Tuesday, July 11, 2006

Rob Bryden's Annually Retentive

BBC 3's new comedy sees Rob (Marion and Geoff) Bryden playing a quiz show host, both on screen as the quiz show itself and behind the scenes in an 'Office' style imitation fly-on-the-wall. The results are hilarious and a delight to anyone cynical enough to laugh at the way crap tv is put together and the reality behind the smugness of celebrities. A typical gag would have Bryden and P.A. going through a list of potential celebrity guests making acidic remarks about them - often later the very person is in the studio getting the treatment from Bryden as a callous host. Everyone including Bryden himself gets a going over in this brilliantly acted and written show. It's a simple concept and it works a treat both as an insight into the world of inane television and as a vehicle for some wonderfully witty remarks.

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