‘An Evening with Harry Enfield and Paul Whitehouse’ – On the Box

An Evening With Harry Enfield and Paul Whitehouse (BBC2)


I love Harry and Paul and often find myself singing their Ruskie theme tune in the shower with gusto. They’ve got some excellent comic creations with accompanying catch phrases and they don’t shy away from uncomfortable subjects (racism, poverty, loneliness, stupidity). But this review celebrating 25 years in comedy fell short of their own mark. I could see what they were trying to do – when I told Mr H the title of the show he asked “Is that on ITV? – but it didn’t work. They impersonated celebrities and undermined the luvvie culture of these awful ‘An Evening With’ shows, and used the questions to spoof, mock and criticise their own work. I don’t think it was racist or sexist as other reviews have suggested, but it did make me feel uncomfortable, mainly because it just wasn’t very funny.

Author: sarahhamstera

Mum always warned me watching too much tv would give me square eyes - let's find out if that's true! TV reviewer at https://deadpixeltest.wordpress.com/ Birmingham, UK

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