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So I started watching it on YouTube thinking it was a sitcom but it's a movie. A weirdly paced kind of downbeat one, bit reminiscent of Mindhorn. You're spending most of the first half waiting for Coogan to show up. Also Russell Brand pops up for 20 seconds.

kinder, Saturday, 5 June 2021 21:53 (five months ago) link

Yeah, it was during this that Brand had his drugs and strippers meltdown that put him in rehab, so his part got rewritten on the fly.

Well *I* know who he is (aldo), Saturday, 5 June 2021 21:58 (five months ago) link

enjoyed Cruise Of The Gods at the time, can imagine it playing like a horror film now that the most immature and entitled type of childrens'-SF-fan portrayed in it has been elevated to the core of mainstream culture, both pop and political

bobo honkin' slobo babe (sic), Saturday, 5 June 2021 23:55 (five months ago) link

I remember liking it at the time

The 💨 that shook the barlow (wins), Saturday, 5 June 2021 23:57 (five months ago) link

Best 3 tv shows not mentioned so far: This Country, Grandma’s House and (ok it’s Irish) The Young Offenders

a hoy hoy, Sunday, 6 June 2021 06:37 (five months ago) link

One of my other massively unpopular things that play 100% into my wheelhouse is Cruise of the Gods.

It's the ur-version of the Coogan/Brydon model later used in Tristram Shandy and The Trip, with them as ex-teen stars of a post-apocalypse ITV-style kids show set in the New Romantic era. It's set on a fan cruise and looks hard at fandom, writing TV sci-fi and cult celebrity.

It's probs my favourite Coogan outside of Partridge, the Video Diaries and The Trip.

burnt hombre (stevie), Sunday, 6 June 2021 07:43 (five months ago) link

okay, grabbed all four of those.

watching the start of the euros yesterday made me instinctively say 'a pound in the Nessun Dorma box'. odd how throw away lines from 1996 stick in your mind

koogs, Saturday, 12 June 2021 09:05 (five months ago) link

oh, italia 90, obviously

koogs, Saturday, 12 June 2021 09:07 (five months ago) link

apparently there's a season two of Starstruck on the way, i'm down if the plotting gets ironed out
https://www.thecut.com/2021/06/starstrucks-nikesh-patel-would-maybe-date-you.html

two weeks pass...

Act 4… pic.twitter.com/5CgVF7p15F

— Matt Berry (@porksmith) July 6, 2021

Tracer Hand, Tuesday, 6 July 2021 12:52 (four months ago) link

three weeks pass...

new As Yet Untitled on dave last night. feels like it's been over 2 years since the last one. featured both the irish robot wars presenters

koogs, Wednesday, 28 July 2021 12:36 (four months ago) link

(also slightly weird in the it was filmed in the roundhouse in london, an old, enormous railway building. covid regs, i guess)

koogs, Wednesday, 28 July 2021 12:37 (four months ago) link

episode 3 of This Way Up made me think they should bring back Mind Your Language.

koogs, Thursday, 29 July 2021 17:14 (four months ago) link

(splash screen at the end of that was interesting too, HM treasury and DCMS bigging up themselves and their media restart scheme, complete with union flag...)

koogs, Thursday, 29 July 2021 17:24 (four months ago) link

new Ghosts tonight

koogs, Monday, 9 August 2021 12:54 (three months ago) link

Thanks for the reminder! Thought it was next week.

kinder, Monday, 9 August 2021 13:28 (three months ago) link

Ghosts maintaining its quality. Slightly upset that I recently recommended it to a friend, who reported back to me describing it as 'bilge'.

chap, Tuesday, 10 August 2021 11:13 (three months ago) link

I watched the first 5 minutes of an episode on the plane and it was like kryptonite to me despite liking a lot of the actors

Tracer Hand, Tuesday, 10 August 2021 11:58 (three months ago) link

I watched the first episode (series one) lst night and 'gentle fun' would be the kindest thing i could say about it, maybe it gets better...

Believe me, grow a lemon tree. (ledge), Tuesday, 10 August 2021 15:37 (three months ago) link

Gentle fun not to be sniffed at imo... It's good comfort telly with some good jokes and a great ensemble. The quality stays about the same probably, but I quickly became very fond of it.

chap, Tuesday, 10 August 2021 16:14 (three months ago) link

two weeks pass...

Back to Life starts a second series on Tuesday. which i barely remember anything about other than i enjoyed it at the time.

koogs, Saturday, 28 August 2021 09:53 (three months ago) link

That's good news.

chap, Saturday, 28 August 2021 11:35 (three months ago) link

i like the lead actress but it felt sorta also-ran to me

I don't think I made it past the second episode. It was too depressing.

trishyb, Saturday, 28 August 2021 16:14 (three months ago) link

it's hard to search for but there are a few (other) positive mentions here. and i was surprised to see it back tbh.

