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This is a pretty pointless remake of a classic episode of "Whatever
Happened to the Likely Lads" - 'No Hiding Place,' first shown in 1973.
In the same way that the Gus Van Sant remake of "Psycho" fails to
capture anything of what makes the Hitchcock masterpiece great, this
falls flat on its face trying to match up.
I suppose that the programme does work as a tribute to the Likely Lads as it shows how great the original really was, and what fine performances Rodney Bewes and James Bolam turned in - especially in comparison. It is also a sad reflection of the state of British television comedy today that the vastly overrated Ant and Dec are supposedly among its brightest stars.
Offering nothing new except bland delivery and worse acting, the programme comes across as a complete waste of money. Showing the original series would have been a better way of bringing the adventures of Bob and Terry to a new audience. It is nothing more than extremely lazy programming. Comedy fans avoid.
The most overrated pair on British television team up to prove that
they have every bit as much to offer the world of 'acting' as they do
If this is a tribute, I would hate to see them remake a programme that they didn't like.
The lads should stick to what they are good at, whatever that might be and leave this type of thing to people who actually have talent.
Just show the original and get these two off the television.
This is a disgraceful waste of money and the thought that they were paid for it makes it all the less palatable. Next time they turn up at a television studio, give them a mop apiece and get some use out of them.
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