Bo' Selecta!

Channel 4 (ended 2009)


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Bo' Selecta!

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Leigh Francis under the guise of Avid Merrion introduces us to a sketch show not quite like any other. Bo' Selecta! came from a phrase Craig David used in a song meaning Good DJ. Using a set of rubber face masks and costuming, Leigh and his team create celebrities from the past and present either living out the lifestyle of the rich and the famous or living secret lives, as common as the rest of us. The show began on September 6th 2002, and ran for six episodes, with an additional two episodes featuring clips from the first series and new sketches in February of the the following year. Throughout the series the focus was on Avid's obsession with celebrities and most of the action took place in his flat. It was here we were introduced to some familiar characters who stuck through all three series of the show. Ozzey (Ozzey Rezat) was Avid's landlord and next door neighbour, who spent his days creating shirts featuring celebrity photos for Avid. In Avid's toilet was Da Craig (Big Brother winner Craig Phillips) who Avid kept hostage in his bathroom. He also kept his dead mother in his closet. As well as celebrity impersonations, Avid was regularily joined by stars making guest appearances, mainly up a tree in Hamstead Heath were Leigh in a small Bear suit, became a easily aroused character named The Bear. The second series ran for eight episodes from June 6th 2003 through to July 25th. The series pretty much followed the same premise as the first, more cameos were made and new characters introduced. After this series followed the first chart single to be realised by Avid along with many actual celebrities and his rubber faced creations a single named 'Proper Crimbo' was released in the UK, on the CD single a spoof of Michael Jacksons 'Thriller' was also released. A promo was shown of both videos and there was also a behind-the-scenes show made. Also a Christmas special entitled 'Ho-Ho-Ho Selecta!' was shown. The third series was completely different, airing this time for nine episodes from June 18th 2004, Avid had being given his own talk show. A now camped up, gay Ozzey was Avid's make-up artist. The Bear returned around the studio and Craig had being given his own DIY show in the studio next door. There was also the introduction of some new characters which have appeared in spin-offs after the series ended including Cocknose the producer, (Bo' In The USA!) Keith Lemon the director (A Bear's Tail, Bo' In The USA! and Keith Lemon's Very Brilliant World Tour) and movie critic Corey Haim (Bo' In The USA!). Avid released another Christmas single, aided by the real Patsy Kensit and Davina McCall, the trio re-released 'I Got You Babe', the B-Side to which was Leigh's Craig David's 'Sodapop'. A Promo was shown again and a more in-depth behind-the-scenes show was also made. Since the end of the third series, Leigh has gone on with Channel 4 to create a sitcom with The Bear, entitled A Bear's Tail. Then alongside his new wife who is also his sister, he had moved to America to open a hotel with her, in a sketch show, similiar to the original series Bo' In The USA!. A new episode of the series aired on September 24th 2009, as a tribute to the late Michael Jackson. The show retold the stars life, it marked the return of Leigh Francis to the network, since his departure to ITV2.moreless
Leigh Francis

Leigh Francis

Avid Merrion/The Bear/Keith Lemon,Corey Haim [Series 3] & Various Others

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  • A poorly thought out over milked comedy thats had its day... get rid of it... let it be removed from the annuals of history!

    You may think the idea of watching a man get dressed up as fifteen to twenty famous people and take the piss out of them could get a little dull... and you'd be wrong... we've seen this in the past with many comedy sketch shows giving many people all over the globe side splitting pains of laughter...

    This however is not one of those sketch shows, comedy drawn from rubbishy masks and the stupid caricature-esk depths of the shows characters limits this shows possibilities to about one series (at most)... the real mistake here was to have 3 seasons...

    My advice to you if you've never seen this show before is not to bother... if you still want to then maybe you could waste some time watching 2-3 episodes but I wouldn't advise any more then that... you'll find the comedy dry and slightly dull... simply put, Why did this even get a full season?moreless
  • Good at times.

    Rude but funny.

    Bo Selecta was good in the first and second series (well i say good, funny) and most of the characters were funny but I couldn't tune into the third series because the content was purile.

    Gone were the funny characters and replaced with Avid humping chairs and destroying the shows already tattered rep.

    But along came Bo in the USA which was better than the rest of the shows combined. If it weren't for this show i would have rated Bo Selecta alot less.

    Avid Merrion is annoying in the first three seasons.

    But I think that he ha given us some great catchphrases over the years.

    Do not watch the third season!moreless
  • wierd and funny show

    i first caught this show on channel 4 and thought it was funny. its a real surreal and wierd comedy show. the shows star avid merrion is a weird celebrity stalker who uncomfortabley to watch, stalks and jokes with celebrites, with hiliarious results. another aspect of the show is impressions of celebrites using large rubber mask and clothes. celebrity take- offs include, mel b, craig david, michael jackson, ozzy ozborne, maryln manson. the shows language is very crude so the show is only suited to adults,yet if you want a wierd, unusual way to spend half an hour, then have a watch of the show.moreless