Quote: Snafu @ July 10 2013, 11:27 AM BST
This week's ISIHAC (8/7) was dire.
Someone needs to put it out of our misery. It's being produced by recording performances held in front of paying audiences, so presumably it has the advantage of costing the BBC almost nothing. But that I suspect means that the BBC don't get to exercise much control beyond topping and tailing the tape delivered by the production company and making sure it's 28:30 long. It's one thing being funny in front of a provincial audience who, having paid to see their heroes, are going to be entirely uncritical. It's another to extract twenty eight minutes of material which is actually funny to someone cooking dinner.
The trick of taking part in a legendary format is that you need to take it seriously, rather than ride the wave of goodwill from the studio audience. Minute just about manages that, on its day: the audience love being there, and are tremendously warm towards Parsons, but most of the participants are willing to put the effort in. I suspect it's still, just about, listenable to people who aren't long-term fans. But Clue is a shambles, and they are all too obviously relying on the audience being impressed that they aren't dead; when the audience are that excited, there's no need to try too hard.
But Clue's like your fantasy best episode of Round the Horne ever compared to most of the the rest of the 6.30 slot. There's Miles "overexposed" Jupp's variation on Mr and Mrs. The Brig Society, which is like the sweepings from the edit suite floor after the The Now Show has been in, which has the problem that it's not as though The Now Show has sufficient laughs to spare any. My First Planet which is simply unspeakable. And The News Quiz, which is incredibly hit and miss, although has managed a couple of laughs lately.