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  • craigy Staff 13 Apr 2012 19:18:29 8,606 posts
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    Sadly, two thumbs down from me.
  • mal 13 Apr 2012 20:29:33 25,516 posts
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    Just watched it. Watchable. Not overly dramatic, and absolutely not very funny (but then comedy dramas rarely are, so I can forgive that), but a well observed little slice of life. Gervais pulled off the mannerisms required pretty well, but I didn't find his act overly convincing for some reason - I suspect that's just me though. I thought Karl's character was a waste of space, and I'd already seen all his decent lines in the trailer.

    Also, I could have sworn I saw Nerys Hughes in there, but she's not in the credits.
  • graysonavich 13 Apr 2012 20:34:24 7,966 posts
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    It was fucking shit and I turned it off before the end.
  • M83J01P97 13 Apr 2012 22:33:24 7,224 posts
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    What I disliked most about this was the fact that I kept thinking "this would never have been made if it wasn't for Gervais..." as it really wasn't anything funny or interesting or dramatic, so I've no idea what it was meant to be other than another excuse for Gervais to plaster his face all over our screens.

    It's actually been hinted at a few times in the past that Merchant is the real talent of the pair when it comes to writing... this certainly proved that point!
  • localnotail 14 Apr 2012 01:15:34 23,084 posts
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    Silly Gervais. Everybody knows you never go full retard.
  • bladdard 14 Apr 2012 11:01:44 1,160 posts
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    If this was a one off I thought it was excellent, yes the slapstick was cued but the subject matter and the sensitive gentle handling was lovely. I used to work in a pub where a group of mentally challenged people used to come in every Wednesday and they were some of the sweetest most genuine people I've met, I thought Derek portrayed this exceptionally well.
  • TheSaint 17 Apr 2012 09:31:02 16,387 posts
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    Did the the sitting on the pudding and the falling in the pond jokes really get included or did I just imagine that?

    Gervais has totally lost it IMO. Shows like Parks and Rec have just taken the fake documentary to the next level.
  • M83J01P97 27 Jan 2013 12:42:37 7,224 posts
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    I really don't get why Channel 4 commissioned a series of this, and the BBC are also doing another series of Life too Short... And Miranda is the highest rated sitcom on British TV of the last 10 years? With Mrs Brown's Boys a close second?

    Fuck off the British public. Get some fucking taste.
  • waggy79 27 Jan 2013 12:52:42 1,508 posts
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    The fact that My Family went on for as long as it did (or maybe still is, I don't know) says all you need to know about what 'comedy' the public want.
  • superdelphinus 27 Jan 2013 12:57:49 8,620 posts
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    Most people don't like niche, challenging comedy non-shocker
  • superdelphinus 27 Jan 2013 13:00:06 8,620 posts
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    The latter, obviously!

    For what it's worth I quite liked Derek
  • President_Weasel 27 Jan 2013 13:00:55 11,501 posts
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    I cannot thole Ricky Gervais. It's a shame because I quite like Karl Pilkington's unique take on things, but then the show cuts back to him and Merchant in an office and Gervais does that stupid high-pitched laugh and I have to watch something else. Life's too Short can fuck off too, and as for a show seemingly based on the premise "Ricky Gervais plays a retard" I think I can do without that, too.
  • M83J01P97 27 Jan 2013 13:01:16 7,224 posts
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    At least the American's seem to 'get' good comedy now a days, even if the real gems are often treated badly.
  • Lukus 30 Jan 2013 22:48:13 20,069 posts
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    Yeah, I quite liked it.
  • Salaman 31 Jan 2013 09:02:25 21,342 posts
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    Wait, what? Episode 1 of what?
  • JuanKerr 31 Jan 2013 09:05:03 37,511 posts
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    The thread title is a clue.
  • imamazed 31 Jan 2013 09:11:38 6,291 posts
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    Disliked the pilot, but I actually liked this first full ep. They've got rid of the redundant slapstick and emphasised its other strengths. It's major problem was that Derek himself was not really funny, or interesting tbh. Aside from a couple of insights, all the entertainment came from the supporting cast.

    I shall certainly be watching episode 2 though
  • S.J.Rogers 31 Jan 2013 09:18:50 3,586 posts
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    Never watched the pilot, kept meaning too but who has the time..!

    Really enjoyed this though, funny, touching and well written. Karl was very good in this and as has been said, he is pretty much just playing himself but it works very well and becomes a very likable chap on screen.
  • Whizzo 31 Jan 2013 09:29:00 44,608 posts
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    I enjoyed the first episode, I was surprised I actually enjoyed the pilot as well, it's not really like other Gervais shows, which is probably just as well as I ended up hating "Life's Too Short."

    Pilkington is very much the star of the show.
  • jellyhead 31 Jan 2013 09:37:22 24,346 posts
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    It didn't do anything for me. I don't know what it is with Gervais and his show template, some of his stuff really resonates with me but most of it does nothing, not even raise a smile. I switched over after a couple of minutes as it just wasn't engaging.
  • Salaman 31 Jan 2013 09:43:57 21,342 posts
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    JuanKerr wrote:
    The thread title is a clue.
    Aaah right. As it was an old thread, and people were moaning about not liking it, I thought Derek had been aired already and people were talking about episode 1 of something new RV related. Especially the mention of Karl threw me off.
  • binky Moderator 31 Jan 2013 09:49:34 10,524 posts
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    I've changed the thread title now there's a full series.
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