Asylum - Series 1

Asylum. Image shows from L to R: Ludo (Dustin Demri-Burns), Dan Hern (Ben Miller), Rafael Castillo (Kayvan Novak).

Asylum

Satirical comedy about a government whistle-blower and a millionaire internet entrepreneur trapped together in a London embassy

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TheBlueNun

  • Monday 9th February 2015, 9:41pm [Edited]
  • London, United Kingdom
  • 2,541 posts

So far, so 'meh'. A tiny bit like a modern-day politicised 'Porridge' with about 23% of the wit.

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Gordon Bennett

  • Monday 9th February 2015, 9:46pm
  • Basel, Switzerland
  • 19,199 posts

It wasn't too bad. I didn't laugh but I enjoyed it nontheless.

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TheBlueNun

  • Monday 9th February 2015, 9:48pm
  • London, United Kingdom
  • 2,541 posts

I shall give Ep2 a whirl though. This three episode truncated series lark is becoming very commonplace now isn't it?

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Gordon Bennett

  • Monday 9th February 2015, 9:53pm
  • Basel, Switzerland
  • 19,199 posts
Quote: TheBlueNun @ 9th February 2015, 9:41 PM GMT

'Porridge'...

The "bed scene" really made me think of 'A Night In'.

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TheBlueNun

  • Tuesday 10th February 2015, 7:08am
  • London, United Kingdom
  • 2,541 posts
Quote: Gordon Bennett @ 9th February 2015, 9:53 PM GMT

The "bed scene" really made me think of 'A Night In'.

Me too!

I wish that the media would stop making light of Asperger's and using it as an excuse for odd/geeky behaviour. It's no picnic to live through, let me tell you.

...and with that; I'll admit to a tiny crush on Mr Novak.

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Aaron

  • Tuesday 10th February 2015, 2:48pm
  • Royal Berkshire, England
  • 68,747 posts

I really enjoyed the first episode. Perhaps not the funniest start a sitcom has ever made, but for something originally announced as 1x90min, it wasn't going to be a riotous caper. Particularly enjoyed Miller's performance.

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dannyjb1

  • Tuesday 10th February 2015, 3:01pm
  • England
  • 2,464 posts

Wasn't there an old TV series called Asylum with Simon Pegg or did I dream it?

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gappy

  • Tuesday 10th February 2015, 7:54pm
  • Oxford, England
  • 2,113 posts

I liked it, although Demri-Burns' accent wandered and got a bit annoying. Miller was excellent. Not every gag/scene hit home, but it was fun.

And a good sit com set-up: definitely one to file under Why Didn't I Think Of That?

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Ian Morgan

  • Tuesday 10th February 2015, 9:28pm
  • Bury St Edmunds, England
  • 34 posts
Quote: Gordon Bennett @ 9th February 2015, 9:46 PM GMT

It wasn't too bad. I didn't laugh but I enjoyed it nontheless.

There's been a few shows like this recently such as Dol & Em, enjoyable but don't make you laugh. Are these actual comedies?

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Alphonseuss

  • Tuesday 10th February 2015, 9:49pm
  • Andorra
  • 56 posts

Just watched and must say I thoroughly enjoyed it. Good laughs and definitely current.
Glad to see some writers have the moxie to take swings at today's 'heroes'.

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Aaron

  • Wednesday 11th February 2015, 10:10am
  • Royal Berkshire, England
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Quote: dannyjb1 @ 10th February 2015, 3:01 PM GMT

Wasn't there an old TV series called Asylum with Simon Pegg or did I dream it?

There was indeed. 1996, Paramount Comedy Channel.

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Alphonseuss

  • Monday 16th March 2015, 5:38am
  • Andorra
  • 56 posts

Was the show cancelled or was it only a 3 episode series?
I really found it hilarious, no matter what the usual naysayers may nag about.

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Aaron

  • Monday 16th March 2015, 11:09am
  • Royal Berkshire, England
  • 68,747 posts
Quote: Alphonseuss @ 16th March 2015, 5:38 AM GMT

Was the show cancelled or was it only a 3 episode series?
I really found it hilarious, no matter what the usual naysayers may nag about.

Just a three-parter. Fingers crossed for more.

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C-Fitz

  • Wednesday 18th March 2015, 8:39pm
  • Mantua, New Jersey, United States
  • 145 posts

I've seen the first three episodes and I'm thinkin' Ben Miller has done much better. It's funny but it could be a lot better. There's only three all together? He left Death In Paradise to go back home, I'd think he would have had better options.

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Frankie Mildly Perturbed

  • Thursday 1st February 2018, 11:32pm [Edited]
  • London, United Kingdom
  • 5,497 posts

Hello DannyJB1?
Mm.. if this is his last post he has in fact been gone for some time.. :(