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1 | 2
Release Date:
28 July 2000 (USA) See more »
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2 wins & 2 nominations See more »
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Cast

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Chris Langham ... Roy Mallard (12 episodes, 1999-2001)
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Series Directed by
John Morton (unknown episodes)
Willy Smax (unknown episodes)
 
Series Writing credits
John Morton (12 episodes, 1999-2001)

Series Produced by
Jon Plowman .... executive producer (unknown episodes)
Paul Schlesinger .... producer (unknown episodes)
 
Series Original Music by
Paul Mottram (unknown episodes)
 
Series Cinematography by
Bill Broomfield (unknown episodes)
 
Series Film Editing by
Mark Lawrence (unknown episodes)
 
Series Casting by
Rachel Freck (12 episodes, 1999-2001)
 
Series Production Design by
Les Stephenson (unknown episodes)
 
Series Art Direction by
Rachel Robertson (unknown episodes)
 
Series Costume Design by
Claire Anderson (6 episodes, 1999)

Fiona Chilcott (unknown episodes)
 
Series Makeup Department
Nichola Bellamy .... hair designer / makeup designer (unknown episodes)
Liz Hardiment .... makeup artist (unknown episodes)
Joanna Harvey .... makeup artist (unknown episodes)
 
Series Production Management
Henrietta Hope .... production manager (unknown episodes)
 
Series Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Caroline Jeffries .... first assistant director (unknown episodes)
Jackie Kelly .... second assistant director (unknown episodes)
Adam Young .... third assistant director (unknown episodes)
 
Series Art Department
Maura Laverty .... properties buyer (unknown episodes)
Lou Peacock .... properties (unknown episodes)
Rob Sellers .... properties (unknown episodes)
 
Series Sound Department
Chris Round .... sound mixer (6 episodes, 1999)

Stuart Mackay .... sound assistant (unknown episodes, 2001)
Jerome McCann .... boom operator (unknown episodes, 2001)
Steve Hudson .... dubbing mixer (unknown episodes)
Kian Wong .... sound editor (unknown episodes)
 
Series Camera and Electrical Department
Andy Bates .... lighting technician (unknown episodes)
Charlie Dailey .... assistant camera (unknown episodes)
Steve Savage .... lighting technician (unknown episodes)
 
Series Costume and Wardrobe Department
Ceri Walford .... costume supervisor (unknown episodes)
 
Series Editorial Department
Jon Dixon .... colorist (unknown episodes)
Dave Hawley .... colorist (unknown episodes)
John Morgan .... colorist (unknown episodes)
 
Series Music Department
Paul Mottram .... composer: theme music (12 episodes, 1999-2001)
 
Series Other crew
Bob Davy .... technical consultant (1 episode, 2001)

Lucy Capron .... production trainee (unknown episodes)
Jane Fielder .... title sequence (unknown episodes)
Nicky George .... production trainee (unknown episodes)
Catherine Hartley .... location manager (unknown episodes)
Anton Jeffes .... production trainee (unknown episodes)
William Kempton .... production trainee (unknown episodes)
Neil MacCabee .... programme finance associate (unknown episodes)
Stuart Mackay .... production trainee (unknown episodes)
Jo Randall .... location manager (unknown episodes)
Malcolm Treen .... location manager (unknown episodes)
Katie Wilkinson .... production assistant (unknown episodes)
Sarah Wright .... production coordinator (unknown episodes)
 

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UK:30 min (12 episodes)
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The show started out in 1995 as a radio series on BBC Radio 4.See more »

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4 out of 4 people found the following review useful.
Keep your ears and eyes open all the time!, 13 August 2008
Author: bootlebarth from Australia

Hapless Roy Mallard (the almost entirely unseen Chris Langham) makes documentaries about 'people like us': bank manager, estate agent, mother, vicar, photographer, pilot, etc. These half hour episodes are as droll as anything you'll see or hear.

The droning narration is a masterpiece of nonsense. Almost every sentence has a misunderstanding, a mixed metaphor or something downright silly. If you like lines like: 'if John and Mary are still together in two years they'll both have been married to the other person, as husband and wife, for the same period of four years', make sure you watch 'People Like Us'. But if you prefer to snigger at custard pies, painful blows to the groin or creepy Benny Hill chasing bikini babes, this won't be your cup of tea.

This is cerebral rather than visceral comedy. There are some running jokes, mainly about the appearance, marital status and name of Roy/Ray Mallard/Nolland/Mattard and the succession of faux pas he commits.

The acting is excellent throughout. Even the credits play the game by not linking performers with their roles. All we see is that the BBC wishes to thank Tom, Dick and Harriet, etc.

Each episode is superficially pedestrian and boring, as we appear to follow a typical day of 'people like us' in the time-honoured 'fly-on-the-wall' manner. But this isn't wham, bam, in your face comedy. You have to concentrate very hard to get everything. Watch out for the flustered mother loading slices of uneaten toast into the dishwasher. Listen to the flight attendant, Susan Churchfield, switching to French, introducing herself as Suzanne Eglisechamp and later asking passengers to return to their assiettes. Note the plane reflected in the office block windows flying backwards.

'People Like Us' is a wonderful series, for those who like that kind of thing. For aficionados, it could hardly be bettered. Rarely has humour been so clever and concentrated. For others, reruns of Benny Hill, Paul Hogan and too many others of that ilk can always be found. I know what I prefer.

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