:13 (nine months ago) link

Comic Strip repeats on London live are now beyond the ones i ever saw at the time. this one, Les Dogs, has Kate Bush in it.

(last couple have been a mess though)

koogs, Wednesday, 7 April 2021 20:28 (nine months ago) link

This one wasn't exactly very coherent, as well as not being even remotely funny but I suspect it wasn't really designed to be.

Duncan Disorderly (Tom D.), Wednesday, 7 April 2021 21:18 (nine months ago) link

two weeks pass...

i do love the vindictive single-person tasks on taskmaster but tonight's was especially classic: "Fart. Fastest wins."

koogs, Thursday, 22 April 2021 20:24 (nine months ago) link

(except that ended up quite disturbing)

koogs, Friday, 23 April 2021 10:03 (nine months ago) link

I haven't laughed as much in ages as I did at the unexpected ending to that task.

ailsa, Friday, 23 April 2021 13:16 (nine months ago) link

anyone watched Frank of Ireland?

Quite astoundingly shite based on the first episode (and any other clips I've seen)

Like we all know TV is a cesspool of nepotism but you think someone would have stepped in at some point

Number None, Friday, 23 April 2021 14:16 (nine months ago) link

i managed five minutes.

Draymond is "Mr Dumpy" (forksclovetofu), Friday, 23 April 2021 14:44 (nine months ago) link

I watched the whole thing because you never know when you're going to see someone you know, but yeah, it wasn't good.

trishyb, Friday, 23 April 2021 20:20 (nine months ago) link

Only saw the end but that wasn't very good.
Partridge is back next Friday though!

kinder, Friday, 23 April 2021 21:57 (nine months ago) link

Counterpoint: Frank of Ireland isn't total shit, merely very mediocre. C4 hyping it like the new Father Ted, though.

chap, Friday, 23 April 2021 22:57 (nine months ago) link

Scots seem to love it based on an informal survey of my Facebook feed.

Andrew Farrell, Friday, 23 April 2021 23:06 (nine months ago) link

Frank Of Ireland absolute embarrassing joke drought. What has Domhnal Gleeson done to deserve this?

The fart Taskmaster was hilarious. "It's like a casserole down there."

Fine ham abounds, mom (stevie), Monday, 26 April 2021 09:05 (eight months ago) link

Mike Wozniak very good all round on Taskmaster. I feel sorry for Charlotte, hope she wins a show at least.

chap, Monday, 26 April 2021 10:09 (eight months ago) link

Isn't his brother the show's creator? xp

groovypanda, Monday, 26 April 2021 10:31 (eight months ago) link

he's got previous with greg on Man Down, which i keep forgetting. but yes, from about 5 seconds into episode 1, he was obviously going to be good value.

koogs, Monday, 26 April 2021 10:33 (eight months ago) link

My very first exposure to After Life was the scene with the plastic surgery casualty, and I was howling. Things got really sentimental after that, I wonder what the ilx consensus is on this one. I tried a Google search to no avail

cerebral halsey (rip van wanko), Tuesday, 27 April 2021 04:16 (eight months ago) link

i am enjoying Starstruck after the first two episodes. nice casting, fun acting, decent script, clearly a fantasy but a fairly compassionate and enjoyable one with about two genuine laughs per half hour. Matafeo is a new face for me and is welcome.

Draymond is "Mr Dumpy" (forksclovetofu), Thursday, 29 April 2021 14:46 (eight months ago) link

her series of Taskmaster was good

koogs, Thursday, 29 April 2021 15:29 (eight months ago) link

My boss just recommended Starstruck to me. Really like Rose Matafeo so will definitely give it a go.

ailsa, Thursday, 29 April 2021 18:35 (eight months ago) link

re starstruck : i watched 3 eps today and really enjoyed it.
doesn't do anything out of the box, just some very welcome, feel good vibes with lots of chuckles.
looking forward to seeing the rest this weekend.
and yeah, she was very good on taskmaster.

mark e, Thursday, 29 April 2021 19:04 (eight months ago) link

I can only watch one episode at a time because Ireland, but I really enjoyed the first episode. Exactly what forks and mark e said. Nothing groundbreaking, but a very good feeling from the whole thing.

