Frankie Boyle's Tramadol Nights

Frankie Boyle provides a mix of acerbic and razor-sharp stand-up and sketches in this, his first solo series

Sketch Show
2010  (Channel 4)
6 (1 series)
Frankie Boyle, Jim Muir, Tom Stade, Robert Florence, Thaila Zucchi, Funmbi Omotayo, Nathalie Sampson, Laurence Saunders, Kirstin McLean
Frankie Boyle, Jim Muir, Robert Florence, Tom Stade
The Comedy Unit

This series combines Frankie Boyle's outrageous and often controversial stand-up with pre-filmed sketches in which he picks apart all aspects of modern life.

Everything is given a uniquely Frankie spin - scabrous, sharp and scathing - for no-holds-barred comedy that promises Boyle with extra added bite.

Among the sketches is 'Untitled Street', a new BBC soap opera which is so politically correct that actor's faces are blanked out to avoid offence and plots are so ambiguous that the viewers have to guess for themselves what it's about. Other sketches include 'Columbian Showbiz News', where anyone who's anyone is invariably shot dead before making it to the red carpet, and a new documentary 'Life in the 2050 house'. Is it all living with robots? Not quite.

The UK's most fearless and uncompromising comic is at the top of his game as he satirises everything we love and loathe about British culture, delivering comedy that's not for the faint-hearted. Expect brass neck and laughs in abundance.

Channel 4 Commissioning Editor Shane Allen says: "Frankie's a fearlessly inventive comic and no one can carve a joke to the bone like he does. It's very timely for him to do his own show."

Our Review: "Disappointing" seems to be the word a lot of people are using to describe this new show - not that Frankie Boyle probably cares - he's clearly beyond caring. Tramadol Nights features over-long sketches (many of which featured an unhealthy, almost childish fixation on sex), with weak punchlines.

Fans of Frankie Boyle will have found something to laugh at in his trademark close-to-the-edge stand-up material, but it's likely those coming to the show not aware of the comedian's reputation will have gone away offended as his jokes about the Pope, homosexuals and other such topics were clearly not family-friendly material.