Comedian Victor Lewis-Smith presents an alternative view of the world. Archive and news footage are re-dubbed with new commentaries, taking them completely out of context, in order to make ... See full summary »
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Comedian Victor Lewis-Smith presents an alternative view of the world. Archive and news footage are re-dubbed with new commentaries, taking them completely out of context, in order to make them look ridiculous. The same treatment is given to tawdry TV programmes, to make them appear even more rubbishy then they already were. Written by Cynan Rees <cynanrees@hotmail.com>

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Savage,cutting,uncompromising,but funny
22 June 2007 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

The TV critic and comic performer Victor Lewis-Smith casts his unique eye over TV with clips from old programmes,plus his no holds barred opinions on those he considers unworthy of appearing on the box.That is understating it mildly;VLS,a brilliantly clever,witty and intelligent writer/performer (though we rarely see his actual physical form),has arguably been a major influence on many satirical/comic performers since he began to emerge in the late 1980's;such performers as Chris Morris and Charlie Brooker surely owe a debt to the master of such a ferociously mordant style of humour.Though initially praiseworthy,he has been particularly critical of the somewhat mysterious Morris,apparently describing him as a 'thieving b*****d' amongst other things.

TV OFFAL is a perfect vehicle for VLS' particular quirky talent;it sometimes regrettably lapses into bad taste,but this has always been a slightly questionable drawback of Victor Lewis-Smith.On the other hand,this trait is perhaps needed as VLS' style would lack the gloriously vicious edge he virtually invented.

TV OFFAL is certainly not for the easily offended,but it's sheer quirkiness and oddness always manages to produce some really outstanding comic gems for those that can stay the course.

RATING:7 and a half out of 10.


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