Top critical review
11 people found this helpful
Not like that
on 13 March 2010
I'm being kind with three stars, because like most people I have a soft spot for Tommy, who was outstanding at the top of his game. In a way it's quite comforting to watch this kind of thing, if only because it gives the lie to the assertion that light entertainment standards have plummetted. In the 70's and 80's you had to sit through a lot of third rate stuff if you wanted to see your comedy heroes on TV. Even if you went to see them topping the bill at a theatre, you were lucky to get fifteen minutes.
Of course the padding out of TV shows did serve one important purpose - you couldn't pause or record in those days so it was a good time to make the tea! And on another level it's quite a laugh to see what we accepted as entertainment back then.
Tommy isn't on bad form really, it's just that the material's been recycled. I watched this on the back of a DVD of the first series of "The Comedians", which was sadly nowhere near as good as I remembered. When you watch Tommy alongside the average 70's comic, even in his twilight years, you can see that he was head and shoulders above the average.
For the uninitiated, however, I would really go along with other reviewers who recommend a compilation of Tommy's best moments.