Did anyone see this last night? DH has been watching on and off and I haven't really been watching it as am not really a fan but had caught sight of 'Parking Patewayo' and had thought that that was uncomfortable watching already.
Last night, I was in the room a little more during the episode and saw the last sketch which was 'Van Drivers' Lament' The apparent joke in this sketch was to verbally abuse a young attractive woman whose car had broken down and block the road, and then when they had made her cry, drove past and made crude sexual suggestions to her.
It was horrible and the fact this has been paid for by my license fee has incensed me. Do people really think this is comedy, really?
I am writing to complain. Did anyone else see it? And anyone want to join me in complaining?
Wellll, I tried to look at it that way, but it didn't work. I felt slightly sick after watching it Why should we laugh at people being verbally abusive toward women? I didn't feel we were laughing at the idiot van drivers, we were meant to be laughing at how they were behaving Which wasn't funny
anastasia - so true. I once framed a complaint to say that I understood that they were trying to do X but that it didn't work because of Y. Long response from producer (which I did appreciate) saying 'ah but you see we were trying to do X, sorry if you didn't understand'.
Can I just add that I think Harry Enfield is one of the laziest comedians ever, and relies on laboured half-jokes which would be so much better in another comedian's hands. OTOH he is likely a millionaire, and I am not, so what do I know?
I detest having to pay the licence fee. If a subscription channel continually ignored complaints I'd cancel the subscription. All you can say to the BBC is please don't do that. But unless you give up all TV channels you still have to fund them.
I thought the Parking Patewayo sketch was much dodgier. I can hardly believe someone let that go out. I'll complain about that, if you like
Van drivers thing was just profoundly weak and unfunny, imo (in that way it was a fairly accurate reflection of the whole 30 mins). I didn't feel the woman was being victimised; the blokes were plainly the idiots. Thoroughly embarrassing for all concerned
I think I have got closer to why I feel like this. The behaviour was offensive. It was not funny And I have never understood why it is justified as humour/comedy Why is it funny that some men behave like this ?
BIWI, perhaps if it was google I would understand your paranoia, but not the beeb yet. (and agree, sexist and racist) <haven't seen any bits with gay people in so have no evidence either way, but am prepared to believe you on what I've seen so far> Aitch, yes, I felt let down by Paul Whitehouse
I never thought I would ever say this, but I have been enjoying drama from ITV recently so so so so much more.
i saw you coming is v funny middle aged men in love with polish cafe girls v funny (and accurate round here) i like the conceit of what would have happened if the beatles hadn't taken drugs, although the sketches are ropey like the two doctors
Oh god those two are fucking useless. Mind you I have never thought harry Enfield was funny at all, remember watching Loadsamoney when I was 7 and thinking 'wanker' (or whatever my 7 year old equivalent word for wanker was)
Hideously unfunny. I cannot think of any Harry Enfield character which is funny. Seriously. Kathy Burke was funny as Waynetta and that's it ('why did you get a braaahn car')
Old fashioned comedians are embarassing. Surely there is a Jimmy Tarbuck golf course where they can all congregate?
That programme is so untopical. Dragons Den? How novel is it to take the piss out of a programme which has been on the screen for 4 years. Compare the lazy tripe to Harry Hill, for instance.
the acting on the dragons den thing is very good, imo, but the sketch has gone on too long. although in next week's ep they are a bit more political, explaining hedge fund trading using that format. but yes, it's not got as good legs as they think.
It was a very weird sketch and uncomfortable to watch, not sure how it was supposed to be funny. I have seen this before with male comedians though where they think a sketch about women being followed home, harrassed, stalked or threatened can be funny when as a woman watching it's quite frightening and reminiscent of what happens in real life or what can happen.
One sketch that always sticks in my mind was a 'candid camera' on a TV show I saw once, where a comedian pretended to be a loony taxi driver who was offensive to passengers. A young woman got in his car and he started making suggestive comments to her and asking creepy questions, as he was about to drive off. She just looked terrified and got out of the car almost in tears. It wasn't funny at all, it was just scary.