Sketch shows have a rich British tradition, The Fast Show, Harry Enfield And Chums, dating all the way back to Monty Python. However, first season aside, Little Britain heralded a different brand of sketch show, a lowest-common-denominator, catchphrase-and-gross-out based style. This predictability removes the one thing which made shows like Monty Python in particular great, namely the unpredictability. The whole point of a sketch show isn't to have recurring characters every week, but to just spent a couple of minutes in each little world and then move onto something totally different. That Mitchell And Webb Look restores this balance, reviving sketch shows as they were originally intended.
This is not to say that there aren't recurring characters in That Mitchell And Webb Look. The likes of delusional tramp Sir Digby Chicken Caesar, conman Barry Crisp and spectacularly surreal gameshow Numberwang all have repeat appearances, but crucially have enough material to make it worth seeing each time, with each rendition having a new spin. Also funny are the Extras-style, 'backstage' moments, with Mitchell and Webb playing perverse, childish verisons of themselves to great effect.
In addition to this, each episode is crammed full of one-shot sketches which deliver home-run gangs and then disappear; like the abusive detective on the phone, the man with the telekinetic power over biscuits or the BMX Bandit and the Angel Summoner. Best of all is the saga of Chip And Pin, a hilarious mini-biography of the rise and fall of four stage performers. An original, sharp, witty show that's well worth watching from front to back; and the DVD comes with a bunch of deleted sketches and outtakes which are worth watching, as well as an interesting (and funny) making-of documentary.