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NotTooOld Sun 18-Feb-18 21:38:28

Anyone else watch John Cleese in this tonight? I was looking forward to it but it was a little disappointing. DH thought it was dreadful. I'm hoping it will improve as we go along.

Grannyknot Sun 18-Feb-18 21:41:39

It was dire.

lemongrove Sun 18-Feb-18 21:43:13

Only caught the last five mins, but yes, it didn’t look great didi it?

tanith Sun 18-Feb-18 21:46:01

Dreadful I'm afraid.

NotTooOld Sun 18-Feb-18 21:51:27

I read that John Cleese thought it was the best script he had read in 100 years. When asked if he was nervous about doing it he said he wasn't as he was only employed as an actor, he hadn't written it. Perhaps he should have written it and then it might be better.

Auntieflo Sun 18-Feb-18 22:17:59


chocolatepudding Sun 18-Feb-18 22:51:21

Awful. We gave up after 20 minutes.

ninathenana Sun 18-Feb-18 22:55:17

I've never liked John Cleese. The script was tosh and the son was annoying.
The only good thing about it was Alison Steadman

GreatauntieLinda Sun 18-Feb-18 23:04:07

I loved it. Laughed loads.

pensionpat Sun 18-Feb-18 23:48:11

I never expect much from a comedy with lots of good actors in. So often the script lets them down. For me, Girlfriends fell into that category. And there was another big disappointment. Can't remember the title but was about 3 couples. Alison Steadman was in that too. And I think Russ Abbott.

Eloethan Mon 19-Feb-18 00:21:51

I thought it wasn't great but it was OK. Sometimes these sit coms get better as they go on. I agree the son's character was irritating and over the top.

I wasn't that keen on the Jack Dee sit com Bad Move when it first started but I definitely warmed to it and hope there is another series.

Jane10 Mon 19-Feb-18 07:04:32

I think John Cleese is, frankly, past it. His voice is most odd.
Alison Steadman is the best person in everything she appears in. Mind you she's always the same!

Purpledaffodil Mon 19-Feb-18 07:24:10

Disappointing I agree. Thought it was full of clichés and stereotypes. Perhaps it will improve? hmm

Grandma70s Mon 19-Feb-18 07:27:28

I quite liked the idea of the son coming back to live with his parents assuming he’d be welcome when in fact he wasn’t. I suspect this quite often happens. I felt it got worse as it went on, though.. John Cleese OK, not keen on Alison Steadman, son looked too old.

I was very annoyed when she was apparently going to do the son’s washing! Surely nobody would be that stupid?

J52 Mon 19-Feb-18 08:28:52

I too was very disappointed. I thought it would be a cross between an older Gavin and Stacey, and Ronnie Corbett’s Mother (was that the programmes name?).
The son was awful in all aspects and in fact spoilt the programme. It started quite well with the banter between Alison and John.
Much better IMO will be the second series of MUM, BBC 2 this week. The first was really good.

Pittcity Mon 19-Feb-18 08:30:43

I thought it was terrible, bring back Still Open All Hours.

Auntieflo Mon 19-Feb-18 08:45:16

Hear hear Pittcity

whitewave Mon 19-Feb-18 09:06:43

It is as if Cleese has forgotten how to act.

Nanabilly Mon 19-Feb-18 09:16:00

I switched it off as soon as the son came on the scene.
Can't abide John cheese in anything so I'm surprised I even gave it half a chance.

Blinko Mon 19-Feb-18 09:22:04

Awful. Shades of Ronnie Cornett in 'Sorry', another turkey, imo. The irritating son should be sent packing asap if the show is to continue. I will not be watching, either way.

Blinko Mon 19-Feb-18 09:22:36

Oops, Corbett, of course...

J52 Mon 19-Feb-18 09:47:59

Ah Blinko thanks that was the Ronnie Corbett programme I was trying to remember. Didn’t watch it but occasionally saw snippets.

Blinko Mon 19-Feb-18 09:52:16

Same here, J52 smile

Purpledaffodil Mon 19-Feb-18 13:50:47

“Language Timothy” said by the mother in Sorry when any vaguely off colour language was used is a family saying in PD Towers whenever grownup offspring let rip with expletives. It amuses DH and me but they probably have no idea about the reference! ?

Eloethan Mon 19-Feb-18 23:05:03

I liked "Sorry".