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LadyBeagleEyes Mon 29-Apr-13 21:10:55

Please, please no, what's with the canned laughter?
I'm cringing, and back in the 70's,
Ian Mackellen and Derek Jacobi, why just why?

ComposHat Fri 10-May-13 00:54:02

I thought the second episode was better - more depth to the characters, well the two main ones anyway and some genuine laughs. Frances De La Tour is still tragically wasted in a one dimensional role. Made me think when the characters kissed - how often do you see two men kissing and it just be a normal everyday part of their relationship? For that, if nothing else it deserves praise.

In a way, I hope they get a second series, lose the laughter track tell the leads to stop playing for laughs and just do what they do best- just bloody act. Add some substance to the scripts and it could be half decent.

Not sure if ITV or the main cast will persevere with it after the mixed reaction and viewing figures (interestingly the tabloids are far more positive than the broadsheets)

BenjaminButton172 Wed 08-May-13 23:24:32

Thanks. grin

lisaro Wed 08-May-13 23:20:31

Ah, I see. It's an L . Lisaro. smile

BenjaminButton172 Wed 08-May-13 23:09:50

Sorry not sure if it is an L or an i at the beginning of your name lisaro.

BenjaminButton172 Wed 08-May-13 23:06:54

Lisaro i too was talking about senses MIL.

lisaro Wed 08-May-13 23:01:30

Well actually responding to her MIL.

lisaro Wed 08-May-13 23:00:30

If you're asking me, benjamin I'm responding to senses post above mine. smile

BenjaminButton172 Wed 08-May-13 22:57:37

What has being gay got to do with enjoying the program?

lisaro Wed 08-May-13 20:38:41

Nobody could speak for the whole of 'the gays'. Anyway, my gay cousin loves it.

sensesworkingovertime Wed 08-May-13 20:12:06

My MIL said that gays don't like it as it's not a true portrayal, I don't see how that can be when the two main actors are gay.confused

BenjaminButton172 Tue 07-May-13 17:09:05

I watched the first episode last night(recorded from last week). I laughed out loud at least twice.

I am going to watch last nights & see how it is.

As for The Job Lot. Oh god it was quite over the top but real at the same time. As a previous poster said if u didnt laugh u would cry.

hattymattie Thu 02-May-13 18:47:57

Brilliant cast, poor script and yes what's with the canned laughter.

sensesworkingovertime Tue 30-Apr-13 14:18:05

lisaro you were right to mention panto, I'm not going to let them off completely, some lines were way too forced and panto-ish, would improve without that, a bit more subtlety please director.....

sensesworkingovertime Tue 30-Apr-13 14:14:56

beertricks agree about the appalling rape 'joke' - let's hope there's no more like that.

That aside, I can see that 'Vicious' is going to be my guilty pleasure for the next 6weeks! grin I mean c'mon it's like the genetically mutated offspring of other 70's/80's sitcoms, it' like Are you being served meets Rising Damp meets The Golden Girls and what's with the kitchen door, reminds me of the diner where Starsky and Hutch would meet Huggy Bear.

(Derek Jacobi has morphed into Mr Humphries, I could practically hear him squealing 'Im free'!!)

eminemmerdale Tue 30-Apr-13 12:52:11

Some very funny lines but a bit much...The Job Lot though - Absolutely had me roaring with laughter!

lisaro Tue 30-Apr-13 12:50:25

I enjoyed it for what it was - pantomime. Corny, overacted, with a panto dame (or two).

Lottapianos Tue 30-Apr-13 12:49:20

'Not sure if rape 'joke' deliberate attempt at retro humour.'

Ah, hadn't thought of that *rufussmum. DP and I both went shock when we heard the rape joke so I do hope it was a deliberate clunker.

I thought it was, as DP would say, 'mildly amusing'. Some of the bitching was pretty funny and the bit with the blinds was good. I love Frances de la Tour too. I think I'll probably stick with it.

Witco Tue 30-Apr-13 12:45:08

It was filmed on front of a live audience so the laughter is 'live'. I loved it and I cried with laughter when Ash opened the blinds - hilarious!

rufussmum Tue 30-Apr-13 09:13:55

Not sure if rape 'joke' deliberate attempt at retro humour. Likewise them hitting on young male visitor.
Is this a post-modern satire on old-fashioned homosexual stereotypes? If so, it's on wrong channel for the wrong audience.
Both men are great actors but Jacobi gave me the creeps in that Halifax thing and he does it again here. Must be me.
But will watch next week. Agree some one-liners great but painful to watch. Canned laughter gets in the way of pathos though.

Mrsdavidcaruso Tue 30-Apr-13 00:39:21

Loved it two of our finest Actors hamming it up like mad - classic

Blondeshavemorefun Mon 29-Apr-13 22:26:50

Totally crap

Won't be watching again

Deleted off planner !!

ComposHat Mon 29-Apr-13 22:19:37

I love a camp 70s comedy and can get my tongue round a double entandre with the best of them, but this is all a bit...cod.

The laughter track is getting on my tits and it all feels a bit stagey but as 70s the one liners are chuckleworthy. But opening episodes of sitcoms are notoriously difficult to get right, so I might watch next week to see if it picks up, it hinted at the sense of wasted lives, regret and mutual dependency.

frankie4 Mon 29-Apr-13 22:17:54

I turned it over as soon as they started on the rape jokes. And did not feel comfortable about the way they were treating their new neighbour - if he was a girl it would have been really inappropriate.

GwendolineMaryLacey Mon 29-Apr-13 22:07:17

I rather like it... blush

LadyBeagleEyes Mon 29-Apr-13 22:03:46

That woman with the glasses and the forms in the Job Centre is the type I've encountered many times.
I think it's realistic, if you don't laugh you'll cry.

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