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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 (ten 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 (ten months ago) link

(Yeah, me too)

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

me too, when it was first mentioned!

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

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

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

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

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

new Worzel at the weekend.

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

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

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

Sophie Duker is great.

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

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


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

Judi Love is pretty annoying.

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

DoD biking with grayson

i had to rewind it and watch it again and he really did say 'that's eight pounds' for what looked like 2 ninety-nines.

koogs, Tuesday, 30 November 2021 13:24 (eight months ago) link

Question Team. the moment the penny dropped during isy's round was a delight.

koogs, Wednesday, 1 December 2021 12:36 (eight months ago) link

three weeks pass...

manford and mack on the same team on Christmas 8/10 cats. in what way is this a "special"?

koogs, Saturday, 25 December 2021 13:49 (seven months ago) link

three weeks pass...

Toast, episode 3 and surprise! clem fandango is in LA

except it was in every single trailer for the last two months.

koogs, Wednesday, 19 January 2022 20:05 (six months ago) link

I thought Toast was fine - bit more coherent than other seasons, bit less grotesque. It's the only version of Matt Berry I can tolerate for some reason, odd considering that most versions of Matt Berry are identical

Vangelis fleadh (seandalai), Saturday, 22 January 2022 17:57 (six months ago) link

oh wow, I like WWDITS Berry and music Berry a lot

Daniel_Rf, Monday, 24 January 2022 11:06 (six months ago) link

Bingeing Ghosts on iplayer right now, it's very good and less trad sitcom than I'd imagined

Daniel_Rf, Monday, 24 January 2022 11:07 (six months ago) link

Zen Motoring on iPlayer is brilliant. Loved Ogmios's early YouTube versions of the show, and the transfer and ever so slight format change hasn't hurt it a jot. I may be biased as the first couple of eps are largely filmed on my road and surrounding area, but it's great.

There's A Goots In My House (stevie), Monday, 24 January 2022 11:24 (six months ago) link

Also bingeing Ghosts. It's gentle and quite lovely in places. I am frequently pointing out the moon to people, saying 'moon-ah' and being very pleased with myself.

Vanishing Point (Chinaski), Monday, 24 January 2022 17:29 (six months ago) link

really enjoyed Zen Motoring ep1, ta for the nudge as it was not listed on my iplayer homepage, and had not heard of it.

mark e, Monday, 24 January 2022 17:36 (six months ago) link

Worth catching his YouTube show as well, especially the Purim episode.

There's A Goots In My House (stevie), Monday, 24 January 2022 18:11 (six months ago) link

this seems like my jam, very much in the How To with John Wilson school

i cannot help if you made yourself not funny (forksclovetofu), Monday, 24 January 2022 20:43 (six months ago) link

Hah, Ogmios is also in my old area, the St Ann's Road / Seven Sisters junction at the start of his second one was a minute away on the bike.

Andrew Farrell, Tuesday, 25 January 2022 23:11 (six months ago) link

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