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Just hoovered up new Steve Coogan and Sarah Solemani's new comedy drama on Channel 4: Chivalry. I see it got fairly widespread good reviews for the first two episodes which were broadcast last might.

It's really beautifully timed filmed with fantasy ocean-side residences, glamorous Hollywood hotels and interiors, and very easy to watch with episodes being around the 20 minute mark. Agree with some of the reviews that it backed away in its stated aim of examining the environment of Me Too for film industry. Was still not quite sure what to make of it until it took a complete nosedive in the last episode - which is one of the worst tv episodes I have seen for several years.

I'll be interested to see if commentators update their appraisal when they reach the end of the series

Luna Schlosser, Friday, 22 April 2022 10:45 (seven months ago) link

one month passes...

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RUCuJS3Tg68

Maresn3st, Sunday, 12 June 2022 15:08 (five months ago) link

On rather more cosy note, I enjoyed Here We Go miles more than expected. Some good writing and acting.

chap, Tuesday, 14 June 2022 17:57 (five months ago) link

Though I don't know why I gave the qualifier, Ogimos is kind of cosy too!

chap, Tuesday, 14 June 2022 17:58 (five months ago) link

*ogmios

chap, Tuesday, 14 June 2022 17:58 (five months ago) link

last taskmaster on thursday and it's been good, i think. all contestants quite different but hard to pick a favourite.

koogs, Tuesday, 14 June 2022 18:27 (five months ago) link

Sophie Duker is too committed. eating a whole slab of butter and basically outlasting the tongue task. frightening.
Chris Ramsay started well but seemed to run out of steam the episode before last.
Bridget Christie for the win, she seems way odder than her comedy led me to believe.

oscar bravo, Tuesday, 14 June 2022 19:23 (five months ago) link

I couldn't look at that tongue task. Even listening to them talk about it turned my stomach.

trishyb, Tuesday, 14 June 2022 19:35 (five months ago) link

Sophie Duker is too committed. eating a whole slab of butter and basically outlasting the tongue task. frightening.

I quite massively fancy her.

The two contestants I had slightly negative opinions of pre-series, Ardal and Judi, have both been pretty good. The Taskmaster effect.

chap, Tuesday, 14 June 2022 21:41 (five months ago) link

Pretty sure I'm not alone in thinking this series is well named as I've been trying to avoid this cunt for years.

https://www.theguardian.com/tv-and-radio/2022/jun/10/avoidance-review-romesh-ranganathan-may-make-you-feel-seen-in-the-worst-way

Doodles Diamond (Tom D.), Saturday, 18 June 2022 18:00 (five months ago) link

After I posted I literally turned on the TV to see an advert for that show (for the umpteenth time), followed by the new version of The Weakest Link, which is presented by ..... AAAAAAAAARRRRRGGGGGHH!

Doodles Diamond (Tom D.), Saturday, 18 June 2022 18:12 (five months ago) link

No Taskmaster next series contestant reveal?

chap, Saturday, 18 June 2022 20:53 (five months ago) link

Will come after Champion of Champions I expect.

Long enough attention span for a Stephen Bissette blu-ray extra (aldo), Saturday, 18 June 2022 20:56 (five months ago) link

next taskmaster:
dara o'briain
fern brady
john kearns
munya chawawa
sarah millican

koogs, Friday, 24 June 2022 18:27 (five months ago) link

i like fern brady, not wild about the others

Tracer Hand, Saturday, 25 June 2022 16:08 (five months ago) link

Fine with all of them except Millican.

politics is about vibes and the vibes are off (stevie), Saturday, 25 June 2022 18:44 (five months ago) link

Munya's viral comedy raps are pretty good as viral comedy rap goes.

chap, Monday, 27 June 2022 07:42 (five months ago) link

As always, I'm underwhelmed by the lineup reveal, and as always it'll probably turn out to be good.

chap, Monday, 27 June 2022 07:44 (five months ago) link

three months pass...

question team last night had a round on take away food and one of the places was four hundred rabbits pizza. question for mike, if he sees this, is that the place around the corner from you?

koogs, Friday, 30 September 2022 08:43 (one month ago) link

three months pass... ilx really does hate comedy

koogs, Friday, 30 September 2022 08:43 (one month ago) link

There are a few branches of 400 rabbits; one of them is the one you're thinking of, koogs.

Tim, Friday, 30 September 2022 09:03 (one month ago) link

Watched the new Philomena Cunk, bored of her joke now, just felt like "why am I watching this bad history documentary that doesn't even make me laugh?"

There's a new series of Ghosts, I quite like that.

link.exposing.politically (Camaraderie at Arms Length), Friday, 30 September 2022 09:17 (one month ago) link

ilx really does hate comedy

UK comedy

Narada Michael Fagan (Tom D.), Friday, 30 September 2022 10:11 (one month ago) link

ILX's fave type of comedy

youtube.com/watch?v=SqSiaH5A3WM

Daniel_Rf, Friday, 30 September 2022 10:22 (one month ago) link

400 Rabbits is a very SE London reference (I think our SE19 branch was the first), and there are a lot of Dave-employed comics in SE London ime :)

(I tend to avoid Dave Originals as they all look pretty terrible to me, even if I sort of like some of the ppl involved. But I recommend the dirty vegan sourdough and the garlic bread).

Michael Jones, Friday, 30 September 2022 10:23 (one month ago) link

Not entirely against UK comedy of course; I did watch a 1975 episode of Rising Damp last night, after my usual Bob’s Burgers double-bill, and that was good.

Michael Jones, Friday, 30 September 2022 10:50 (one month ago) link

The election one or the fitness one? Both funny and cringe-inducing at the same time.

