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Vice Chancellor of Kirke University, Jonty De Wolfe (Andy Nyman, Dead Set) swells his puffed-up chest as he surveys his crumbling kingdom. Huge debts, government cuts, the impending arrival of an icy management consultant, falling student numbers and lazy heads of department mean that his dream of dragging concrete Kirke up to red-brick status is getting harder and harder.
He's tried talking a troubled student into committing suicide, he's locked his bank manager in a stationery cupboard for being a Gaylord, and he's lost his owl. But all is not lost - for his lovely Senior Maths Lecturer Imogen Moffatt (Lisa Jackson) has written a best-selling 'Mathsbuster' and Jonty wants his staff to follow her example - even the perennially under-achieving English Professor and serial seducer Matt Beer (Joseph Millson). And so starts a new academic year...
The series, from the makers of Green Wing and Smack the Pony, features an ensemble cast, including Joseph Millson (Quantum of Solace), Sara Pascoe (Free Agents), Will Adamsdale (Perrier Award Winner for Jackson's Way), Jonathan Bailey (Off the Hook), Dolly Wells (Star Stories) and Lisa Jackson (Bright Young Things) and introduces Katherine Ryan.
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The show is a delight and whilst comparisons with Green Wing are inevitable (set in a labyrinthine institution which many have experienced but few understand the workings of, a picaresque central character (Matt Beer) with a strong supporting cast, beautifully observed asides etc.) it must be recognised as a standalone work. Some characters get more of a bite of the cherry than others, Lydia Tennant had considerably greater scope than actually was made use of, Flatpack only became two-and-a-half dimensional in the final episodes but hopefully they will develop in the next series (I have to assume that there will be a second series as life without one will be a bleak prospect).
Overall the writing was immaculate and the cast managed to pull huge amounts from their scripts. For fans of Green Wing this is a natural choice and for those who are of the opinion that British comedy is in decline this series is reason to take heart. I hope beyond measure that the commissioning editors out there realise what a gem they have.
It's just a shame that Channel 4 decided their priority was going to be with lowbrow shows like "Made in Chelsea" and have opted to stop making great British comedy like this.
No, I don't think it's as good as Green Wing, but that doesn't mean it isn't great.
There are a few similar characters in Campus and Green Wing - Matt Beer reminded me forcibly of Guy Secretan, and I thought Jonty was the Sue White of Campus - and I suppose that doesn't help its case, but I fell in love with Campus, it made me laugh, and it took me in. The characters were great (mostly) despite the similarities - I loved the different dimensions to Matt Beer's character (the Beer/Moffat storyline may be cliched, but the scenes with them are beautifully written), and I thought Flatpack was adorable. I completely bought the love triangle and the storylines, and the surrealism, while not always as spot on as Green Wing's, reminded me of it. And that is almost as good.
I think its unfair to compare Campus to the absolute epitome of comedy, Green Wing, because it will always fall short. Campus is, in its own right, a wonderful new comedy. And I want another series. A lot.
Jonty (Andy Nyman) is as good as the character Alan Statham (Mark Heap) from Green Wing. Perhaps I am somewhat oblivious to offensive TV, but I generally didn't see this as a highly offensive series, contrary to popular opinion.
All of the characters play a well crafted role and the disjointed feel actually adds to it.
You can't judge this after one episode. Watch three and you'll want to finish the series!
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Campus is absolutely hilarious. Fabulously British humour, side splittingly funny at times, the characters are all so likeable and the plot line is hilarious yet easy to... Read morePublished 6 months ago by Emily Dougan
Came wrapped in that cellophane DVD wrap that I do enjoy peeling off. This series is as unapologeticly offensive as I remembered it. Very funny and as bizarre as you can get. Read morePublished 11 months ago by Mrs S.
There is not a weak link in this entire production - all the actors are excellent and work with wonderful comic unity. Read morePublished 14 months ago by J.Bailey
Wow. What a great series! By turns insane, surreal, offensive and laugh out loud I love it. Andy Nyman as the horrendous Jonty De Wolf is a character of genius, Utterly awful, a... Read morePublished 14 months ago by Mrs Pisaroni
After Office (UK) my expectations were so high, apparently far to high. A flop. Watched the first 15 mins and that was enough. Read morePublished 16 months ago by Mr Tapio Anttonen, Finland