The Wrong Door, BBC3

by | Aug 29, 2008 | All, Reviews

Did we like it?

It took two viewings to appreciate it. First time round, we didn’t find many laughs from this CGI-enhanced sketch show. A repeat viewing helped it make sense and, while it’s not hilarious, writers Ben Wheatley and Jack Cheshire have come up with a programme that does exhibit inventiveness and darkness.

What was good about it?

• Rasmus Hardiker was in it, albeit in a non-speaking role, as a hotel guest who falls into a drunken slumber and is subjected to pranks from flying fairies who send a you’re-dumped text to his girlfriend and set the fire alarm off after removing his trousers and switching on the porn channel.

• The Superhero Tryouts (which should have done without Dr Neil Fox on the panel) featured a human spider creating a web from his arse. It couldn’t have been puerile but succeeded as a portrayal of desperation.

• The man who gets birds to fly in a “Will U marry me?” formation, only for his girlfriend to be oblivious to the message.

• We were bored and dismissive of the running sketch involving a dancemat devotee who follows the flashing panels out of the house and down the road, but it did have a great pay-off, ending with her being caged with other sad addicts in a vast building.

• Every sketch show seems to feature the introduction of the boy/girlfriend to stiff, nervy parents, but The Wrong Door’s version had a fine twist: Philip was not only a former lecturer at Nottingham Trent University but he was a dinosaur who shunned the proferred carrot cake and devoured pet dog Biggles instead.

• The angry zebra crossing and the robot stomping over London to find his lost house keys put the CGI to very good use.

What was bad about it?

• The sketches in conventional settings – girls in an office and a couple in bed – were the least successful. The office sketch featured a blow-up man doll, free in Her magazine; the bedroom sketch dealt with sexual fantasies. Neither were particularly funny or unique.

• The running sketch about the failed creation of a killing machine (and the accidental creation of the world’s most annoying creature, a nappied toddler) was as irritating as the creature.

Luke Knowles

Luke Knowles

29/08/2008

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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