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Too Many Irons In Different Fires
2 November 2004 | by (Isle Of Bute , Scotland) – See all my reviews

ALFRESCO was broadcast on Sunday evenings round at 10.30pm and featured early work from some of the top talent of British alternative comedy people like Ben Elton , Stephen Fry and Hugh Laurie , not to mention later serious actors like Emma Thompson and Robbie Coltrane

ALFRESCO was and is at the very least a major disappointment . In 1983-84 the writers and actors had their irons in different fires like THE YOUNG ONES and several Channel 4 sketch shows and it's patently obvious that everyone involved in this sketch show had used their best jokes in other comedies .

Take this scene in a crowded bar : A woman isn't happy with the service in a bar and mutters under breath to the barman " Stupid old fart "

The barman is offended " Oi I'm not deaf you know "

The woman replies in all innocence " I never said you were deaf , I said you were a stupid old fart "

The bartender apologisies in an embarrassed tone " Oh sorry I thought you said I was deaf . I must get my hearing aid fixed "

If you can remember something on its only showing after 20 years it must have been either very good or very bad . I'm sure if anyone can remember it will agree that ALFRESCO wasn't very good


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