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Good, But Nothing New
on 19 August 2009
I'm a big fan of Mitchell and Webb, they''re very funny without being overly rude, and they're not really rebellious like Kevin Bishop, or any of the other sketch shows on TV, so sometimes it's rather sobering to see this programme. Their often slapstick humour works well - and it's a corner of the world we hardly get to see now, with comedy that doesn't base itself on the basic human needs.
There's all the good sketches we loved before, like Sir Chicken Digby Caesar, which still makes me laugh, otherwise this is pretty much new stuff. There's the annoying guy who always messes up in a 70s comedy stylee, the quiz where they're sort of submerged in water, and the odd sketch where they're pretending to be on-set about to film another sketch.
I really didn't find this series as good as the last two, the comedy is starting to be similar and not as funny as the good old days with the snooker commentators, or Numberwang, though, I am glad they knocked that on the head because it would have been too much to continue with it. Also what's happened to Olivia Coleman? Looks like she's left the team, which is disappointing. Still Mitchell and Webb are funny guys, but this series really didn't showcase their best - maybe it's time they had a rest or did something else? It's a pity, but I would rather see them leave on a high note than on and low one.
The DVDs are not bad, you get all 6 episodes and a few extras, like an interview with the pair, which is quite good. It's well arranged and you can jump to a scene you like in an episode which is handy for me. The quality is fine and above expectations.
Worth a look, but it's not their best by far.