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intriguement from United States
12 July 2011
The first three seasons of "A Bit of Fry and Laurie" were highly
enjoyable - hilarious, clever, inventive sketches performed to
perfection by the gleeful duo Fry and Laurie. The fourth season,
however, gets off to a disappointing start. I've heard that the show
moved to a different channel for this season, and thus had access to
more funding and different standards. That may explain why season 4
starts off on such a different tack from the previous 19 episodes.
Episode 2, like episode 1, features underused guest stars and
poorly-planned sketches. Fry and Laurie appear to have trouble
adjusting to writing for four actors instead of two. (Luckily, the show
gets back into its hilarious groove in episode 4.3.)
The sketches are: Cold Open: Hamper (Hugh); Intro: Hugh's Head Wound
(Hugh & Stephen); Child's Therapist (Stephen & Hugh); Guests: Kevin
McNally & Fiona Gillis; The Local News at Ten-Thirty-Three and a Bit
(Stephen & Hugh); English People Appear to be the Most Ignorant in
Europe (all four actors); Hugh Sings "Steffi Graf" (Hugh); The Lover's
Helper Cassette (Fiona & Kevin); Fascism (Hugh & Kevin); Lovers'
Reunion (Fiona, Stephen, & Hugh); A Sketch in a Hospital (all four
actors); Cocktail: A Long, Confident Suck (all four).
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