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An awful film
This film is absolutely atrocious!. I am east end born and bred, and a west ham fan to boot, and from the first utterances by the so called cockney in that dreadful dick van Dyke cockney accent had me reaching for the remote!. Who on earth cast this film??. I can understand Elijah wood;'s portrayal as an American finding his way among the thugs of of the notorious west ham "soccer" supporters, what i couldn't take was the liberal interpretation all American film makers seem to have: Everywhere in London is reachable in a blink of an eye............the trip across the river to millwall was a joke!, millwall is on the south side of the river.....but NOT in the London borough of tower hamlets!! as it said on the welcome sign. Also the local pub portrayed is a "Fullers" pub, these are only found in and around west London and some parts south thereof.
This may appeal to some, but its not for me
A forgotten gem
I thought the two series of "beast" were very funny indeed, i think that Simon Nye's writing had got back on track with this programme after a couple of relative lack lustre efforts in his other ventures.
The acting from the cast is polished and professional, the story lines are very well thought out, and the characters quirky but likable, and performances from Alexander Armstrong show why he has gone on to be such a asset to comedy roles on TV.
Good supporting performances from everyone else too, i rather thought there was a third series in there somewhere, shame Simon Nye didn't come up with a third,
This programme is crying out for a DVD release, lets hope the BBC considers this, as it seems they have a wealth of material in their archives gathering dust.