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And hot on the heels of Life is Short..another RG sitcom about socially challenged individuals


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Initial post: 16 Apr 2012 12:00:47 BDT
Nugent Dirt says:
aka Derek. OK not a full series but a pilot show. I'm expecting many thumbs down here but it had it's moments. Mind you viz RG's portrayal of the simpled minded lead character reminded me a bit too much of the 'thlid/sp@zz' impersonations we used to do at school. OK we were'nt exactly enlightended but that's kids for you eh?

In reply to an earlier post on 16 Apr 2012 15:28:11 BDT
Huck Flynn says:
Not impressed Nuge - RG trying to do some serious acting ?
the character didn't work for me - would he get a job in a care home ?
he mumbled a lot too and i found i missed some of the lines
the slapstick was not particularly well done - sitting on the rhubarb crumble, falling in the pond - was he meant to be doing that on purpose to give the residents a laff ??
rather a corny ending and a not very convincing part when he asked the other guy if he was gay
i really hope it won't be a full series
- if RG does nothing else The Office will always rank as one of my comedy top ten

In reply to an earlier post on 16 Apr 2012 17:02:51 BDT
Huck Flynn says:
amazing how some folk feel the need to vote but are too lazy to explain why
- do they disagree with what we are saying?
- do they lke or not like the show?
- do they understand the purpose of the voting system?
i think the pilot should have been called "One Fell Out of the Cuckoo's Nest"

Posted on 16 Apr 2012 19:32:09 BDT
gille liath says:
I put a comment on the old LTS thread - I think it's, at any rate, more interesting than that was. Was it a conscious effort to get as far away from Hollywood as possible?

In reply to an earlier post on 16 Apr 2012 19:34:36 BDT
gille liath says:
We all do it at times - but you know you're losing it, mate, if you start upbraiding the Mystery No-Voter. You can't win there - I don't think they're bright enough to understand it, anyway.

Didn't Bill Oddie use some title like that for his autobiography?

In reply to an earlier post on 17 Apr 2012 12:21:13 BDT
Huck Flynn says:
i enjoyed the slapstick elements of LTS and it was hardly Hollywood.
i think it suffers when the comedy is centred on one character and the other players are just stooges - RG has got to write stronger parts for the others - there were some good parts in LTS. perhaps in a series this could be developed for Derek

In reply to an earlier post on 17 Apr 2012 21:28:41 BDT
Last edited by the author on 17 Apr 2012 21:29:59 BDT
gille liath says:
It wasn't Hollywood? Come on, it was as Hollywood as it could be and still be a British TV sitcom, leaning heavily as it did on its guest appearances. I know you don't like me trying to second-guess peoples' intentions, but Derek reads to me as a deliberate (and to some extent successful) attempt to change direction, towards something grittier and more conventional.

In reply to an earlier post on 18 Apr 2012 12:28:13 BDT
sistermoon says:
Bill Oddie's autobiography was called 'One Flew Into the Cuckoo's Egg'.

In reply to an earlier post on 20 Apr 2012 15:02:05 BDT
Last edited by the author on 20 Apr 2012 15:05:14 BDT
Nugent Dirt says:
Yep, stand up and be counted FFS. Losers!

Posted on 22 Apr 2012 11:04:02 BDT
Last edited by the author on 22 Apr 2012 21:18:04 BDT
Bubbles says:
Have to say, I've defended Ricky Gervais' corner in the past. And when an artist produces works of art as tremendous as 'The Office' & 'Extras', then you have to afford them some allowance when their standard slips slightly. Life's Too Short WAS that 'allowance'.
Derek, I'm afraid, can NEVER be forgiven or defended in any shape or form. That was Gervais at his absolute puerile worst.
It actually looked like the sort of sub-comedy that Gervais himself would never tire of slating. The title character looked like Mr. Stokes, from 'Extras' after a stroke. Totally unbelievable. Totally unfunny, & totally embarrassing.
I got the impression that Gervais may have been fulfilling a promise to Carl Pilkington, to get him on our screens as a 'character', rather than just being himself. However, I don't believe it did Pilkington any favours, & the least said about BOTH the characters' 'slapstick' hairstyles, the better.
I find it hard to believe ANY TV Channel found this worthy of broadcast. But, most damning of all, I truly cannot believe Ricky Gervais found it worthy of broadcast !
Let's hope it remains a one-off . . . . .
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