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on 8 December 2012
Coming along before The Office, The Thick Of It, Twenty Twelve and so on, this series seems almost forgotten, which is a real pity. Shot, like those later shows, as a spoof documentary series, there's not an episode here that isn't great. Chris Langham plays the role of interviewer of professionals as they go about their daily business. Langham is never seen on camera, though fleeting glimpses of reflections or parts of his body can sometimes be seen, and has the unhappy knack of offending people, misunderstanding them or being misunderstood by them, or all three. His character is generally pitiable in some way, with running gags including repeatedly spilling drinks all over his trousers, or the utter incredulity of his interviewees that he is actually married. But it's the deadpan delivery of most of the script, and the hapless "professionals" who seem anything but, which make it so brilliant. All the episodes hit the mark, but particular favourites are the bitter and incompetent estate agent, the headteacher (living with 2 people who work in schools it's worrying how so much of what was farce in 1999 is now reality in 2012), and the policeman. The gag in the latter with the fax machine is absolutely hysterical...

A second series followed and is now available on DVD at last. It is also excellent, if not quite scaling the heights of the superb first series.
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on 28 December 2011
I don't know why these are not regarded as one of the all time greats of television comedy. Each episode usually contains at least one well meaning but incompetent person, who makes you laugh. But it's a more gentle humour than The Office or even Fawlty Towers, without the nastiness and squirming embarrassment you often get from David Brent. The fly on the wall aspect is wonderfully done, with Chris Mallard getting in the way or mumbling ineffectually in the background. It would take too long to review each episode individually, but all of them are excellent. All I will say is that if you like comedy which is cleverly conceived and written with first class acting, it would be hard to find better than this. A pity I can't give six stars.
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on 21 January 2012
Although now over ten years old, these 30 minute comedy shows are still well worth watching. Pre-dating The Office format in their use of the pretend fly-on-the-wall conceit, each film deals with a different occupation (teacher, estate agent, businessman etc), with an out-of-shot interviewer following the subject round as he or she goes about their daily work. The dreadful, at times quite Excruciatingly meaningless script, and the lack of canned laughter only serves to increase the joy. Quite sophisticated in their time, no less watchable today.
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on 1 March 2015
Very funny, slightly dark comedies, starring just about everyone you can think of from the world of comedy (Julia Davies, Bill Nighy etc) and quite a lot of 'serious' actors, such as David Tennant (series 2). Full of in-jokes and densely layered - I think I'll have to watch a few more times before picking all the jokes up.
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on 13 October 2012
This has to be one of the greatest, yet most underrated, comedies of all time. Its profile reduced even further with the conviction of Chris Langham, when PLU seemed to just vanish. Now this DVD is available, and what a delight it is. Played totally straight, these mock-documentaries can easily fool people into believing they are real, until one of the multitude of subtle word-plays tips them over the edge.
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on 17 January 2005
Cleverly scripted and brilliantly performed (often by actors little known at the time but who have gone on to make names for themselves), filled with characters so concerned with their own little world they barely notice anyone passing through. This is the kind of programme where you need to concentrate or you'll miss so many of the jokes that are littered about - "I go to the gym on average twice a week, but usually more often than that". Every time you watch it you notice something else you missed last time round...
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on 14 May 2008
If you enjoy a good mockumentary, I warmly recommend People Like Us. It is hilarious, perhaps second only to Spinal Tap itself.

One of the brilliant things is the narration. On the surface it sounds just like the typical BBC narration, but if you really listen to it, it is chock-full of the most hilarious manglings of the language.

I hope they bring out Series Two soon.
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on 3 April 2013
Even though this is now looking a little dated, it's still got some excellent episodes in it and even for those that aren't quite so good, there are great moments in them. Well worth getting the DVD as you can watch the episodes again and again and pick up new things each time.
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on 9 September 2015
Funny! Great documentary style comedy that really lifts the lid off various businesses. We've all worked with some of these 'characters' so great to see them portrayed on film. Recommend
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on 4 October 2017
some great moments but lacks pace
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