Series 3, Episode 1
Robert Webb and David Mitchell return to BBC Two for a new series, which opens with sketches, including the difficult home life of Santa Claus, Mrs Claus and Santa's troubled brother, Russ, who refuses to get a job: "I'm not going back on the assembly line - not with the elves."
The duo also show off Jan Hankl's exciting new technique for finding books and car keys simply by patting your thighs; explain the best way to discover a murderer - get all the suspects together in a Twenties drawing room and wait until one of them starts doing an evil voice; and reveal an argument between Queen Victoria and Lord Palmerston about things you definitely can't mention if you're Victorian.
Among returning characters, there's Hennimore and his boss, who work in an office that is destroyed each week by completely unpredictable accidents. This week, there's a tragic mix up involving a set of golf clubs, a bottle of Scotch and a bitter hatred of Jack Nicklaus.
A policeman explains to a Community Support officer why he can't commit police brutality, only "Community Support brutality". There's part one of a thrilling new quiz show coming just after the end of civilisation, where contestants compete to win top prizes like food and fuel. And the lazy writers return with the least-researched-ever series about spying: "My wife suspects I'm a spy" "How?" "Too many unexplained buttons on the dashboard."
And, on top of all that, a genius explains why firing a dog out of cannon is better than a doorbell.
- Thursday 11th June 2009
- BBC Two
- 30 minutes
Cast & crew
|James Bachman||Ensemble Actor|
|Abigail Burdess||Ensemble Actor|
|Mark Evans||Ensemble Actor|
|Toby Davies||Ensemble Actor|
|Sarah Hadland||Ensemble Actor|
|Robert Madge||Ensemble Actor|
|Jesse Armstrong||Writer (Additional Material)|
|Sam Bain||Writer (Additional Material)|
|Chris Reddy||Writer (Additional Material)|
|Toby Davies||Writer (Additional Material)|
|Jonathan Dryden-Taylor||Writer (Additional Material)|
|Jason Hazeley||Writer (Additional Material)|
|Joel Morris||Writer (Additional Material)|
|Simon Kane||Writer (Additional Material)|
|Andrew Dawson (as The Dawson Brothers)||Writer (Additional Material)|
|Steve Dawson (as The Dawson Brothers)||Writer (Additional Material)|
|Tim Inman (as The Dawson Brothers)||Writer (Additional Material)|
|Richard Law||Writer (Additional Material)|
|Ben Gosling Fuller||Director|
|Mark Freeland||Executive Producer|
|Dennis De Groot||Production Designer|