Horne & Corden. Image shows from L to R: Mathew Horne, James Corden. Image credit: Tiger Aspect Productions.

Horne & Corden

Sketch show written and performed by Gavin and Stacey stars Mathew Horne and James Corden

Horne And Corden Have Come (Working Title)
Sketch Show
2009  (BBC Three)
6 (1 series)
Mathew Horne, James Corden, Nick Mohammed, Kellie Bright, Mathew Baynton, Rob Brydon, Helen Cripps, Brendan Patricks
Mathew Horne, James Corden, Jon Brown, Andrew Dawson, Steve Dawson, Tim Inman, Mathew Baynton
Tiger Aspect Productions

Horne & Corden follows a traditional format, with Mathew Horne and James Corden hosting the show as themselves in front of a live studio audience. They also play a wide selection of original characters that are 'innovative, provocative'...

Characters include: Xander, an old boarding-school chum, who is the most hideous, foul-mouthed, but well meaning man to ever rear his head from a person's past. Xander specialises in turning up at inappropriate times to remind people of embarrassing moments they'd rather forget.

Tim Goodall, a gay TV journalist, who's more interested in sipping Pina Colada and discussing how fit the soldiers are in Basra than delivering breaking news.

Jonny and Lee Miller, two very flamboyant 'magicians', whose magic is left to the audience's imagination, while their dance routines are magnificent.

Superman and Spiderman "know each other's work", but when it comes to socialising they're a bit awkward.

Mat and James also present a range of characters from 'Ricky Gervais doing some serious acting', to an annoying office colleague who's always got a better story from the night before.

And there's always someone looking for a mobile phone charger at inappropriate moments.

Our Review: We're not going to bother to review this show fully - the newspaper critics laid into it enough. As we're sure you've already read, the papers have savagely pulled the show apart - demolished it in fact.

Although it's far from a good sketch show, Horne & Corden was not deserving of all the bile being hurled at it. The ideas were there, and the leads proved themselves to be good actors... they just needed to cut down the length of the sketches (some were criminally over-long), and get some additional gag writers to help add some actual jokes and punchlines.

Despite poor reviews, the BBC were said to be in "advanced discussions" with production company Tiger Aspect about a second series for a number of months after Series 1 aired. However, it was no surprise when news came in December 2009 that the show is "on hold", which we pretty much take to mean that it won't be back for another series.