- Thursday 28th June 2018, 11:38am [Edited]
- 65 posts
The new one from Robert Popper (Friday Night Dinner) and newishbie Jamie Demetriou
debuted last night on C4
I'm a fan of Friday Night Dinner and Jamie Demetriou has been in a lot of decent shows as a fledgling actor and I was rooting for him.
But this was just poor. I can barely see any positives.
I'd seen the trailer and was pretty hyped for it but turns out they'd just condensed all the comedy into one snippet and the rest of the show limped on.
One particular aspect of comedy I detest - one that is regularly employed by the lower brow ones - was used and it really sealed the deal for me. At one point, he really needed to answer the phone to prove something. The phone rings in the office about every 7 seconds during that scene. It barely rings at all for the rest of the episode. I am capable of suspending reality for the sake of a joke but this type of gag just feels overly and weakly contrived. Not a fan at all.
I'm watching it again and it's painful and cringey. Some of the dialogue/gags/characters are thick without any endearing qualities. This could easily have been a PhoneShop-esque decent (but not great) time-passer with a few memorable moments (a owl) and gaining some traction with the non-comedy contingent, but instead this will limp into obscurity soon enough.
Giving it a rewatch and will persist with the series. But that comments more on the void of emptiness that envelops my life rather than the show itself. I'm its target audience and I so wanted to be a fan of this show but it's a real let down for me. And given the calibre of people involved, I feel it's substandard for their talents. That's what's most disappointing - they had potential, instead they wasted scarce resources of a C4 commission on this crap.
4 out of 10. There were about 3 laughs but each one was offset by ridiculous bits like the dopey sister locating A&E in the non hospital.