H ardent to love a tv show with a terrible name, don't we? Let's take it back : British As Folk (Mon, 10 p.m., Dave). So that 's supposed to sound like an oath, right? Which, I guess, is pretty punk - but it ' s not a real phrase. And what they did was turn the supposedly rude part into "folk". So now it's just: British As Folk. Because the show is about Britain (the place) and meets a lot of people (people) inside. I just feel… Look, I just feel like there was at least one more option on the whiteboard that they could have gone with.
But I have to tell you that The Show I Shall Not Name Any More is actually much better than the name and premise suggest. Yes: following the tracks of the target Bruno Tonioli and Craig Revel Horwood in a Mini (ITV), and Paul Merton and Suki Webster in a motorhome (Channel 5), Dave sent comedians Darren Harriott, Fern Brady and Ivo Graham in Grande -Brittany in an Elgrand motorhome. I mean, what would you do if you were in charge of a TV channel? "There is no new television thisyear because of the worst virus in a generation and it's basically impossible to get a flight to go anywhere fun anyway. Are we going to put three comedians and four cameramen in some vans and send them somewhere? Yeah, okay, go ahead then. It will cost around $ 10,000 all inclusive. Start them in Leicester.
This is how we end up in the parking lot where they dug up Richard III, which works like a delicious early chemistry test for the trio. Out of the Elgrand, Graham - Eton then Oxford, like all good comedians should be - tries to explain to a great length of Sixth Form-Held-A-Special Assembly why they're here. Brady - noticeably less up for it than the other two, still holding a heavy coat and squinting in the harsh sunlight - immediately intervenes. "Is this where they found the gay king?" " You are roughly in theI'm keen on the subject, Fern, although I'm sure others will give you the details. "But was he gay, though?" Why was he in a parking lot? Darren Harriott, Seconds Later: "Wait: Which King?
This is a nice preview of things to come. Once the three are comfortable, it's a class trip: they actually talk to the people they've been set up to meet (congratulations to the researcher, they keep the duplicate inventory with interesting people throughout: the king of egg factory cooking and the former Muslim hooligan who found religion but still loves Stone Island were my favorite), making jokes and making them laugh instead of making the more traditional nod and be polite while they are boring. tell their little story by Palin.
They are put in awkward situations - Brady selling fruit on a market stalldear; Harriott being viciously eliminated in cricket - and at no point is the show designed to embarrass them or make them look cool. Basically: It's nice to see a channel dive into the amazing British stand-up scene and give air time to new people, and it's even nicer to see these comedians being comedians about it, not makeshift guests. I might get bored of the format over the next two or three “Discover the Real Britain!” Vans. 'Hour-long antics that I'll have to watch, but for now, despite everything, British As Folk is the best of the bunch.