Review: Massive? Not quite…

September 12, 2008 by  
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massive.jpgBBC3, Sunday 14th September, 9pm Alert Me

If you like music and you like Manchester, chances are you’ll want to give the new comedy series on BBC3 starting this Sunday evening a look.  But don’t hold out too much hope.  If the first episode is anything to go by, laughs may be a bit thin on the ground.

Starring Ralph Little (Two Pints of Lager, The Royle Family), Carl Rice (Scallywagga) and Johnny Vegas, the story revolves around two mates who dream of setting up their own record label.  When Danny’s (Little) gran dies she leaves him £10,000 and he doesn’t falter.  He and his best mate Seamus (Rice) start up their record label ‘Shady’ in an office by the canal and start auditioning for potential sign-ups.

The show has a cracking soundtrack, it just doesn’t make me want to grab the telly and hug it in delight.  Some gags work but many leave you wondering when the tumbleweed’s going to roll across the screen.  It’s as if everyone on it’s trying to be quirky and appealing and everything, but they’ve forgotten some secret ingredient somewhere in the programme’s creation and actually everything they say and do falls kind of flat.

Of course, there’s the slight chance that it’s worth staying tuned as this one might be a grower.  Maybe when we meet more characters and the story builds up, Massive will be just that, really big.  But even as I think this, there’s a part of me that believes that though it’s meant to be ironic, irony itself just won’t let the show get away with that title.

By Susan Allen