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1.0 out of 5 stars I can't stand this program..., 7 Feb. 2008
This review is from: Little Britain - Series 1 [DVD] [2003] (DVD)
OK, I may be on my own on this one, but I just don't get it. How Tom Baker was ever coerced into appearing in this annoying dross is beyond me. Don't get me wrong, I love comedy - I'm a big fan of Eddie Izzard and Bill Bailey amongst others. But there is something wrong with this sketch show. After all the hype surrounding Little Btitain, my girlfriend bought me a copy of this series one DVD, but it just isn't to my taste. Favourable comparisons with great British sketch shows such as Monty Python's Flying Circus, The Two Ronnies and even more recent output such as Big Train and Mitchell & Webb's recent ventures are hugely unjust - this is a show that relies mainly on tacky innuendo and cheap catchphrases. It reminds me a lot of "When the Whistle Blows", the sitcom penned by Ricky Gervais' character in Extras. Having been unfortunate enough to have recently seen some of the more recent series 2 and 3, it has only got worse. The same old catchphrases now sound even more tired and the scenes have taken their shock tactics further to try to "push the boundries" - an incontinent elderly lady and a vomitting racist do not make good comedy. Poor, poor quality.

Whilst I appreciate Matt Lucas' comedy acting - he is very versatile and definitely the best thing about this series - David Walliams seems to play the same character over and over, but with a slightly different lisp. There is a huge quantity of inventive and genuinely funny comedy out there that doesn't strive to appeal merely to the lowest common denominator - please buy something decent rather than this rubbish. I'm sure that for most prospective purchasers, my opinion will count for very little, but for those who have not seen this program and have only heard the hype - you have now been warned!
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