Bring Your Husband To Heel, BBC2

by | Aug 22, 2005 | All, Reviews

What to say if you liked it

A really hilarious parody of those awful shows in which annoying know-alls nag us about how to live our lives.

What to say if you disliked it

What do you mean it wasn’t a parody? THAT was for real? No, you’re pulling my leg. No-one would be mad enough to commission such nonsense.

What was bad about it?

• Annie Clayton the dog trainer (who used to be a Windmill girl) who would have been funny if she was a spoof Matt Lucas character but is, sadly, no comic creation. But we did laugh when, with great seriousness, she imparted her beliefs. “Men and dogs are creatures of habit, have an unhealthy obsession with balls and enjoy sniffing out the opposite sex. Using dog training methods on men isn’t as crazy as you thought.” It bloody well is, love.

• The low-level assignment that Annie faced: helping Darlington’s Maggie get husband John to clear the dishes from the dining table. Are we getting so pathetic that we need to call in experts and their hidden cameras to achieve the simplest task?

• Annie’s bleedin’ obvious “operant conditioning” theories

• Annie’s canine comparisons: John is a high-flying top dog but also a mucky pup, she trilled.

• Annie’s gushing nonsense eg “You clever old baggage!” “Well done, treasure!” “She gets a rosette for bringing John to heel. “”See you next week, dog fans!”

Luke Knowles

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