Did we like it?
In the canon of Coogan creations, Saxondale is thankfully flying with Partridge, not hitting the low notes of Tony Ferrino.
What was good about it?
• It’s not often these days that a British sitcom makes you laugh out loud, but there were several excellent lines in this episode, starting early on when Tom was sat in an anger management class and decided it would be appropriate to bring up Idi Amin. His speech about Amin murdering his wife ended with: “Cue the old cranium in the cooler scenario”.
• Tom’s speech at Stax’s funeral, tearfully reading out the lyrics from a Led Zep song and recalling how Stax slept with an ugly groupie (‘great sense of humour, though’) so Saxondale could have the pretty one. “‘Fill your boots, son,’ he said.”
• Saxondale’s variety of over-rehearsed, stolen catchphrases. His version of ‘is the Pope Catholic?’ was: “Does Bin Laden have caller ID?” Which he was amusingly pleased with.
• Tom’s blonde, tactless work colleague talking bitchily about his wife Mags: “She saw Mags staring through the window of Jigsaw… She didn’t go in, no. But where are all the clothes for big girls like Magsy? Where are the fat dummies in the window of Karen Millen, hmm? Suppose they take up too much room.”
• Tom’s disturbing white supremacist sex fantasy.
• Tom sniffing up cocaine from his bushy moustache while attempting to discuss Brunel.
• Tom finds himself in a bedroom with a prostitute. She takes off her bra, so Tom says: “I’ll just get me glasses.” After an uncomfortable situation in 1989, Tom feels he needs to check for any sign of an Adam’s apple.
• Mark Williams clearly enjoying himself as ageing, drunken roadie, Deggsy.
What was bad about it?
• We’re struggling to find anything particularly wrong with it.