Kate & Koji

Kate & Koji. Image shows from L to R: 'Medium' Dan (Blake Harrison), Kate (Brenda Blethyn), Koji (Jimmy Akingbola), Councillor Bone (Barbara Flynn). Copyright: Hat Trick Productions.

Kate & Koji

Sitcom about the owner of a seaside café, and an asylum-seeking African doctor

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Chappers

  • Wednesday 18th March 2020, 8:30pm
  • Surreyish., England
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A very enjoyable half hour but not surprising due to the writing team.

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Sitcomfan64

  • Wednesday 18th March 2020, 8:31pm
  • England
  • 632 posts

Ah, we must have created a thread at exactly the same time! Can they be merged?

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Chappers

  • Wednesday 18th March 2020, 8:33pm
  • Surreyish., England
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Quote: Sitcomfan64 @ 18th March 2020, 8:31 PM

Ah, we must have created a thread at exactly the same time! Can they be merged?

Copy and paste I guess.

Obviously we had different opinions.

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Aaron

  • Thursday 19th March 2020, 8:49pm
  • Royal Berkshire, England
  • 68,485 posts

A splendid new sitcom. I laughed a lot - a particularly strong opening scene.

More than 5 million viewers tuned in. Hope it'll grow next week. An almost unprecedented chance for new TV comedy, amidst the current situation.

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Rood Eye

  • Friday 20th March 2020, 6:44pm [Edited]
  • England
  • 3,563 posts

It's possible that when this idea was pitched, it was about a well-known TV copper who's retired and is now running a seafront café.

Jack Frost might have been the first choice from a comedic perspective but they were probably looking for a woman.

Helen Mirren was probably approached but replied à la John McEnroe, telling them they couldn't be serious.

Scott and Bailey were probably similarly dismissive.

After much thought, someone around the table probably whispered, "Vera?"

Somebody probably replied, "Isn't she still working?"

And the response would probably have been," I don't know, but she's 74. How much longer can she go on chasing crooks?"

And the rest, as they say, is comedy.

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Chappers

  • Wednesday 25th March 2020, 9:33pm
  • Surreyish., England
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Just watched episode 2 and I enjoyed it again.

I can't see that it's particularly PC. A bit predictable at times and a few forced situations but still well written and acted.

Apparently it is actually filmed in a TV studio.

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Aaron

  • Wednesday 25th March 2020, 9:39pm
  • Royal Berkshire, England
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Quote: Chappers @ 25th March 2020, 9:33 PM

Apparently it is actually filmed in a TV studio.

It is! With a real, live audience and everything.

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Rood Eye

  • Thursday 26th March 2020, 9:37am [Edited]
  • England
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This is a very strange sitcom.

It's not great comedy - not by a very long way - but, as entertainment for the masses, it's funny enough.

Or, at least it's funny enough on paper: the script is packed with decent lines, some of them very decent, but some of the best lines get almost no reaction from the audience while some of the weakest get a big laugh. That, of course, could be due to differences in comedic perception between the audience and my good self so it's hardly a big deal.

What is a big deal, however, is that none of the cast seems to be enjoying the proceedings. None of them appears to be a naturally funny person and all of them are simply delivering their lines in exactly the way one might expect a not-very-funny person to deliver a well-crafted comedy line.

A surprising number of talented actors are on display but I think every one of them might be better employed in another production.

Perhaps the program's biggest drawback is that neither Kate nor Koji is very likeable and, in a sitcom, if your stars aren't likeable, that's a problem.

I'd recast Kate, Koji and almost everybody else.

Having said all the above, you can bet your bottom dollar this will be re-commissioned! Laughing out loud

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Paul Wimsett

  • Thursday 26th March 2020, 10:43am
  • Folkestone, United Kingdom
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Quote: Rood Eye @ 26th March 2020, 9:37 AM

What is a big deal, however, is that none of the cast seems to be enjoying the proceedings. None of them appears to be a naturally funny person and all of them are simply delivering their lines in exactly the way one might expect a not-very-funny person to deliver a well-crafted comedy line.

It seems similar to Count Arthur Strong. I'm kind of confused by your reaction. It's no good telegraphing every joke, as if you're a stand-up, you need to be a bit subtler than that. No every sitcom is Blackadder. Brenda Blethyn was in Chance in a Million and it has an actor from the Inbetweeners so they do have form.

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Sitcomfan64

  • Thursday 26th March 2020, 5:30pm
  • England
  • 632 posts
Quote: Paul Wimsett @ 26th March 2020, 10:43 AM

It seems similar to Count Arthur Strong. I'm kind of confused by your reaction. It's no good telegraphing every joke, as if you're a stand-up, you need to be a bit subtler than that. No every sitcom is Blackadder. Brenda Blethyn was in Chance in a Million and it has an actor from the Inbetweeners so they do have form.

Chance in a Million had the added bonus of the premise allowing for complex comic plotting so that in addition to the dialogue the action was built around funny situations. With this, there isn't an abundance of plot, which isn't necessarily a problem if your main characters are engaging enough but I'm just not particularly invested in them.

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Chappers

  • Thursday 26th March 2020, 8:30pm
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Quote: Rood Eye @ 26th March 2020, 9:37 AM

This is a very strange sitcom.

It's not great comedy - not by a very long way - but, as entertainment for the masses, it's funny enough.

Or, at least it's funny enough on paper: the script is packed with decent lines, some of them very decent, but some of the best lines get almost no reaction from the audience while some of the weakest get a big laugh.

I can't remember it now but I do remember there was one line that I thought was very funny but got no reaction whatsoever.

Quote: Aaron @ 25th March 2020, 9:39 PM

It is! With a real, live audience and everything.

Have you been to see it recorded?

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Aaron

  • Thursday 26th March 2020, 9:21pm
  • Royal Berkshire, England
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Quote: Chappers @ 26th March 2020, 8:30 PM

Have you been to see it recorded?

I have indeed. Next week's, Episode 3, specifically.

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Rood Eye

  • Thursday 26th March 2020, 9:47pm
  • England
  • 3,563 posts

If I were in charge of production, I'd get the entire cast into a room and show them Episodes 1 and 2.

I'd say, "Okay, that's how you do it sober - but now we're going to try it another way."

At that moment, several drinks trollies would be pushed into the room and everybody would drink until they were quite relaxed.

Then, we'd all go and shoot Episode 3.

And, I bet it would be a spectacular improvement!

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bushbaby

  • Friday 27th March 2020, 1:42pm
  • England
  • 3,492 posts

I enjoyed this sitcom and like the doc very much

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Firkin

  • Friday 27th March 2020, 5:13pm [Edited]
  • United Kingdom
  • 778 posts

Thanks for the heads up on this. Great to see Brenda Blething in a quality comedy. What a scalp , she was a powerhouse on the big screen. Her performances in Secrets & Lies and Little Voices were sublime. She's pretty good in this too and the Dr holds his own.