The Catherine Tate Show Series Three, BBC2

by | Nov 25, 2006 | All, Reviews

The Catherine Tate Show, BBC2, Thursday 27 October 2006

Did we like it?

BBC2 has delivered a strong comedy line-up on Thursdays recently (That Mitchell & Webb Look, Mock The Week, Extras) and the welcome return of Ms Tate certainly didn’t dent its highly entertaining offering. Despite there being a recent and inevitable backlash by some TV critics, we’re still standing by our claim that this comedienne is one of the most accessible and enjoyable British comics currently on TV.

What was good about it?

• The reappearance of queen of grime Lauren. Working in a fast food restaurant, her trademark “Am I bovverred?” was enhanced by having to wear a Billy Burger mask in front of her mocking friends. After being ridiculed, she tried to deny she had sunk so low, insisting she was behind the till because “I got bored waiting for my order”.

• Best line of the show – from Lauren to her male mate: “Do you work in a carwash though, for £3.50 an hour. Are all your mates at work Polish though?”

• The posh and neurotic Mrs. Taylor-Thomas disrupting her children’s egg and spoon race by screaming “Nooooo!!! It’s the eggs; they’re not organic”, leading to widespread panic as all the kids and their parents fled in their 4x4s.

• The best of the new characters – the gritty Northern Irish mother who found out that her son John Leary is a GAY MAAAN. She looked like a slightly younger Vera Duckworth with the voice of an exaggerated Gerry Adams, interrupting John’s football viewing by pointing out that a magazine hunk looked like he had “a                really nice cock”. We loved the parody of gay stereotyping – his mum wanted John’s verdict on a new outfit, a hard-faced neighbour reckoned he’d love the new tunnel and groove in their bathroom and a local thug wanted to fashion tips (“Do these turn-ups go with these boots?”)

• Musical-loving, insensitive Geordie Georgie, whose fundraising and charitable efforts were darkly funny. We particularly loved her method of demonstrating the problem of battered husbands, which consisted of her smashing a bottle over the head of her male colleague. “Now you know how they feel!”

• The cameo by legendary lothario Leslie Phillips whose appearance was cut short by incontinence. Loved his posh, smooth delivery of “What a f**king liberty!”

• The try-hard wannabe “I can do that” character didn’t really take off in the tennis and curling sketches, but was truly brilliant when she volunteered to act as an interpreter and reduced the languages of the world to a string of silly noises.

What was bad about it?

• The return of the profane Gran was a little disappointing. Apart from “Take your f**king squirrell”

• Catherine’s Geordie accent wasn’t 100% spot on.

The Catherine Tate Show, BBC2, Thursday 2 November 2006

Did we like it?

Not as good as show one, but still superb

What was funniest?

• Derek Faye in Spain with boyfriend Leonard. The cabbie assumed they were gay and offered to take them to a club called Homolulu. “You athume?” screeched Derek. “Just because a man spends a little too much on hand cream and knows all the words of All About Eve doesn’t mean he’s a receiver of swollen goods. How very very dare you!”

• The Life On Mars parody, Life At Ma’s, with DS Sam Speed waking up in 1951 and lodging with Mrs Willows whose best friend was Vi (Una Stubbs). “It’s 10 past six and we haven’t had a singsong yet,” Mrs Willows said, leading to Sam singing Let It Be. “What a bleedin’ racket,” was his landlady’s verdict

• Geordie Georgie organising a round-the-clock pancake flip for the victims of sexual harassment. “Every 38 minutes a temp in a short skirt bends over the fax machine and gets shagged up the arse,” she claimed as she attempted to raise funds for the “dollybirds whose only thanks for franking the mail on a Friday afternoon is a face full of jizz.”

• Helen I-can-do-that screwing up the drumming when Divine Comedy appeared on Later With Jools Holland

What wasn’t quite so funny?

• Lauren’s cheerleading clash with Natalie Cassidy

• Burger van nutter Irene ‘s tale of serving Condolleeza Rice.

• Helen I-can-do-that screwing up a salsa

• Nan versus the Ritz-eating mouse

The Catherine Tate Show, BBC2, Thursday 27 October 2006

Did we like it?

BBC2 has delivered a strong comedy line-up on Thursdays recently (That Mitchell & Webb Look, Mock The Week, Extras) and the welcome return of Ms Tate certainly didn’t dent its highly entertaining offering. Despite there being a recent and inevitable backlash by some TV critics, we’re still standing by our claim that this comedienne is one of the most accessible and enjoyable British comics currently on TV.

What was good about it?

• The reappearance of queen of grime Lauren. Working in a fast food restaurant, her trademark “Am I bovverred?” was enhanced by having to wear a Billy Burger mask in front of her mocking friends. After being ridiculed, she tried to deny she had sunk so low, insisting she was behind the till because “I got bored waiting for my order”.

