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The Incredible Adventures of Professor Branestawm (2014)

An absent-minded professor is oblivious to the chaos his crazy creations cause when they go wrong.


Sandy Johnson


Charlie Higson (screenplay), Norman Hunter (based on book by)


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Cast overview, first billed only:
Miranda Richardson ... Miss Blitherington
Madeline Holliday Madeline Holliday ... Connie
Jason Forbes ... PC Peasey
Adrian Scarborough ... The Vicar
Ben Miller ... Mr. Bullimore
Barbara Durkin ... Angelica Bullimore
Sophie Thompson ... Aggie
Harry Hill ... Professor Branestawm
Vicki Pepperdine Vicki Pepperdine ... Mrs. Flittersnoop
Simon Day Simon Day ... Colonel Dedshott
David Mitchell ... Harold Haggerstone
Doreen Ingleton Doreen Ingleton ... Miss Silt
Charlie Higson ... The Mayor
Jason Maverick ... Robo Dad
Nathaniel Gleed Nathaniel Gleed ... Young Professor Branestawm


Schoolgirl Connie wants to learn science, not deportment, and gets her chance when she takes a broken clock to eccentric inventor Professor Branestawm, who offers to teach her. However snide councillor Haggerstone wants to knock down Branestawm's house and replace it with Mr Bullimore's giant munitions factory. The townsfolk are against the idea until the professor's tea-making machine causes chaos at a council meeting and he is forbidden to invent anything until his inventor's permit is found. Evil Bullimore attempts to steal the permit and burn down the town hall blaming Branestawm but the tea-making machine proves to be a superb fire extinguisher and Branestawm is declared a hero Written by don @ minifie-1

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24 December 2014 (UK) See more »

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What a Vile Piece of Pure and Utter Trash.
25 December 2014 | by HonestReviewsSee all my reviews

Having sat through the truly awful Gangsta Granny last year, I hoped this time the BBC would have made a better Christmas TV movie. After all Gangsta Granny was so bad, surely it couldn't be hard to make something better. Boy was I wrong. This is possibly the worst TV movie/film I have ever seen. It's so bad I feel compelled to write this review and rate it 1 Star multiple times based on how terrible this utter garbage really is. Seriously how did someone at the BBC watch this and allow it to be aired? This is so bad it makes me angry. The actors in this are good actors; with the likes of Ben Miller and David Mitchell, two of my favourite people on television so why the hell did they agree to do this? One can only assume it was for the money.

There is not ONE funny moment in the story. It's so ridiculously stupid. All the "jokes" are so childish and pathetic, it's just not funny at all, you won't laugh once. The story didn't make sense, the characters were all unlikable, I found myself routing for the bad guy and wishing all the good characters would get killed off. It must have been edited together by a monkey I can only assume as any sane person would know this story doesn't make the remote bit sense. Even the CGI was terrible, the flames looked so fake and weren't even properly in place. The actors we know are good, but because the directing and script was so terrible it makes them look poor. Their lines are so cheesy. How many times is that stupid colonel going to say that same line about Mitchell's character? It's not funny.

What's with the black policeman always crashing his bike and being ignored by everyone? Felt like kind of subtle racism to me and wasn't in the least bit funny. The worst bit however is the deal with the robot at the end hitting David Mitchell's character with people laughing as he's attacked? Wow that is assault! This film is actually encouraging and supporting assault and saying it's OK? Yeah what a great message for kids. This movie has a perfect moral message for children!

Please don't watch this utter vile unfunny trash. The people I feel sorry for the most are the actors. They will forever be shamed with having starred in this terrible mess. Especially the child actor. I wonder what she'll think when she looks back at this in ten years time? It will tragically end her career I fear and she'll feel ashamed for ever having agreed to be in this. Shame on the director and anyone else involved in the making of this mess, hang your heads in shame at wasting a lot of time and money on something so terribly bad.

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