Lenny’s Britain, BBC1

by | Jun 12, 2007 | All, Reviews

Did we like it?

The BBC seems to be spending more time trying to analyse comedy (the Dawn French series, Comedy Connections, The Comedy Map of Britain etc) than producing decent examples of the stuff. And this four-parter is a complete waste of time. Lenny is lacking the lovability factor and there’s no fun to be had from watching most ordinary people telling bad jokes

What was good about it?

• Some of the Midlanders were amusing – and not just those Amy Turtle-like accents

What was bad about it?

• Lenny’s style of mixing Open University lecturing with buffoonery in silly voices.

• The pointlessness of the exercise. “What makes us laugh and where does our sense of humour come from?” Lenny asked. We weren’t much the wiser afterwards. It seems that every single bloody thing makes Lenny laugh. Even himself!

• Padding the programme out with contributions from a “joke booth” which was set up in locations around the land as a recycling bin for old jokes.

Luke Knowles

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