• Best line of the show – from Lauren to her male mate: “Do you work in a carwash though, for £3.50 an hour. Are all your mates at work Polish though?”

• The posh and neurotic Mrs. Taylor-Thomas disrupting her children’s egg and spoon race by screaming “Nooooo!!! It’s the eggs; they’re not organic”, leading to widespread panic as all the kids and their parents fled in their 4x4s.

• The best of the new characters – the gritty Northern Irish mother who found out that her son John Leary is a GAY MAAAN. She looked like a slightly younger Vera Duckworth with the voice of an exaggerated Gerry Adams, interrupting John’s football viewing by pointing out that a magazine hunk looked like he had “a really nice cock”. We loved the parody of gay stereotyping – his mum wanted John’s verdict on a new outfit, a hard-faced neighbour reckoned he’d love the new tunnel and groove in their bathroom and a local thug wanted to fashion tips (“Do these turn-ups go with these boots?”)

• Musical-loving, insensitive Geordie Georgie, whose fundraising and charitable efforts were darkly funny. We particularly loved her method of demonstrating the problem of battered husbands, which consisted of her smashing a bottle over the head of her male colleague. “Now you know how they feel!”

• The cameo by legendary lothario Leslie Phillips whose appearance was cut short by incontinence. Loved his posh, smooth delivery of “What a f**ing liberty!”

• The try-hard wannabe “I can do that” character Helen Marsh didn’t really take off in the tennis and curling sketches, but was truly brilliant when she volunteered to act as an interpreter and reduced the languages of the world to a string of silly noises.

What was bad about it?

• The return of the profane Gran was a little disappointing. Apart from “Take your f**king squirrell”

• Catherine’s Geordie accent wasn’t 100% spot on.

The Catherine Tate Show, BBC2, Thursday 2 November 2006

Did we like it?

Not as good as show one, but still superb

What was funniest?

• Derek Faye in Spain with boyfriend Leonard. The cabbie assumed they were gay and offered to take them to a club called Homolulu. “You athume?” screeched Derek. “Just because a man spends a little too much on hand cream and knows all the words of All About Eve doesn’t mean he’s a receiver of swollen goods. How very very dare you!”

• The Life On Mars parody, Life At Ma’s, with DS Sam Speed waking up in 1951 and lodging with Mrs Willows whose best friend was Vi (Una Stubbs). “It’s 10 past six and we haven’t had a singsong yet,” Mrs Willows said, leading to Sam singing Let It Be. “What a bleedin’ racket,” was his landlady’s verdict

• Geordie Georgie organising a round-the-clock pancake flip for the victims of sexual harassment. “Every 38 minutes a temp in a short skirt bends over the fax machine and gets shagged up the arse,” she claimed as she attempted to raise funds for the “dollybirds whose only thanks for franking the mail on a Friday afternoon is a face full of jizz.”

• Helen I-can-do-that screwing up the drumming when Divine Comedy appeared on Later With Jools Holland

What wasn’t quite so funny?

• Lauren’s cheerleading clash with Natalie Cassidy

• Burger van nutter Irene ‘s tale of serving Condolleeza Rice.

• Helen I-can-do-that screwing up a salsa

• Nan versus the Ritz-eating mouse

The Catherine Tate Show, BBC2, Thursday 9 November 2006

Did we like it?

It seems to be losing its spark.

What was very funny?

• Nan watching her grandson’s video diary of his backpacking trip to India (“How much longer this shit go on for?”) and meeting her new neighbour, a Scottish lassie called Pam (“What’s that lady saying?”)

• Northern moaners Janice and Ray complaining about gazpacho with croutons (“It’s cold tomato soup with tiny bits of stale bread”) served at a wedding reception in Pudsey.

What wasn’t very funny?

• Unlucky-in-love Elaine Figgis’s phantom pregnancy (apart from “Sometimes I can hear my biological clock ticking so loudly it scares me”)

• Geordie Georgie trying to get Martin to sponsor her in the 24-hour singathon of the hits of Andrew Lloyd-Webber for the sufferers of OCD (apart from the reference to the website www.ohchristivelefttheironon.co.uk/noihavent/yesihave)

• Derek Faye never being so insulted by Bonnie Langford (apart from “Just because a man likes a bit of musical theatre and isn’t averse to a chest wax you accuse him of having his shopping delivered to the back door, how very dare you!”)

• Lauren thinking Ryan was proposing (apart from the bit where unbovvered Lauren asked: “Are you deaf though? Do you listen to books? Do you read with your fingers”?)

• Randy nurse Bernadette and her siblings

The Catherine Tate Show, BBC2, Thursday 16 November 2006

Did we like it?

