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First Series, Not the best
on 1 May 2013
The First Series of Beadle's About, came about by the ending of Game for A Laugh. Building a new formula for a show after the success of Game For A Laugh (considering how varied that show was with on location filming and studio audience inter-action) was always going to be a struggle.
This new show was always going to be an experiment, considering that this kind of hidden camera show had already been established with LWT'S 'Candid Camera' in the early 1970's. They had to build on that success for a new generation of viewers.
So SOME pranks work on this first series, some don't.
You find that the more the pranks are near to 1980's way of life ,the more the pranks work. For example.. the prank with the Wife's Husband as a disguised stripper (something NEVER depicted on these UK Television show's before, Because of the Social Politics of the 1960's and 1970's) and the Female shopping Customer, Changing her clothes in the locker room, to try on a new dress or other garment to purchase, leaving them there in the locker room, and finding when she is walking around in the dress she is hoping to purchase...finds another female customer WEARING HER CLOTHES, she had left in the locker room.
These Pranks work. The prank with the people waiting at the Bus Stop, singing songs and following the instructions of the bus stop announcer do not work, because it comes across like those old fashioned pranks of LWT'S 'Candid Camera' of the early 1970's.