The Function Room is something which I read about earlier this year and I thought sounded really good – a possible rival for Craig Cash and Phil Mealey’s brilliant pub sitcom Early Doors from the early 00s. And I have to say – aside from the annoyingly loud studio audience – I liked it.
The cast was brilliant – Trollied‘s Beverly Rudd, The Inbetweeners‘ Blake Harrison, The Vicar of Dibley‘s James Fleet to name just a few. There was even a great late appearance from Psychoville and one quarter of The League of Gentlemen, Reece Shearsmith. With such a strong cast, I had a certain faith in The Function Room before it even started…and that faith paid off.
It took a while but right from the moment a disgruntled Rudd uttered the word “Bergetw*t”, I found this show very funny.
I think the key to The Function Room, and something which seems to be missing from quite a few comedies nowadays, is strong characters. From a very theatrical actor (Fleet), to a passionate busy-body who generally objects to everything (Daniel Rigby, the one who plays the slightly odd flatmate in the BT ads), and to a young, outspoken couple who only seemed to be at the ‘Meet the Police’ meeting ‘for the craic’ (Harrison and Rudd).
The Function Room definitely has legs and should be picked up by Channel 4 even just as a three-part series. It’s far more deserving than Verry Terry!
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