Did you see the film she did with Neville from the Harry Potter films? It's good too.

trishyb, Thursday, 29 April 2021 20:13 (eight months ago) link

Did you see the film she did with Neville from the Harry Potter films? It's good too.

not yet. been waiting for it to hit a streaming service which it has to given circumstances.
saw a clip on the last leg (i think !?), and it looked really good.

mark e, Thursday, 29 April 2021 20:28 (eight months ago) link

Her comedy special, Horndog, is really good - we were keen to see her after, er, seeing her and David O'Doherty on Celebrity Pointless.

Andrew Farrell, Thursday, 29 April 2021 21:58 (eight months ago) link

We saw her live at Kilkenny a few years ago. Annoyingly, she was on a bill with three very well-known Irish comics, so everyone was there to see them, and she got very nervous because it wasn't going all that well (it wasn't horrible or anything, just, you know) and she talked really really fast and got a bit squeaky, but we liked her very much all the same.

trishyb, Thursday, 29 April 2021 22:04 (eight months ago) link

The new This Time was a mixed bag, as always.

chap, Saturday, 1 May 2021 00:03 (eight months ago) link

agreed, but I liked it. I got more out of s1 on a rewatch. the three different phone icons was spot on, can't remember what else cracked me up

kinder, Saturday, 1 May 2021 09:13 (eight months ago) link

The body language section was good.

chap, Saturday, 1 May 2021 09:36 (eight months ago) link

Motherland starts again on monday

followed by new Inside Number 9

koogs, Saturday, 8 May 2021 16:42 (eight months ago) link

For some reason, I watched all of the new Motherland yesterday even though I feel very conflicted about it. It makes me anxious rather than making me laugh and the way people behave is stupidly implausible, at times. I want to like it more than I do but I find it mean spirited a lot of the time. I think it's mostly carried by some very winning performances & the laughs are good when they do come.

The series has a surprisingly upbeat and uncynical ending which hopefully signals a new direction for the show and seems to be a hint that that will be foregrounding one character who's only been a residual presence until now and is played by an actor I'm really quite keen on.

Cocteau Twinks (jed_), Tuesday, 11 May 2021 16:31 (eight months ago) link

I'm going to settle for the weekly pace because of the Inside#9 double bill but I thought there were a fair few flags the focus might change.

"I was the head of product development for Glaxo SmithKline."

Well *I* know who he is (aldo), Tuesday, 11 May 2021 16:36 (eight months ago) link

“Are you sure you didn’t work in Greggs?”

Cocteau Twinks (jed_), Tuesday, 11 May 2021 16:40 (eight months ago) link

lol at hidden text with no actual spoilers or names in it

there's like 1 semi-likeable character in the entire show, i'm not even sure i enjoy it.

(unlike, say, starstruck which is funny and smart and charming - "i didn't want to come empty handed and these are the only things i've seen you eat")

koogs, Tuesday, 11 May 2021 16:45 (eight months ago) link

y'all sold me on motherland so i knocked the first season and a few extra episodes out in two nights. Will likely catch up to season 3 by tonight. "not even sure i enjoy it" feels accurate, it's very Sharon Horgan-y and the actors mostly keep me engaged but it's kinda light most of the time and then violently mean on occasion.

Starstruck lost me at episode four when it ran out of ideas and just started recycling the same shakespearean confusions and mistakes to keep them from getting together. fair play on the nod to The Graduate at the end.

