A lot of the cast from Barking have since gone on to have good careers. Mackenzie Crook hit it big as Gareth in the BBC's hit comedy The Office with Ricky Gervais, David Walliams and Matt Lucas did Little Britain, Omid Djalili was in the massively successful Hollywood movie The Mummy and has had several shows of his own, Peter Kay became the most stand-out stand-up of the decade with sold out venues around the country and made Phoenix Nights whilst Catherine Tate had a self-titled show on the BBC and co-starred in long running sci-fi show Doctor Who. The real question is, did the talent from all these well established comedians shine through at the start of their television careers?
Well, as far as sketch shows go this is as hit and miss as any other but it's safe to say, these comedians are good, even if they don't always hit the mark. One of the biggest surprises for me was seeing David Walliams as an eccentric random guy in London getting up to all sorts of daft exploits. Not a surprise in that it was funny, I'm a fan of Walliams, but a surprise in the way we see many of this character's traits used for different characters in Little Britain (such as "a-a-aaaaaah"). I'm a big fan of Peter Kay's stand-up and a huge fan of Phoenix Nights so seeing him here was also rather good, although this is far from the standard he is capable of.
Overall, if you're a fan of the comedians involved and like sketch shows, this is worth a look but it's a 50/50 hit and miss ratio. 3/5