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Cult series in the making
smacktalker62 from Australia
5 August 2010
This show first appeared two years ago, it is one of the greatest
examples of black comedy and satire to appear on Australian television,
and there are always great cameos from local celebrities and actors.
The premise of the show is that Myles Barlow (Phil Lloyd) receives
problem letters from viewers, and then investigates the merits of an
element of their question and gives it a score out of five. Make sense?
For instance, in series one he received a letter that involved the
theme of risk, so to test out its' merits he went to Thailand to mule
drugs back into Australia. Things that have been reviewed include
divorce, racism, addiction and murder, these sequences are shot like
short mockumentaries and are always messed up. Another highlight are
the ridiculous analogies and metaphors that he uses to describe the
experience he has just undergone.
The humor is deadpan and twisted, the direction always note-perfect.
Definitely worth checking out if you like black comedy and are not
averse to being offended. I can only hope that once production ceases
(hopefully not for a while) this show will really gather a cult
following and thus reach a greater audience on DVD.
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