Tourette de France, Channel 4

by | Jan 11, 2007 | All, Reviews

Did we like it?

Keith Allen may have his faults (history of boorish behaviour, daughter Lily, Vindaloo) but his appearances in Robin Hood and Bodies were memorable and his Channel 4 documentaries (about Lauren Harries and Michael Carroll) have been gems – and this was no exception.

What was good about it?

• Allen’s easy-going, never-awkward attitude to a bunch of youngsters from Tourettes Scotland, led by John Davidson of 1989 documentary John’s Not Mad fame. Allen dealt with them well as a collective, but was at his best in the one-to-one interviews.

• The revoicing of Cliff Richard’s Summer Holiday with expletives added

• The flashing of every spat-out word on to the screen was a good stylistic device.

What was bad about it?

• The road trip element was a little overplayed, with constant references to the frailty of the London Transport Routemaster bus driven by a black Christian from Ghana who took the involuntary cries of “Nigger” in his stride (although he did moan a bit too much about his numb toes)

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