Monday, May 30, 2011

In which Stewart Lee gets it right, and the BBC TV schedulers get it wrong

There are only so many hours in the day, so it seems churlish to complain when a television show gets squeezed out onto the fringes of the schedule. Especially when it’s a show that may only appeal to a comparatively small demographic.

But when such a show then becomes an absolute smash on the iPlayer, it’s probably a sign that the BBC schedulers have in this case made a mistake.

You know, that iPlayer they have nowadays. The iPlayer. You've seen it haven't you. The iPlayer...

Stewart Lee’s Comedy Vehicle is, in my view, very funny indeed. Further, it’s the ideal show for someone ‘working from home’ because the visual element is usually quite negligible.

Barring one daft sketch at the end of the show every week, Lee’s show is just the irascible standup standing up and being irascible.

I have been more than once reminded of the deceptively simple presentation of the Dave Allen shows that I enjoyed so much when I was only just learning to become a television addict.

With a persona pitched somewhere between irritated dad and naughty schoolboy Lee manages to raise laughs when he’s talking about charities, the commuter belt he so often seems to..crisps.

The show seems perfect for the kind of person who has to get up in the morning for work and therefore can’t stay up late enough to watch it.

If you’ve missed it so far, I’d urge you to give it a try. Especially if you’re ‘working from home’.

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