There were some brilliant moments but it was dragged down by the 24 spoof and the Gingers For Justice nonsense.

What was funny?

• Geordie Georgie’s appeal to colleague Martin to support the Jarrow Quaker Jazz Club’s sponsored treading water in the Great North Canal for “all the little alcoholics in Jarrow and surrounding environs”.

• Derek Faye at a family wedding, reacting with horror when his niece suggested he should marry Uncle Leonard. “Just because a man minds his Ps and Qs and isn’t all at sea with a mascara wand doesn’t mean he travels up the chocolate escalator,” he spluttered, before skipping off to dance to YMCA.

• Big-nosed burger van proprietress Irene telling Neville about her encounter with Abba who were in the area “to look at show homes on Orpington Crescent.” She told him: “Four bigger chavs you never could meet. I didn’t take to them. I always preferred Brotherhood of Man.”

• The Taylor-Thomases having to encounter a mechanic when their Land Rover Voyager had gone for repair and he delivered a courtesy car. “There’s no bullbars on the front. What if we have to go to Highgate Village?”

• Lauren’s excellence at reeling off the Periodic Table yet still clashing with Neil Stuke as her science teacher. “Are you Stephen Hawkings? When you’re home, right, do you pretend to be Stephen Hawkings? Do you bowl about in a little wheelchair?”

What wasn’t funny?

• The parody of 24 featuring Helen ‘I can do that’ Marsh struggling to type urgent memos.

• The Gingers For Justice sketches (apart from Patsy Palmer dressed as a Duracell battery)

• Nurse Bernie being ticked off from writing “her noo-noo came up like a grapefruit.”

The Catherine Tate Show, BBC2, Thursday 23 November 2006

Did we like it?

The Lauren and Nan sketches were among the best ever; the rest was just average.

What was funniest?

• Lauren’s French oral test featuring: “I don’t know. Arks me in English. Miss, have you got hairy armpits? Are you scared of razors? Were you in Allo Allo? Say ‘Good moaning’. Suis je bovveured? Regardez me visage.” Classic.

• Nan’s appearance on The Paul O’Grady Show, slagging off Billy Elliot (“All the little fairy boys dancing around in tutus singing songs about f**king mines”) and being ungrateful that he’d replaced her tired old armchair. (“You’ve been in my flat, you no-good Scouse bastard! What a f**king liberty!”)

• Geordie Georgie pestering Martin for money for the Wearside Mothers’ Club sponsored Boeing 747 pull in aid of sex addicts (website: www.hownicetomeetyou.co.uk/canitroubleyouforasoapytitwank). “Every 38 minutes one of those poor little unfortunates ducks into a delicatessen and sinks his old fella into a tub of humous and starts pumping away.”

• The Taylor-Thomases getting lost en route to the Notting Hill charcuterie and ending up in Tottenham. “We must remember the time we were on safari in the Serengeti.”

What wasn’t so funny?

• Derek Faye in a Hampstead Heath cottage should have been a classic but the jokes were as disappointing as finding a gloryhole blocked up by the parkie.

• The woman who always missed out on calamities.

• The actress who spoke like Frankie Howerd during her love scene and giving birth scene.

• The northern moaners.

• Irene and Vern at the burger van.

The Catherine Tate Show, BBC2, Thursday 30 November 2006

Did we like it?

It seems that Catherine has squeezed every drop of humour out of her characters in this series and our appreciation is beginning to dry up. That said, it’s still TV’s finest sketch show.

What was funny?

• Sheila Hancock guesting as Nan’s sister Junie, being nasty to her nephew (“You’re at university? F**king poof.”) before the pair of them sang Chas & Dave classic Rabbit

• The northern moaners compaining about being served sushi. “This is in Nagasaki! The dirty, evil, raw fish guzzling bastards!”

• The you-won’t-believe-it couple mimicking ringtones.

• Ryan and Lauren’s wedding vows:

“Lauren Aleesha Mischeeka Discheeka Faleesha Jane Cooper. Do you take Ryan to be your lawful wedded husband?”

“Is it!”

“Do you promise not to diss him as long as he swears on his decks that he won’t call your dad a wino or refer to you or your mum as a pikey?”

“Innit, though!”

What wasn’t quite so funny?

• Ryan and Lauren’s wedding – abandoned by Ryan when Lauren sang My Heart Will Go On at him. She wasn’t boverred, though – but did give the female reverend a hard time.

• The northern moaners encountering a breadless sandwich

• Derek Faye’s shock at being offered extras by a male masseur

• Geordie Georgie raising money for dwarves (apart from “Every 40 minutes an undersized person gets asked where his six mates are.”)

• The Taylor-Thomas overreacting when they spot their gooseberry and cinamon yoghurt is a day past its sell-by date

Luke Knowles

Luke Knowles

25/11/2006

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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