Hugely influential, surreal and anarchic parody of the variety show format. Vic Reeves and Bob Mortimer introduce a selection of eccentric characters. The show often appears to be completely random, ramshackle and nonsensical.
An interweaving narrative chronicling the antics of such diverse characters as: a transsexual taxi driver, a family obsessed with hygiene and toads, a fiery reverend, a carnival owner who kidnaps women into marriage, and a xenophobic couple who run a local shop for local people.
Popular BBC sketch show that introduces a whole host of memorable characters such as Tim-Nice-But-Dim, Wayne and Waynetta Slob, The Old Gits and teenagers Kevin and Perry. The show spawned a slew of spin-off series and films.
The last episode of the series played last night, and I've enjoyed this series more than any in the last 20 years.
I've always preferred Bob Mortimer to Vic Reeves, his subtle straight man was far more enjoyable than Vics in your face wierdo. But in this series it was Vic who stole the show, his 2 characters (both originally from the Smell of Reeves and Mortimer reality show 'The Club') were the funniest throughout.
Other favourites were Matt Lucas' hotel Manager who was hilariously creepy (and the pay off from his lost limbs was the series highlight), Morwenna Banks use of an inhaler, the NYPD (North Yorkshire Police Department) raving in a parked vehicle and Tim Healy's refusal to accept the death of his wife (he just thinks she's cold).
Vic and Bob have been the most consistent comedy writers/performers of the last 10 years but we started to worry when they started flogging the dead horse that became of Shooting Stars, and appearing in very average (and in no way funny) fare like randall and Hopkirk. But they've gotten back on track, the last series of shooting stars was almost as funny as the first, and Catterick is the best work they've ever done. Move over Gervais and Kay the greatest comedians of my generation are back. All hail Vic and Bob.
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