Bringing together the undisputed talents of Ben Miller and Alexander Armstrong for a brand new BBC sketch show, The Armstrong & Miller Show
’s first series now arrives in its entirety on DVD. It’s been many years since the pair joined forces for the earlier Armstrong & Miller
, and in that time, they’ve come up with a whole host of new characters to keep us amused.
Thus, we get to meet the husband who can’t work out that his wife his having an affair with his best friend, and instead chooses to believe some of the wild explanations he’s offered. There’s the dentist and his inappropriate comments, usually uttered while his patient’s mouth is wide open. Or what about the brilliantly inspired SatNav system that comes up with an abundance of reasons for not taking certain routes? These, and many more, jam-pack all of the episodes of the new Armstrong & Miller Show.
The series packs in many laughs, and it’s a mixture of the quality of writing and skill of the two lead performers that really make it soar. The Armstrong & Miller Show may not go to the lengths of Little Britain to mine its laughs, but in many ways, it’s the better show. It’s tighter, more imaginative, and when all said and done, much funnier too. Recommended. --Jon Foster
Ben Miller and Alexander Armstrong star in the hit BBC comedy sketch programme the armstrong and miller show.
The line-up of characters, includes Brabbins and Fyffe, the filthy alter-egos of Flanders and Swann; the Inappropriate Dentist, who regales his captive audience with tales of swinger parties and the state of his pet dog’s prostate; Tony and Dimitri, a hapless football manager and his Russian oligarch boss; and wartime fighter pilots, talking in modern-day street lingo. Wince at the near-the-knuckle instructions of a politically incorrect sat nav, and marvel at the very existence of Pru and Miranda, two fat ladies with the difference that they can neither cook nor run Dandy Lion’s, their brain-meltingly inefficient vegetarian restaurant in Hampstead. And that’s just a taster – there are nearly 100 other characters in the series, all with a hint of Armstrong and Miller’s exquisite nose for the absurd.
“Deftly written, expertly performed, different, original” --Guardian Unlimited “Superior comedy…an absolute treat” --Observer Special Features
Interviews with Ben Miller and Alexander Armstrong Out-takes