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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful
Describing this show as 'hit and miss' would be a bit generous. It's mostly 'miss' but with a handful of hits that just about make it worth watching.

It's a low-budget Channel 5/Paramount Comedy sketch show that attempted to mimic the success of shows like "The Fast Show"- with characters that recur in different episodes, a few catchphrases, an ensemble cast, and all that.

Most of the time, the real let-down is the writing. Sketches are badly thought out, a bit obvious, and you can see most of the punchlines coming from several miles away.

The writing is a total letdown to the performing talent, most of whom have proven in other shows that they're good comedy actors. Apologies to Jeremy Fowlds for singling him out but of the cast of six, his performances are the ones that belong in Chuckle Brothers rather than alternative comedy.

However there are some brief moments of genius. You can somehow see it in Simon Pegg's and Fiona Allen's eyes, when they know they're doing a sketch that is genuinely funny and they're putting their all into it, and there are a handful of these on the DVD. Most of the time though it's very poor.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
on 22 January 2014
The only reason I have given this 5 stars is because I wrote some of the sketches. I have no shame.
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8 of 11 people found the following review helpful
on 5 April 2009
What really flummoxes me is that Pegg was doing Spaced at this time, so it can't even be written off as a youthful error of his(it was not 1997 as it says here, it was made in 1999 and shown in 2000). Bhaskar had already estabished himself well with Goodness Gracious me. The women have clearly been chosen primarily for their decorative function - though Allen did do OK in Smack The Pony.
This 'best of' is awful. There are no decent characters in it, about 2 laugh out louds in the whole 6 episodes. The writers should be shot at dawn, the actors struggled with some really hackneyed 'jokes'. Now I know why I had never heard of it before it came up on Amazon recommendations.
Just pants.
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8 of 12 people found the following review helpful
on 18 June 2008
This dvd is a seven episode highlights compilation of the thirteen part series. I have to say I remember watching the original run on Paramount Comedy Channel and remembered it fondly. That is until I watched this DVD, 11 years later. If this is the highlights, how terrible was the stuff they cut out?
There are some good ideas in some of the writing but the poor filming and some bad actors as well as a canned laughter track take away any humour. It comes away feeling like an episode of Basil Brush. If you are a die-hard Pegg, Bhaskar or Allen fan then pick this up cheap to complete your collection but don't expect to get any laughs or enjoyment out of it, only satisfaction that they went on to better things.
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on 4 November 2014
Interesting to see the early days of Simon Pegg and others
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on 22 December 2014
Simon pegg in another ball of entertainment.
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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on 5 November 2009
Not funny. Low budget. Wasted talent. At least a few DVD extras would have made up for the sometimes dire content of this DVD - but not even that. Out of all 7 highlight shows on this DVD there are several of the running characters that i will remember, such as the office staff around the photocopier, Angst the somewhat dim Scandinavian VDJ and Information Man. This sketch show is mostly hit-and-miss but mostly memorable for its cast who all went on to bigger and better things. There is only one sketch, of a French couple outside the cafe, which really creased me up; the rest is intermittently amusing at best. A historical curiosity.

Oh, and if you hate canned laughter, then this DVD will really wind you up.
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14 of 35 people found the following review helpful
on 17 October 2007
This is one of the funniest tv programmes ever! Some of it is admittedly poor but it has lots of gems and showed the mentioned stars early in their careers. Fiona Allen is fab as well, watch it and give it a go you won't be dissapointed.
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5 of 18 people found the following review helpful
on 27 February 2008
A huge disappointment. How can any show with such a range of comic genius in its cast fail to deliver on this scale? We watched half an hour of We Know Where You Live without it raising so much as a single laugh. It is badly written, poorly filmed and dreadfully delivered rubbish. Pegg et al should be ashamed of themselves.
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