(I'm also holding out for a second series of don't forget the driver. call me a hopeless optimist...)

in other news, mash report on Thursday too. strange situation with that but, again, i enjoyed it.

koogs, Saturday, 28 August 2021 17:00 (three months ago) link

"Back to Life is a British dark comedy-drama co-written...

OK, I'm outta here.

"Bobby Gillespie" (ft. Heroin) (Tom D.), Saturday, 28 August 2021 18:19 (three months ago) link

(I'm also holding out for a second series of don't forget the driver. call me a hopeless optimist...)

this.

Finished 'Pls Like' S2 today (it's quick and easy, and i like Liam).
had no idea there was a S3.

mark e, Saturday, 28 August 2021 18:42 (three months ago) link

First series of Back to Life was great. I mean, person X returns to hometown after years away is a complete cliché but Daisy Haggard is a gem and seem to recall there were a couple of real gut punches amongst all the laughs.

groovypanda, Sunday, 29 August 2021 18:27 (three months ago) link

Back To Life S2 is pretty masterful to be fair, twee soundtrack aside.

chap, Sunday, 5 September 2021 21:59 (two months ago) link

man walks into crime scene, blood everywhere, tense music. you're meant to think he's the detective who's caught this murder but then he plonks down a caddy full of cleaning equipment because he's actually a crime scene cleaner. surprise!

only that's not a surprise to anyone because it's called The Cleaner and the announcer has just announced it.

(9:30pm on bbc1 on a friday so i'm not holding up too much hope for it. greg davies and helena bonham carter)

oh, and Mash Report is back on Dave and is an hour long, which is probably a mistake.

koogs, Friday, 10 September 2021 21:46 (two months ago) link

yeah the new mash is noticeably lower budget and has weird unfunny placeholder bits where they just show headlines on screen

edited to reflect developments which occurred (Camaraderie at Arms Length), Friday, 10 September 2021 21:49 (two months ago) link

I normally enjoy Davies' work, but Ep 1 of the Cleaner was rotten.

chap, Monday, 13 September 2021 08:27 (two months ago) link

i liked all the curry night chat, but after he got locked into that toilet it was all downhill.

koogs, Monday, 13 September 2021 09:07 (two months ago) link

Yes, it was promising up until any characters after the first two turned up. Not sure what the point of Paul Chowdhry in schoolboy getup was at all.

The Scotts isn't bad.

Long enough attention span for a Stephen Bissette blu-ray extra (aldo), Monday, 13 September 2021 11:34 (two months ago) link

i agree that the Cleaner was a total miss with a remarkable cast.
Will try the Scotts. Can you say more about why I should though?

It's like Two Doors Down filmed as TOWIE instead of a sitcom, by the guys behind Burnistoun.

Long enough attention span for a Stephen Bissette blu-ray extra (aldo), Monday, 13 September 2021 20:26 (two months ago) link

lol, i don't understand a word of what you just said

Two Doors Down is a BBC sitcom set on a Scottish housing estate featuring three neighbours. It's quite gentle paced with plotlines including moving a bed and buying a hot tub.

TOWIE or The Only Way Is Essex was probably the first serious British scripted reality show and is like a very low rent Kardashians. Inexplicably, people from it have become celebrities in their own right

Burnistoun was a BBC Scotland sketch comedy, somewhere between Chewin' The Fat and Limmy.

Long enough attention span for a Stephen Bissette blu-ray extra (aldo), Monday, 13 September 2021 22:38 (two months ago) link

Okay gotcha now

taskmaster starts again on Thursday and Guz is on 'as yet untitled' with Alan Davies (both are contestants) and Morgana was on last week. oh, and Diseree was on a couple of weeks ago.

koogs, Tuesday, 21 September 2021 21:24 (two months ago) link

is all taskmaster going to be the bleeped version this time?

koogs, Thursday, 23 September 2021 21:02 (two months ago) link

Apparently aired by mistake.

Long enough attention span for a Stephen Bissette blu-ray extra (aldo), Thursday, 23 September 2021 21:30 (two months ago) link

Not sure this series is going to be a classic if I'm honest.

Both series of Taskmaster New Zealand are officially on YouTube now and despite only being familiar with one contestant the second series is up there as an all time great and David Correos with a shout at being the best ever contestant, especially the rap diss track task.

Long enough attention span for a Stephen Bissette blu-ray extra (aldo), Thursday, 23 September 2021 21:33 (two months ago) link

I didn't watch it last night but I'm not particularly fond of any of the line-up, except maybe Guz, and Alan Davies I can't stand.

chap, Friday, 24 September 2021 08:03 (two months ago) link

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 (two months ago) link

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

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


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