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The Bleak Old Shop of Stuff 

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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Robert Webb ...  Jedrington Secret-Past 4 episodes, 2011-2012
Katherine Parkinson ...  Conceptiva 4 episodes, 2011-2012
Finlay Christie ...  Victor 4 episodes, 2011-2012
Ambra Lily Keegan Ambra Lily Keegan ...  Victoria 4 episodes, 2011-2012
Tim McInnerny ...  Harmswell Grimstone 3 episodes, 2012
Derek Griffiths Derek Griffiths ...  Pusweasel 3 episodes, 2012
Sarah Hadland ...  Primly Tightclench 3 episodes, 2012
Kevin Eldon ...  Servegood 3 episodes, 2012
Blake Harrison ...  Smalcolm 3 episodes, 2012
Mark Evans Mark Evans ...  Businessman / ... 3 episodes, 2011-2012
David Mitchell ...  Jolliforth Jollington 2 episodes, 2011-2012
Llewella Gideon Llewella Gideon ...  Mrs. Grrumblechoop 2 episodes, 2012
Fergus Craig Fergus Craig ...  Poor Person 2 episodes, 2012
Margaret Cabourn-Smith Margaret Cabourn-Smith ...  Moustache Woman / ... 2 episodes, 2012
Adrian Edmondson ...  Headmaster Wackville 2 episodes, 2012
Hector McCormick Hector McCormick ...  Date-And-Time Boy / ... 2 episodes, 2011-2012
Calum MacPherson Calum MacPherson ...  Gob / ... 2 episodes, 2011-2012
Abigail Burdess Abigail Burdess ...  Mary-Anne / ... 2 episodes, 2011-2012
Dave Lamb 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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December 2011 (UK) See more »

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Loja Sombria See more »

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Appalling
26 December 2011 | by nephihahaSee all my reviews

Normally I'm a great fan of surreal humour, but someone please tell Mitchell and Webb that they're not funny, and that Stephen Fry always plays himself (at least not since Jeeves and Wooster). This was mostly a bunch of random, and not very funny lines strung together.

Oh, and it's riddled with cheap CGI too.

This was a great opportunity for sending up Dickens, but it went down like a lead balloon. I watched "Rev" and "Life's Too Short" not long afterwards - and was stunned by the contrast in writing, acting etc. This programme was written and acted by people who are incredibly self- satisfied, and think they're cleverer and funnier than they actually are.

All the usual suspects turn up on this programme - you know the ones always on QI, Have I got News for You, Never Mind the Buzzcocks and Mock the Week. All of these shows are quite good, but you have to ask exactly why the BBC is hiring these same folk repeatedly, or using the same production companies/agencies. Bit of a closed shop really.

I give this show two stars for one reason, Johnny Vegas is its saving grace as the Artful Codger. Definitely one to avoid...


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