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September 19, 2008

Review: No Heroics 1x1

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No Heroics

In the UK: Thursdays, 10.30pm, ITV2

There's something that baffles me about the British. Whenever Hollywood produces a comedy where Hugh Grant turns up, being all self-effacing and a bit of a klutz and lacking in confidence compared to those powerful, strident American types who are all into self-improvement and "being all you can be"*, we get on our high horses and whinge about 'clueless bloody Americans'.

Then we go and produce half a dozen 'comedies' where we live down to the same stereotype. Do we have no pride? Must we really think the worst of ourselves? Must we really hate people who are, ooh, I don't know, good at things?

Case in point: ITV2's No Heroics. It's British! It's about superheroes! Yey! So they spend all their time down the pub grumbling about how crap they are and being complete dorks.

Oh, FFS.

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September 18, 2008

Review: House 5x1

Posted on September 18, 2008 | Post a comment | Bookmark and Share

House and Wilson

In the US: Tuesdays, 8/7c, Fox

He's back: BritainAmerica's grumpiest doctor. And he's over-staffed. What's going to happen?

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September 16, 2008

Review: Massive 1x1-1x2

Posted on September 16, 2008 | Post a comment | Bookmark and Share

Massive

In the UK: Sundays, 9pm, BBC3

Everyone working class in sitcoms has a dream. If you're Del Boy and Rodney, it's that this time next year, you'll be millionaires. If you're Steptoe Jr, it's that you'll escape the junk yard and your dad; if you're Steptoe Sr, it's that your son will never escape the junk yard. If you're in the Royle family, it's that your view of the tele won't get blocked. And so on.

Massive is another sitcom in which its heroes have dreams, but here, the dream is a very Mancunian one: Danny and Shay want their own record label. When Danny's nan dies, leaving them £10,000, it looks like they might be able to achieve it. But the course of true business never did run smooth.

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