From actor/writer duo James Corden and Mathew Baynton, The Wrong Mans series centers on Sam Pinkett and Phil Bourne, office workers for Berkshire County Council, who have their menial ... See full summary »
Not only because of the puerile, idiotic subject matter of the sketches but also because of the simple lack of comedy are Horne and Corden utterly depraved and without hope walking alone in the comedy world. A degree of skill in comedic acting of course does not imply a skill in comedic writing, Horne & Corden being the perfect example. How the two ended up with creative control well, I shudder to think how the producers couldn't seem to tell them that the material being filmed just wasn't funny. I disliked it from episode one but I gave it a fighting chance. However, instead of fighting it floundered, and not once in three episodes have I laughed. And don't get me wrong, I'm a fun guy. I'll crack a smile at the worst of times, only Horne & Corden was worse than I thought possible. And it's a shame, too. I really was prepared to like it. I like them both so much. Or at least I thought I did.
The sketch show is of course a dangerous beast, the best some do is pack a decent amount of laughs into the first few episodes before the whole affair gets stale, but these two idiots have managed to produce a purely depressing programme in which the sketches drag on with no real jokes of any possible identification. Sit through a Xander sketch and try not to squirm. Switch off as the two morons dressed in super hero outfits ramble on about God-knows-what, but it sure as hell isn't funny. Then turn off the TV.
This programme would have been thoroughly ignorable if it hadn't been for the BBC's hype of it and the popularity of Gavin and Stacy.
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