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Maybe we're not supposed to really watch this show expecting real and lasting change, just a chance to savour all the performances and Terry Mynott's vocals.
Written by Dan Owen. Dan's Media Digest, 27th July 2014
Where are all today's distinctive voices? That's the question The Mimic star Terry Mynott and I are left asking as we chat about the inspirations behind the many voices he masters during his off-beat comedy.
Written by Caroline Frost. The Huffington Post, 23rd July 2014
The first series of The Mimic ended with our copycat hero Martin (Terry Mynott) hiding in the toilet, paralysed by stage fright and unable to face the television cameras that could have propelled him to stardom.
Sending the characters in your downbeat sitcom to rock bottom carries the risk that the whole show will become suffocatingly sad. We're dipping into that rut a couple of times tonight as jobless, hopeless impressionist Martin (Terry Mynott) says goodbye to his grief-stricken son and quarrels with his equally lacklustre soulmate Jean (Jo Hartley). Martin's even doing the same old Wogan and Attenborough routines over and over.
Life's looking bleak for Martin, with no job, ants living in his broadband router and his son Steven heading off travelling. Still, there's always a trip to the Build-A-Ted workshop with newly-dumped Neil to cheer him up. When Jean sets him up with Harriet from her soulsercise class, Martin's on to a winner even though Neil insists on coming with him on the double date. His Kermit the frog impression is a hit with his new love interest, and there's a nicely freaky bedroom scene to cement their strange night of lust.
We talk to the star of Channel 4's beautifully understated sitcom about how he found his voice, and how not to impersonate Nicolas Cage
Written by Jack Seale. Radio Times, 16th July 2014
One of 2013's best debut sitcoms returns, as downbeat, sad and kind as ever. Martin (Terry Mynott), the lonely loser with a secret talent for doing impressions, lost his nerve at the end of series one when stardom beckoned. Now here he is, in his pants in the kitchen, heating up tinned food while absent-mindedly perfecting his Walter White. Unwanted help comes from Neil, the nervous newsagent who becomes Martin's new agent - "it's only one letter different!" - and insists he try busking outside Timpson's.
The Mimic makes its most welcome return this week. Following Martin choking spectacularly just moments before his big break on the telly at the end of the first series, we pick up as Terry Mynott's troubled lead is without work, but still able to turn in an uncanny impersonation. His son Steven is in a listless depression after the death of his mum Dionne, and Neil and Jean's relationship looks like it might already be on the rocks. Oblivious to the fact, Neil becomes Martin's new manager, with predictable results. Marvellous.
I'm not sure if it is possible to have a slow burn, under-the-radar sitcom these days. Everything comes with so much hype and baggage it either sinks or swims quickly in the glare of publicity and wildly hysterical Twitter responses. Except for The Mimic.
Written by Bruce Dessau. Beyond the Joke, 13th July 2014
I caught up with Terry Mynott who plays Martin to find out a little bit more about the series. Here's what he had to say...
Written by Elliot Gonzalez. I Talk Telly, 12th July 2014
Terry Mynott tells us what we can expect from Series 2 of The Mimic.
Channel 4, 26th June 2014
The final episode of the comedy. Martin's big break has arrived, after Steven scores his mimicry a spot on a TV show, but as the performance approaches, he loses his voice. A potentially clunky twist is made much less so by the acknowledgment that it's all probably psychosomatic, and then given an extra fillip with a joyous cameo from Ralph Brown as Neil's dad. The news of Dionne's illness is treated gently, too, avoiding the potential for mawkishness, while the whole thing appears to be left rather open for a second bout.
Finally, Martin's hit paydirt. Well, kind of. Steven has sorted him out with some work voicing Satnav commands - however, a day of intoning 'turn left at the roundabout' in the voice of Barack Obama leads to a gentle meltdown. Martin's array of voices aren't just impressions - there's something genuinely confused and schizophrenic about him and this gives The Mimic its heft. When Martin's wig-out goes viral, it's apparent that, while everyone else is excited, he's vaguely ashamed.
