Thank God You're Here - Paul Merton

Thank God You're Here. Image shows from L to R: Clive Anderson, Hamish Blake, Sally Lindsay, Michael McIntyre, Rufus Jones. Copyright: TalkbackThames.

Thank God You're Here

Improvisation comedy show hosted by Paul Merton. Each week four celebrities walk through a door into an unknown situation

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Mark

  • Saturday 12th January 2008, 2:33am [Edited]
  • Hampshire, England
  • 2,668 posts

Here's a thread to discuss ITV's new improv show hosted by Paul Merton. It starts tomorrow night (Saturday 12th Jan 2008) at 9:05pm

As has been discussed on here before, the show is based on the really rather good Australian show of the same name. If ITV manage to re-create it's magic over here it should be great.

Trouble is, from the rumours I'm hearing, they've made a total hash of it (they've done things like invite non-comedienne Fern Britton on as a guest). In fact apparently its so clunky some people that work in the industry are running a book on whether ITV will pull it from its prime-time slot before its third week.

Well, I'm going to give it a go anyway. Ben Miller is on the first show and a very quick-witted Aussie called Hamish Blake who I have seen doing the Oz version of the show on YouTube (here's one such clip) is on too.

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Aaron

  • Saturday 12th January 2008, 2:41am
  • Royal Berkshire, England
  • 68,309 posts

Sounds promising. :-/

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L.E.

  • Saturday 12th January 2008, 2:55am
  • England
  • 20,468 posts

I loved the Aus one, watched it all the time while I was living there. I'm not holding out much hope for this one though!

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charlier

  • Saturday 12th January 2008, 3:37am [Edited]
  • Surrey, England
  • 49 posts

I'm confused, for episode one the guests are:
Fern Britton, Ben Miller, John Thomson, and Hamish Blake.
Yet the pilot episode I saw didn't have anyone other than John in it, I can only assume they've binned the pilot because they've tweaked the format or something?, it was perfectly passable as a good show, with gaps for adverts etc. but having the same person on two episodes would seem a little silly (and cutting his part out would mean dropping the intros etc.).
I also see Clive is in episode 2, Hmm...

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Aaron

  • Saturday 12th January 2008, 3:53am [Edited]
  • Royal Berkshire, England
  • 68,309 posts

There's only a limited pool of talent they can pick guests from. Multiple appearances are to be expected really.

Just checked - Hamish Blake is in the second episode as well. So definitely multiple appearances.

(Not surprising in his case, considering they've flown him in from the land of backwards where Christmas is in the summer 'n' all.)

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Mark

  • Saturday 12th January 2008, 4:07am [Edited]
  • Hampshire, England
  • 2,668 posts

I think this show is going to suffer from being on ITV as only people with links to the network are going to be taking part (as is the normal ITV contract). Hence we're going to be getting lots of 'faces of ITV' like people off Corrie (I wish I was kidding you on that).

Still, as charlier says, they've got people like Clive Anderson taking part. Michael McIntyre is on next week too - I like him.

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Aaron

  • Saturday 12th January 2008, 4:16am [Edited]
  • Royal Berkshire, England
  • 68,309 posts
Quote: Mark @ January 11, 2008, 11:07 PM

only people with links to the network are going to be taking part (as is the normal ITV contract)


What, that you have to be linked to ITV to be on the show? Or you have to do whatever ITV say and go on whatever show they want you on, if you work for them on a 'regular' basis?

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Cecil Van Percywinks

  • Saturday 12th January 2008, 6:44am
  • England
  • 18 posts

The TV Format idea sounds bizarre, but I won't pass judgment on the show until I see it tomorrow.

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Anthony Floater

  • Saturday 12th January 2008, 1:16pm
  • Southend, England
  • 281 posts
Quote: EllieJP @ January 11, 2008, 9:55 PM

I loved the Aus one, watched it all the time while I was living there. I'm not holding out much hope for this one though!


Ditto,

This should make tonight's night it a lot more managable then last nights HELL, TV was crap last night.

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Mannikin Bird

  • Saturday 12th January 2008, 8:46pm
  • Lower Piddle, England
  • 472 posts

In her defence, Fern Britton is actually funnier that some female comedians on TV at the moment.

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Chappers

  • Saturday 12th January 2008, 11:59pm
  • Surreyish., England
  • 30,214 posts

Is it a kind of Whose Line updated?

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L.E.

  • Sunday 13th January 2008, 2:40am
  • England
  • 20,468 posts

Any one watching this?

I'm quite enjoying it, but mainly for nostalgic reasons! Awww Hamish!

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bushbaby

  • Sunday 13th January 2008, 2:42am
  • England
  • 3,485 posts

This is really good. I did this sort of stuff at drama school and it's nerve wracking. One scene tonight with the guy who's supposedly got three wives missed a good line he could have said ...it was buy one get one free

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Eat My Shirts

  • Sunday 13th January 2008, 2:44am
  • England
  • 693 posts

This is so embarrassingly bad that it's making me blush. :$

I'd take 'Whose Line is it Anyway' over this, any day. And that's really saying something.

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The Big yin

  • Sunday 13th January 2008, 2:56am
  • Scotland
  • 21 posts

I think its been a little poor so far, I expected more from it but it is only one episode in so I will give it a chance.