Hot on the heels of Gavin and Stacey, two of the sitcom's stars (the male ones, obviously) were given their own sketch show. Much like the recent election, it started off as a safe bet - riding the wave of Gavin and Stacey's astounding popularity - before ending up such a spectacular failure nobody could remember why it ever seemed a good idea in the first place.
It wasn't just because Horne & Corden was bad - although it was. Many of the sketches relied almost exclusively on jokes about Corden's weight, making for an uncomfortable not to mention inane half hour. But when Corden stops jiggling his stomach, the show isn't as heinous as its infamous critical mauling might suggest. What was most objectionable about the pair's below-par japes was that it was such a nightmarishly crap imitation of the friendship between Smithy and Gavin that it threatened to dull the brilliance of Gavin and Stacey itself.Rachel Aroesti, The Guardian, 29th June 2017
In the words of Ricky Gervais's spoof sitcom When The Whistle Blows, are you having a laugh? In the words of Victor Meldrew I don't believe it. In my own words, has the world turned upside down? In a new poll conducted by seesaw.com, James Corden and Mathew Horne have been voted the best double act ever.Bruce Dessau, Evening Standard, 2nd August 2010
James Corden and Matt Horne have been voted as the greatest comedy duo of all time in a new poll of the most popular comedians.Such Small Portions, 1st August 2010