Roman's Empire (UK)

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Thursday 9:30 PM on BBC Two Premiered Apr 12, 2007 Between Seasons

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Roman's Empire (UK)

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Roman Pretty and his three beautiful daughters and ex-supermodel wife Morwenna make for an unusual family. Roman made his millions in the travel industry, but that was the easy part, now he has the challenge of dealing with his daughters' boyfriends. Laughs abound in this quirky BBC Two comedy.

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AIRED ON 5/17/2007

Season 1 : Episode 6

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  • Alert Alert, can anyone who emjoys comedy that requires a little thought please grab your remote and watch this show. Also, anyone who misses the dearly departed Arrested Development should tune in for reasons I'll go into.moreless

    9.1
    I saw the trailer on BBC2 and instantly recognised the comedy and content which is almost an omage to Arrested Development.

    However it is not really, it is its own show in its own right.

    I still grieve and lament on AD, one of my fave shows of all time in the history of history and in the futures history of our history.



    So when I sat down to watch what the writers had described in a TV-mag interview as "like Arrested Development but really more like Family Guy" I thought this should be rather good.



    You know what, they're liars, its pretty much a British Arrested with its own feel and pace and world. I dont know where they pulled the Family Guy comparison from because the flashbacks, the running jokes, the non-sequiters, all share the same genes as the Arrested script.



    Now, I know I know, it sounds like I'm just saying Roman's Empire is a rip off, but I'm really not. I simply see that the two shows are talking the same comedy language which is great because I understand.



    They're no more copying Arrested Development than Eddie Murphy copied Richard Pryor. Eddie was just inspired is all.



    Anyway, for those unaquainted with series like Arrested Development or 30 Rock I'll tell you what a friend said to me; "It's the type of show you have to keep your eye on to get everything and actually think about the jokes sometimes like Fraiser or something, but you feel well rewared for getting and spotting stuff that makes you laugh in a different way"



    To summarise, Roman's Empire is a new comedy to BBC2 in it's infancy with great promise, bag's of appeal, wonderful characters, poor advertising and time slots but a cult hit in my book. It's not a mainstream show because things of greatness like this never get appreciated in their own time but I gurantee if you stick with it you'll have a personal fave for time to come.moreless
  • FRASIER STAR FINDS JOB IN ABC COMEDY PILOT AFTER BACK TO YOU CANNED; BOW WOW JOINS ENTOURAGE.

    Kelsey Grammer building Empire

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