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Old 17-07-2013, 23:16
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Anyone else see this? A real odd mix, starring Chris O'Dowd and Nina Conti (slightly famous in the UK as a ventriloquist) as brother and sister and written by Christopher "This is Spinal Tap" Guest (with an appearance by fellow Tapper Michael McKean as O'Dowd/Conti's dad). It is a joint HBO/BBC production and aired in the US in May.

It was really odd.

Still available on iPlayer.
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Old 18-07-2013, 07:50
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I saw it - didn't find it really odd just a bit quirky and I think may pick up. I will watch the next one to see how it develops.
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Old 18-07-2013, 08:09
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I liked it. Subtle, but not so subtle as to be devoid of laughs.
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Old 18-07-2013, 10:26
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I liked it. Subtle, but not so subtle as to be devoid of laughs.
I clearly found it more subtle than you did, since I found it totally devoid of any humour. If the BBC is aiming for a new type of comedy - one without any laughs - then they're certainly succeeding at the moment.
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Old 18-07-2013, 17:07
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I clearly found it more subtle than you did, since I found it totally devoid of any humour. If the BBC is aiming for a new type of comedy - one without any laughs - then they're certainly succeeding at the moment.
Me too, I switched off after the first part.
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Old 18-07-2013, 20:57
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Nicely filmed in annoying blurry vision as well.
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Old 18-07-2013, 21:15
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I liked it a lot. It wasn't laugh out loud funny, but then there's only a tiny handful of comedies that are, in my opinion.

I liked the characters, the storyline, and the general quirkiness of it. And Chris O'Dowd was as brilliant as usual.

The actor playing the best friend was doing a total Ricky Gervais impression! I could imagine Ricky playing that part (except he would be the wrong age group now), and I could hear his voice saying a lot of those lines!
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Old 20-07-2013, 00:12
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I just caught up with Family Tree and it was quite quirky but I did enjoy it.It will be interesting to see how it develops and is something different from the BBC
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Old 22-07-2013, 11:57
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Way behind but just caught this on I-player and thought it was really enjoyable. Brilliantly acted and off-beat. Bits that made me LOL...Tom's spectacularly thick date who thinks Dinosaurs (like the Loch Ness Monster) still exist (in Africa, except for Nessie who might be in Dublin or Edinburgh) and the shot of his sister and Monkey, her ventriloquist doll, working at the counter of a bank 'together'.
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Old 23-07-2013, 15:02
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Way behind but just caught this on I-player and thought it was really enjoyable. Brilliantly acted and off-beat. Bits that made me LOL...Tom's spectacularly thick date who thinks Dinosaurs (like the Loch Ness Monster) still exist (in Africa, except for Nessie who might be in Dublin or Edinburgh) and the shot of his sister and Monkey, her ventriloquist doll, working at the counter of a bank 'together'.
Just got round to this, part 2 is on tonight btw.
Yup couple of good sniggers in there, so it'll do for me.
I've got a massive 'thing' for Nina Conti and find her hugely charming, for some reason.
It's a shame we won't see the dopey date again, she'd go well with the Dad's second wife.
Mr Pfister?? and his scenes in a bottle, etc, lots of little giggles in there.
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Old 23-07-2013, 17:41
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Way behind but just caught this on I-player and thought it was really enjoyable. Brilliantly acted and off-beat. Bits that made me LOL...Tom's spectacularly thick date who thinks Dinosaurs (like the Loch Ness Monster) still exist (in Africa, except for Nessie who might be in Dublin or Edinburgh) and the shot of his sister and Monkey, her ventriloquist doll, working at the counter of a bank 'together'.
The date bit was good.

It would be interesting to find out how much and what parts are improvised.
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Old 23-07-2013, 18:27
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The date bit was good.

It would be interesting to find out how much and what parts are improvised.
Family Tree
Christopher Guest's blog holds the answer, link to the date scene on there too.
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Old 23-07-2013, 19:15
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Also a thread on the USA telly forum, which is confusing .
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Old 23-07-2013, 20:16
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I watched it last week and thought it was OK...........but I think I might switch and try the new sitcom at 10 on BBC3
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Old 23-07-2013, 20:26
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I watched it last week and thought it was OK...........but I think I might switch and try the new sitcom at 10 on BBC3
Is that Badults, I'll give that a miss, looks a bit 'too' silly for me.
There's a load of online comedy pilots on the BBC Three website, I downloaded them haven't watched them though.
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Old 23-07-2013, 21:13
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I watched it last week and thought it was OK...........but I think I might switch and try the new sitcom at 10 on BBC3
"Chaos ensues...." Not a good start. And a warning about strong language .... meaning it's not funny, so they've put some swear words in. Always good for a laugh from a certain kind of audience.
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Old 23-07-2013, 22:36
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Was ok-ish tonight.

Kept trying to work out who his "bone" obsessed date was - eventually realised it was Ellie Taylor from Snog, Marry or Avoid.

Not noticed her large "clavicles" before, I think there's another thread on DS that she deserves a mention on
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Old 23-07-2013, 22:39
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Loved the Thin Blue Line Parody the salt/clavicle moment got me all hot for a moment. (It may have been her boobs though)

Oh and Avatar the Musical - a smash hit waiting to happen. No doubt.
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Old 24-07-2013, 09:36
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Just watched episode one, deleting episode 2.
Nina Conti is doing a show not far from where I live. It will be interesting to see if it helps her sell out a small theatre. The last time I looked she wasn't even close to selling 50 tickets.
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Old 24-07-2013, 10:21
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I could do without Conti's turn as a loony vent.

Her recent documentary makes me wonder if she really has got psychological issues with her puppets.
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Old 24-07-2013, 10:39
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It is derivative telly - based on the current fashion for researching family trees. Anglo-US = must feature an Irishman. Watched the first one and thought it was just rubbish, so didn't bother with the 2nd episode.
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Old 24-07-2013, 11:31
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The best thing about episode 2 was that watching it meant we didn't have to watch the news which I assume was all about the royal baby again.
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Old 24-07-2013, 12:26
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Was ok-ish tonight.

Kept trying to work out who his "bone" obsessed date was - eventually realised it was Ellie Taylor from Snog, Marry or Avoid.

Not noticed her large "clavicles" before, I think there's another thread on DS that she deserves a mention on
Yes, I hadn't noticed them before either.

Loved the Thin Blue Line Parody the salt/clavicle moment got me all hot for a moment. (It may have been her boobs though)

Oh and Avatar the Musical - a smash hit waiting to happen. No doubt.
There was something rather hot about the scene.
Again, lots of little giggles in there for me, so I'll be back next week.
The suspended mirror around the old woman's neck, etc, etc.
We seem to have some running themes, Date and Sitcoms.
Hope they can work in some more subtle background gags, reminds me of Creature comforts.
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Old 24-07-2013, 16:04
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[quote=Dr. Otterbland;67341095]I could do without Conti's turn as a loony vent.



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Me too, it's really irritating.
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Old 24-07-2013, 16:38
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Awful. Shows up Nina Conti's small talent footprint if she has to have a fictional character doing what she does in the real world.
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