Did we like it?
Steve Coogan returns as pest controller/ex-rock roadie Tommy Saxondale – still living the rock n’roll dream while everyone around him sells out to ‘the Man’. The great support cast of Ruth Jones as girlfriend Magz and Rasmus Hardiker as apprentice Raymond also returned. Sometimes relying a bit too heavily on the comedy of embarrassment, this still had some great laugh out loud lines. We’ll be keeping the faith.
Back of the Net?
• Saxondale is another great Coogan creation. Plenty of back-story and a lot of depth. And his master/apprentice relationship with Raymond – who innocently punctures his balloon of pomposity – is spot –on.
• Morwenna Banks was on great form as bitchy job-booker Vicky, able to humiliate Tommy – under the guise of friendly advice – within two minutes. One exchange which started with a seemingly-innocent question about Tommy using haircare products ended with him uttering the line, “I’ve got the hair of a weeing tramp.” And referring to Tommy mooning at a Queen tribute gig, “the phrase ‘turkey-wattle’ was being bandied about.”
• Tommy’s opinion that Magz’ portrait of Emily Pankhurst – depicted as a long-haired buxom wench wearing a revealing 70’s swimsuit – “put paid to the lie that women’s suffrage only involved ugly women.”
• “Last one on the tour bus thinks Genesis were better after Peter Gabriel left!”
Bag o’ shite?
• We cringed in embarrassment as Tommy’s old mate Malcolm (a great Simon Greenall) – now a corporate sell-out – was trying to get to his meeting while Tommy related an old Roger Daltrey anecdote. Truth be told, there were a few too many scenes that had us squirming rather than laughing.