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26 November 2011 @ 09:52 pm
IN A SHOCKING TWIST... a post about TV  
I. Last night Hannah, Tay and I watched Mrs Ratcliffe's Revolution, which is a movie from 2007 starring Catherine Tate and Iain Glen. The basic plot is that downtrodden housewife Catherine Tate & her family move to East Germany in the late 60s when her communist husband Jorah Mormont takes a teaching job over there. It was actually pretty great! Catherine Tate was in the starring role for once instead of a bit-part, her character was excellent, the plot was interesting and it was pretty funny in a genuine-funny way and not an LA-Without-a-Map way.

Also she wears this amazing swim cap.

II. Speaking of Catherine Tate, apparently on Boxing Day there'll be a two-hour documentary airing called Catherine Tate: Laughing at the 00s, about (British I assume) comedy in the last decade:

Sketch-show sensation Catherine tells the story of the decade in which she became a household name. She meets with comedy glitterati Alan Carr, David Walliams, Noel Fielding, Rob Brydon and her Doctor Who co-star, David Tennant, all of whom reflect on the greatest comedy moments in recent history.

As well as showcasing all the most entertaining, memorable comedy of the time, the documentary also features newsreel and pop culture archive that contextualises the gags. It reveals not just what was funny, but why it was funny.

I don't have much to do with British comedy BUT WHO CARES, Catherine Tate is hosting a thing and interviewing David Tennant for it, so I am already prepping some popcorn.

III. I'd heard a while ago that supposedly that Love Life program was Curb Your Enthusiasm-style scriptless improv, but I wasn't sure how true that was until I saw this interview with Kaya Scodelario floating around Tumblr. Honestly?

Most interesting thing about this project TBH, I am now genuinely intrigued for reasons beyond casting. I mean, that definitely has the potential to be terrible on every level, but it'll be a NEW and EXCITING kind of terrible. On the downside, apparently Billie Piper's character doesn't actually make out with Kaya Scodelario's character which seems like a wasted opportunity.
Hannahfirstofoct on November 27th, 2011 03:10 am (UTC)
That movie was legitimately enjoyable, which was so nice. I have determined that there's a difference in the way I view Catherine Tate's projects with David Tennant's. With David Tennant's, I'm constantly looking for the joke, a new way to make fun of Ten, constantly ranking him on the douche-o-meter, and seeing how much he cries. When I watch something with Catherine Tate, I'm just ready for her to be her flawless self.

I hope I like Love Life better than CYE.
Kali: eng :: like shakespeare and verse_thirty2flavors on November 27th, 2011 04:03 am (UTC)
LOL. I was going to say that Catherine Tate had less hilariously bad ones, but then I remembered Monte Carlo and Gulliver's Travels exist and we haven't watched them soooo. Well, I haven't watched them.

lololol your hatred for Curb Your Enthusiasm was hilarious to me.
Hannahfirstofoct on November 27th, 2011 04:30 am (UTC)
LOL I have seen both of those. HRH Tate plays super posh characters in both.

I didn't hate it per se.
Francesgoldy_dollar on November 27th, 2011 05:33 am (UTC)
lol Gulliver's Travels is one of the worst things I've ever seen.
Hannahfirstofoct on November 27th, 2011 05:57 am (UTC)
Um but HRH Tate says the best line ever in it.
a lanky brunette with a wicked jaw: dw || donna;stars look very different tointrikate88 on November 27th, 2011 02:01 pm (UTC)
I haven't seen Gulliver's Travels but I did see Monte Carlo, and it was ridiculous but a lot of fun. Catherine Tate played the suspicious duchess aunt who looked down her nose at everyone FABULOUSLY.
fauxkarenfauxkaren on November 27th, 2011 03:33 am (UTC)
I have a feeling that Love Life is going to be many different kinds of terrible.
Kali: act :: dten :: i can't do it!_thirty2flavors on November 27th, 2011 04:05 am (UTC)
Frances: DW - Donna says OMGgoldy_dollar on November 27th, 2011 03:35 am (UTC)
It seems unfair to me that Catherine Tate manages to look that adorable in a bathing cap tbh. THAT IS NEVER A FLATTERING LOOK. But looking at that cap makes me want to know more so she wins this round.
Kali: dw :: doctordonna :: flapper_thirty2flavors on November 27th, 2011 03:47 am (UTC)
It was a fun movie! Catherine Tate's character was awesome. It was a good role for her.
alephlacunaz on November 27th, 2011 03:38 am (UTC)
Love Life sounds like it could either be really good or really awful. Use your magical improv skills to make it the former, team.
Kali: dw :: ten :: thirteen sides_thirty2flavors on November 27th, 2011 03:41 am (UTC)
IKR? Either way I will be popcorn gifin'. I haven't seen a drama improv before, the only show I can think of like this is Curb Your Enthusiasm, so I am curious. Also have any of these people done improv before? IDK.
only arceus can have a perfect blog: the leader is good the leader is greatspud14 on November 27th, 2011 05:03 am (UTC)
watching david tennant have an hour long panic attack will be worth it.
Kali_thirty2flavors on November 27th, 2011 05:15 am (UTC)
Opal: TL: Rose and Donnashinyopals on November 27th, 2011 09:24 am (UTC)
Hee, CT in that swim cap is pretty cute. XD

And omg Love Life. I AM ALREADY CRINGING. Although lol I guess there were no make outs because of the potential creep factor, if the character is meant to be 17 or whatever. STILL, DEFINITELY A WASTED OPPORTUNITY.
Kali: dw :: ten/rose :: ell oh ell_thirty2flavors on November 27th, 2011 07:25 pm (UTC)
Jeanne "dancing in the" d'Arcrose_dawson on November 27th, 2011 10:40 am (UTC)
Most interesting thing about this project TBH
lies Kaya and Billie Piper being together and being student/teacher and being lesbians is still the most interesting thing!!!

If I tried to pretend I was not devastated over the lack of love scenes nobody would believe it but omg still

don't even care about the improv I am lying in a bed of my own tears
Kali: sd :: you know that i'm no good_thirty2flavors on November 27th, 2011 07:27 pm (UTC)
yyy I was disappointed as well. SHAME.

Stupid youtube wouldn't play that as an embed so I had to do a lot of work to figure out what you had embedded

worth it though
a lanky brunette with a wicked jaw: dw || donna does epic shit!intrikate88 on November 27th, 2011 01:57 pm (UTC)
Where did you get Mrs Radcliffe's Revolution? I've been checking the torrent sites for ages and haven't found it and I really want to see it. That and The Bad Mothers Handbook.
Kali_thirty2flavors on November 27th, 2011 04:48 pm (UTC)
a lanky brunette with a wicked jaw: dw || donna;stars look very different tointrikate88 on November 27th, 2011 04:50 pm (UTC)
lorelaisquared: DW Donna :Dlorelaisquared on November 27th, 2011 10:30 pm (UTC)
Oooh I think I genuinely need to see that movie. I will put it on my December list!
Kali: act :: billie & catherine :: FAVOURITES_thirty2flavors on November 28th, 2011 01:36 am (UTC)
It was a lot of fun! I'd recommend it.