The Bleak Old Shop of Stuff (2011–2012)

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BBC comedy series parodying the works of Charles Dickens and heavily influenced by a similar, long-running radio series. A respectable shopkeeper, Jedrington Secret-Past, (unsurprisingly) discovers that he has a secret past.

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 Jedrington Secret-Past (4 episodes, 2011-2012)
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 Conceptiva (4 episodes, 2011-2012)
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 Victor (4 episodes, 2011-2012)
Ambra Lily Keegan ...
 Victoria (4 episodes, 2011-2012)
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 Harmswell Grimstone (3 episodes, 2012)
Derek Griffiths ...
 Pusweasel (3 episodes, 2012)
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 Primly Tightclench (3 episodes, 2012)
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 Servegood (3 episodes, 2012)
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 Smalcolm (3 episodes, 2012)
Mark Evans ...
 Businessman / ... (3 episodes, 2011-2012)
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 Jolliforth Jollington (2 episodes, 2011-2012)
Llewella Gideon ...
 Mrs. Grrumblechoop (2 episodes, 2012)
Fergus Craig ...
 Poor Person (2 episodes, 2012)
Margaret Cabourn-Smith ...
 Moustache Woman / ... (2 episodes, 2012)
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 Headmaster Wackville (2 episodes, 2012)
Hector McCormick ...
 Date-And-Time Boy / ... (2 episodes, 2011-2012)
Calum MacPherson ...
 Gob / ... (2 episodes, 2011-2012)
Abigail Burdess ...
 Mary-Anne / ... (2 episodes, 2011-2012)
Dave Lamb ...
 Ghost of Christmas Past / ... (2 episodes, 2011-2012)
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BBC comedy series parodying the works of Charles Dickens and heavily influenced by a similar, long-running radio series. A respectable shopkeeper, Jedrington Secret-Past, (unsurprisingly) discovers that he has a secret past.

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Well, I liked it!
31 December 2011 | by (Lancaster, United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

I was quite surprised to come on here and see bad reviews... but I guess if you watch this program expecting it to be a thoughtful satire of Dickens then you might be a little disappointed. This program is, in a word, silly- and it is fantastic at being silly! Someone mentioned that it has the 'usual suspects' of the Beeb getting together- something they saw as a bad thing. Now, I am a fan of Mitchell, Webb, Fry etc, but putting that aside- this program seemed to me like a group of people getting together and having a laugh. So yes, the actors seem to be typecast... but they're playing the roles they love to play.

I don't think they were trying to be clever or make a new classic, they're just having fun. There are lots of shout-outs to Dickens (and our modern conceptions/interpretations of Dickens- Mitchell's character literally swelling with joy being a good example).

No, there's not much substance. There's a hearty nod to the Dickensian plot, a liberal smattering of caricatures and a mob of cannibalistic urchins. There are false moustaches and clockwork hats. There are silly ideas, and clever ideas (the three clocks).

Don't watch this expecting a serious film. Get some popcorn, relax and enjoy an hour of pastiche. You'll get to see Webb in a leading role, and you can play 'spot the comedian' with the supporting cast. Stephen Fry makes a fun villain with a stunning selection of hats. Robert Webb gets cooked with onions and arrested for not being manly. Parkinson gets addicted to treacle. Watch it, you'll enjoy it. ;)


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