A surreal, ambient mix of bleak comedy sketches.
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Controversal spoof of current affairs television, and the role of celebrity in the UK.

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A spoof of the British style of news broadcasting - including ridiculous stories, patronising vox pops, offensively hard-hitting research and a sports presenter clearly struggling for metaphors.

Stars: Christopher Morris, Steve Coogan, Patrick Marber
Nathan Barley (2005)
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    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.2/10 X  

After publishing a rant about 'idiots' - frantically hip, ignorant scenesters - Dan Ashcroft finds these same people embracing him as his idol and his nerves constantly tested by his biggest fan, moronic scene personality Nathan Barley.

Stars: Nicholas Burns, Julian Barratt, Claire Keelan
Comedy | Fantasy | Horror
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  

Adapted from a monologue in his "Blue Jam" radio series, Chris Morris' first short film is a haunting black comedy about a man who no longer uses his name because he's decided he's ceased ... See full summary »

Director: Christopher Morris
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Big Train (1998–2002)
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    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.9/10 X  

A British sketch comedy show where people in ordinary situations suddenly find themselves in absurd situations.

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The Armando Iannucci Shows (TV Series 2001)
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Observations of society and life by Armando Iannucci in comedy sketches and narration.

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A mock of a TV show where the host is rude to many of his guests.

Stars: Steve Coogan, Rebecca Front, Patrick Marber
Man to Man with Dean Learner (TV Series 2006)
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    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.7/10 X  

Live from his luxury apartment in London's glittering East End, Dean Learner (Club owner, Celebrity Manager, Entrepreneur and Publisher of high-class gentleman's magazines) invites you to meet some of his closest friends, Man to Man.

Stars: Richard Ayoade, Matthew Holness, Satu Suominen
Garth Marenghi's Darkplace (TV Series 2004)
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    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.5/10 X  

This parody series is an unearthed 80s horror/drama, complete with poor production values, awful dialogue and hilarious violence. The series is set in a Hospital in Romford, which is situated over the gates of Hell.

Stars: Richard Ayoade, Matt Berry, Matthew Holness
Stewart Lee's Comedy Vehicle (TV Series 2009)
Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.7/10 X  
Stars: Stewart Lee, Christopher Morris, Paul Putner
Nighty Night (2004–2005)
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    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.1/10 X  

While telling her husband he's dying, Jill sets her sights on the next door neighbour, Don. And torments his wife, who suffers from MS.

Stars: Julia Davis, Angus Deayton, Rebecca Front
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    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.4/10 X  

Z list celebrity will do anything to become A list

Director: Adam Tandy
Stars: Steve Coogan, Peter Baynham, Amelia Bullmore
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A collection of bleakly dark comedy sketches pushing the boundaries of taste, decency and television in general, shot using new and different techniques and fading slowly in and out of each other against a slow musical soundtrack. Regular themes include death, insanity and, most often of all, the medical profession. Written by Anonymous

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Rather than have credits, each show ended with a black screen with "www.jamcredits.com" on it. See more »

Goofs

During the Thick Agency sketch in episode 1, the CCTV footage of Julia Davis approaching the help desk shows both the boom mic and camera operators standing behind her. The camera is visible again moments later in the sketch, reflected in the help desk's window. See more »

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Chris Morris: When dancing, lost in techo trance, arms flailing, gawky Bez, then find you snagged on frowns, and slowly it dawns, you're jazzing to the bleep tone of a life support machine that marks the steady fading of your day old baby daughter. And when midnight sirens lead to blue flash road mash, stretchers, covered heads and slippy red macadam, and find you creeping 'neath the blankets, to snuggle close a mangle bird, hoping you soon too will be freezer drawed. Then welcome. Mmm, ooh chemotherapy wig....
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Experimental, lo-fi and extremely nihilistic 'comedy' series
7 April 2016 | by (Edinburgh, Scotland, UK) – See all my reviews

I remember when Jam first came out it did cause a bit of controversy. It wasn't the first TV show created by Chris Morris that had caused an uproar. His earlier series Brass Eye had made waves on a few occasions, most notably in an episode that focused on paedophilia; an instalment so controversial that its transmission was delayed several years and only was broadcast after Jam had already been televised. In the event, the storm that that Brass Eye episode caused was way greater than anything generated by Jam. The reason to a large extent was that while the content of Jam was consistently troublesome, as a whole the program was so experimental and avant-garde that far fewer people bothered to watch it. It is ostensibly a comedy program, although I couldn't honestly say I found myself laughing very often. It was made up by a selection of dark and disturbing sketches which focused for the most part on subjects rarely dealt with by TV comedy, i.e. things like rape, suicide, sexual abuse, cot death, child abduction, etc. Plus it made uncomfortable use of children in several sketches in ways that were pushing the envelope very far indeed. Jam was about busting taboos basically and making the audience confront things in ways they hadn't before.

While I can't say I found this to be particularly funny, it was still quite compulsively watchable mainly on account of it being so strange that you didn't quite know where it was going to go next. Although after a bit, you could sort of predict the sketches more, as they usually simply went for the most nihilistic pay-off the circumstance could lend itself to. I would say it was often more an intellectual exercise than really a comedy one though. Occasionally the ideas were very memorable, such as the dreamlike segment where a man commits suicide by jumping off a first story balcony forty times, taking this slow approach to allow him the option of changing his mind half-way through. Things like that though aren't really funny; at best humour of a pitch black variety but it was at least an original bit of thought. Some of the genuinely funny sketches aren't offensive at all, like the middle aged man who decided he was too old to find love and decided to marry himself.

But what adds to the discomfort of viewing Jam is the presentation itself. The visual style was swirling and dreamlike, with a jumpy almost slow-motion look like a bad connection from a streaming site. The accompanying audio was slightly distorted and the lines were additionally delivered in very deliberate excessively downbeat manner with very understated performances jarring with the shock material (it was based on a radio show and seemingly many of the sketches reused radio transmissions with the actors simply miming along to it in these TV sketches, needless to say this only adds to the general oddness). As if all of this wasn't alienating enough, each sketch seemed to be sound-tracked with ambient music which only added to the general disconnecting experience of watching the show. All this made Jam very confrontationally alienating viewing, with a very bleak vision of the world. My general feeling on this show is pretty mixed. I do find it quite fascinating viewing on account of its experimental and bold nature but it wasn't necessarily entertainment. It was all about discomforts. I'm not always that sure what it was trying to prove or that it was entirely successful but it certainly remains a definite one-off bizarre TV experiment.


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