Harry Hill, Vic & Bob and Just Around The Corner – a sitcom pilot about life set in the future – made up Thursday night’s Funny Fortnight line-up. It really was a bizarre one, especially the latter! Bizarre, that is, that it was even commissioned!
There was no character or setting clarification at all! James Bolam, James Fleet and Sanjeev Bhaskar were just three of the cast members and I can only presume they agreed to star in Just Around the Corner because it looked good on paper. It certainly look good on-screen.
The wry predictions being presented as future fact, such as Tony Blair being assassinated and the Shard falling down, seemed simply shoehorned in. I presume the aim was to have audiences laughing in sheer bemusement, just like I didn’t when James Fleet’s character justified two gangs dressed akin to the KKK fighting because “it’s Tuesday”. Well I’m glad I’m not the only one who didn’t think it was amusing.
I really don’t think this will – or rather hope it doesn’t – get a series. It started and ended suddenly, with no rhyme or reason. What happened in between was utterly pointless and, quite frankly, a waste of time. How could Guy Jenkins and Andy Hamilton go from Drop the Dead Donkey to Outnumbered…to this?
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