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Series 7 a great improvement
on 23 February 2007
A lot of people seem to dismiss the last 2 series of The Brittas Empire as being rubbish, after the original writers and Laura had left and that awful sauna woman was brought in. But I think people forget that Series 7 was a great improvement on the previous Series 6. Gone is the sauna woman and the rubbish stories and most of these episodes stand out as Brittas classics. Apart from Reviewing the Situation, which probably belongs in Series 6, it really did return to form and the writing is almost back to the high standards of Fegen and Norriss, even though the plots and characters like Carol and Helen are even more bizarre and unreal than the earlier series. The cast really work well together. Laura is still missed however. This series is miles better than any comedy in the schedules nowadays. Episodes I particularly liked were.....
Wake Up The Lion Within
Brittas has been on a course abroad and comes back teaching his staff to assert themselves using their inner power, the lion within, by roaring like a lion. Carol seems to have the loudest roar and, with the help of an imaginery vindictive Carol, uses her assertiveness to become deputy manager. She tricks Brittas and his principals force him to resign, leaving Carol as manager of the centre. Brittas even comes back asking for work! Quite a bizarre story as Carol becoming manager is one of the last things you'd expect to happen, but that's what makes it funny.
Brittas has computerised everything in the centre. Not everyone takes to it, especially Carol, as she now has to input loads of data into a computer causing long queues. Everything works automatically but the staff worry that their jobs are no longer safe because of it. Tim gets a computer wizkid to sabotage the system causing everything in the centre to malfunction and go madly wrong.Very funny.
Gavin Featherly RIP
The staff go on a weekend outing to Burbage-on-sea, but due to Brittas, a record company is suing Gavin [...]. He is depressed and sneeks out early in the morning riding off in Colin's potato fuelled boat. When the boat is brought back with no one in it and his clothes are found on the beach, everyone assumes he's dead. A funeral is arranged. Carol plays the organ and Colin digs the grave. However no one believes Tim when he gets a phone call from Gavin.
An undercover reporter is planning to secretly film in the leisure centre. Brittas is led to believe a camera crew are coming to film a documentary and arranges scripts for everyone and a replacement for Colin. Unfortunately, after Colin lets his rat swim in the pool, there is an outbreak of Bobular fever. The victims are quarantined in the squash courts. The undercover reporter arrives posing as a doctor armed with a secret camera. Helen is an ex-lover of the reporter who is seeking revenge. After Helen makes sure he's put in an ambulance, his tape is left for the staff to view, which is very funny.