Rich Hall’s Cattle Drive, BBC4

by | Jan 12, 2006 | All, Reviews

Did we like it?

An unusual comedy which was odder than it was funny, but one to watch again now the characters have been bedded in.

What was good about it?

• Rich Hall as both himself, and deranged animal rights activist U Horst Nightmare, and Mike Wilmot as Rich’s hapless flatmate.

• The acerbic social commentary which although at times sounded like the Daily Mail was funny and sharp enough to make its point. The most amusing instance was when Rich and Mike’s flat was being burgled but Mike’s efforts to tackle the thief were thwarted by his insistence that as long as he was running away from Mike, he couldn’t be restrained or it would constitute an assault.

• Rich: “What sort of robber would rob a place called Bleak House? For Leonard Cohen albums?”

• When Rich and Mike are arrested for pinning the burglar to the ground, their solicitor reveals he is a property solicitor and not qualified to deal with criminal cases but could conduct a survey of the police station and offer a fair valuation.

• As the fugitive Rich and Mike make camp in the desolate wastelands of Berkshire, Mike hears Rich ask him if he has any secrets. He does, and recounts a tale of how at 12-years-old he was subjected to the lewd advances of an uncle. A bemused Rich replies “I asked you if you had any ‘cigarettes’, not ‘secrets’.”

What was bad about it?

• The budget seems to be that of a CBBC drama. Plenty of cheap closed off sets that weren’t being used to film the new series of Kerr-ching!, and scenes that appear to have been shot in a single take.

Luke Knowles

Luke Knowles

12/01/2006

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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