Posted 30 April 2013 - 11:08 AM
It really is jaw-droppingly old-fashioned and crass and reflects no credit at all on anyone involved. However, particularly interesting is the involvement of Mark Ravenhill in writing it - I have long thought that Ravenhill is the most glaring example of the Emperor's New Clothes syndrome in theatre - here he amply demonstrates that not only can't he write for toffee but also that he has no clue at all about contemporary culture and is ossified in the 1980s (did he never watch "The Office" ?). He has previously shown us that he can't direct either with his woeful contribution to "Troilus and Cressida". I ascribe his success to date solely to the fact he is self-confident, shaven-headed and agressive, like a low-rent Steven Berkoff.
I see the RSC have extended his contract as writer-in-residence for another year. "I think the RSC likes me to be around because I do ask questions and I do challenge things," he told the BBC. Having a middle-aged no-mark like him around is hardly like to attract the youthful new audience they crave.
Posted 30 April 2013 - 04:08 PM
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Posted 01 May 2013 - 06:02 AM
Posted 01 May 2013 - 12:06 PM
I pay a licence fee like anyone else- so why should new programmes have to appeal just to the "yoof" market? I personally found it funny, along with the following programme Job Lot- OK they cannot replace the drama of Broadchurch- but for goodness sake people- make up your own minds about something instead of waiting for a review to come out you before you watch something.
You do realise there is the technology now if you go on Iplayer or Catchup and start watching and don't like it - they have invented a stop button.
Posted 01 May 2013 - 02:46 PM
Is it particularly 'high brow' or 'clever' no. It's not comedy in the vein of 'The Thick of It' or other 'cerebral' comedies, but damnit if Ian McKellan being bitchy and waltzing around in a dressing gown didn't make me laugh. There were some clunky moments in it admittedly but still, it's not the worst thing on our tv screens by a long stretch.
Oh and I never watched the Office either, because personally I find Gervais the TV version of fingernails on a blackboard, so however new and modern it was I was never going to 'get' it.
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Posted 01 May 2013 - 04:13 PM
For the record I liked it! Made me laugh way more than the Job Lot (though as I'm the same age as Russell Tovey AND work at a jobcentre it was a little weird).
Posted 01 May 2013 - 04:24 PM
I didn't really expect to enjoy it I admit, but I couldn't help myself! Even my hubbie chuckled a few times, and he barely knows who McKellen & Jacobi are, but the silliness of it was what appealed to him. I think we'll be giving it a chance and watching again...and anything with Marcia Warren in gets my attention too!
Posted 01 May 2013 - 04:30 PM
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