Another low-budget comedy gem from the future creators of "Little Britain"
I really didn't like the sketches in "Little Britain" featuring Matt Lucas as Sir Bernard Chumley, a character he developed when he was still an acting student and who has apparently fascinated him ever since. So when I read that one of the comedy miniseries Lucas and David Walliams had written and starred in together previous to "Little Britain" was called "Sir Bernard's Stately Homes" I thought, oh NO, that must suck, I'll try one of the other ones like "Rock Profile." As it turns out I'm lukewarm about "Rock Profile," but this is one of my favorites in the L&W oeuvre.
As the title suggests, the premise is that the distinguished (we are given to assume) actor Sir Bernard Chumley is hosting a TV series that takes us on tours through historic mansions in the English countryside. However, within seconds of showing up at the door of his first Stately Home, Sir Bernard and his camera crew, which dutifully follows all the ensuing action without comment or interference like seasoned documentarians, are hijacked by Tony Rodgers (David Walliams), a sort of psychopathic Lou Todd who leads them on a frantic treasure hunt through the various Stately Homes on Sir Bernard's agenda, committing various crimes against persons and property as they go. Sir Bernard and Tony's adventures go by lickety-split and the gleeful vigor with which they run on their path of heedless devastation is irresistible. Even if you don't find it all ha-ha funny, it bears out Bunuel's observation that once a filmmaker create suspense, he doesn't need anything else: the audience is his.
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