steams out of the comedy tunnel as realism meets utter stupidity
in a cavalcade of bizarre sketches performed by some of Britain's
top-notch comedy actors...
by Graham Linehan and Arthur Mathews, the writers of Father
Ted, Big Train was the winner of the Bronze Rose
at Montreux after the first series was transmitted in 1998.
But it wasn't until 2002 that the much anticipated second
series was screened.
show twists everyday occurrences and mundane situations into
daft sketches and improbable scenarios such as the world premiere
of the influential film classic, Alfred Hitchock's The
Working Class - the stuff of nightmares; the pros and
cons of having huge hands when using today's micro technology;
shy policemen, confused Ministers, ducks in danger and hens
in armed combat.
have to be honest and confess that I missed this series when
it was originally screened. Actually, I say missed, I mean
avoided. The reason that I didn't much care for this series
was due to some very poor trailers that just didn't look funny.
However, I now realise what a classic series I missed.
of the highlights include Mark Heap's juggling (incidentally
the ending to this sketch reminded me of the Monty Python
sketch The National Hide and Seek Champions); Fox
hunters sketch (even funnier when you consider that the fact
that the practice is soon to be outlawed and we may well see
them looking for other, less gory pastimes; and a great sketch
were parents and kids swap places during a car journey.
said that, it's almost impossible to list your favourite gags
- there are just so many comedy moments to choose from.
on this double disc collection include audio commentaries
with the writers and cast, and some deleted sketches (most
of which are very funny). A hoot (ha! ha! do you get my hilarious
train reference) from beginning to end.
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