The Triumph of Harry Hill's TV Burp

I cannot tell you how much I am going to miss Harry Hill’s TV Burp.  Running for almost the entire last 6 months, Harry Hill’s weekly look at  the best and worst of British television is a demonstration of television gold.

The way in which Hill and his scriptwriters observe and effortlessly deconstruct peculiarly British television shows in quick bites up to 5 minutes long in the form of commentary, voice overs and sketches makes the show absolutely unique, and utterly hilarious.

Running from October 2008 to April 2009 with a 4 week gap for TV Burp specials, this 8th series has been Hill’s longest and most probably the funniest run of the show yet, and consistently the funniest example of light entertainment programming since the halcyon days of the 1970s.

Rare praise indeed – yet despite regularly pulling in an audience of 6 million on a Saturday evening, Hill is a marmite kind of a guy. You either love him or hate hime – personally I think he’s brilliant, combining old school comedy nuances with modern attitude and surrealism.

I’m guilty however of missing a handful of episodes from the recent run of Harry Hill’s TV Burp – hence missing out on both new stuff and cleverly observed running gags inserted only whenever appropriate. For instance the cast of various British soap operas seem adept at inadvertently impersonating animals (on one occasion Coronation Street corner shop owner Dev Alahan found himself renamed to “Dev Elephant”) while regular features include The Many Faces of Louis Walsh which is based on some of the bizarre expressions pulled by The X Factor judge; Freaky Eaters also gets some much deserved attention from Hill.

With so many episodes under his belt in recent months Hill is off for a well-earned break – although no doubt he’ll be off on tour with a new standup show soon. Meanwhile, I’ll be checking out the Best of TV Burp DVDs…

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I'm Christian Cawley, a massive fan of UK fantasy television (particularly Doctor Who) and British Comedy.

"Quintessentially British" is my look at those two very British flavours of sci-fi/fantasy and comedy.
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