What to say if you liked it
Ardal O’Hanlon’s in the lead role.
What to say if you disliked it
Blessed? Cursed, more like. Another poor attempt by BBC1 to fill that Friday night sitcom slot. Ben Elton’s foray into domestic sitcom ranks alongside previous stinkers Office Gossip, Carrie and Barry, The Worst Week Of My Life and Mad About Alice.
What was good about it?
• Seeing Ardal O’Hanlon always reminds us of how great he was in Father Ted.
• The absence of a laughter track
• The great Robert Webb of The Smoking Room and Peep Show did the best he could with Elton’s lacklustre material as neighbour Billy and he was probably the best character.
• Herbal Teabags. “They don’t taste of anything; let’s just drop a wine gum in.”
What was bad about it?
• The waste of some good talents – O’Hanlon, Webb and the beloved Mel Giedroyc as psychotic mum Sue
• While we applaud the lack of a laughter track, Blessed could have done with one to point out exactly where the laughs should be.
• Everything seemed so predictable. Gary is seen wiping snot from his fly in the supermarket by a female assistant who gets the wrong end of the stick, presuming he is some sort of sick pervert. Who should serve him every time he shops? Oh yes of course!
• The rock group. A bunch of dull, unfunny characters that added virtually nothing to the plot. We especially hated the way the members kept trying to come up with song titles to fit every situation.
• The fact it was written and directed by Ben Elton, the anarchist who turned into everything he hated.
• Ronny from EastEnders.
• Gary forgetting neighbour Bill’s name. It wasn’t funny the first time and it definitely wasn’t funny after 10 or 12 times.
• The only smile came when the credits ran and we realised Have I Got News For You was about to start.