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yes, that would be the ideal scenario...
That actually should have said:
Right back on form, I thought.
*Mannion'll resign over my dead body*
*yes, that'd be the ideal scenario*
gonna say though - prefer Tucker and his crew.
I mean I prefer Tucker to Stewart but way prefer Mannion to Murray...
have been much better. i also love mannion
the last 10 minutes were deliriously good. Mannion and Stuart on the slide. Mannion in general, he's actually better at saying 'fuck' than Tucker. Adam and Phil exchanging childish insults. Teri in general. Stuart losing it at the end :D
*I sometimes buy the Big Issue out of social embarrassment. NOT. A. FUCKING. BANK.*
was snickering quite a bit when the ridiculous photo of Mannion and Stuart on the slide was referred to as 'Shit Family Robinson'. Glen on the other hand is really getting the shit end of the stick these days and appears quite pathetic and sad, which makes me sad. I also prefer to see Mannion in a better mood though, he's been pretty intense this season.
The less I see of Ollie, the better. Is Julius still around? His character is comedy gold.
completely unconvincing. there's no way that he'd say the things he says and keep his job. good episode otherwise though
Some of it is getting a bit cartoonish admittedly, particularly Phil, but it's no less funny for it.
was probably one of my favourites
the Lib Dems are portrayed. A 2010s version of David Steel/Owen in Spitting Image.
- When it's at your house.
Simple, but a great line.
YES AND HO.
Roger Allam (Mannion) just doesn't deliver lines very well, and Stewart, though a great character, is being overused.
Needs more Ben, Phil and Nicola, and less shouting.
They are both great, and with this episode done and dusted they are pretty much both finished.
It's primetime for a coup.
when Fergus brushed something off her arm, I creased.
and then heard this on the news this morning:
Pissed myself laughing. Talk about timing!
I thought it was a mistakenly broadcast parody BBC News announcement on Radio 4.
It was cancelling the breakfast clubs last time wasn't it?
breakfast clubs was opposition episode
I'm really enjoying this series so far.
I know Stuart is meant to be annoying, but in this episode it crossed from entertaining annoyance to irritation. I'd rather the episodes were half of each side, rather than alternating weeks.
The alternating weeks format works really well. Gives plenty of time to build up the plot, instead of hopping backwards and forwards for the sake of it.
After a shaky first episode, it really has hit incredible form.
I loved the little bits, such as Mannion jibing Stuart about the way he has fallen out of favour.
but when Phil produced that tie for Mannion in the car I was unable to breathe with laughter
Really really strong episode. One of my favourite in a long time.
*as an aside I read the character biographies the other day, some interesting little tidbits in there to flesh out the characters.
Feel sorry for Mannion and Glenn. Dinosaurs being elft behind by the changing nature of politics. Glenn's WE FUCKING KILLED HIM was quite funny.
Phil was a bit OTT but I guess it was trying to show what happens when you let the kids run the school. Mannion was gloriously fed up as ever ('spending cuts to stimulate growth?') and he plays off Stuart brilliantly. Their demise is going to be interesting viewing.
Fergus is an absolute cunt. Is SPAD is a great character.
That boy is a simpleton. Two hundred years ago, they wouldn't have let him milk a cow.
Yes, that woudl be the ideal scenario
Definitely the strongest of the 3 so far.
^ Glenn's voice when he yells this :D
been catching up with the other serieseseseses this weekend, absolutely incredible stuff. Just finished the specials, absolutely mental. Jamie is amazing, just constant stream of hilarious abuse.
I could watch them again and again.
Far too much going on, just a revolving door of backstabbing and people threatening to shove ipods up cocks. :D
Gonna hit series 3 tonight.
A truly excellent escalating farce, with some terrific delivery of some of the lines. Some of the slightly iffy line readings from the first episode, I've forgotten now. Adam Kenyon is definitely my favourite character at the moment.
yes and ho!
if there's going to be an arc a la S3
I really liked Fergus' run and I really like Glen.
Also, the bit where someone tweeted the slide picture was brilliant.
was wonderful, a true "delboy falls through the bar" classic moment, escalated to greatness when Peter has to actually go down the slide to get down! It's on iPlayer for a good month and is going to get a few more viewings :D
Was that I went on a training weekend once and I *think* I know the place that inspired this. No phone signal except outside on a certain bit of the path, you have to leave your handsets at reception, it's entirely hired out by businesses on training weekends... It wasn't far off of this level of stupidity.
I think they should have just abandoned Labour when they lost the election.
and lacked the nuance of truly effective satire. Tempted to skip tonight's.
It's still funny, but it's a different show now.
I think the Murray two have been much better than the others.
