Frank Skinner’s Tough Gig, ITV1

by | Jun 12, 2007 | All, Reviews

Did we like it?

Like Lenny Henry, beginning a BBC1 series tonight, Frank Skinner is a Midlands comedian who has gone out of fashion, but while Henry has become a childish embarrassment, Skinner showed in this programme that he’s matured and can become a Michael Palin-like national treasure.

What was good about it?

• The old Frank would have humiliated the people from a New Age commune in Dorset, but he kept an open mind as he got to know them through group hugs (“I feel like I’ve scored a really good goal”), meditation and early morning dancing to cheesy house music.

• The clip of the middle-aged red-headed woman during the tantric sex session reaching to the skies and crying out in orgasmic joy. Frank failed to stifle his laughter and afterwards wondered: “Who at the point of orgasm puts their hands up in the air unless they’re at gunpoint?”

• Frank has always been able to get laughs from lads so this was a big challenge, but he managed to raise chuckles amid the chakras by being good natured and accepting of his hosts’ sometimes strange behaviour.

What was bad about it?

• It should have been an hour long so that we got more than a superficial understanding of what it was like for an outsider inside a rather insular community.

• The typical tacky titles from ITV. No class.

Luke Knowles

Luke Knowles


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