Why did I watch that?: I'll tell you why. I saw that Julian Barratt was in it, and was excited by the possibility of seeing him in something non-Boosh related. Boy was I disappointed. Nathan Barley is an exercise in idiocy. Each and every character, including the seemingly redeemable Ashcrofts, stuns me with his/her stupidity. I hated this show.
The only time I enjoyed watching was when Dan finally got to out Nathan as a moron.
I kept watching, hoping that it would turn itself around miraculously. But it didn't. And I will never get that three hours back.
Boosh fans: Don't waste your time with Nathan Barley. Try out Snuff Box or Garth Marenghi's Dark Place instead.
Forget his power as a satirist. Being funny is the name of the game.
The Day Today, Brasseye, Jam; all funny and all cutting satire. Maybe the subject Nathan Barley riffs on is not a mainstream as others Morris as tackled but it is definately funny.
Dan Ashcroft is the clasic hero trapped in a world he helped create. Nathan is a bumbling insecure fool and Claire is too scared to admit she is ready to sell out like her brother has. The characters are complex, deep and funny and the situations are classic sitcom.
It served up six episodes of immense quality and I'm sure Morris is looking fowrad to his next project.
Nathan Barley, works for his own website http://www.trashbat.co.ck/ or has he says it \"trashbat dot cock\" the joke is that .co.ck is the internet url for the country of the Cook islands. And YES it really is. And YES there really is a website called tr
Nathan owns the latest mobile phone gizmo called The WASP T12 \'speechtool\' with a huge number 5 \"coz thats the most used number\" (apparently ?) The phone splits aprt to reveal 2 separate halves that turn into mini decks. So you can have your own clubnite anywhere. \"Hoot your trap off\" as Barley would say. I have seen many people asking if anyone knows where to buy one of these phones. I have also seen fake reviews just to enrage the guilible, as they can see but they cant touch. I can just imagine hundreds of Barleyesque youths on bikes too small for them racing from phone shop to phone shop, trying to buy the T12, after hearing a rumour that Sneeds in Oxford street had a dozen on sale this morning.
It\'s really heatening the way that some people can pick up on something and without any mutual contact, get in on a joke and spread and expand it, beyond anything the originator expected. The originator in this case being the ever versistile, enfant terrible of british comedy. ie: Chris Morris. A lot of people were dissapointed not too see morris himself in the role, prefering to stay as writer in the background. But after the first episode i could see that morris was correct in his estimation that he was not right for the role. for a start he was a bit too old. And secondly Nicholas Burns is perfect in the role.
Also straring is Julian Barratt as Dan Ashcroft, a feature writer for the \"youth style\" magazine Sugar Ape. Dan hates it at the mag, and to get back at them writes a piece called \'The rise of the idiots\' Only none of the idiots at the magazine get it. They think the idiots are someone else, instead of themselves.
Dan has a sister called Clair and she to Dan\'s horror takes up with nathan, who helps her write a piece on her pet project of urban alienation. Namely her \"Junkie choir\" Meanwhile back at the office Dan\'s fellow workers(the idiots) are playing a game of \"cock, muff, bumhole) that they have found on Nathan barleys website. Trashbat.co.uk The game is a variation of the playground game of Paper, stone, scissors. As the camera pans away to close the first episode, we see Dan Ashcroft helplesley being sucked into a game of cock, muff, bumhole. Is Dan doomed to the life of the idiots ?
This is a very wierd but unintentionaly funny show. Set around Nathan Barley (the idiot) and Dan Ashcroft (the idiot disliker), in a world of complete dumb asses and dorks. Its kind of an over exsagherated comedy of the situation of the world today (or maybe just the UK, i dont know).
I would say, just try it...
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