Ronni Ancona & Co, BBC1

by | May 25, 2007 | All, Reviews

Did we like it?

There’s something about Ronni that will somehow always stop her from being much-loved, that little irritating factor that’s hard to put your finger on. But she did a reasonable job in her first solo outing in a comedy sketch show and there are enough good ingredients to make it worth watching again.

What was good about it?

• The gothic woman with big hair and a roaring voice whose antics at a dinner party hosted by her straightlaced husband (John Sessions) went totally (and hilariously) unremarked. “Gorge yourself on Pringles and other sundry snacks,” she insisted, before going on to give instructions to the toilet (in the dark recesses of the semi) and getting a sport question wrong when playing Trivial Pursuit.

• Ladies To Ladette in black and white. “Leave nothing to the imagination and you’ll be taken from behind before the clock strikes 12.”

• The spoof biography of Demi Moore was a bit of a rip-off of Channel 4’s Star Stories and a bit dated (Demi who?), but was funny.

• The teacher getting hysterical with her all-boys class and the old bat boring a couple of visiting Bible bashers were just funny enough to be on the good list rather than the bad list.

What was bad about it?

• The start was appalling – a pleading monologue demanding we recognise she does more than impressions (“If you see one you don’t recognise, don’t think they are rubbish, they are new characters.”), a weak joke about why she’s doing three not six shows (“Jonathan Ross wanted a new tie”) and one of the weakest characters, a stroppy airport security guard.

• The Nicole Kidman nonsense.

• Jade Goody as a doctor and the psychic cleaning lady were both good ideas but the material was awful.

• The Colleen McLoughlin/Bill Oddie sketch.

• Pete Doherty and Kate Moss being ultra-normal at home wasn’t taken to the absurd heights it should have reached, apart from when a “drunk” Amy Winehouse turned up being very Jewish.

• The Hollywood gossip woman. Nowhere near as funny as that stupid woman on GMTV.

• The 1930s film parody. That was meant to be comedy, was it?

Luke Knowles

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