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MikeAlx



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PostPosted: Tue Dec 20, 2011 7:19 pm    Post subject: The Bleak Old Shop of Stuff  Reply with quote

Did anyone else watch this Dickens spoof the other night? I thought it was pretty amusing - Stephen Fry was particularly good as the evil lawyer Malifax Skulkingworm. Apparently it's the first of four.

If you haven't a clue what I'm on about, look here: http://www.comedy.co.uk/guide/tv/bleak_old_shop_of_stuff/



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PostPosted: Tue Dec 20, 2011 10:07 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I saw it advertised and and I have Sky+'d it but not actually got round to watching it yet.


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PostPosted: Wed Dec 21, 2011 7:06 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I watched it last night, and found it slightly amusing but just a bit too silly for my taste.  It has a great cast - and as you say, Mike, Stephen Fry was wonderful as the evil lawyer, and the best jokes really were about the legal business - but I felt the cast were having more fun than I was!


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PostPosted: Wed Dec 21, 2011 7:20 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I enjoyed it, particularly as it had Mitchell and Webb, not to mention Stephen Fry, but I did feel that, as a Dickensian spoof, it somehow didn't work quite as well as the radio show 'Bleak Expectations' (this was a spin-off from that series, of course, by the same writer.) On the radio, the word-play comes across far better, plus you have to provide the surreal images for yourself. I felt much the same when 'Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy' transferred to the screen----on the radio, the pictures are better, as they say.

Still, it was fun....


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PostPosted: Wed Dec 21, 2011 9:15 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Sorry, but I turned it off after about 10 minutes. As Klara said, no where near as funny as 'Bleak Expectations', and having listened to that, I found the TV jokes almost predictable. Maybe I should have given it longer, but the Christmas season leaves me feeling anything but mellow! Bah! Humbug!


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PostPosted: Wed Dec 21, 2011 9:55 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I mildly enjoyed it and some of the jokes were clever - I might have appreciated them more on the radio as the pictures, on television, do rather get in the way. I thought the children were well done and it is not easy to find children who can act so convincingly. I think, on balance, I'm glad I watched it.


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PostPosted: Wed Dec 21, 2011 10:19 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Oh, wish I'd heard the radio series now! I thought some of the visual gags worked quite well - the horses dragging the shop off to the debtors' prison; the telescoping top hat; the urchins jammed into the clock gears. I love the idea of treacle addiction (and its antidote, gravy addiction). I thought it was pretty good overall, but was a bit surprised to discover it's a four-parter - I suspect it may wear a bit thin over 4 episodes.



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PostPosted: Wed Dec 21, 2011 12:26 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

KlaraZ wrote:
I enjoyed it, particularly as it had Mitchell and Webb, not to mention Stephen Fry, but I did feel that, as a Dickensian spoof, it somehow didn't work quite as well as the radio show 'Bleak Expectations' (this was a spin-off from that series, of course, by the same writer.) On the radio, the word-play comes across far better, plus you have to provide the surreal images for yourself. I felt much the same when 'Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy' transferred to the screen----on the radio, the pictures are better, as they say.

Still, it was fun....


Yes I agree with those sentiments it missed the mark but only slightly.


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PostPosted: Thu Dec 22, 2011 2:06 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Like many others I found it so-so amusing but not a patch on the wonderfully cruel Bleak Expectations, which has less obvious casting and far better literary jokes, and is more pacey. Anthony Head is great as Mr Gently-Benevolent, and I love the ever-optimistic Pip Bin and save-the-day Harry Biscuit. I thought on TV the actress with the fab voice who was playing the mother was hugely wasted in her treacle addiction, with very little to say and do other than swoon and rub her bosom! Whereas the radio Dickens female is a much better spoof of the virtuous Victorian love-interest. And they all play it extremely straight-voiced and earnestly on Radio 4 which is just as much fun for the listener as the cast.

I'm afraid (dodging brickbats here  Wink ) I find the knee-jerk employment of Stephen Fry to do and be everything on the BBC - radio and telly - very tiresome now. I know he's a national treasure but please think about using someone else once in a while, BBC! His ubiqity detracts from the pleasure I used to get from his performances.


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PostPosted: Thu Dec 22, 2011 5:07 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I suppose I haven't seen the Blessed Stephen act in anything for a while, and I thought he was fab in this, so I enjoyed his presence most of all.  I know what you mean, though.

I thought the wondrous David Mitchell was a bit wasted in this (I mean in the sense of not having enough to do, I don't think he was intoxicated...) - he was lovely, as ever, but would have liked a better part (and script) for him.

Johnny Vegas was good as the urchin, I thought - he is good in Dickensian things, I loved him as Krook in Bleak House.

Like Mike, I can't see how they can sustain it for three more episodes - it was wearing thin by the end of one - but I suppose that's just my taste.  I have only heard odd episodes of the radio version, but did enjoy that a lot more.



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