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29 December 1994 (UK) See more »
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Spoof video diary. Steve Coogan takes on the roles of downtrodden Paul and the vivacious blonde Pauline Calf, who finally gets herself up the aisle with the man of her dreams. Even a punch-up in the toilet can't spoil her special day. | Add synopsis »
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Steve Coogan ... Paul Calf / Pauline Calf
Sandra Gough ... Mum

James Greene ... Priest

John Hannah ... Mark
Jennifer Hennessy ... Other Pauline (as Jennifer Hennesey)

Patrick Marber ... Spiros
Henry Normal ... Darren
Gary Olsen ... Tony
Malcolm Raeburn ... Sergeant Lynch
Sally Rogers ... Julie

John Thomson ... Fat Bob
Jason Yates ... Clive

Directed by
Geoff Posner 
 
Writing credits
Steve Coogan (written by) &
Patrick Marber (written by) &
Henry Normal (written by)

Produced by
Geoff Posner .... producer
David Tyler .... producer
 
Cinematography by
Graham Maunder (lighting cameraman)
 
Casting by
Michelle Guish 
 
Production Design by
Les Stephenson 
 
Costume Design by
Marcia Stanton 
 
Makeup Department
Lisa Cavalli-Green .... hair designer
Lisa Cavalli-Green .... makeup designer
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Ed Chalkey .... first assistant director (as Ed Chalkley)
Jane Denholm .... second assistant director
 
Art Department
Chris Eytle .... property master
Rachel Robertson .... properties buyer
 
Sound Department
Keith Darbyshire .... sound recordist
Keith Mayes .... dubbing editor
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Russell Day .... lighting electrician
 
Editorial Department
Graham Hutchings .... vt editor
 
Other crew
Penny Denyer .... production team
Richard Freeston .... production team
David Kennaway .... location manager
Angela Marks .... script supervisor
Melanie Parker .... production team
Andrew Zein .... production team
 
Crew believed to be complete


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2 out of 5 people found the following review useful.
Dated, Flawed but still very entertaining, 19 August 2006
Author: mulhollandman from Ireland

In the early 1990's British comedy had been going through a mass explosion of comedy talent. Eddie Izzard, Lee Evans & Frank Skinner had proved to be top rate comedians of the day but the serious likelihood of their conversion to situation comedy seemed remote. Re-Runs of vintage situation comedy were frequent, whilst the only memorable modern situation comedies of the time were Men Behaving Badly and Red Dwarf. This was hugely disappointing after the surge of Alternative Comedy throughout the 1980's. A lot of highly memorable situation comedies had surfaced but by the early 90's new sitcoms of the same vain seemed tired and dated. It seemed that there was a serious lack of comedy actors on television. But Steve Coogan and a host of other up and coming comedians put a permanent freeze on that thought. Since his first appearance on television Coogan has becoming a legendary comedy performer who has been likened to Peter Sellers

Coogan began his career by voicing the puppets in Spitting Image and began developing his characters while at Drama School in Manchester. But it was winning the 1992 Perrier Award at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival that he gained his first major bit of exposure to the public. Brief appearances on Saturday Zoo debuted the first televised appearance of angry drunk Paul Calf and his easy sister Pauline Calf. A nationwide tour followed and in 1994 Steve Coogan: Live'N'Lewd was released. By this time Coogan had began to debut what was to be his most favorite creation Alan Partridge on the show The Day Today. It was time to experiment with Paul and Pauline calf in the of Television.

The story behind Pauline Calf's Wedding Video is very simple. Her brother Paul cannot afford a wedding present for his sister who is marrying a dodgy Greek man called Spiros. So he decides to document the days leading up to the occasion with the aid of his every faithful friend Fat Bob. We meet the Groom, The Best Man, Pauline, The Brides mother, Paul's friends and the local police force.

At the time of it's release in 1994 the amateurish styles that would be consistent of an Amateur wedding camera man probably seemed very innovative and fresh that it won a BAFTA for Best Comedy Programme for it's effort. However I feel it limits the range of scenarios that any wedding can conjure up particularly a Calf wedding. At times the writing seems very amateurish mainly the wedding scene which ties up the loose endings. It is all too convenient and what's more it is not very funny and quite frankly very disappointing and not what I expect from Steve Coogan and company at all. I also think such a flaw would not have been so overlooked if they were making this today. Above all the biggest flaw is the one that nobody can do anything about. It suffers from all the great sitcoms also suffer from and that it has become now by 2006 very dated. It can also be viewed by serious comedy critics as very much a product of it's time. But these three flaws should not put you of viewing this program.

The Best Bits of the show are of course the characters. John Thomson is very believable as Fat Bob, Paul's ever present and ever suffering friend. One can only speculate that he puts up with Paul because he is madly in love with his sister Pauline. Thomson is a strong supporting character whose performance covers over the cracks in the rest of the supporting cast. Above all it's his very sensitive portrayal of a man wanting to be noticed by the woman he loves, but she only wants the things that he isn't. It might be worth pointing out that this kind of characterization in comedy was almost unheard back then and it only has become fully accepted through the release of the office, Extras and Spaced.

Of course John Thomson is one reason to watch this, but the star and main highlight is of course Steve Coogan. Coogans Paul and Pauline Calf will not be remembered with the same affection as Alan Partridge but they are essential staples in the works of Steve Coogan. It was with them that he sharpened his comic skills. We the audience watch them grow in mentality and physicality with every televised and live performance and this is the key to liking and understanding them. It is through this that we accept their severest of flaws such as Paul's drunken violence and Paulines casual attitude towards sex. Of course with Coogan everything is taken to extremes and some of the humor will not bode well with some viewers but this program will delight all Coogan fans

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