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The Peter Serafinowicz Show

BBC Two sketch show. 8 episodes (1 series), 2007 - 2008. Stars Peter Serafinowicz, Matt Berry, Bronagh Gallagher, Maddy Garrood, Sanjeev Kohli, Alex Lowe, Lewis Macleod and others.

Press Clippings

The Peter Serafinowicz Show Christmas Special was surprisingly good fun, given the fact I disliked the original sketch show when it aired earlier last year. The quality control was definitely higher (although the next-day midnight extended repeat reinserted a lot of grot) and I was glad it didn't just put a festive spin on old sketches. A good 85% of it was new stuff - and I'm still giggling at the intimidating estate agent ('did I arks you?') and the insane job interview ('you passed the test!') Let's hope a second series builds on this upswing in quality.

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

Peter's BBC2 sketch series was a mite disappointing, but there was not much wrong with this inventive Christmas special. The material in this new special seemed to have sieved out the weaknesses which were allowed into the series.

The Custard TV, 24th December 2008

Apart from a pronounceable surname, Mr Serafinowicz has it all, really - a great career as a comic actor, writer, composer and a lovely wife in fellow funny thesp Sarah Alexander off Green Wing and Mutual Friends. Now he's also got a Christmas edition of his own sketch series, and he'll be spoofing TV shows, shopping channels and Hollywood news bulletins and generally larking about. And jolly good for him.

What's On TV, 23rd December 2008

A festive episode of a wildly underrated sketch show. Serafinowicz is a versatile actor and a terrifyingly good mimic, but the left-field TV parodies of his 2007 series were perhaps too weird for mass consumption: this is brighter, faster and straighter. There's the odd regrettably unsubtle lampoon (eg Terry Wogan as a hash fiend), but there's also a successful move into traditional sketches, plus joyously imaginative send-ups of Apple adverts and Planet Earth, and fan favourites such as enormous salesman Brian Butterfield, here hawking his comprehensive Christmas pizza. It's a torrent of kooky silliness, textured by Serafinowicz's powerful and slightly scary screen presence. When he's on form - as he often is here - he looks like a star in waiting.

Jack Seale, Radio Times, 23rd December 2008

Smooth-voiced comedy wizard Peter Serafinowicz first cast a spell on us in the excellent and under-appreciated Tomorrow's World spoof Look Around You. But he's more than capable of carrying proceedings on his own, as this festive outing of his immersive sketch show proves. Inept inventor/salesman Brian Butterfield, here hawking his 'Christmas pizza', is a delight as ever, and impressions of Terry Wogan and David Attenborough veer dangerously close to genius.

Sharon Lougher, Metro, 23rd December 2008

A welcome return for this brilliant, imposing performer, whose debut sketch show was let down by some abstruse material. This time we're promised something more conventional, which - for once - is welcome news.

Dominic Maxwell, The Times, 20th December 2008

Some people say this sketch show is massively underrated, some say it's just rubbish, which probably means it falls somewhere in the middle, like the vast majority of sketch comedy. Slightly kooky, Serafinowicz's brand of humour is vulnerable to falling flat on its face for being slightly too out there, but in a world where somebody commissioned the dire The Kevin Bishop Show, I'll take this any day.

Mark Wright, The Stage, 17th December 2008

A comedy giant in the making?

After years as the best-connected man in British comedy, this 6ft 5in Liverpudlian has his own BBC show, launched straight from YouTube on to primetime TV, but can his surreal humour now survive the mainstream?

Amy Raphael, The Guardian, 14th October 2007

From Spaced to Black Books to the very deeply brilliant Look Around You, P.S. (it's just easier on the RSI, frankly) invariably makes me laugh, as did his new sketch show, commissioned on the back of an amusing spoof showbiz news clip circulated on the interwebnet, and which was in every conceivable way the perfect giggly antidote to three hours of Murphy's Law.

P.S. is a brilliant impressionist, too - his uncanny Chris Tarrant, host of the absurd quiz show 'Heads or Tails', was only undermined by the premise not being nearly as absurd as it appears. Serafinowicz may not be aware of the deliciously unsophisticated Australian gambling game 2-Up, which makes craps look like poker, but I suspect he may want to investigate.

Kathryn Flett, The Observer, 7th October 2007

It's totally bonkers, the product of a strange mind. It's also very funny - much, much funnier than Vivienne Vyle. Simple pastiche is not enough to get a laugh these days, you have to take it to a whole different place. And you have to be a bit mad too, which Serafinowicz clearly is.

A lot of it is not so successful - the Big Brother house full of clones that is frequently returned to, for example, is just tedious. But this is a sketch show, the format for which the phrase 'hit and miss' was invented.

Actually, I'm not convinced that there's a lot of life left in the sketch-show format. Mitchell and Webb did their best to kill it off. But Peter Serafinowicz, with his wacky take on the world, may just have raked up a few dying embers. Maybe next time he'll do something else.

Sam Wollaston, The Guardian, 5th October 2007