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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

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

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

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

koogs, Tuesday, 28 September 2021 18:08 (two 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 (one month 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 (one month 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 (one month 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 (one month 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 (one month 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 (one month 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 (one month 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 (one month ago) link

(Yeah, me too)

Andrew Farrell, Thursday, 30 September 2021 12:57 (one month ago) link

me too, when it was first mentioned!

kinder, Thursday, 30 September 2021 12:57 (one month 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 (one month 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 (one month ago) link

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

groovypanda, Saturday, 30 October 2021 11:17 (four weeks 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 (four weeks 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 (four weeks ago) link

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

chap, Sunday, 31 October 2021 12:17 (four weeks 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 (four weeks 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 (four weeks ago) link


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