Narada Michael Fagan (Tom D.), Friday, 30 September 2022 11:59 (one month ago) link

It was the one where Philip bets Rigsby he can’t go without food for 48 hours.

Extra edge from knowing that the bigoted landlord was played by an old-school Scouse Tory and his liberal do-gooder tenant was a loosely aristocratic member of the WRP (de la Tour).

Rossiter was an Evertonian so that redeems him greatly in my eyes.

Michael Jones, Friday, 30 September 2022 12:09 (one month ago) link

Cunk drives me crazy because Diane Morgan is so good, and her character is so pitch perfect, and the writing is just terrible. she deserves so much better. though after awhile you do start to think - this is your baby, Diane. raise the bar or try something else.

Tracer Hand, Friday, 30 September 2022 12:47 (one month ago) link

she did do that Mandy thing that made me a chuckle a few times.
and i'm totally bored with Cunk now.

mark e, Friday, 30 September 2022 12:57 (one month ago) link

Rossiter was an Evertonian so that redeems him greatly in my eyes.

In one of the episodes last night, Rigsby mentioned Tommy Lawton in a discussion with Philip and Alan about how football was so much better in his day. However in another episode it's implied he's a Leeds Utd fan - the series is apparently set in Leeds, though that's never stated - which makes me think the Tommy Lawton line came from Rossiter.

Narada Michael Fagan (Tom D.), Friday, 30 September 2022 13:44 (one month ago) link

Almost certainly! I have a 1978 EFC match day programme somewhere in which he goes on about Lawton at some length.

Michael Jones, Saturday, 1 October 2022 10:39 (one month ago) link

mock the week into its last 3 shows before it gets shitcanned (or moves to Dave) and there was very much an end of term quality to last night's. you all will hate it.

taskmaster new season looks promising

koogs, Saturday, 1 October 2022 11:25 (one month ago) link

The last series was excellent.

politics is about vibes and the vibes are off (stevie), Sunday, 2 October 2022 19:00 (one month ago) link

New series of Ghosts is a bit flat maybe? It's perfectly watchable, just feels like it could with something new.

Shard-borne Beatles with their drowsy hums (Chinaski), Sunday, 2 October 2022 20:12 (one month ago) link

My 8yo just started watching it and is obsessed, but also scared by the plague guys in the basement

politics is about vibes and the vibes are off (stevie), Sunday, 2 October 2022 21:07 (one month ago) link

Quite liking new Ghosts, haven't seen any drop in quality, episode 4 is a highlight.

link.exposing.politically (Camaraderie at Arms Length), Sunday, 2 October 2022 22:14 (one month ago) link

Ghosts certainly not as good as it used to be. It's the writing - they're trying to cram too many different storylines into each episodes, and as a result they rarely conclude satisfactorily.

Still a nice watch though. I feel like Alison and Mike are my mates. I've had a real soft spot for Charlotte Ritchie since I spotted her campaigning for Labour in the same area as me on the day of the 19 election.

chap, Friday, 7 October 2022 10:33 (one month ago) link

The usual Taskmaster arc indifference to scorn when the lineup is revealed, to liking them all by the end of the first episode. It's a format that really does bring out the best in its contestants.

chap, Friday, 7 October 2022 10:36 (one month ago) link

Having said that, Munya Chawawa seems really quite odd.

chap, Friday, 7 October 2022 10:39 (one month ago) link

My partner and I talk about the Taskmaster laundering effect. There are comedians I hated on sight or only knew from occasional grating panel game appearances who I am now 100% stans of as a result of this show. Who knew Rhod Gilbert could be so funny??

politics is about vibes and the vibes are off (stevie), Friday, 7 October 2022 10:40 (one month ago) link

Didn't launder David Baddiel for me tho his persona being "confused old fogey not knowing how any of this works" was tbf the best case scenario (also the season he was in had one of the greatest casts).

Daniel_Rf, Friday, 7 October 2022 10:43 (one month ago) link

Yes there is the odd exception.

chap, Friday, 7 October 2022 10:48 (one month ago) link

There's often an older cast-member who can't rise to the occasion or doesn't seem to try. I ultimately found Alan Davies and Hugh Dennis endearing in that role, but yeah, Baddiel did not bring much to the table at all.

politics is about vibes and the vibes are off (stevie), Friday, 7 October 2022 11:25 (one month ago) link

watching last night's i might go off dara if he keeps up like that (winning!)

koogs, Friday, 7 October 2022 11:49 (one month ago) link

First ever whitewash

Long enough attention span for a Stephen Bissette blu-ray extra (aldo), Friday, 7 October 2022 12:34 (one month ago) link

Last episode of Ghosts was a bit of a let-down, the old we're-foreshadowing-something-or-are-we?!?! is an old trope and they didn't bring a new twist to it, agreed that it's stronger when they focus on one or two stories and don't feel the need to keep all the characters busy all the time.

link.exposing.politically (Camaraderie at Arms Length), Friday, 7 October 2022 13:49 (one month ago) link

I've had a real soft spot for Charlotte Ritchie since I spotted her campaigning for Labour in the same area as me on the day of the 19 election.

She's also very good in Mae Martin's Feel Good

Daniel_Rf, Friday, 7 October 2022 13:52 (one month ago) link

She is. And also obvs Fresh Meat.

politics is about vibes and the vibes are off (stevie), Friday, 7 October 2022 14:06 (one month ago) link

Does John Kearns "work" on Taskmaster? Saw him live once and don't think I've ever laughed harder.

bain4z, Friday, 7 October 2022 16:17 (one month ago) link


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