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F Gwynplaine MacIntyre from Minffordd, North Wales
30 October 2002
"Mog" ran for 13 episodes on ITV in the summers of 1985 and '86. Based on
novel by Peter Tinniswood, "Mog" was inevitably compared with the much
funnier sitcom "Porridge": both comedies were written by the comedy team
Clement & La Frenais, and both comedies featured an incarcerated criminal
the main character. But all similarities ended there.
Mog is a career criminal (a cat burglar, hence his nickname) who won't
up his trade, but who isn't good enough at it to survive on the outside.
avoid prison, he fakes insanity and gets himself committed to the
mental hospital. The security at Briardene is less stringent than it would
be in Her Majesty's Prisons, so Mog has no difficulty popping out of the
insane asylum at night in order to pull off his burglary jobs, then
back into the asylum (his absence undetected) along with his
I really, really, really dislike movies and tv shows that sentimentalise
mental illness or depict it dishonestly. None of the inmates in Briardene
have any discernible mental affliction. All of them are eccentrics or
dreamers who simply can't 'cope' in the real world, so they have chosen to
withdraw into the peace and comfort of a mental asylum. Having actually
visited several mental institutions (in Britain and elsewhere), I find
premise quite offensive.
"Mog" was well directed by Nic Phillips, who later proved his versatility
"Barbara". But "Mog" just wasn't very funny.
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