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CHRISTOPHER STEVENS reviews last night’s TV: Hallelujah for a short return of The Vicar Of Dibley

CHRISTOPHER STEVENS reviews last night’s TV: Hallelujah for a short return of The Vicar Of Dibley
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CHRISTOPHER STEVENS reviews last night’s TV: Hallelujah for a short return of The Vicar Of Dibley

CHRISTOPHER STEVENS opinions final night time’s TV: Hallelujah for a brief return of The Vicar Of Dibley

CHRISTOPHER STEVENS opinions final night time’s TV: Hallelujah for a brief and candy return of The Vicar Of Dibley…

The Vicar Of Dibley In Lockdown 

Score: rating showbiz 5

Pink Penguins: Homicide, Cash And Ice Hockey

Score: rating showbiz 2

Outdated jokes won’t all the time be the very best however they’re those we love most. 

That is what makes it such a pleasure to see Daybreak French again because the Rev Geraldine Granger in The Vicar Of Dibley In Lockdown (BBC1).

That crack she made about how treasured our kids are (‘so promote them and purchase a Porsche!’) has been doing the rounds because the days of King Herod Antipas . . . although the punchline again then was ‘purchase a chariot’.

However it’s nonetheless value a chuckle, and so was the episode from the sitcom’s first sequence in 1994 which was repeated earlier than the ten minutes of latest materials.

CHRISTOPHER STEVENS: Old jokes might not always be the best but they’re the ones we love most

CHRISTOPHER STEVENS: Outdated jokes won’t all the time be the very best however they’re those we love most

The story of how the vicar tried to spice up attendance on the village fete, by saying that Elton John could be there to guage the Most Suggestively Formed Vegetable contest, had all the things that made the present so well-liked — foolish puns, catchphrases, a correct storyline, a smattering of irreverent humour about Christianity and a few impolite gags that simply scraped in below the watershed.

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It additionally had Kylie Minogue, who turned up as a substitute of Elton for causes that weren’t divulged, and did not have to be. She’s Kylie! What extra would you like?

After I keep in mind outdated episodes of The Vicar Of Dibley, it is all the time by way of a delicate haze. Watching this one in high-definition revealed why: the out of doors photographs of the church and the village inexperienced actually had been filmed in gentle focus, as if to emphasis that the vicar’s patch of England was a little bit piece of paradise.

The present’s creators, Richard Curtis and Paul Mayhew-Archer, have written three ten-minute reprises that see Daybreak chatting to parishioners by way of her laptop computer in the course of the previous 9 months. ‘It is Geraldine, your buxom vicar,’ she introduced fortunately.

Favorite characters had been saluted. Outdated Jim Trott was hiding within the woods, as a result of he misunderstood the two-metre rule and was attempting to maintain two miles away from human habitation. 

Owen Newitt was extra inquisitive about his goats, and parish council chairman David Horton was boring his son Hugo with the identical outdated anecdotes.

We additionally glimpsed Hugo (James Fleet), however not Trevor Peacock or Gary Waldhorn who performed Jim and David. Sadly, Roger Lloyd Pack (who performed Owen) has died. 

CHRISTOPHER STEVENS: It is such a pleasure to see Dawn French back as the Rev Geraldine Granger in The Vicar Of Dibley In Lockdown (BBC1)

CHRISTOPHER STEVENS: It’s such a pleasure to see Daybreak French again because the Rev Geraldine Granger in The Vicar Of Dibley In Lockdown (BBC1)

So, too, has Emma Chambers, who portrayed the gloriously daffy Alice Tinker. There was no point out this time of Alice, however certainly there can be in a future quick.

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Within the meantime, we are able to be a part of Geraldine in her lockdown exercise, exercising for precisely so long as it takes to hum the primary 4 notes of Beethoven’s Fifth.

Quick and candy, similar to this return to Dibley. However the account of how American sports activities traders tried to spin a fast revenue after the collapse of the Soviet Union, in Pink Penguins: Homicide, Cash And Ice Hockey (BBC4), was decidedly overlong.

The film-makers appeared to think about that they had uncovered a unprecedented story of naïve entrepreneurs and devious communists. 

In truth, this was only a cheesy story about some chancers from the U.S. hoping to use an undeveloped market. They bumped into issues with corruption and Moscow gangsters that had been solely predictable.

The Yanks had been aggrieved when their new enterprise companions pocketed all the cash. The Ruskies had been disgusted by the cheerleaders and company logos.

All people bought grasping on the delusional thought of Disney investing 100 million {dollars} or so. 

Then the ‘tax police’ arrived . . . hoodlums with submachine weapons. It was all very seedy. 

That is what occurred when the Chilly Battle ended. All of it turned to mucky slush.  

Retail-speak of the night time: ‘We have positively bought some alternative to reinvent this retailer a little bit bit,’ huffed a supervisor on Inside Poundland: Secrets and techniques From The Store Flooring (C4). Narrator Sunetra Sarker provided a translation: ‘Kind this mess out.’

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