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April 27, 2009

Review: Reggie Perrin 1x1

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Martin Clunes as Reggie Perrin

In the UK: Fridays, 9.30pm, BBC1

Is what was relevant in 1976 relevant today? I didn't get to where I am today without knowing the answer to that kind of question, but the BBC has answered with an unequivocal yes by choosing to remake The Fall and Rise of Reginald Perrin. Originally starring Leonard Rossiter, this saw Sunshine Desserts office drone Reginald Perrin gradually finding the boredom of everyday life taking its toll on his sanity. He starts to daydream, having fantasies about his secretary and just about everyone else, including his mother-in-law (always accompanied by a picture of his hippopotamus), and starts to act out in bizarre ways – before eventually faking his own death.

Reggie Perrin, as it now is, stars Martin Clunes as Perrin, now gainfully employed by Groomtech but still finding life to be somewhat disappointing. As indeed, are we.

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April 24, 2009

Lost Gems: The One Game (1988)

Posted on April 24, 2009 | Post a comment | Bookmark and Share

Patrick Malahide and Stephen Dillane in The One Game

The story of Merlin and King Arthur has been around for centuries, so it's not surprising that every so often, someone wants to retell it*. Most recently, we've had the BBC series Merlin, but there have been numerous other retellings including the Sam Neill mini-series Merlin, the movie Excalibur, the Clive Owen historical, King Arthur, and mild American 70s sitcom Mr Merlin.

Back in the 80s though, there was a more subtle adaptation of the myth set in modern times. Starring Patrick Malahide (Minder et al) as the Merlin-esque 'Magnus' and Stephen Dillane (Hamlet, Spy Game, Welcome to Sarajevo) as Nick, the King Arthur of the piece, The One Game posited the question: "What would have happened if Arthur had been made King with Merlin's help - and then Arthur had kicked him out?"

This being the 80s, however, for the retelling Nick was the MD of a games company and Magnus was the creator of his best-selling game, thrown out and sent to a mental asylum after he couldn't handle Nick's rejection of his newest invention. Magnus escapes from the asylum and using his near-magical skills, steals all Nick's company's assets and plans his further revenge.

What made The One Game so interesting and worthy of being described as a Lost Gem was its then-unique concept: during the course of the four episodes, set over a Bank Holiday weekend, everyone Nick meets - including friends and loved-ones - and everything he does and comes across may be part of 'The One Game', a live-action and possibly deadly game invented by Magnus to teach Nick a lesson.

It was only ever shown once on ITV1, was released on DVD but is no longer available. It's The One Game and it's a Lost Gem. Here's the the opening titles to the second episode, Saturday, complete with theme tune sung in Patagonian Welsh and annoying 80s narrator recapping just enough of the plot for you to know what's going on.

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April 23, 2009

Third-episode verdict: Kröd Mändoon and the Flaming Sword of Fire

Posted on April 23, 2009 | Post a comment | Bookmark and Share

Krod Mandoon

In the US: Thursdays, 10pm/9c, Comedy Central
In the UK: BBC2, some time in the Spring/Summer, not this month as previously advertised

What's this? A third-episode verdict without even a review of the first episode? Well, Comedy Central's been chucking these babies out so fast, by the time I got round to watching episode one, episode three had already been on, so let's integrate.

As mentioned in my perfunctory preview, Kröd Mändoon and the Flaming Sword of Fire is a co-production between BBC2 and Comedy Central - half the cast are British (and sometimes faking American accents) and the other half are American. It features the adventures of the eponymous Kröd Mändoon, semi-fearless warrior and germophobe (as played by Sean Maguire who seems to have a lock-in on things like this since Meet the Spartans), and his motley collection of followers as they try to fight against the oppression of the evil Chancellor Dongalor (Matt Lucas).

Yes, you guessed it, it's parody time, with role-playing games, Dungeons and Dragons, et al, as the target of this mildly humorous, slightly obvious comedy, mainly involving silly names.

Prepare to laugh - a little.

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