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King Gary. Image shows from L to R: Teddy King (Riley Burgin), Terri King (Laura Checkley), Gary King (Tom Davis), Denise King (Camille Coduri), Big Gary King (Simon Day). Copyright: Shiny Button Productions.

King Gary

Sitcom about a working-class family man attempting to keep up with family, friends and neighbours

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gb901

  • Friday 31st January 2020, 10:52pm
  • norwich, United Kingdom
  • 389 posts

Series steadily goes from bad to worse. None of the characters is slightly likeable: next door neighbor Stuart is a pretentious ponce - "I'll have a craft ale" - who derides Gary's friends to his face!

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Alfred J Kipper

  • Saturday 1st February 2020, 1:13am [Edited]
  • Aldershot, England
  • 6,065 posts

It wasn't my thing so I only stayed for a few minutes. Not a fan of this stilted pseudo realistic style of acting, it's all posture and cliched phrases and delivery. When the scripts are good and funny it's not so bad, when they are ordinary to banal it can be excruciating. Seemed to be another vehicle rubber stamped for a big personality, despite weak material. Comedians are handed sitcoms on a plate others wouldn't get a look in with.

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Rood Eye

  • Saturday 1st February 2020, 5:19am [Edited]
  • England
  • 3,625 posts

I don't think there's ever been a sitcom that has divided opinion so dramatically on BCG.

I've just watched Episode 4 and I thought it was excellent - a huge step up from previous episodes, all of which were pretty decent in my opinion.

As an exercise in dialogue-writing for multiple characters, it was as good as anything I've ever seen either on TV, or in a Hollywood movie or any other kind of film. I may be exaggerating a little but, even if I am, the dialogue was wonderfully written. Very few comedy writers can produce rapidfire, interesting, characterful dialogue like that and keep it up so long.

Based on Episode 4, this is one of the best sitcoms of modern times.

And, as for the performances of the actors, they were once again superb.

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jsg

  • Saturday 1st February 2020, 6:14am
  • United Kingdom
  • 265 posts

Davis specifically mentioned that he liked This Country in an interview he gave for this, and I think you can kind of see that here.

In the case of both, it doesn't all work but it's enjoyable enough on the whole. There's some good tongue-in-cheek dialogue and reasonably well-observed, if underdeveloped, characters.

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gb901

  • Saturday 1st February 2020, 11:42pm
  • norwich, United Kingdom
  • 389 posts
Quote: Rood Eye @ 1st February 2020, 5:19 AM

I don't think there's ever been a sitcom that has divided opinion so dramatically on BCG.

I've just watched Episode 4 and I thought it was excellent - a huge step up from previous episodes, all of which were pretty decent in my opinion.

As an exercise in dialogue-writing for multiple characters, it was as good as anything I've ever seen either on TV, or in a Hollywood movie or any other kind of film. I may be exaggerating a little but, even if I am, the dialogue was wonderfully written. Very few comedy writers can produce rapidfire, interesting, characterful dialogue like that and keep it up so long.

Based on Episode 4, this is one of the best sitcoms of modern times.

And, as for the performances of the actors, they were once again superb.

I can only assume that you're being ironic?

Quote: jsg @ 1st February 2020, 6:14 AM

Davis specifically mentioned that he liked This Country in an interview he gave for this, and I think you can kind of see that here.

In the case of both, it doesn't all work but it's enjoyable enough on the whole. There's some good tongue-in-cheek dialogue and reasonably well-observed, if underdeveloped, characters.

Well observed characters?

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Alfred J Kipper

  • Sunday 2nd February 2020, 10:22am
  • Aldershot, England
  • 6,065 posts
Quote: Rood Eye @ 1st February 2020, 5:19 AM

I don't think there's ever been a sitcom that has divided opinion so dramatically on BCG.

I've just watched Episode 4 and I thought it was excellent - a huge step up from previous episodes, all of which were pretty decent in my opinion.

As an exercise in dialogue-writing for multiple characters, it was as good as anything I've ever seen either on TV, or in a Hollywood movie or any other kind of film. I may be exaggerating a little but, even if I am, the dialogue was wonderfully written. Very few comedy writers can produce rapidfire, interesting, characterful dialogue like that and keep it up so long.

Based on Episode 4, this is one of the best sitcoms of modern times.

And, as for the performances of the actors, they were once again superb.

Now I know you're on a wind up.

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gb901

  • Tuesday 11th February 2020, 9:10am
  • norwich, United Kingdom
  • 389 posts

The BBC has commissioned a second series of this drivel? Really? WTF!