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on 14 June 2013
I was a bit disappointed with this disc set, the first disc only seems to have one episode on it and the options at the beginning make it difficult to choose what you want to watch, maybe it's just me?
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VINE VOICEon 17 May 2009
When Little Britain first hit our screens in 2003 it certainly made an impact as an over the top, hilarious reflection of the British public. David Walliams and Matt Lucas were virtually unknown at the time of its debut, I only really recognised Lucas from his time on Shooting Stars. There's no denying that these men have a knack for comic timing and are great comic minds in their own individual ways. However, what they did was find their hook and keep hold of it for as long as humanly possible. The characters such as Vicky Pollard, Lou & Andy and Marjorie Dawes, were used on such a repetitive level that it's now made what I once held as an enjoyable sketch show into something I loath.

The premise of this sketch show is to jump into the everyday lives of British people and sketch after sketch sees characters in truly bizarre situations. The characters unique and bizarre traits are what really made this show enjoyable at the beginning of its tenure on our screens. Vicky Pollard is by far the most recognised character as upon its original debut it was widely discussed as to how this mimics the teenagers of today, much like Katherine Tate's teenage character, Lauren. Vicky's catchphrase of "Yeah, but No" really caught on and rather than mocking teenagers, it gave teenagers another way to annoy the public.

Lou & Andy are the more interesting pair of characters and are about the only sketch that I still enjoy to this day. Lou is a carer for the supposed wheelchair bound, Andy. Andy isn't actually as incapable as he first appears as the minute Lou's back is turned we see Andy jump out of the chair and get into all kinds of trouble. I don't want to over analyse things but it sort of says a lot about the members of the public who claim such things as disability benefit. Now there's no denying that some members of the British public do need to claim it, but this character makes fun of those who tend to rush into claiming such benefits when they clearly do not need it. Andy's catchphrase of "I Don't Like It" is also something that has been adopted by many and become quite annoying, but the real gem of it is when Lou quotes Andy in an attempt to persuade him not to do something he wont like. Lou will quote the most intelligent sentences which apparently came from Andy at one point, but we never get to see that and it's personally something I quite enjoy.

The Little Britain franchise started flogging a dead horse when they decided to produce a third series, which much the same characters and catchphrases as the previous two series. I was lucky enough to see their live stage show and it was much more inventive than what the television show has become. The American version is equally as tedious as the British show had become at its end. There have been a few specials such as Little Britain Abroad which were good for the fact the characters are in a different setting, but it become boring very quickly indeed.

Overall the show started off brilliantly but due to the over saturation of the main characters it became boring very quickly. Walliams and Lucas are two very talented comedy minds, but they let the hype get ahead of them and because of how the public caught onto some characters they decided to milk it rather than trying to remain consistently original in the sketches the two produced.
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on 7 May 2008
This initially was on Radio 4, and if you track down the cd of it, it is really very funny. Why the tv series caught the imagination of the country in such a potent way is something of a mystery to me. It is very repetitious, but where something like The Fast Show was similar, that was basically much funnier, and kept re-inventing itself. This reminds me of latter Python, and the thoughts at the time of Terry Gilliam; 'when you set out to shock people, after they have got used to being shocked, where do you do with it?', and I think he's right. It's highlights are some of the central characters that have been (by series 3) done to death and the wonderful leathery voice of Tom Baker, but by half way through series 2 you feel like you've eaten a box of mars bars.... enough! I am glad to see it seems to have croaked it's last (after milking it in America), remeber it was it was when it was fresh; it now feels like it's stinking the place up!
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