Hosted by Rhys Thomas as the keen, but not too bright Gary Bellamy, the show's line-up of experts, idiots, bigots, nutters, and bores is a snapshot of 21st century Britain and its obsessions; from freedom of speech to whether chocolate has become too serious. The show was largely improvised by the cast and sprinkled among the calls from the regulars are contributions from special guests including Harry Enfield, Catherine Tate, and Arabella Weir.
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Down the Line features some of the best and cleverest character comedy I've heard. It often gets so near the knuckle that you have to remind yourself that it's not real. If you liked Harry Enfield and Chums, the Fast Show or Little Britian you will recognise most of the performers and their character voices. But there's plenty here for anyone to enjoy. Like Spinal Tap or Withnail and I, Down the Line rewards repeated listening and it's a shame that as a radio comedy it isn't likely to reach a wide audience who can memorise immortal lines and repeat them in pubs up and down the land in the way that those films have. Deserves an immediate download!
the only problem with this is it goes to quickly
the characters are brilliant
makes you laugh
This is complete genius. I'm listening to it for the third time in a week and it just gets funnier with each listen. Possibly the best radio comedy ever made.
I downloaded the Free Copy and listened to the show with my wife. We have not laughed so much for years. My wife (bless her belief in me) was sure that it was a comedy programme but I convinced her that it was from a Real Radio 4 Programme.
The (supposedly) realism thus made it all the more funny. Trouble is... both of us recognised some of the characters that the programme depicted. We named those whom we know and agreed through our intense laughter that the comments were just as ?John?, ?Tim? ?Victoria? etc. would have said. I even regognised the boring humour-less Medical Guest from my University days.
To conclude, a jolly fine humorous mickey-take of us educated and not so well educated British people. Long may we all live together in this we call a Balanced Society.....got to laugh or we will all go mad!!
Down the Line won't be to everyone's taste. The humour is surreal, often deeply ironic and unconventional - requiring that the listener shares the team's twisted cynical view of the world. Its a slice of modern Britain, distored and reflected back at itself in a way that will appeal most to irony-loving members of generation X. Traditionalists may fail to see the comedy at all - seeing it only as a call-in show populated by a mix of weirdos and cranks. But that is in fact just a clever disguise for what is actually a hilarious and twisted commentary on the pettiness, self-absorbtion and hilarious contradictions of modern british society.
The free 'Down the Line' episode I downloaded was absolutely worthless and a waste of time. I don't know about you, but these days I just don't have time for reject entertainment. Might appeal to adolescent retards: Lots of scatalogical and really stupid humor. Not sure if Audible.co.uk can be trusted for recommendations now.
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