Man Stroke Woman, BBC3

by | Nov 20, 2005 | All, Reviews

Did we like it?

It was all a bit relentless – a succession of sketches about the love lives of thirtysomethings. The material had as many hits as misses (not a bad ratio for a comedy sketch show) but we craved more variety.

What was good about it?

• Nick Frost, Nick Burns, Daisy Haggard, Amanda Abbington, Ben Crompton and Meredith Macneill all performed well, although we had some difficulties distinguishing some of their separate characters, leading to questions such as, so is that guy in the car the one who lost his son?

• The man forced to make up a phone number (444444444) after being caught sneaking out after a one-night stand with a manic Canadian. “We can’t make any more hot lovin’ unless we can get hold of each other,” she’d screeched.

• The man who tries to sneak out after a drunken one-night stand, only to realise he’s at home and the minger beside him in bed is his wife.

• The woman who whined: “You can never just say I look nice, can you?” after her husband had tried to be diplomatic about the hat suspended over her head (“You’ve worn hats that have fitted you better”) and a dress with the word ‘whore’ flashing in neon on her chest.

• The woman who has put on weight but only on her voice box, giving her a complex about her fat voice. “You’re voice is voluptuous,” says a consoling friend.

• The woman who tells her new date: “The guys I’ve been out with before have been really stupid but you’re different. Touch wood.” She knocks three times on the table – and he gets up to answer the door.

• The doctor breaking bad news gently. “Everything’s fine. You’re not going to die.”

• The confused man who confesses to an affair thinking he’s talking to his wife not his mistress. “Oh, I thought you were Phoebe.”

• The parents who played hide and seek with their son, playing a recording of their countdown so they could go out for the night. They returned as it reached 16,845 and it was time for the kid to go to bed.

• The poet who delivers a love poem to his mother (“Her bottom’s a bunk, I’m forbidden to raid”) and then prepares to read Daddy’s Sack Of Love.

• The woman who is now going out with an accountant but is told by a guy she dumped that he’s now the King of Spain

• The man who tries to woo a colleague by making her a giant Minstrel (from 7053 normal Minstrels)

What was bad about it?

• Some of the sketches were based on good ideas but they failed to come off. These included: the man sobbing so much as his wife left him that she couldn’t understand any of his pleas; the father who left his son in a bottle bank and the oven; the exploding dog; the men playing Shag, Marry Or Kill? on a car journey; and the men in the pub discussing how many women they’d slept with.

Luke Knowles

Luke Knowles


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