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Throwback: This Country
TV Critic Ben House looks at the funny yet surprisingly realistic comedy This Country as it returns to BBC iPlayer
BBC3’s mockumentary This Country, featuring new-to-the-block brother and sister duo act Charlie Cooper and Daisy-May Cooper, is without a doubt an absolute revelation in the comedy genre, and there is substantial grounds to suggest that, in time, it will be amongst Britain’s finest comedies full stop. If you have a spare half-hour today, give it a watch online – I had to rewind whole scenes because I was laughing so much. And I have a very dry sense of humour.
“The two characters are very believable and stunning actors, with superb comedy timing
It isn’t just the ridiculousness of the series which makes it so successfully funny. Even minor characters have particularly outstanding moments – in episode four, our two heroes attend a pyramid scam event, fronted by the ever-stereotypical Avon leader Shaz. Her mannerisms and intonation are so on point, and just the way she both patronisingly and comfortingly utters ‘hi Kerry’ had me and my friends in stitches. The vicar is also more than worth a mention, as he serves as, pretty much, Kerry and Kurtan’s only friend (he is quite old, too) and provides a hilarious sensibility and sombreness to counteract the other two’s misdemeanours.
“When you look deeper you will uncover the implicit heartbreak that lays beneath
Even in six episodes, it has managed to become one of my all time favourites, and I am over the moon to hear they have renewed it for a second series, due to air in 2018. Well done Charlie and Daisy, for revamping the increasingly decreasing genre of comedy, and well done BBC3 for scouting them.
Over the festive period, BBC iPlayer have released a number of box sets of their classic shows and some recent gems that you may have missed to catch up on, , including This Country. You can find the full list here.