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Posted: 12 Nov 11 12:23

Ricky Gervais comedy Life's Too Short gets 2.5m viewers

Life's Too Short, the new comedy by Ricky Gervais and Stephen Merchant, attracted 2.5 million viewers for its BBC Two debut.

The audience was above the channel's average for that timeslot - which is 1.8m.

The BBC Two series, Rev also fared well, with a record audience of 2.4 million.


I don't like Gervais much. I haven't watched the show either, so I guess I can't comment on that.

This news article seems a bit bollocks though.

Two comedy shows get roughly the same audience figure, which is slightly higher than the average figure for their timeslots. But how do they calculate this average? Does it include just comedy shows broadcast at that time, or does it include shit like "Dancing with the Springwatch Stars Extra-Factor One Show"?

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Posted: 12 Nov 11 13:16
I think they monitor the viewing habits of about a thousand people, take the average, and then work it out as a percentage of the population.

Either that, or they go round in a van peeping through people's windows.

Not a big Gervais fan myself, although I did enjoy The Office. I find him a bit smug.

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Posted: 12 Nov 11 16:39 - Edited By: pinxit, 12 Nov 11 16:39
I really like Ricky Gervais and Stephen Merchant. For me, 'Extras' was right up there with 'Fawlty Towers' and 'The Larry Sanders Show' as one of the greats of TV comedy series.

However, the first of the new series seemed to be an inferior rehash of 'Extras' and 'Office', offering nothing fresh or new. I really hope it picks up.

It was the first time I've seen 'Rev', but it seemed to me to be a very amiable, well-written, acted and directed comedy - and well worth sticking with.

As for the Thursday time-slot slot and figures... 'Life's Too Short' was piggybacking on both 'Rev' and 'Masterchef: The Pros' - both of which are big audience pullers ('Rev' picked up a large Beeb1 following in its repeats earlier this year) so good/better than average figures were to be expected. Wonder what Frank Skinner's new very lacklustre 'Opinionated' (which followed 'LTS') picked up?

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Posted: 12 Nov 11 20:22
Ricky Gervais appears to be something of a cnut, but he can be very funny.

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Posted: 13 Nov 11 01:36
The office was funny, cringe-making and poignant - quite a lot to pack into one show.

Watched a couple of 'Extras' OK but Gervais was getting annoying

The film he did recently was formulaic but that's what Americans like

Gervais has one character only - himself. As Skoob says he's smug. He was president of the UCL students' union and I can imagine him receiving that news with the same falsely modest 'who me? no o o? as he has his various awards.

In interviews he is the same person and he has the habit of looking out at the audience if they laugh with an annoyingly smug self-satisfied look. People think he doesn't take himself seriously but the chap has one hell of an ego. Compare the big stars getting involved in extras with the big stars of the 70's getting involved with Morecambe abnd Wise. Compare the attitudes of Gervais and M&W. Theman is already half way up his own arris.

He has become increasingly annoying even to other actors.

To me he makes smoke come out of my ears.

The current show about the dwarf was the dwarf's idea apparently. Let's hope it doesn't send me into orbit when I see Gervais who is playing a non lead part.

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Posted: 14 Nov 11 17:35 - Edited By: armfeetandtoe, 14 Nov 11 17:35
Same old same old with Gervais, typical BBC, use them up then spit them out, just like they did to Milligan.

Its about time the viewer dictated the program shedule, after all, we do pay money to watch this crap.



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Posted: 14 Nov 11 18:46 - Edited By: Rebel Not Taken, 14 Nov 11 18:47
given that the programme's star is a dwarf, we should be receiving a discount on the Television licence..

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Posted: 14 Nov 11 19:48
I'm a big fan of Ricky Gervais's Obituary writer. It's high time he got his minute in the sun.

My wife on the other hand, disagrees.

Well opposites attack. Attract. Damn. Always making that mistake.

So I've seen the Office (yawn / embarrassment), and Extras (almost watchable thanks to the supporting cast who unfortunately have to kowtow to RG).

And I've seen Life's Too Short. It's not big and it's not clever.

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Posted: 14 Nov 11 21:27

Quote: Lynton

The film he did recently was formulaic but that's what Americans like



Not all Americans like films that are formulaic.

Just saying...

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Posted: 14 Nov 11 22:09
Sorry Ellie - every now and again I have an urge to generalise you know, like everybody does.

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Posted: 14 Nov 11 22:20
all Americans say "not all Americans"
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Posted: 15 Nov 11 01:28

Quote: Rebel Not Taken

all Americans say "not all Americans"
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HA.....not when we're asleep.

I defy stereotypes... ;-D

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Oh. They've encased him in Carbonite. He should be quite well protected. If he survived the freezing process, that is.
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Posted: 15 Nov 11 16:53
All Americans are American, Is that okay?




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Posted: 23 Nov 11 15:09
Interestingly (Like Steve Davis) the viewing figures for the second show nosedived.

Also for anyone who's interested - they've done some new Fast Show sketches on Fosters Funnies.

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Posted: 23 Nov 11 17:24
If they put more money in to making something good, then the people would watch, and continue to watch. Interest would grow episode on episode.

Instead, they do a half assed job on the writing and spend, spend, SPEND!!! on the marketing. But people aren't so daft that they can't smell a poo from 10 paces and will avoid it, no matter how you dress it up.

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'nuff said.

(Except to say that, in this case, the writing probably wasn't that cheap.)

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