Since You've Been Gone

After You've Gone

Hit, Miss or May Be

The Friday night comedy slot on BBC1 is always a successful one and, seemingly, this is regardless of the quality of the product on offer (see, My Hero as prime example).  The latest effort is After You’ve Gone, starring Nicholas Lyndhurst and Celia Imrie and it follows in the footsteps of the really rather good Not Going Out, so it had a lot to live up to in my book.  There were some positives such as Nicholas Lyndhurst.  He is one of those actors to whom I have a knee-jerk reaction ofquiet dislike, but any conversation about him ends up like that sketch in Life Of Brian:

“What has Nicholas Lyndhurst ever done for us?”
“There’s Only Fools and Horses”
“Of course, that goes without saying”
“And Goodnight Sweetheart”
“Well clearly, but other than those what has he ever done?”
“Butterflies”
“Yeah but apart from Only Fools, Goodnight Sweetheart, and Butterflies…” etc

Also, Celia Imrie was in it, which is usually a good sign too.  Despite these stars, my favourite performance was from newcomer Ryan Sampson as the son, he had great timing, good screen presence and got plenty of the best lines to boot.  However, the downsides outweighed the positives by a distance and the first one was a quite a substantial problem for a comedy… it really wasn’t that funny, the jokes were few and far between and the dialogue was just not snappy enough.  The characters were the plainest kind of stereotypes you could imagine: overbearing mother-in-law (Imrie), dopey but well meaning lead (Lyndhurst), cheeky son (Sampson), moody daughter (Dani Harmer) and so on and so forth.  And we’ve seen it all before, the “situation” in this sitcom was nothing new.  In fact, nothing at all was “new” here, it’s been done before and it’s been better before.

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    • fazzinchi
    • May 19th, 2008

    You know…. I have no idea!!

    Since You’ve Been Gone is the title of an old rock song (by “Rainbow” iirc) but honestly can’t recall why I would’ve used it here.

    • shan
    • May 16th, 2008

    May I ask why the title of this review is “since you’ve been gone” instead of “After you’ve gone”? Is it a mistake or not?

  1. April 27th, 2008

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