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Episode #1.7 

The line-up of characters, includes Brabbins and Fyffe, the filthy alter-egos of Flanders and Swann; the Inappropriate Dentist, who regales his captive audience with tales of swinger ... See full summary »

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Dominic Brigstocke
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Episode complete credited cast:
Alexander Armstrong ... Various Characters
Ben Miller ... Various Characters
David Armand David Armand ... Various Characters
Karen Hayley Karen Hayley ... Various Characters
Jim Howick ... Various Characters
Katherine Jakeways Katherine Jakeways ... Various Characters
Lucy Montgomery ... Various Characters
Tyger Drew-Honey ... Various Characters
Helena Fox Helena Fox ... Various Characters
Lanre Malaolu Lanre Malaolu ... Various Characters
Dan Renton Skinner Dan Renton Skinner ... Various Characters (as Renton Skinner)
Felix Dexter Felix Dexter ... Various Characters
Peter Howitt ... Dominic
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The line-up of characters, includes Brabbins and Fyffe, the filthy alter-egos of Flanders and Swann; the Inappropriate Dentist, who regales his captive audience with tales of swinger parties and the state of his pet dog's prostate; Tony and Dimitri, a hapless football manager and his Russian oligarch boss; and wartime fighter pilots, talking in modern-day street lingo. Wince at the near-the-knuckle instructions of a politically incorrect sat nav, and marvel at the very existence of Pru and Miranda, two fat ladies with the difference that they can neither cook nor run Dandy Lion's, their brain-meltingly inefficient vegetarian restaurant in Hampstead. And that's just a taster - there are nearly 100 other characters in the series, all with a hint of Armstrong and Miller's exquisite nose for the absurd. Written by Anonymous

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14 December 2007 (UK) See more »

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During the football sketch, the commentary they give and the information that appears on screen have little to no connection. For example they say that Tottenham are losing to Liverpool, despite the live text saying they're away to, and drawing with West Ham. See more »

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Season 1: Accessible and funny show, with good absurd playing of very proper characters and accents
22 December 2014 | by bob the mooSee all my reviews

My memory of these two comedians was that they were naked a lot and generally their material was pretty racy; I think I had their original Channel 4 show in mind, because this BBC show is a bit tamer in terms of what it does. This is not a criticism, because it does make the show more accessible and I think was more popular as a result. Watching the first season there is a clear theme of their characters appearing to be quite proper but actually being a bit outrageous or unexpected in some other way.

We see this in the inappropriate dentist small talk, the WWII pilots speaking like modern teenagers, the absurdity of the cheating couple who keep getting walked in on, the couples flirting at a formal Victorian dance, the women running the café, and so on. That this is common to so many of the sketches would be a bigger problem if they mostly did not work – but they do work well and are mostly pretty funny. It is not perhaps as consistent as I would have liked though, and some of the sketches do not get better with repetition; for example the teachers' advert one was funny the first few times but after that became stale and obvious. A few others ran the same way, although I still found the "kill him" bit to be funny even when I knew it was coming. The best example of this is the women in the café – the same excessive punch line every time and it loses its absurd freshness that the first time had.

The playing by Armstrong and Miller is very good; they have very good delivery and the material plays to their strengths well. Support is also very good, with Howick, Jakeways, Montgomery, Ransom and others all having good turns. It perhaps is all a bit familiar in some ways, and too much of a theme, but I enjoyed the majority of it and found humor in the frequent absurdity contrasted against well-spoken characters or situations.


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