I think the TV ones are simply transmitted from Cornley, and they haven't mentioned the Polytechnic at all, unless I missed it?
You're right. They seem to have quietly dropped the Polytechnic part of the name for this series. Though I would hazard a guess that it's more likely to be because the cast are a bit mature by now to look like they're still at university rather than because people are taking offence at any implications of the word Polytechnic.
Though I would hazard a guess that it's more likely to be because the cast are a bit mature by now to look like they're still at university rather than because people are taking offence at any implications of the word Polytechnic.
Yes, I saw it listed (Radio Times?) as "the Cornley Polytechnic drama society are back..." but yeah, I think the actors are too old now to be plausibly students.
Thought this was the best of their TV outings so far. Yes there are some predictable moments, and the problem with TV is sometimes the camera framing can give away what is going to happen, however overall it was a broad success.
Dennis playing the clueless fax machine was great fun, I'm just surprised there wasn't a nuclear "red button" joke anywhere given the deliberately bad chronology.
Post by samuelwhiskers on Jan 7, 2020 11:32:08 GMT
Well I thought the Christmas episode was dire honestly (only funny bits were Henry Lewis’ grumpy failed actor, and the stickup a chimney bit) even though I loved their past Christmas TV specials. But the “pilot” (not pilot) episode was great. There were parts that could perhaps have been developed more but a strong story and consistent gags. Hugely enjoyed it.
On a personal note if they want to actually handcuff Henry Shields and not just promise to do so that would be OK with me.
Accidental initiator of the great Horse Pun War of 2019.
I just don't get these and it's really weird as I normally enjoy farce. They just seem so telegraphed and the spoken lines always end up matching perfectly the visually unplanned stuff.
I did see half of TPTGW with the original cast, in the days when it was still discounted. Part of me regrets not lasting the course, but I just didn't laugh and on that date couldn't cope with malfunctioning guns. It's still the only show I've not come back for the second half for.
I've watched all the TV stuff. I did find a few funny moments in the Christmas episode, but the Pilot was just the same jokes we've seen a thousand times. There wasn't even enough of Dave Hearn smiling wildly to save it.
I'm sure there's something I've missed. I can appreciate the work that goes into these and I'm impressed by how much success Mischief have had around the world. So what have I missed?
Tonight’s episode features a running joke about the set being designed incorrectly in terms of scale and reminds me of the famous Stonehenge scene from ‘This Is Spinal Tap’.... what a riot that film was!
Definitely some Bank Robbery inspiration for the set here.
There were a few similarities with not only TCAABR (also Henry S pouring water over himself like Caprice does in Act 2) but also TPTGW (Jonathan's failure to exit when he should have, Dave miming blood spurting), PPGW (conversations getting the wrong way round following prompting) & Groan Ups (prosecution/prostitution). But I suppose there's only so many things that can Go Wrong & most of the audience probably don't remember the shows in the minute detail that I do!