Almost too good for the mainstream,
This review is from: Bellamy's People [DVD] (DVD)
Bellamy's People is the TV spin-off from the Radio 4 comedy show Down The Line. Both are written by Higson & Whitehouse who also created The Fast Show as well as many other cornerstones of British half-hour TV comedy. When Down The Line first appeared, Radio 4 didn't tell the unsuspecting listeners that their new half hour phone-in was completely fake and it caused a bit of an uproar. So much so that they had to fess up & admit it was all a bit of fun and for the good people of Tunbridge Wells to calm down. I thought Down The Line was brilliant - it repays repeated listening and I heartily recommend the CD's which are available on this good site. It sits with shows such as People Like Us which didn't really get a lot of exposure at the time, but which any connoisseur of comedy surely will have to hand on their iPod for an immediate mirth hit.
Bellamy's People takes the characters from Down The Line and gets DJ Gary Bellamy (played by the great Rhys Thomas) to interview them as a way of investigating the current psyche of the people of Britain. Much like Down The Line it repays repeated listening / viewing and so it's not always easy to get into it on the first go through. Personally I loved it and it's a great shame that the BBC decided it wasn't up to par. Our loss.