Grumpy Old Men (2003– )

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Series cast summary:
Rory McGrath ...
 Himself (9 episodes, 2003-2006)
Arthur Smith ...
 Himself (8 episodes, 2003-2006)
Will Self ...
 Himself (8 episodes, 2003-2006)
Rick Wakeman ...
 Himself (6 episodes, 2003-2006)
 Narrator (5 episodes, 2003-2006)
John O'Farrell ...
 Himself (5 episodes, 2003-2006)
Desmond Lynam ...
 Himself (5 episodes, 2006)
 Himself (4 episodes, 2003)
 Himself (4 episodes, 2003)
Tony Hawks ...
 Himself (4 episodes, 2003)
 Himself (4 episodes, 2003)
 Himself (4 episodes, 2006)
John Stapleton ...
 Himself (4 episodes, 2006)
Felix Dexter ...
 Himself (3 episodes, 2003)
Rick Stein
(3 episodes, 2003-2004)
Richard Madeley ...
 Himself (3 episodes, 2003)
(3 episodes, 2003)
John Peel
(3 episodes, 2003)
Matthew Parris ...
 Himself (3 episodes, 2003)
Michael Grade ...
 Himself (3 episodes, 2003)
(3 episodes, 2004)
A.A. Gill
(3 episodes, 2004)
Jeremy Hardy
(3 episodes, 2004)
 Himself (3 episodes, 2006)
 Himself (3 episodes, 2006)
 Himself (3 episodes, 2006)
Stephen Bayley ...
 Himself (2 episodes, 2003)
Lemn Sissay ...
 Himself (2 episodes, 2003)
Bill Bryson
(2 episodes, 2004)
John Humphrys
(2 episodes, 2004)
Kelvin Mackenzie
(2 episodes, 2004)
Nigel Williams
(2 episodes, 2004)
Gerry Robinson ...
 Himself (2 episodes, 2006)


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9 October 2003 (UK)  »

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Over the opening credits, footage of the various interviewees waving their hands around angrily as they speak is edited to make it appear they are dancing to '70s funk. See more »


Followed by Grumpy Old Women (2005) See more »

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Cynical, relevant, hilarious
12 September 2006 | by (Sweden) – See all my reviews

This show is basically about grumpy old British men—theatre actors, columnists, radio-reporters and media producers—giving a well-deserved and well-articulated kick up the arse to various issues. In other words, they are grumpy and they whine. About everything. About commercials, technology, art, celebrities and values of all sorts that they are out-of-touch with. I've only seen three episodes of this, but I can't imagine there are many more than that because there isn't an endless list of things to knock... is there?

What I have seen has been consistently brilliant — the comedic skills of these grumpy old men stem from the fact that they aren't comedians, but your average...well, grumpy old man. Although I am a young woman, a lot of things they put forward is highly relatable and therefore also extremely side-splittingly funny. Think George Carlin or a much milder Denis Leary — angry, cynical and sparing no issues from criticism. An issue is presented by the narrator, and then it cuts back to the grumpy old men who comment on it... in absolutely hysterical ways.

The only problem as far as I see it is the persistent "flashback" device in which the narrator of the show (also a grumpy old man) zooms back to the 60's and 70's when the men were young and idealist, I guess to juxtapose this state with their old cynical mentalities. But it's not funny, at all. Maybe this part caters more older generations but I just don't see how constant reminiscing about The Beatles and the sexual revolution is at all a novel idea. It's incongruous the otherwise funny show.

Overall pretty solid entertainment because it's condensed into 30 minutes, featuring brilliantly funny highlights at times but always a lot of fun. 8/10

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