A surreal, ambient mix of bleak comedy sketches.
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Cast

Series cast summary:
Christopher Morris ...  Chris / ... 6 episodes, 2000
Amelia Bullmore ...  Alison Shive / ... 6 episodes, 2000
David Cann David Cann ...  Dr. Michael Perlin / ... 6 episodes, 2000
Julia Davis ...  Receptionist / ... 6 episodes, 2000
Kevin Eldon ...  Doorman / ... 6 episodes, 2000
Mark Heap ...  Mr. Ventham / ... 6 episodes, 2000
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Storyline

A collection of bleakly dark comedy sketches pushing the boundaries of taste, decency and television in general, shot using new and different techniques and fading slowly in and out of each other against a slow musical soundtrack. Regular themes include death, insanity and, most often of all, the medical profession. Written by Anonymous

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Comedy

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Country:

UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

23 March 2000 (UK) See more »

Also Known As:

Apes & Music See more »

Filming Locations:

London, England, UK See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

TalkBack Productions See more »
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

(6 episodes)

Sound Mix:

Stereo

Color:

Color
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Trivia

Rather than have credits, each show ended with a black screen with "www.jamcredits.com" on it. See more »

Goofs

During the Thick Agency sketch in episode 1, the CCTV footage of Julia Davis approaching the help desk shows both the boom mic and camera operators standing behind her. The camera is visible again moments later in the sketch, reflected in the help desk's window. See more »

Quotes

Mother: Did you really prescribe my son a kilo of Heroine?
Weird Doctor: [flashes a Strobe in his own Face] I'm sorry I can't see a thing. You'll have to reschedule, goodbye.
[Gropes for Intercom]
Weird Doctor: Sarah, I've just blinded myself. Could you rearrange my diary and then help me to a taxi?
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Alternate Versions

"jaaaaam" was a 'remixed' version of the series, made to be viewed later at night. Effects like vapour trails, making speech further out of sync, and filming scenes played out on a TV screen made the episodes even woozier than usual. The sound mix was also slightly changed, with some sound effects removed and others added. See more »

Connections

Referenced in Scent of Burning Mortar (2000) See more »

Soundtracks

Untitled (CD1 Track 7)
By Aphex Twin
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David Lynch meets Monty Python
11 November 2015 | by SenjoorMuttSee all my reviews

Brilliant mix of horror and comedy, like David Lynch meets British humor. It's all very over the top and offensive and dark. Definitely not for everyone (not many people can laugh at jokes about dead babies and abortion or death in general). This show needs more, how to say this, an acquired taste and very very open mind. Like every other British sketch show 'Jams' roots lies in the absurd humor of Monty Python. Dark jokes are mixed with ambient music that creates nice horror film like vibe. The sketches sometimes make you think about what you just witnessed that you need to pause before you continue watching. They are actually more deep and philosophical than regular viewer might used to. Every episode starts with different intro where Chris Morris reads a poem and then welcomes us into 'Jam'. All these intros are pieces of pure art all by themselves.

And it's all as fantastic as if you die you want to come back as a snare drum.


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