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5.0 out of 5 stars
Genius, 17 Jun. 2011
This series (I imagine) was a risky venture but I'm glad they did it.
The pilot was the winner (I assume) of the series of pilots Channel 4 ran a while back.
I REALLY enjoyed the pilot but didn't think it would win (i.e., become a series) due to the VERY adult content.
I was wrong. The series won, but the content was toned down quite considerably.
I'm not sure if the pilot will be on the DVD but it deserves to be (hopefully in the 'xtras').
It may take a while for viewers to understand the characters - to be honest many of the characters warmed into their roles as the series progressed. By the time you get to the last 2 episodes, all the characters are well defined and the actors are very comfortable playing them.
Best not to compare any of the characters to Ali G. They are not lampooning urbanites, they are urbanites.
The genius is subtle. Urban viewers will appreciate the 'street-slang' of 2 of the 3 main characters as being very recognisable. By the end, 'new man' (Christopher) becomes a 'true' main character. The last 2 episodes are very good, but you'll have to have watched the earlier episodes to understand where they are coming from.
'New man' puts in some incredibly funny comedy acting performances which must have been difficult to perfect - assuming he's not really that innocent in real life.
VERY funny. VERY different.