Top positive review
on 20 September 2010
One of my favourite shows of all time. Only caught a bit of it as it was hidden away on late-night TV in Australia without any advertising, something that often happens to brilliant shows here. So I was very happy when I bought the dvds of the whole series.
The incredible 'sweary' language hits you at first - one of the big risks of concentrated watching is that you start to talk like Malcolm Tucker, which I have a feeling wouldn't go down well at work.
I believe that the series was first conceived as a vehicle for Chris Langham, but the overall acting and characterisation, not to mention hilarious dialogue, makes it more of an ensemble series.
This is a series that you can watch over and over again, picking up more bits of the fast-paced and witty dialogue with its packed references to popular culture ('how do you do that, Malcolm?' - 'I'm a shapeshifter') - not to mention decoding Malc's accent. It's one of those programs that has you screaming with laughter and cringing at the same moment. A must for connoisseurs of British humour.