Sunday, 12 February 2017

Bad Education

Rating: 8/10

Bad Education, is written, created by and starring Jack Whitehall. Jack Whitehall, plays Alfie Wickers, "the worst teacher to ever grace the education system". He's about as hopeless as the kids he teaches.

As a teenager myself, I found the characters and what they are going through relatable. Which is probably why I gave it an 8/10. It's enjoyable watching a programme and being able to relate the characters to people in my school. Every type of stereotypical person at a school is portrayed in this programme: the gay one, the clever one, the fat one, the bad ass one, the slutty one... etc. However, I don't think it would appeal to many other audiences other than teenagers, so I can see why some people don't like it! I think to fully enjoy this programme you have to be a teenager, to get all the jokes, but if you are older, don't let this put you off, it is a very good comedy and will definitely make you laugh.

I often find myself watching this programme thinking, "Why can't my teachers be more like Alfie Wickers". Honestly, he is a legend! I wish my teachers told me how to cheat on exams, told me I could follow my dreams - however bizarre-, and make learning fun (however little learning they actually did). So if you are a teenager going through the stress of GCSE's -much like me- I would recommend watching Bad Education (between revision) and remember, laughter is the best medicine!

Sunday, 15 January 2017

Black Books

Rating: 10/10

Before you ask, no, I am not going to give every comedy I like a 10/10. I just thought I'd start off on a high note, with one of my favourite comedies of all time!

Black Books, is created and written by Dylan Moran and Graham Linehan, and lets be honest, with Dylan Moran being, well Dylan Moran and Graham Linehan being the writer of other brilliant sitcoms such as Father Ted and The IT Crowd, it's hard for Black Books to not be absolutely hilarious!

Black Books, is about the alcoholic, ridiculous and introverted Bernard Black (Dylan Moran), and his comical hatred for society. He runs a book shop (Black Books) but instead of encouraging customers in and helping them out, he shouts at the with a megaphone and pushes them out the door with a broom. The only person he can seem to stand is his oldest and only friend Fran (Tamsin Greig), who also shares Bernard's love of excessive smoking and drinking. Mixed in with them two, is Manny (Bill Bailey) who Bernard hired while he was drunk to be his assistant. Manny is the only one who has any enthusiasm to actually sell books, and Bernard often bullies Manny with phrases like "Gandalf" and "Bigfoot". The three characters working together make for some great scenes, and their relationships with each other add to the comedy.

One thing that I think is great about Black Books, is the celebrity cameos, the great thing about the cameos, is that they weren't well known at the time and now many of them are known around the world. Some of the cameos are: Graham Linehan, Omid Djalili, David Walliams, Kevin Eldon, Simon Pegg, Nick Frost, Rob Brydon, Olivia Coleman, Martin Freeman, Jessica Hynes, Julian Rhind-Tutt, Johnny Vegas... the list goes on and on.

Unlike many sitcoms, there is no story to follow. Usually there is some storyline between each episode however small it is, however, with Black Books you can watch them in any order and it wouldn't matter, each episode is individually brilliant, which makes it very easy to introduce to people to the show. The 'quoteability' of Black Books is amazing. In many situations, you can always come up with a witty comeback by using a quote from Bernard one of my favourites being "up with this I will not put".  But what is great, it sticks to the classic sitcom style of writing and how the layers of madness build on top of each other to make one classic episode.

Finally, I strongly advise you, wherever you are, to go and watch it, if you have not already seen the comedy gold that is Black Books, you will not be disappointed. Also, I think that even if you are Mother Teresa, there is a little bit of Bernard Black deep or not so deep within all of our thoughts, minds and personalities, however hard you might try and hide it. And always remember laughter is the best medicine.

Welcome to my Blog

From Miranda, to Black Books, to Green Wing, to Gavin and Stacey...

I love a good British Comedy! Since last year, I really got into watching as many British Comedies as I could. From good ones, to not so good ones... I know, normal people have hobbies such as are swimming, cooking, shopping. No, mines watching TV! So I thought I'd start a 'Comedy Blog' as it were. Here I am going to be reviewing a multitude of comedies, and please recommend any that you want me to watch and review and I promise I will get round to them, although I do already have a list of around 35. I am going to be giving each comedy, a rating out of 10, and trust me it's hard to chose, then review them for you. I will be hoping to review two comedies a month, as sometimes it can take a while to watch TV programmes. Seriously, Benidorm had 8 series...

Anyway, I'm looking forward to writing this blog, and hoping it will be 'such fun' to do! I also hope you enjoy reading this blog and I will see you on here more often than not. And trust me, laughter is the best medicine.