Six Examples of the Spoof Documentary on one DVD,
This review is from: People Like Us - Series 1 [DVD]  (DVD)
I have just ordered the second series of 'People Like Us' If it's as good as this first series I'm in for a real treat as this is comedy of the very highest order.
No doubt we all have our favourite characters - mine was DCI Carpenter (aka Wiggy)- he of the enormous hairpiece in 'The Police' episode, closely followed by the Headmaster, Stuart Symonds. But for me the most marvellous single shot was when the PR woman in 'The Managing Director' looked at her watch and in doing so upended the carousel of carefully-prepared slides onto the floor! Comedy doesn't get much better than this. What these three individuals, as well as many other characters in the series have in common are a boundless self-importance coupled with a total lack of self-awareness.
After watching this absolutely superb DVD I found myself wondering about the title 'People Like Us'. Arguably, at least in the printed form (ie without intonation as a clue) it may be seen as having two meanings; the most obvious is that, deep down, the characters depicted are indeed in many ways similar to 'us', the viewers (ie the 'people' of the title). The other interpretation is that we,the viewers, are the 'people'and 'like' is a verb. But could we like the PE instructor, for example, in 'The Headmaster'. I don't think so somehow!!