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Upper Class Twits
nephihaha from Scotland
27 January 2012
This is the worst episode in series two, perhaps even all of AWP. (It's
a while since I watched series three and four, so I can't compare it
with them just now) This is saying something, as series two was much
weaker than the original series.
Most of it is taken up with how the lads interact with the local nobs
and would-be gentry, who live around Thornley Manor. Most of the upper
class characters are one dimensional Hugos and Henriettas, with only
Sir James and Celestia having any depth. Cue lines like "Why are you
annoying my dog?" and "Someone should throw these people out." You get
the picture. We know Oz can be a wee bit coarse and gauche, but shoving
him into these scenarios is predictable, and not very clever. The only
thing which lightens the mood is Barry's ridiculous spiel about the SDP
being the "party of the future" which would make the "class war
meaningless" (it ceased to be a year or two after he said this and
turned into the Lib Dems). It would have been better if the snobbery
was dealt with more subtly (there are some hints of this with the Mrs
Bellamy character), which could have been done with better writing
That said, Arthur Pringle's in this episode, which was always a bonus
in series two. It's interesting to hear exactly how his children turned
out. His daughter turns out to be a good character, not just a woman
for Wayne laying.
High Point: Oz and Barry going poaching.
Low Point: "What are you annoying my dog for?" A pointless scene with
a cardboard cut-out character. The scene in the Cross Keys is almost as
Look out for: Sir James' son, who's actually played by Jimmy Nail's
real life son.
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