Absolute perfection, and "I have an app. that lobs grenades into peoples' dreams".
If a bit bleak and cruel for Nicola. Tucker describing Ollie as a Quentin Blake illustration and the boy from the Secret Garden killed me.
not a standout one, though.
step off the needy bandwaggon.
It's definitely less subtle than early series and some of the characters dialogue is a bit interchangeable BUT it's a bit like these past two series of Peep Show for me.
It's still better written than 99% of all TV programmes, it made me laugh my arse off about 6 times in the opening minute and I'd rather have it on telly being a slightly exaggerated version of itself than not at all.
For what it's worth, on first viewing that was one of my favourite episodes ever and some of the character arc development was great again too.
'Don't worry it's not the grim reaper...'
Is there a break now? Seemed a bit odd to have 'To be continued' at the end?
because BBC are going 50 YRS OF BEATLES mad next weekend.
way as good as the previous two.
"Ben Swain, knocks it outta the park"
"Cuntface to Culture, Media and Sport"
"Heading in the direction of confection"
"These phones are amazing. I've got an application here that can throw grenades into people's dreams"
"Grab your cheese nachos and your fucking vuvuzuelas"
Just brilliant - Great transformation of Ollie's character as well, the bit where Glenn's helping him to the toilet, Malcolm just being Malcolm... episodes with the Opposition cast tend to have an advantage over those set in government because Will Smith's character and the Lib Dems are just brats.
No, it's Ollie Reeder. Who the fuck's Preston?
Yeah. Well how about St Thomas' Hospital.
on the train this morning, earned me some funny looks.
I think I prefer the Mannion episodes so far, but the last Murray episode was amazing, Ben was absolutely brilliant throughout
The bit with Ollie in hospital with the balloon = amazing.
Really, really can't stand Phil, but he's hilarious.
Also loved the bit at the start - "Sorry you had to go... but... you are... a fucking waste of skin"
I could have said Glasgow, or Dublin, or Belfast.
I think the show's heading towards a very dark ending though.
He goes into debt every time he passes a sweet shop."
was good in this one.
JD mouthing stuff through the little train window at the end :'')
but now every episode fees the same and is really formulaic; something ballsed up, everyone's like OH SHIT!, then everyone's shouting and pissed off and making smart quips and drawn out metaphors. chris addison' character corrects someone.
And although I'd admit this season has been less hilarious than the previous ones, the satire is sharper than ever. Personally, I thought that was one of the strongest episodes of the show's entire run.
I wasn't really a fan of the first bunch of episodes being focused on one side, but it's all built up perfectly to a thrilling (for want of a better word) finale. Which is good because the previous series have a very loose arc at best.
Next week's is an hour-long inquiry special! I wonder if it will be set entirely wihin the confines of the inquiry room.
but the last three have been just about as good as anything from previous series. Didn't know that about the hour-long special, great stuff (though I guess that means it's the end of the series?). Any idea whether Julius is gonna be in it?
Oh I hope he makes an appearance! I loved how casually he told Glenn about his leaking during the specials.
I don't really know what you mean by a slow start?
Nothing too complicated.
Well I certainly disagree with you there, sir!
It's a bit chaotic nowadays, compared to the early episodes which were mainly Hugh and his crew getting into jams. I do wonder what way the show would have progressed if Chris Langham didn't have kiddie porn on his computer.
I'm not even sure it's satire anymore.
Cock covered in breadcrumbs and the pigeons are circling; that's a sport in Yorkshire.
The thing about Stewart, as funny as he can be i can't quite believe he's in the same role as Tucker had. And Zee drive, Whitehall Arab Spring - a bit more fucking OTT than “Snap Election Drill” in S3.
Mannion is incredible, shut up.
His slapping down of Stewart was brilliant.
good timing, really: I wouldn't say Malcolm's in Fonzie territory yet - there's mileage in his nastiness, what with the current lust for power - but let's just say the shark would know if he got a papercut.
Stewart and Malcolm being suddenly fearful and exposed is just the tonic.
find Mannion pretty dull and there was just too much shouting.
don't get me wrong- there were some killer put-downs as per, but overall...that was the weakest episode yet.
for me, the show was at it's best when there were four or five strong characters. now, there are at least ten...and this doesn't work.
BUT it seemed to me that the episode was just a device to get every character in the shit really
I fell asleep during the one before as well.
There was too much shouting and swearing. I liked the lady who looked like a very old samantha brick. I also really like that guy who got given the email to leak. I can't remember his name but I like the way he talks. They used the whole 'shitting' thing a bit too much in this episode. Every 2 mins it was like WHY DID YOU SHIT ON ME etc etc