Posted 01 May 2013 - 05:30 PM
Posted 01 May 2013 - 07:03 PM
Looking forward to his Radio 3 adaptation of The Octoroon.
Posted 01 May 2013 - 08:08 PM
And Marcia Warren, Philip Voss and Iwan Rheon. I watched it as broadcast and thought it was a reality series like TOWIE and Made in Chelsea. It made me laugh out loud, although I thought the Frances de la Tour character was a sexist throwback to the dark ages. McKellen and Jacobi just played themselves, didn't they?
Posted 02 May 2013 - 07:36 AM
You miss my point. I am totally opposed to the pandering to yoof (and I am also opposed to young people getting discounted theatre tickets). My point was that this programme was like someone sitting down and, without any hint of irony or post-modernism, making and releasing a silent film 30 years after The Jazz Singer.
My assertion that Ravenhill had written this rubbish was based on a little resume that he himself seemed to have put out. If he is now furiously back-pedalling I'm not surprised.
By the way, best sitcom of all time, The Larry Sanders Show, no question.
Posted 02 May 2013 - 09:20 AM
Well, The Artist was 84 years after it and that went down rather well. I know that's not *quite* what you're getting at though.
Maybe the old fashioned feel is deliberate? I can't remember the last time I watched a sitcom that had a laugh track, for starters.
Posted 02 May 2013 - 12:50 PM
Posted 02 May 2013 - 12:53 PM
I'm sure it was. Laugh tracks just make me nauseous.
Posted 02 May 2013 - 01:19 PM
When they explicitly say (normally for USA shows) that "This show was filmed in front of a live studio audience" it doesn't mean that they also don't add a laugh track. When I lived in Los Angeles I used to go to TV sitcom recordings occasionally, it was an instructive experience, for example 24 minutes of air time could take longer than King Lear to film - no audience could be whipped up into a frenzy of hysteria for that length of time.
Posted 02 May 2013 - 01:59 PM
A couple of years ago, the comedy writer John Finnemore, whom many of you know from the very funny radio comedy Cabin Pressure, wrote a show called George and Bernard Shaw, about two middle aged gay men who had lived together for a long time, and their female friend. A pilot was recorded starring Richard Griffiths an Robert Lindsey but never taken up. I wonder where Ravenhill got his idea from?
I thought Vicious was dreadful, btw.
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