Chopratown, BBC1

by | Dec 19, 2005 | All, Reviews

Did we like it?

No. So don’t bother with a series, please, BBC1. If this was meant to be a British version of Monk, it failed. More Junk than Monk.

What was good about it?

• Sanjeev Bhaskar does his best as beleaguered, boneheaded, blundering private eye Vic Chopra – he’s always great to watch – but, unlike his earlier works Goodness Gracious Me and The Kumars at No 42, this was a comedy with no jokes.

• It’s good that Britain’s Asian community is represented in a primetime drama, but there was nothing new revealed. We’d seen all the references before in the Kumars (nagging mum, lovely food etc)

• Omid Djalili’s cameo as overweight Turkish baker Ali who was the subject of Vic’s big case – he’d been hired by Ali’s wife to ensure he took his medicine.

• Vic being forced to take his baby daughter on a surveillance operation was quite amusing.

What was bad about it?

• Not funny enough. Lame plots. Attempts to parody gumshoe classics fell flat.

• Natalie Casey as temp Annie, who becomes Chopra’s assistant (against his wishes), should have played the part with subtlety. She didn’t. Neil Stuke was even worse as the bumbling cop.

• The “jokey” sub-plot about the the theft of “a gay cow who thinks he’s a pig”. Were the culprits the Hindu Liberation Front? No. All they do is take elderly Hindus out on day trips

Luke Knowles

Luke Knowles

19/12/2005

Editor of the website and host of the podcast. A general TV obsessive. I've been running the site since 2008 and you can usually find me in front of the TV. My Favourite show of all time is Breaking Bad with Cracker coming a close second. I feel so passionately that television can change the world and I'm doing my little bit by running this site. You're Welcome!

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