A downbeat sitcom that plays out like a low-key indie film: the talented Terry Mynott is the gloriously named Martin Hurdle, an extremely lowly site maintenance worker at a pharmaceuticals firm who has very few friends or prospects, and a talent for celebrity impressions that forms his mental escape route. He may also have a long-lost son. Mynott was in The Morgana Show and VIP, where he worked with The Mimic writer Matt Morgan - but where those shows were brash and crass, this is the opposite.
Jack Seale, The Radio Times, 23rd March 2013
It didn't quite work and yet bizarrely, I'm sort of willing it on, partly for its bravery, partly because a couple of the minor characters seem to have some potential, but also because if it added some more comedy to the mix it has the potential to be a bit more than the current sum of its parts.
TV Jam, 20th March 2013
There's a lot that's very, very good about The Mimic, which stars the gifted impressionist Terry Mynott as lowly maintenance man Martin Hurdle.
Martin Hurdle continues to hide in plain sight in this week's second episode of the comedy drama, his vocal abilities employed to seduce a swimsuit model over the phone (as Christopher Walken), to socialise with strangers in a pub (as an Irishman) and to amuse his long-lost son (as Ian McKellen), whose mother he re-encounters tonight. Who the real Martin is, however, remains an engrossing mystery: unless his entire personality can be constructed from life's little disappointments, setbacks and missed opportunities.
This unassuming comedy may be a bit scattered and light on laughs, but there's something there. The tone is even more bittersweet and wistful tonight, as hero Martin regrets his missed opportunities and takes refuge once again in his celebrity voices (Schwarzenegger holding a leaf blower works well).
David Butcher, Radio Times, 20th March 2013
This week Channel 4 presented a slightly different take on impressionism, weaving it into a sitcom format.
Written by Ian Wolf. Giggle Beats, 18th March 2013
When I saw the premise for Channel 4's new comedy The Mimic, I was furious. It might banjax my long-nurtured plan to write a sitcom for Alistair McGowan, in which he plays a TV impressionist whose personal life is a disaster because of his inability to converse as himself. Scene one: Alistair resolutely embarks on his sixth marriage, but recites the vows in the voices of Peter Snow, Jim Bowen, and Orville. Later, the wedding night is ruined when Alistair does Dot Cotton in his new wife's ear.
Partial though I'm not to the word "quirky", Channel 4's new midweek sitcom, The Mimic, made a special plea for it, perhaps along with "gentle" and also, at times, "funny". Here was Martin Hurdle (Terry Mynott), a man with a dull job amusing himself by doing impressions. Wogan and Ronnie Corbett have become too standardised to impress but you had to laugh at his Al Pacino and his James Earl Jones quibbling with Morgan Freeman. The show didn't entirely depend on mimicry and there was strong support from Jo Hartley as his live-in friend Jean and Neil Maskell (arch psychopath from Utopia) turned up as a compellingly neurotic newsagent.
TV commissioners take note. Impressions aren't funny. The actual act of sounding like someone else is an impressive skill, especially if you can do more than one, but by themselves, impressions are not in the remotest bit amusing. Jon Culshaw may do a canny Tom Baker, but the mere act of sounding like Tom Baker is about as humorous as getting stuck in a lift. With Jon Culshaw.
The Mimic is definitely a slow burner and, if I'm honest, my faith in Terry Mynott's capabilities made me persevere as, other than a few scenes referring to the protagonist's possible fatherhood, this debut episode seemed to lack a plot somewhat.
UK TV Reviewer, 14th March 2013
The Mimic could become something of a surprise classic.
Written by Nick Norton. On the Box, 14th March 2013
Admittedly it's still early days, so I don't want to write-off The Mimic too soon. The brief trailer for episode 2 was funnier than this opening half-hour, and maybe the dramatic elements of the series will rapidly improve.
Written by Dan Owen. Dan's Media Digest, 14th March 2013