Season 3: Very strong final season with lots of great characters and throwaway moments
I wasn't really in a rush to watch this season since it was the third and final of this great show but, although it does sadly end, it does so with a very high standard which really only wobbles once or twice through all the episodes. Harry remains under pressure from the Channel 4 controller and the badgers now have their own reoccurring sci-fi story with weekly special guests although it is always good to keep the A-Z of woodland creatures lined up in case they are needed.
In this season the running jokes are very good indeed; when the first episode ended with a throwback to a pound shop joke at the start of the episode I knew I was in the right place (4.61p for a peg). Many characters return (Gary the controller and Stoufer are must-haves for me) and generally the new characters work thanks to being so very random and never being overused; even Jonty grew on me, as Harry said he would. Harry himself really is channeling Eric Morecambe here in particular his scenes in the special guest rehearsals, but just generally he has nailed a very light entertainment note which helps makes his rather unusual sense of humor a bit more accessible something he then went on to do with even greater success for ITV (much to Gary's chagrin I imagine).
This third season is very funny from the opening offer from Channel 4 through to the series of twists and reveals that bring the season dramatically to a close. It is a shame there isn't more in this series, but it stands the test of time very well something that not all surreal comedies can do, but this is fresh and funny from start to finish.
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