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Wednesday, 11 March 2009

Two Pints Of Lager And A Packet Of Crisps – Comic Relief Special, BBC3


Did we like it?
Hell no! Now on its eighth series, 2 Pints has now become a parody of itself. With the exception of Friends and ER not many American shows, never mind hurriedly written and produced British ones, can justify eight series. 2 Pints used to be a witty and inspiring reflection of the ordinary working class hero boozing down the local with their mates. Now it remains a hollow vessel. For Comic Relief, the makers united the 2 Pints gang with characters from its sister sitcoms Grown Ups and Coming of Age, but even though this was for charity, we can't overlook the fact that this was a load of self indulgent old guff.

What was good about it?
• Sheridan Smith x 2!
• The Little Chav from Coming of Age immediately admitting that he and his scrawny little mates were indeed from ‘Coming of Age’ and therefore BBC3's 16-24 demographic. Well at least they’re not trying to hide it!
• The Little Chav's X-rated rap. if someone in this bunch MUST get a lame spin-off show paid for by the licence fee payer, then we’d rather it be him.
• The old bloke bringing Pudsey the Bear into The Archer for the pub's Comic Relief fun night. How many of us haven’t confused Comic Relief and Children in Need some time or another?
• Ralf Little’s career remains at least somewhat intact by his decision to wisely jump this sinking ship at the right time for the glimmering lights of a panel show appearance, once in a blue moon.
• The Stop Thinking Start Drinking song. It was badly performed but a good idea.

What was bad about it?
• Because a certain family member deleted it off the Sky+ planner, we had to catch up on the BBC Iplayer…which…froze…every…five…minutes…even…though…we…let…the programme…buffer…entirely…beforehand…
• The gags raised only a smirk and not once, a full fledged laugh. For a sitcom this is a seriously bad sign.
• Even the fake canned laughter sounded bored at being used to act as punctuation within the dialogue.
• Causing characters from one programme to another to cross paths is always a crass idea. It just breaks the illusion and instead reminds us that they are in fact created in the same production houses where all of the actors are likely to have already shared a witty anecdote over a coffee in the canteen anyway.
• The token homosexual in the pub! Yes well done Auntie Beeb for ticking your box. He can be camper than a row of tents but we don’t have to find him funny because you tell us to.
• After wowing us on the seasonal special of Jonathan Creek, it’s sad that Sheridan Smith hasn’t followed Ralf Little and realised that she is so much more talented than this.

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