Salmoneus wrote: ↑20 Apr 2021 22:58
But serious, I've been watching Taskmaster.
It's been around 11 series now, so I'm kind of late to the party. It's the sort of show I've kept catching bits off, but never watched properly, partly because of how they structure their advert breaks (which is designed to keep people watching, but deters casual channel-switchers...). But I've now caught up on the ongoing series 11, and I've watched series 10 as well. And it's absolutely, struggling-to-breathe-from-laughter, hilarious.
Update: I've seen a bit of series 1, and it doesn't quite work. The atmosphere is wrong. It's in a weirdly cramped, darkened set, and the host (Greg Davies) is too serious, and hasn't yet embraced his energetically-despairing tyrannical role. Also, the tasks are a bit too simple. However, I've started watching series 2, and while it's still not quite right, it's a big step forward!
You may remember that I said before that it was very British. It is, and yet apparently it's had at least 8 international remakes! Most of these make sense - a lot of Scandinavia, and New Zealand, and yes, I can imagine it translating well there. But I was shocked to find that there was an American version!
...and then rather less shocked to discover it had terrible viewing figures, was scrapped after a single season and was never spoken of again. That sounds about right.
[Speaking of Taskmaster discoveries: I didn't realise that the entire thing is the invention of Alex Horne, the Taskmaster's assistant (who is belittled throughout) - despite the fact that the first episode begins with him thanking Davies for the opportunity. In fact it's the other way around, Horne brought Davies in to bring added authority and allow himself to be the power behind the throne (as it were). It began as an Edinburgh show, before being made for TV some years later. Horne even wrote and (with others) performed the theme tune...]