The Peter Serafinowicz Show [DVD]
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Peter Serafinowicz stars in his own Bafta Award Nominated sketch programme, The Peter Serafinowicz Show.
There’s a whole host of characters in Peter’s world including Terry Wogan, Al Pacino, Noel Edmonds, Simon Cowell, Kevin Spacey, Michael Caine...
That’s not all!
Laurel & Hardy, Elvis, Alan Alda, Chris Tarrant, all four Beatles, pretentious designer 'Keyhole', Robot Chat Show Host Michael-6, Brian Butterfield, the world’s most incompetent compensation lawyer...
That’s still not all!!
Robert De Niro, Marlon Brando, Mikey, Mikey and Mikey, O! News Anchorman Kennedy St. King, Darth Vader, and Kitchen Gun’s Derek Bum...
It’s a world where sexy Pirates are waiting for your call, you can buy an M&S Christmas Pudding Sofa or a magazine dedicated to Elephants & Trains.
It’s a world you can visit, NOW!
DVD Extras: • Christmas Special • Deleted Scenes • Documentary • Commentary on episodes 3, 6 and deleted scenes.
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Peter's sense of humour is esoteric and while I found the initial first viewing reasonably funny, I haven't watched it again.
That's a pity because he can produce some great stuff. The problem is that it is limited to short bursts and the longer bursts are the less funny stuff.
Peter's got a great array of voices and the delivery is perfect - it's the situation in which the comedy is set that lets him down.
Best moment? Star Wars parody. Peter's claim to fame - he voiced the character of Darth Maul in The Phantom Menace.
He does a great Darth Vader, Terry Wogan, Al Pacino, Robert DeNiro, Alan Alda, and made up character Kennedy St King.
THis is not his only work and I would recommend "Look Around You' Series' 1 and 2 for those of us who remember the Schools Programmes of the 1970's and Tomorrow's World in the 1980's - NOTE: The fantastic Olivia Colman appears in Series 2 of Look Around You.
- Occasionally it feels like a bit of a high-school production in terms of originality and subject matter. For example, there are a few too many mock-advert sketches which seem to wear thin after a while, many making the same joke in a similar fashion, yet purporting to be different.
- Some of the actor impressions Serafinowicz does are fantastic impressions, but the sketches themselves do drag on a bit too long and take the same joke too far, and there is usually a little bit too much inside-jokery for a full appreciation (in any case, that's what I found).
- There is very rarely any sub-text, incisive wit, or satire. This is not a particularly deep or edgy show. That parodies that are here are more made in the name of silliness and caricature rather than making critical points about what they're mocking, as many other good sketch shows do. There's nothing wrong with this per-se, but it makes the whole thing feel a bit superficial and light at times.
But I'm picking very small holes here; this is a great series that I will re-watch time and time again. Brian Butterfield is possibly one of the greatest comedy characters ever created. All I wanted to put across in this review is that nothing is immune from criticism, and I've tried to give a balanced view.
Serafinowicz shows with this series that he is not just a mere impressions artist - he is also a top rate comedian and comedy actor.
I never knew that he wrote his own material.
I would never in a million years have guessed that he is the world's most talented mimic!
His own voice, personality and look are so distinctive that I would have thought impersonations impossible, but his impressions of British and American celebrities and stereotypes past and present are just SPOOKY, far more impressive and accurate than Rory Bremner or anyone on Dead Ringers. Add to that his brilliantly observational yet surreal humour and the amusing array of original comedy characters that he brings to the screen and he ticks all of the comedy boxes.
That doesn't mean that the show is totally hysterical and unmissable, it's somewhat short of being an original classic but it is still very clever and amusing.
But why did they spread it over 2 DVDs? This would easily have fitted onto a single dual-layer DVD. Perhaps the double-disc presentation is to convince people that you're getting two series perhaps? I don't know.
Well worth a punt, even if you've never heard of Pedro Serfizzle.
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