Ian Wolf

Gigglebox Weekly #39

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Gigglebox Weekly With Ian Wolf

This week Ian Wolf talks about some drawn-on eyebrows and a teenager reaching his “climax” to the theme from Top Gear.

Watson & Oliver

The first episode of Watson & Oliver was, on the whole, pretty poor. It began well – I was especially fond of the opening sketch in which Lorna Watson draws eyebrows on her face in response to Ingrid Oliver’s feelings, which became more and more ridiculous as the conversation went on. The duo are good physical performers.

However, I didn’t enjoy the second half of the episode nearly as much.

The problem seems to be the writing. Some of the sketches seemed lack any purpose, like the friendly conversation between a prisoner and a warden. It totally stumped me, and I think judging by the audience reaction the studio didn’t realise understand it either (mostly light tittering and nothing more).

Concerning the writing, I think that the most interesting aspect of Watson & Oliver is that while Watson and Oliver are the main writers, there is a larger bunch of writers providing “additional material”. In the opening episode, for example, Kevin Cecil, Ali Crockatt, David Scott, Alex Lowe and Robert Mills all contributed. In other words, apart from the two stars, all the writers are men writing for female roles.  Perhaps if Watson and Oliver wrote all their material there’d be a fluidity to the show and it might, well, be a bit better.

Still, it’s probably best to see what comes up in future episodes…


Pramface, a sitcom about a 16-year-old boy who accidentally gets a girl pregnant, is one of a series of new comedies recently commissioned by BBC Three, having axed most of their old shows. All I can say is that I hope the rest of the new output is better than this.

To give you an idea of where I stand on it, I laughed once. The laugh itself came from a somewhat old-hack gag about a boy “pleasuring himself” and “reaching climax” as his mother enters the room.

Nothing original to it, apart from the fact he was listening to a sex audio tape of his own devising, which was set to play the theme from Top Gear at the critical moment. Now, when I wrote about comedy in Top Gear last week, that’s not quiet how I envisioned it. Still it’s better than seeing one of those three presenters doing that act (and I apologise for putting that rather disturbing image into your head right now).

There were several problems with Pramface for me. I didn’t like most of the characters; there was too much incidental music for my liking; and in terms of the gross-out comedy it appears to be going for I’ve seen much funnier examples elsewhere. Give me Robert Webb in Peep Show eating a half-cooked dog leg any day of the week.