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Gimme Gimme Gimme is a show about a gay man and a straight woman who live
together in Kentish Town in London. While it doesn't sound like much on
paper, it really works because it is, as Linda would say, VILE! But it's the
kind of vile that works. The funny kind of vile.
Kathy Burke plays Linda LaHughes, a heavy-set tart with frizzy red hair and glasses. To put it in the words of a character in the 2nd series, she looks like 'a cross between Chris Evans and Olive from On the Buses.' She is sex-obsessed, vulgar and probably the most disgusting British character ever created, excepting maybe Fat B****** in Austin Powers 2. She gets the best lines, though most of them make you cringe. An example would be 'He can stick his hand up my skirt and make my lips move...if you know what I mean!' about a ventroloquist. She is always talking about her days in borstal and her oddball family, such as 'My auntie Vi was a cyclops...or auntie eye as we used to call her.'
James Dreyfus plays Tom Farrell, an extremely camp self-obsessed gay actor who *suprisingly* can't get work anywhere. He's had his fair share of bad luck, attracts horrible men, such as Rick who hated everyone and sold sofas on cheesy ads, the man who slept with Tom once and wouldn't leave him alone...then of course was one of my favourite episodes when Tom met his idol, Peak Practice star Simon Shepherd. But he firmly believes in people being honest in their sexuality. My favourite Gimme Gimme Gimme quote was when he said 'I like my men to be stong, assertive...not so far back in the closet they're in f*****g Narnia!'
This show is so much better than most American comedies such as Seinfeld, Friends, Frasier and so on. Why? Good acting, funny script, and absolutely no limitations. A genius created this. An absolute f*****g genius.
One of the funniest and most original situation comedies ever to come out
Britain. It's coarse and over-the-top, and in the finest tradition of
British saucy postcard humor. Replete with broad characterizations
female nymphomaniac living with mincing gay man, competing for the
affections of straight and happily married black guy living downstairs),
over-the-top situations, double entendres, and delicious one-liners,
Gimme Gimme' is the inevitable next step for those who loved 'Are You
Served', the 'Carry On' films, 'Girls On Top' and 'Absolutely
Pity that other commitments prevented the writer and leads from pursuing the show beyond three seasons of 6 episodes.
Not for the twee, or Cliff Richard wannabes or those who think that it's shot on film and not on videotape, 'Gimme Gimme Gimme' is a must-have for the collection of any lover of camp or no-holds-barred comedy.
This is one of the best english television series ever to have been released. It's basically about Linda (Kathy Burke) and Tom (James Drefus) who are roomates. Linda is backwards, sex mad, disgusting and unemployed. Tom is an out of work actor who's gay, self obsessed and he like to think of himself as middle class. Each week is a different story about what happens to them. But this really is hillarious any one will like it apart from snotty prudes. Watch It.
From the first episode right to the last New Year episode i have loved it.
Althought Tom Farrell and Linda La Hughes are some of the most disgusting
people you could come across they are adorable.
Gimme Gimme Gimme is sent in Kentish Town in London. They are flat mates, Tom being the sissy gay one and Linda being the butch straight one. The series also features three other main characters... Beryl (landlady) and Sues and Jez (The sickeningly in love neighbours. Linda and Tom are constantly hitting on Jez). The is one reoccuring character... Sugar walls, (you now see the actess in Eastenders... so don't hope to see her in this again).
My favourite episode has to be the Millenium night episode. So filled with laughter... the episode ends with both characters passing out... after singing a small rendition of 'Tomorrow' from Annie. Then a large choir bursts in and finishes the episode.
I don't see how people could not enjoy this programme. It is one of the few good comedies that the BBC has come up with in the last 5 years.
If you love crudeness... and God do i... watch this you shall love it. It is a very addictive show.
One of my favourite comedies of all time, GGG is lewd, rude and exceptionally crude! The funniest episode for me is when Tom gets off with the sofa salesman and Linda gets the job in the factory, which introduces us to Daisy, one of her workmates (who made me cry with laughter). No matter how many times I watch this show repeated, it always makes me laugh - thanks for this BBC, youv'e cheered me up on numerous occasions with it!.
This is just funny as the summary sez! I dare you not to like this!
It is however, pure trash at its best, i can't believe these people sometimes and the things that they say, Linda makes me cringe with alot of the things that she says quite constantly and tom... Well, lets not go into tom until we have a few hours spare!
This is fun, it is corse and its just plain fulla gags and laughs at everyones expense, some of the scenes in this series is so funny and i've had to rewind it to watch it again! You will love this if you like British humour and slap stick comedy at its best, i know i did..
Kathy Burke is completely mental in her role as the wise-cracking,
bed-hopping loud-mouth and she's one of the funniest women on TV right
'Gimme, Gimme, Gimme' is a hilariously funny British TV show about a guy and girl, worlds apart who live together.
Strong performances by both the lead stars with good jokes that never fall flat. Unfortunately Richard Dreyfuss wants out. So it won't be Gimme Gimme Gimme for much longer, huh?!
