The Walshes

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Hercules Grytpype Thynne

  • Sunday 9th March 2014, 7:41pm [Edited]
  • England
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From the stable of Graham Linehan, certainly looks like it will be worth a look. :)

BBC Four, Thursday, 10pm.

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Otterfox

  • Monday 10th March 2014, 11:29am
  • Tipperary, Ireland
  • 1,029 posts

I saw the 1st episode last Thursday on RTE. I thought it was quite good. There were a few misses but far more hits I'm happy to say. I'll definitely be sticking around for the 2nd episode.

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Shandonbelle

  • Monday 10th March 2014, 11:50am
  • England
  • 6,571 posts

I'll give it a watch, the trailer looked funny.

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Hercules Grytpype Thynne

  • Monday 10th March 2014, 11:53am
  • England
  • 17,462 posts
Quote: Otterfox @ 10th March 2014, 11:29 AM GMT

I saw the 1st episode last Thursday on RTE. I thought it was quite good. There were a few misses but far more hits I'm happy to say. I'll definitely be sticking around for the 2nd episode.


Thank you for that! :)

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Matthew Stott

  • Thursday 13th March 2014, 10:37pm
  • Yemen
  • 19,296 posts

Cor, the first ep of this was brilliant, really funny, quirky stuff.

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curtis patrick

  • Friday 14th March 2014, 2:27pm
  • England
  • 109 posts

Liked it, different, odd, made me laugh, the big three.

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zooo

  • Friday 14th March 2014, 2:40pm
  • United Kingdom
  • 69,195 posts

Caught the repeat late last night. Very good stuff.
Wasn't quite in the style I was expecting from Linehan, he's a versatile chap.

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Hercules Grytpype Thynne

  • Friday 14th March 2014, 8:39pm
  • England
  • 17,462 posts

Just watched my recording and really enjoyed it - dunno why particularly but the bunch of flowers/dog and him still carrying them tickled me.

Wonder how much Linehan input was in it though.

Think it has potential and will watch again.

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MTpromises

  • Sunday 16th March 2014, 6:32pm [Edited]
  • New York, United States
  • 365 posts
Quote: Hercules Grytpype Thynne @ 14th March 2014, 8:39 PM GMT

Wonder how much Linehan input was in it though.


The Graham character seems to be based on Linehan.

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radiat10n

  • Sunday 16th March 2014, 11:05pm
  • South Norwood, England
  • 533 posts

Generally love anything Graham Linehan-related, but...not this. It felt like a bad episode of 'Hebburn' (Okay, so I didn't need to use the word 'bad' in that sentence) and had acting that made me fondly recall the 8 minutes I watched of 'Badults'.

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T.W.

  • Tuesday 18th March 2014, 4:09pm [Edited]
  • England
  • 15,786 posts

Starting looking at my watch only 7 minutes into this. Script pretty much all over the place - brimming with gags, but not really any funny ones. A lot of heavily set-up, elbowed-in jokes which seemed to serve no purpose other than to hope (somewhat desperately it seems) for a laugh. The style of comedy performance varied quite bizarrely, from mugging to under-acting, which seemed odd. Characters were all 'out of stock' and none of them particularly likeable. This felt like it should have been a studio audience sitcom and the single camera approach just felt like a weird choice.

Style and performance wouldn't have been such an issue if the script had been funnier. Unfortunately it wasn't. Humour that feels forced is never a good sign in a sitcom. This was jokes mostly being put into the mouths of the characters, as opposed to developing out of the characters. But probably the most damning criticism is that this show doesn't seem to know what kind of comedy it's trying to be. If you're going for a 'wacky' family sitcom then you've got to really go for it. Trying to tag-on bits of pathos, here and there, just doesn't work. Graham Linehan is a master of the cartoon character sitcom, but struggles when attempting to write characters with depth. Probably shouldn't try?

Not one for me.

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Oldrocker

  • Wednesday 19th March 2014, 3:49pm [Edited]
  • Near my beloved Black Country in Wolverhampton, England
  • 13,416 posts

From a review in our local rag . .

"I REFERRED last week to highly paid BBC executives who feel the need to try out new comedy on smaller channels because they don't have the wit to recognise that series such as Gavin & Stacey and Little Britain are simply brilliant.

The same lack of discernment seems to be happening in reverse with The Walshes (BBC4), a doomed effort which should have been quietly binned before it got anywhere near a studio.

It was not so much a comedy, more an assembly of items which could have been taken from Father Ted or Mrs Brown's Boys (wacky Irish family, normal boyfriend, lurking DIY-mad neighbour) and should have been funny, but were not. It was like eating a cake made by someone with all the right ingredients but no sense of taste, and no oven.