Recently I offered up some criticism of some new programmes on ITV which were supposed to be light entertainment but were in fact as funny as anal warts. I didn’t think I’d be returning to the subject so soon but tonight I saw the last 10 minutes of the BBC sit-com The Wright Way. It was the last in the series apparently. It ought to be the last thing that Ben Elton ever gets paid to write again. In fact I want him to personally refund my tv licence. It was crapper than crap, it was uberultracrap.
It’s about the typical annoying jobsworth, the utterly PC health and safety officer and his team of moronic loons set in the fictitious Essex council of Baselricky (ged it?). I can’t describe the banality of the storyline I witnessed nor the witlessness of the supporting characters but it reminded me of the sit-com within a comedy ‘When the Whistle Blows’ which Ricky Gervais used to spoof the genre in his Extras series. And it was about as ridiculous and grotesque.
I hadn’t come across it before this evening and having checked out other reviews now it looks like it’s been universally panned. It’s so painful I think that instead of flogging they should show it endlessly to that clutch of 70’s celebrity perverts when they get sent down. Then let them loose on Ben Elton after, say, 10 years. If you haven’t seen it here’s a little preview. Be warned….