What can I say? A great script with comical lines and superb acting. Although I only caught the last three episodes I quickly found myself hooked on this show. Kathy Burke does a great job as an overweight, sex-obsessed dimwit while James Dreyfus shines in his role as her gay flatmate. While I have not seen either of these actors in other roles previously, I will be keen to catch up on some of their other roles in the future. If you are the type of person who can be offended by the use of coarse language, or adult themes, then I suggest perhaps you give this show a miss but for those with a thick skin, I guarantee this show will give you plenty of laughs. I hope there will be more to come.
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A reasonably high mark yet a derogatory opening statement? You must
think I'm confused. Well, I'll explain later...
This sitcom features two misfit flatmates who live in 69 Paradise Passage in Kentish Town (no sexual innuendo has gone unturned, lol). They are Lynda La Hughes (Kathy Burke), an unnatractive woman that has seemingly gone through every emotionally messed up experience going, has a very odd family with delusions of beauty and Tom Farrell (James Dreyfus) a homosexual struggling 'actor' who, despite only getting parts advertising sushi, has delusions of being a star.
The show is about two people with inflated egos who wear denial as a protective shield around them and blaming everybody but themselves for their lot in life. The two housemates scream abuse at each other yet at the same time comfort when their insecurities do rise to the surface. The story here is about the destructive elements of dependence and how it keeps people from progressing forward as positive human beings.
As well as seeing Lynda and Tom, we also meet neighbours Jez and Suze who seem to be the template of a typical happy couple that regularly flaunt their love for each other. Jez provides Tom and Lynda with enough lust and trivial competition to distract them from their mundane lives. Living above is Beryl the matter-of-fact old landlady and prostitute who lives above.
The biggest part of the show is the two housemates inability to find love. La Hughes lives in a fairytale land thinking she is the 'ginger Jerry Hall' while Farrell day-dreams about sitting on a park bench with Simon Shepherd (lead actor in Peak Practice). The difference between the two is that Farrell does have brief relationships during the three series (most notably the man he accidentally picks up on a night out and the Rick Cheesecloth who advertises sofas) as La Hughes is usually unsuccessful (with exception to a possible lesbian fling with a taxi driver). To both Lynda and Tom, any relationship is a deliverance from the hell they both have created together, probably not realising they could easily create the same type of hell with their future love interests.
The show in itself isn't rocket science but part of it's success is it's ability to be subversive and to change our attitude towards the lead roles which usually waver between downright disgust and pity (almost comparable to Harold and Albert Steptoe but done on a less sympathetic level). There are two problems with the show, the first one oddly being it's strength which are the lead roles themselves. Burke is well accustomed to playing masculine roles and Dreyfus is well accustomed to playing feminine roles and I wonder whether Lynda and Tom are merely a one-dimensional double act. The second is the lack of quality in the endings to some of the episodes (most notably the one where they presume Beryl is dead in a coffin but it turns out to be her twin sister - terrible).
Dreyfus comes out better of the two as he is versatile enough to use his voice in lots of different ways (i.e the Cockney way he handles Freddy Windrush for example and his Northern 'chuck it in canal' monologue in the last ever episode is hilarious! Burke's portrayal of La Hughes tends to wear thin. Her joke is less complex and so needs to be stretched a lot more as a result.
The final episode is pretty straight-forward apart from the incredibly sad ending. Tom leaves Lynda to play a bell-boy in Crossroads while Lynda is finally confronted with her demons and takes off her ginger wig to reveal a bald scalp before putting a tea cosy on her head and left to suck her thumb on her bed. Her 'security blanket' has left her and she finally has to face the truth that she isn't what she has taught herself to believe all this time.
Now, coming back to the original line of my review. Why not a fourth series? Well...To start with it was impractical because both stars had upcoming commitments but, from an audience's viewpoint, a fourth series would expose the show's weaknesses and make it a more diluted affair (like watching any exhausted 'Carry on' film after 1970). Instead of being affected by their outbursts we would merely get bored and desensitised by them.
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There are so many funny moments to enjoy in this series. Despite being
written by a gay man it's not just about being gay but about being a
certain type of man of a certain age. There are so many '70s and early
'80s kitsch cultural references here it's frightening: Eurovision,
ABBA, That's Life, Olive from On The Buses, Pam Ayres, Su Pollard in
Hi-De_Hi, Dolly from Widows, Wincey Willis - Johnatahan Harvey and I
obviously share so much more than just a sexual interest in men.
Then there's the witty dialogue. My favourite parts are where Tom tries out his terrible acting skills which seems to waver between spoofing Audrey Hepburn in My Fair Lady ('I'm a good girl, I am'!) to something akin to gangsters in fifties British B-movies and villains wives in The Bill. I recently saw a 1951 British film called The Scarlet Thread. It's worth watching because near the end Laurence Harvey - an East End gangster posing as an American - suddenly drops his phony Yankee accent and goes into something straight out of the Tom Farrell School of Acting. It's not just the terrible Cockney accent but the ham acting as well.
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