Draymond is "Mr Dumpy" (forksclovetofu), Tuesday, 11 May 2021 17:23 (eight months ago) link

(gah spoilers! only 3 episodes have been on telly so far)

koogs, Tuesday, 11 May 2021 19:08 (eight months ago) link

I don't know if it's very Sharon-Horgany as much as very all over the place. Like whoever wrote everything revolving around the kevin pig-pit slapstick in s2 hadn't spoken to anyone else who'd written the other parts of the episode.

Cocteau Twinks (jed_), Tuesday, 11 May 2021 19:52 (eight months ago) link

xp sorry, didn't know! in any case, i'm not spoiling anything with that comment that you couldn't figure out by just watching the show, i promise. Would be curious if other folks who didn't binge starstruck have different opinions.

Draymond is "Mr Dumpy" (forksclovetofu), Tuesday, 11 May 2021 21:30 (eight months ago) link

the Horgan-ishness: black and gross-out humor, feints toward humanity promptly chopped down as the payoff of the scene, devastating personal loss played off as nature of the game, all male characters have the intelligence and maturity of a damaged teen

Draymond is "Mr Dumpy" (forksclovetofu), Tuesday, 11 May 2021 21:32 (eight months ago) link

That's food for thought, tbh.

Cocteau Twinks (jed_), Tuesday, 11 May 2021 21:36 (eight months ago) link

in any case, i'm not spoiling anything with that comment that you couldn't figure out by just watching the show, i promise.

you did specifically describe the final scene of the series, and contrasted them with your own expectations from just watching the show, tbh

bobo honkin' slobo babe (sic), Tuesday, 11 May 2021 21:39 (eight months ago) link

i feel bad! honestly, I assumed you guys got them all at the same time and had already had a fair amount of time to see the show but i guess the international t0rr3nt scene works on a different delivery timeline.
anyways, it NODS to the graduate, that's not where it lands. I am also a bit annoyed that it got far enough up its own ass to stop coming up with new ideas after the first ninety minutes.

Draymond is "Mr Dumpy" (forksclovetofu), Wednesday, 12 May 2021 01:26 (eight months ago) link

i was just remarking that i likely wouldn't watch half the middlebrow british/australian sitcoms i watch if they were american but the UK/AU stuff's actors are generally 5X better, the subject matter is more daring and they say "fuck" regularly. apparently that does it for me enough so that I can unapologetically binge through Plebs.

Draymond is "Mr Dumpy" (forksclovetofu), Wednesday, 12 May 2021 01:29 (eight months ago) link

It’s common-ish for UK (and a bit in Australia) to drop a whole series on free streaming the night the first ep TXs - koogs is just watching week by week on actual TV

bobo honkin' slobo babe (sic), Wednesday, 12 May 2021 02:41 (eight months ago) link

liked this pilot about an all female muslim band a lot

― oscar bravo, Tuesday, May 12, 2020 3:51 PM (one year ago) bookmarkflaglink

so this has got a series going out on ch4 next week.

oscar bravo, Wednesday, 12 May 2021 15:47 (eight months ago) link

Currently watching Drifters on Netflix which completely passed me by first time round. Bit of a slow grower, but always watchable and by series 3 consistently hilarious.

chap, Friday, 14 May 2021 11:01 (eight months ago) link

I bailed after the ep where she gets a lesbian friend and doesn't know she's a lesbian lololololol. Guessing it gets better?

Daniel_Rf, Friday, 14 May 2021 13:31 (eight months ago) link

Oh yeah I'd sort of forgotten about that. That was a low point.

chap, Friday, 14 May 2021 15:14 (eight months ago) link

okay, watched the first two episodes of Ghosts. It's okay! Worth sticking with, I think.

I was halfway through the second when i had the very clear thought this was gonna be bought by a premium cable channel to screen and then remade by another premium cable channel for a US audience. Found out this morning it's new to HBO stateside, so halfway there.
― Fuck the NRA (ulysses), Saturday, October 31, 2020 12:58 AM


Draymond is "Mr Dumpy" (forksclovetofu), Thursday, 20 May 2021 20:00 (eight months ago) link

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