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PostPosted: Sun May 04, 2008 2:02 am
Oh-so-brilliant mockumentary series from the U.K, from 99/00 featuring a hilariously inept documentary filmmaker interviewing "everyday people" from various walks of life- a different profession every episode, eg Vicar, Police Officer, Lawyer etc. Like with Chris Lilley's much-broader, and less clever (though still amusing) efforts in Australia, people were so convinced of the show's reality, they rang up the BBC and complained about the ineptitude of the interviewer. :lol:

The only star of the show (in every episode that is) is the interviewer, who, barring one instance, you never actually get to see. Chris Langham ([i:6fbc05ec02]Kiss me Kate, The Thick of It[/i:6fbc05ec02]) plays this role, and it's the single best off-camera, voice-only performance you're ever likely to see in a TV comedy. Everyone else is in single episodes only, but they are almost all fantastic and memorable too. These one-off stars include a downright hysterical Tamsin Grieg ([i:6fbc05ec02]Black Books[/i:6fbc05ec02]), David Tennant ([i:6fbc05ec02]Doctor Who[/i:6fbc05ec02]) Olivia Colman and Robert Webb ([i:6fbc05ec02]Peep Show[/i:6fbc05ec02]), Julia Davis ([i:6fbc05ec02]Nighty Night[/i:6fbc05ec02]), Sarah Alexander ([i:6fbc05ec02]Coupling[/i:6fbc05ec02]) and even Bill Nighy ([i:6fbc05ec02]Love Actually[/i:6fbc05ec02]).

Like The Office, it lasts for just 12 episodes (two seasons of 6 ep's). Like The Office, it's impeccably performed, utterly convincing, and hilariously dry.

Subtle, dry, frequently funny, often hilarious, and just plain fun to watch. Many scenes are simply inspired. Like this one:

[url]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=j0Om6l9XSO8&feature=related[/url]

Interestingly enough, both seasons are available on DVD in Australia, whilst only season 1 is available in the U.K, it's country of origin.

If you loved the British version of The Office, chances are you'll appreciate this gem. If not...maybe check out Catherine Tate instead. :shrug:
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PostPosted: Mon May 05, 2008 1:47 pm
Wow a blast from the past. I loved this show back when it first aired. I wonder why the ABC doesn't repeat it? Maybe they can show it on ABC2 when Black Books ends.

I saw the DVDs in Borders a few months ago, but they were ridiculously expensive for so few episodes.
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PostPosted: Mon May 05, 2008 4:38 pm
Great show! Legend has it that a third series was to be made, but the network chose to make series one of The Office. It's all good!

Fans of People Like Us may also appreciate Human Remains, which is another brilliant series that aired around the same time.
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PostPosted: Mon May 05, 2008 9:13 pm
Hey! Other fans! :D

Human Remains. Made a note of it. Thanks :)

Also, whilst we're on the subject of awesome underappreciated British comedy, repeats of Garth Marenghi's Darkplace return to SBS this week at the utterly convenient time of 12:55 am Saturday night/Sunday morning. Love that show too. Wish that got a release on DVD. :?

Office Season 1 or PLU season 3? Man! Tough call! Probably a good choice though in the end.

12 episodes seems about the right amount doesn't it? :wink:

[quote:7705774933]I saw the DVDs in Borders a few months ago, but they were ridiculously expensive for so few episodes[/quote:7705774933].

20 bucks too much for you? :eh: That's how much I paid for them at JB. I was okay with that.

I think for 3 hours of entertainment that price is about right.

Want to hear a real rip-off? I paid 70 bucks for each season of Deadwood. They're now 20 bucks each. Where I paid in excess of $210 for the entire collection, you can now get them for a total of $60! :|

Gibbed! :P
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PostPosted: Tue May 06, 2008 9:22 pm
[quote:5b223a1400="A.A"] Human Remains. Made a note of it. Thanks :)

Also, whilst we're on the subject of awesome underappreciated British comedy, repeats of Garth Marenghi's Darkplace return to SBS this week at the utterly convenient time of 12:55 am Saturday night/Sunday morning. Love that show too. [/quote:5b223a1400]

Good stuff. I love that show! Whatever hour of the day or night.

Oh, and for possible future reference - Human Remains is available on DVD in Australia.
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PostPosted: Tue May 06, 2008 9:33 pm
Oh, really? I don't think I've seen it before in store. :thinking:

Cheers for the heads up. :)
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PostPosted: Tue May 06, 2008 9:36 pm
No problemo. :)
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PostPosted: Tue May 06, 2008 11:25 pm
Mum's watching season 2 at the moment. Cackling her head off. :D

Watching The Mother at the moment.

Love how she puts the toast in the dishwasher and Roy doesn't say anything. :lol:
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PostPosted: Wed May 07, 2008 2:08 pm
Oh yes Human Remains was another goodie.

Well it was Borders I was browsing, so it was $50+ for each series. I will check out JB Hifi, thanks. Especially as my husband cannot remember this show, even though he loved it at the time.

Will set the PVR for Darkplace too.
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PostPosted: Sat May 10, 2008 4:13 pm
$13 for season 2 at JB Hifi! 8)

That's almost 2 bucks an episode!

Bargain! :D

Season 1 is $23 still.

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