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Krod Mandoon And The Flaming Sword Of Fire. Image shows from L to R: Bruce (Marques Ray), Krod Mandoon (Sean Maguire), Aneka (India de Beaufort), Loquasto (Steve Speirs), Zezelryck (Kevin Hart). Copyright: Hat Trick Productions / Comedy Central.

Krod Mandoon And The Flaming Sword Of Fire

BBC Two sitcom / comedy drama. 5 episodes (1 series) in 2009. Stars Sean Maguire, Matt Lucas, India de Beaufort, Steve Speirs, Kevin Hart, Marques Ray, Alex Macqueen and others.

Press Clippings

Krod Mandoon facing uncertain future

The BBC has retracted claims by senior staff that it has axed Krod Mandoon and the Flaming Sword of Fire because of funding issues.

Katherine Rushton, Broadcast, 24th August 2009

Krod Mandoon axed

The BBC has confirmed it will not order a second series of "swords and sandals" comedy Krod Mandoon and the Flaming Sword of Fire after its funding partner pulled out.

Katherine Rushton, Broadcast, 21st August 2009

Krod Mandoon and the Flaming Sword of Fire had as its "situation" a band of medieval outlaws, led by Krod, battling against an evil regime, represented by provincial governor Dongalor. Krod, a handsome, muscled hero, played by Sean Maguire in apparently the same mould as Sean Bean's Boromir in Lord of the Rings, is nevertheless a self-doubting, politically correct idiot; Dongalor, played by Little Britain's Matt Lucas, is a ludicrously sadistic narcissist with a Noel Coward drawing-room accent. The comedy is meant to come from the collision of the style of medieval heroics with sophisticated, amoral urbanity. You could see the clash - too clearly - but it sparked no wit

J Lloyd, The Financial Times, 11th July 2009

Video: Matt Lucas and Sean Maguire interview

For fans of action comedy Krod Mandoon, and those of you that missed the red button, here is an exclusive behind the scenes interview with Matt Lucas and Sean Maguire. It's not your normal behind the scenes stuff either as they cover the spectrum from, over friendly masseurs to Nazi rallies in Budapest and the pleasures of wearing a hairy cod piece.

BBC Comedy Blog, 7th July 2009

Krod Mandoon 5 review

I'm not entirely sure when a part of my soul died last night. Maybe it was when Matt Lucas was being painted topless? Or when Krod and his gang were turned into dogs and we endured scenes that made Look Who's Talking Now look like Annie Hall?

Dan Owen, Dan's Media Digest, 7th July 2009

Krod Mandoon 4 review

Okay, Krod Mandoon is bad. If it wasn't a mercifully short run, and the vanguard of BBC2's Thursday night comedy, I would have stopped watching weeks ago. But, I'm still here, trying to find humour in what amounts to a decently-budgeted spoof full of childish gags and immature sex-comedy...

Dan Owen, Dan's Media Digest, 3rd July 2009

The madcap sword and sorcery spoof - a blend of adolescent ribaldry and Pythonesque silliness - continues as Krod (Sean Maguire) is dispatched by the Elite Resistance Council on another hapless quest. Meanwhile Dongalor (Matt Lucas) scours the land to find the last ingredient he needs to make his super-weapon operational: the tears of a pagan woman.

Gerard O'Donovan, Daily Telegraph, 2nd July 2009

Krod Mandoon 3 review

I can feel my interest slipping in this flimsy fantasy spoof, despite the best efforts from some of the cast.

Dan Owen, Dan's Media Digest, 26th June 2009

Poor old Krod (Sean Maguire) is trying to organise a guerilla attack while his gang stand around bitching about what clothes are appropriate for a dress-down Friday ambush. "Guys, guys, GUYS!" he shouts. "We're here to intercept the imperial payroll shipment, OK? So forgive me if I'm all business, but I'm not really in the mood to play fashion police!" But at least their next venture - stealing a priceless gem from the purple cave of a lonely, bisexual cyclops - is more successful. The only downside is that Krod's girlfriend, the promiscuous pagan warrior queen who refuses to wear underwear (India de Beaufort), takes a shine to one Ralph Longshaft. Four episodes in, and it remains as quick-witted, imaginative, funny - and refreshingly silly - as ever.

David Chater, The Times, 25th June 2009

Krod Mandoon 2 review

Oh. The double-bill opening was mild fun and there were flashes of promise, but this third episode was terrible. So bad that it barely warrants me putting much effort into reviewing it.

Dan Owen, Dan's Media Digest, 19th June 2009

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