This Country

This Country. Image shows from L to R: Lee 'Kurtan' Mucklowe (Charlie Cooper), Kerry Mucklowe (Daisy May Cooper). Copyright: BBC.

This Country

Mockumentary series exploring the lives of young people in modern rural Britain

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Tommy Griff

  • Friday 9th March 2018, 11:00pm
  • Wiltshire, England
  • 407 posts

I found an old thread for This Country from 2015 and realised it was probably nothing to do with the 2017 release.

What did I think of it? I thought originally - a huge rip-off of The Office and especially of Gareth Keenan character. However, it's grown on me and I do enjoy it.

Very good.

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Chappers

  • Sunday 11th March 2018, 7:58pm [Edited]
  • Surreyish., England
  • 31,160 posts

Looks like Gareth but it isn't though. Is it his son?

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Tommy Griff

  • Sunday 11th March 2018, 8:01pm
  • Wiltshire, England
  • 407 posts
Quote: Chappers @ 11th March 2018, 7:58 PM

Looks like Gareth but it isn't though. Is it his son?

I first came across This Country possibly as it aired and as soon as I saw the bloke playing the Gareth look-a-like, I switched it over.

I guess he can't help looking like Gareth Keenan but they seem to have styled him and his ego on Gareth somewhat.

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gb901

  • Tuesday 13th March 2018, 11:09pm [Edited]
  • norwich, United Kingdom
  • 397 posts

Great, yet another alleged comedy about this country's underclass - are they really necessary?

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Tommy Griff

  • Friday 16th March 2018, 8:57pm
  • Wiltshire, England
  • 407 posts
Quote: gb901 @ 13th March 2018, 11:09 PM

Great, yet another alleged comedy about this country's underclass - are they really necessary?

Have you watched This Country?

How many comedies are there about this country's underclass?

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behminztur

  • Friday 16th March 2018, 10:40pm
  • 69 posts

caught a bit of it, didn't care too much for it

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italophile

  • Saturday 17th March 2018, 11:42am
  • Italy
  • 214 posts

Its inspirations are pretty obvious but the same can be said of many post-"Office" series. "People Just Do Nothing", for example. In fact, John Morton's blissful "People Like Us" (TV and radio versions) essentially established the form, prior to "The Office", in the mid-late 1990s. It boils down to how well it's done. Some of this series is inspired, which is good enough for me. And more power to the Coopers for actually getting it off the ground.

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gb901

  • Tuesday 20th March 2018, 11:02pm
  • norwich, United Kingdom
  • 397 posts
Quote: Tommy Griff @ 16th March 2018, 8:57 PM

Have you watched This Country?

How many comedies are there about this country's underclass?

Erm...People Just Do Nothing for one!

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ContainsNuts

  • Tuesday 10th April 2018, 7:34pm
  • London, England
  • 2,520 posts

I don't know why it matters what class is being depicted, People Just Do Nothing and This Country are very different. That's what matters. I prefer People Just Do Nothing but enjoy This Country as well. It's worth it's place. Lee and Dean on the other hand...

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ContainsNuts

  • Tuesday 10th April 2018, 10:52pm
  • London, England
  • 2,520 posts

Both shows are written by people who know their worlds very well and they are satirising it. Like Only Fools, you laugh at them and with them as we should all do about ourselves. We are all flawed, that's what makes us human but the predicaments a lot of the characters get up to are relatable to everyone so you can laugh at yourself too.

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fasty

  • Wednesday 11th April 2018, 2:45pm
  • Derbys, England
  • 301 posts

I only visit the in-laws in the South West every few years. I don't need to watch them every week :(

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Tommy Griff

  • Friday 13th April 2018, 11:40pm [Edited]
  • Wiltshire, England
  • 407 posts
Quote: gb901 @ 20th March 2018, 11:02 PM

Erm...People Just Do Nothing for one!

Well firstly, when has it been such a strange thing to have a comedy created that is of similar premise to another comedy / similar humour etc? For example, the multiple family sitcoms over the years, with more than one of those being successful.

Secondly, the premise/setting/style for both situation comedies are different entirely.

My preference is not PJDN. This Country has an element of some innocence about it for me personally.

Not sure I'm into the whole rapping aspect of PJDN, but I need to watch it fully to pass further judgement.

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playfull

  • Saturday 14th April 2018, 8:20am
  • Nottingham, England
  • 1,819 posts

Only seen a couple of episodes - love the off screen Mother.

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Aaron

  • Saturday 14th April 2018, 2:11pm
  • Royal Berkshire, England
  • 68,692 posts
Quote: ContainsNuts @ 10th April 2018, 7:34 PM

People Just Do Nothing and This Country are very different.

An interesting hypothesis.

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ContainsNuts

  • Saturday 14th April 2018, 7:09pm
  • London, England
  • 2,520 posts
Quote: Aaron @ 14th April 2018, 2:11 PM

An interesting hypothesis.

In what way?