Comic Relief: The Big One, BBC1

by | Mar 16, 2007 | All, Reviews

Highlights:

• The best bits, as is increasingly prevalent in charity shows, were the emotionally draining films such as Ant & Dec’s trip to an appalling slum outside Nairobi. Among the people they met was a mother whose child had died from cholera after playing in a filthy, polluted river. For once, the broadcasting of a celebrity weeping (in this case Dec, who also actually is a celebrity) was fully understandable as it helped convey the horror of the situation.

• Catherine Tate’s sketches all worked well, thanks to sterling work from her co-stars. We loved David Tennant’s bemusement as Lauren unleashed a Shakespearean tirade (“Am I bovvered, forsooth? Looketh at my face, is this a botheredeth face?”); Daniel Craig’s yearning as he played himself falling in love with Elaine (Catherine Tate), and his subsequent despair as he discovered that they were incompatible (“He’s no John Nettles”); and Tony Blair’s shockingly good “Am I bovvered?”. Noel Edmonds didn’t add much to the Deal Or No Deal sketch, but Granny was brilliant, gleefully accepting £199 and walking away.

• Lenny ‘Hectoring’ Henry’s suit designed by a team of children for Beat The Boss not functioning.

• Kate Thornton. No, this isn’t a mistake, she was genuinely a highlight as she now radiates with an inner rage after she was axed from The X-Factor; an anger directed against High Priest of Mammon Simon Cowell. And Paul ‘low-gradey’ O’Grady’s typically abrasive advice to her: “If it had been me, I’d have stuck a brick through his window.”

• The funniest bit was the replay of Davina McCall from the last Comic Relief when she was attacked by bees despite wearing a protective suit. “Can someone get it out? Can someone get it out? Owww!” she wailed, as if expecting either a beekeeper metamorphose into the Pied Piper of Hamelin and coax the bee from her suit with a little ditty or for them to quickly strip her suit off despite the fact they were surrounded by a cloud of bees.

• The Walkmen’s The Rat as the theme tune for the money raised check just before 10pm.

• Andrew Lloyd-Webber’s walk. Almost as funny as Peter Mandelson’s.

• Ricky Gervais’s sketch undermining, in a clever way, the whole Comic Relief malarkey, with help from Stephen Merchant, Bob Geldof and Jamie Oliver (“I haven’t been on TV caring about anything for about three and a half days”)

• Jeanette Krankie going bonkers.

• Russell Brand making us laugh for once. “I use homeless people like vending machines for karma.”

• The Mighty Boosh’s Russian-based drama Pies.

Lowlights:

• The reeling off of the presenters at the start read like a list of debilitating ailments – “Davina McCall! Chris Evans! Kate Thornton!”

• Snow Patrol’s Chasing Cars was like a somnolent mushroom cloud of radioactive dreariness settling on proceedings. Take note any aspiring fascist dictators: if you want blind obedience from your peasants install Chasing Cars as your national anthem as it’s popular amongst the brain dead.

• Mr Bean’s Wedding had the odd funny moment such as when the groom (Matthew MacFadyen) knocks out his father-in-law and his bride in an effort to punch the annoying Mr Bean. However, we remember Mr Bean as a bumbling, good-natures buffoon yet here he was a salacious, malicious, juvenile and, worst of all, unfunny creep.

• Harry Hill’s TV Burp was as ever majestically funny, but was sadly just recycled gags from recent weeks spliced crudely together.

• The Little Britain sketches that appeared to have been assembled hastily in a Bangkok sweatshop as a promotional device for the inevitable DVD, but hey remember “it’s all for charity”.

• The dull Creature Comforts special that was too brief and seemed too contrived to match the charm and gentle humour of the original. Ditto for The Vicar of Dibley

• Brian Potter and Andy Pipkin’s version of I’m Gonna Be (500 Miles), an exhumation that will hopefully bring down a greater curse on those responsible than looting the tomb of Tutankhamen. The CD is out now. At this very moment. Buy it. It’s for charity.

• Mitchell & Webb’s snooker commentators’ sketch with Chris De Burgh was a bore.

• Horrible hairstyles sported by Chantelle and Claudia Winkleman. We loved Saira Khan’s cropped style, though

• Moyles, Carr and Kielty’s My Way

• The Osbournes and Tim Westwood. Ridiculous people.

Luke Knowles

Luke Knowles

16/03/2007

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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