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Old 08-07-2013, 22:37
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Who has said they loved it and couldn't stop laughing?

I found a few bits funny, but overall was left rather "meh"
Certainly expected better with Linehan being involved.
Sitting on the dire side.
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Old 08-07-2013, 22:44
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Mixed reaction on twitter. A split between absolutely dreadful and absolutely brilliant. Surprised by the clear split. It was absolutely dreadful.
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Old 08-07-2013, 22:50
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I enjoyed it for the most part, rare is the sitcom that springs out of the box fully worked up and ready to slay us all. The best bits happened to be those which you could watch with your eyes closed
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Old 08-07-2013, 23:29
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I had no idea who CAS is/was so recorded it while I was at work. Watched when I got home and really enjoyed it. Strangely old fashioned but had laugh out loud moments. Suited BBC1 more than BBC2 IMO. Will watch next week
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Old 09-07-2013, 01:02
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time to pension off barry cryer before the smug old bore stops being completely hilarious otherwise linehan's CAS was well worth tuning in to
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Old 09-07-2013, 07:34
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Having never enCountered (geddit?) the character before, I wasn't sure what to expect but Graham Lineham's name on the credits were a recommendation. I could have done without the snot gross-out but apart from that, I think I liked it. It's sometimes worth persisting beyond a first episode, and all the characters have great potential. The Telegraph TV critic loved it:

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/culture/t...wo-review.html
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Old 09-07-2013, 08:09
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Hardcore CAS Radio Fan here. I quite liked it, albeit some changes to personnel (Jerry the Cafe owner). The Radio series gives the character some rounding and context, which is diffcult to do with TV.

I liked it though - and I urge viewers to stay with it for a few more episodes. It seems a shame to judge things on a 30 minute viewing - this could and probably will get better.

If you can listen to the radio shows on BBC4 - it may give you more context. They are definitely richer in story.

Generally a thumbs up from me.
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Old 09-07-2013, 08:57
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As debuts go and despite an awkward time slot,I thought this was encouraging at least.I liked the angry cafe owner and the guy who tried out the foot spa.The 'Eggman' was a bit off (none intended) for me as was the Eastern European OAP,I didn't think they were in keeping with the radio series and struggled to see the point of them other than for padding..

All in all,I've seen much worse and I'm hopeful for a steady growth in popularity and quality over the next five weeks.
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Old 09-07-2013, 08:59
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The overloud 'laughing audience' encouraged me to turn it off after 5 minutes. What's wrong with allowing the viewer to decide if a show is funny or not?
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Old 09-07-2013, 09:10
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I thought it was brilliant.
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Old 09-07-2013, 09:23
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Was a big fan of the radio shows. Did it translate to the sitcom tv format. Yes it did. Very funny but half way through lost its way.
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Old 09-07-2013, 09:40
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Never heard of the radio show....stumbled across it by accident last night.....very entertaining,will certainly watch again
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Old 09-07-2013, 10:07
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Really enjoyed it and tittered my way through it, especially when her leg came off.
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Old 09-07-2013, 10:29
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I like CAS on the radio. I thought this was a solid start! Will continue to watch!
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Old 09-07-2013, 10:42
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I liked it although I wasn't expecting to after all the dire reviews. The canned laughter is a big turn-off though and not needed at all.
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Old 09-07-2013, 10:55
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I rather enjoyed it but not too keen on the canned laughter
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Old 09-07-2013, 11:04
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Old 09-07-2013, 11:18
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I rather enjoyed it but not too keen on the canned laughter
You mean the studio audience laughter ? , you pasty faced, weak chested youngsters may not realise that a live audience was a mainstay of TV sit-coms since Lucille Ball was a glint in her Da's een.
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Old 09-07-2013, 14:41
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I hate Claire in the community. She's such an unsympathetic character.....
Claire's narcissism and pompousness is precisely what makes her so funny. Plus, Sally Phillips is a great comedy actress who is highly underrated.

Back to Count Arthur Strong, I can't believe that anyone in the BBC commissioning office that that this show was a good idea. I thought I was watching a woeful CBBC kids comedy for a most of the episode.

So, the hilarious Quick Cuts is hidden away on BBC4 and this rubbish got a slot on prime time BBC 2?!
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Old 09-07-2013, 15:29
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For me this is just another to add to the ever growing list of recent BBC comedy failures.

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Old 09-07-2013, 17:31
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I was hugely disappointed. He needs to crank down the acting several notches so that he stops looking like he's got Parkinson's, and the atmosphere is horribly flat. I know they needed to change it a bit from the radio show but Kinnear is so reserved and 'normal' he only serves to make Strong seem even more of a cartoon.
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Old 09-07-2013, 17:35
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Well get used to it folks, it's been given another series, good thing too I say.
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Old 09-07-2013, 17:39
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I'm on the fence. It's not the best sitcom I've ever seen yet it was better than some of the recent crap that's been on. The nose blowing bit at the end went on too long and got on my nerves. I remember CAS from Paramount shorts back in the day, they were good.
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Old 09-07-2013, 17:59
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You mean the studio audience laughter ? , you pasty faced, weak chested youngsters may not realise that a live audience was a mainstay of TV sit-coms since Lucille Ball was a glint in her Da's een.
Mmm you presumably don't work in the industry. You are not allowed to use commercial canned laughter but anything recorded in the studio sessions including the warm up from any episode is fair game. Close mike the audience, put it on its own tracks, add to pro-tools and mix in post production until the producer is happy.

As for those old American shows, they were on 35mm and the leader said "laugh track version".

Sorry to disillusion you but its always been that way, some American studios had a device using tapes with 3 pedals for start, sustain and end applause. It was banned in this country for UK shows but I heard that ATV had one for their US versions.
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Old 09-07-2013, 18:03
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Having been a fan of the radio show and seen him live a few years back...I really enioyed this. Its lost nothing from the radio shows, was very funny (the 'crying' scene was a bit much though) and I'm really glad its got another series too!
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