TV Offal

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Channel 4 (ended 1998)

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TV Offal

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British sketch comedy show; pilot aired on October 31, 1997
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  • A quirky little comedy-critique series which never quite finds its mark...

    8.5
    Controversial British satirist and "Evening Standard" T.V. critic Victor Lewis-Smith ("Inside Victor Lewis-Smith") reteams with sidekick Paul Sparks to follow on from, and indeed recycle, contributions to "TV Hell" and "Club X" with this comedy-critique series which seeks to unearth rare and long forgotten archive footage never seen before.



    Victor Lewis-Smith presents himself as a bitter and often venomous critic who remains largely in the shadows, with only the occasional glimpse revealing the man behind the acerbic tongue that lashes out at the likes of celebrity chefs, mockneys, and the worst of everything else which he sees as debasing British television and culture in general.



    The pilot episode starts as it means to go on with the introduction of such regular features as "Kamikaze Karaoke", "Honest Obituary" and the Gay Daleks re-dubbed from a 1979 serial as well as clips from Disc-a-Dawn and the legendary "Rainbow" sketch before ending on one of the creators signature prank phone calls.



    The series returns for a full six-episode run the following year with the format largely unaltered with an intro from Professor Stephen Hawking a selection of unearthed footage often from student and hospital T.V. and the regular features broken around a ad-break bookended by Assassination of The Week before signing off with a prank phone call.



    The creators have crafted an entertaining enough show, which better reflects the British alternative comedy movement of the time than the work of contemporary satirist Chris Morris, but the highly formulaic format quickly feels worn and the creator vocal gurning often pushes to far especially in the prank phone calls to washed up celebrities and worn out receptionists.



    "Surely television was meant to be better than offal."moreless
  • A great British comedy show.

    8.0
    This was a pretty good British comedy television series. As is normal with good television shows, this one did not last long enough. This is a show that I would suggest watching if you get the chance. Check the bargain bins at Wal-Mart, the online movies sites (Amazon.com and such) and all of the cable channels that run old shows. Nick at Nite and TV Land are great for theses kind of shows. They will even do a week long spot for shows that only had 6 or so episodes. Then you have your super stations. They run a bunch of old shows too. All in all a pretty good show that did not get a good enough chance. Sometimes it is a simple as the show it is up against. Look at Law & Order. It is one of the longest running shows on TV. They moved it to go up against Lost. After about 2 weeks of getting pounded in the ratings it was moved back to it's original time slot. Shows like this should be given more of an opportunity.moreless

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