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Some funny moments...but not enough,
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This review is from: Extras : Complete BBC Series 2  [DVD] (DVD)
This isn't as good as series one. It's very funny in places and without giving any spoilers the `Vaseline' joke in the Sir Ian McKellen episode is priceless and made me laugh out loud. Lots of other good bits come your way too, not least the comedy within a comedy "When the Whistle Blows" which is funny in a mindless way (and funnier than long periods of the `real' show.)
What goes wrong for me is that the whole idea has become more than a bit formulaic and repetitive. Megastatically, hyperphrastically famous name actor does a grotesque cameo and Andy Millman (who tends back towards David Brent in some episodes) is left speechless as he cannot comment in the presence of such a STAR. Also painfully awkward situations about physically disadvantaged/ill people are revisited here in this series in three episodes. They're not bad, just too frequent.
Personally, I couldn't stand the extras (helpfully provided here on a whole DVD to themselves) where the comedy of awkwardness so often well done in the shows by Ricky Gervais crops up in the interviews with him and Stephen Merchant together. I found it uncomfortable not knowing whether the many barbed comments they make about each other were for real or made just to be witty/funny. Sorry to bang on about this extras DVD but also you have Ricky with his deeply sincere voice telling you that Robert de Niro is the greatest actor on the planet and what a genius David Bowie is. I hope you're getting the picture.
Oh my God, reading this back, this review kills the series dead. I didn't mean to. No, it's better than that and it has some funny moments...but not enough.