Imagine: A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Studio, BBC1

by | Feb 2, 2006 | All, Reviews

Did we like it?

The fact that Alan ‘You’re So Vain’ Yentob grasped the opportunity to show off a bit was off-putting, but there were interesting glimpses into the world of sitcom-making

What was good about it?

• Peep Show pairing David Mitchell and Robert Webb being funny as they talked about their show – and the look at the behind-the-scenes complications of making it

• It was a much more thoughtful programme than the similar Channel 4 enterprise fronted by the ghostly David Liddiment

• Armando Iannucci on his genius satire The Thick Of It

• Tamsin Grieg revealing how she thinks of old aunts to stop her giggling at Stephen Mangan’s improvisations on The Green Wing

What was bad about it?

• Ricky Gervais and, to a lesser extent, Stephen Merchant are obviously better at writing comedy than talking about it

• People being forced to say nice things about My Family and Yentob hailing it as one of today’s great comedies

• Paul Whitehouse was a little self-aggrandising as he spoke about BBC2’s brilliant Help

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