Monday’s TV: A disappointing experiment

November 17, 2008 by  
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CLONE, BBC3, Monday 17th November, 8:30pm Alert me

How science has moved on. When Frankenstein went wrong he looked like a botched flat pack wardrobe with nuts and bolts hanging from his neck and a head obviously constructed with only a quick glance at the instruction manual. This latest failed attempt at a human clone certainly appears to be far more successful, but actually struggles to get the audience on his side.

Dr Victor Blenkinsop (Jonathan Price) has devoted his life to creating the first ever human clone and whilst many would see this as a more than successful innings, the creation, intended to be the prototype super solider made to replace the volunteer army, is something of a failure. Instead Blenkinsop finds himself stuck with a delicate, emotional child about as competent with a rifle as Hugh Grant on a dose of tranquilizers and a fairly agitated military leader Colonel Black (Mark Gatiss) who fails to see the return on a £300 million pound project. Experiencing the world for the first time, the clone (Stuart McLoughlin) is more likely to give you a warm hug than he is to drop and give you twenty. Blenkinsop finds himself fleeing across England with the clone to allow more time to fix the malfunctions before the military destroy the embarrassment.

It is most certainly a different concept. Hearing candid laugher in a secret ‘M17’ base is confusing at best and this genre cross over is something that plagues the comedy throughout. Sometimes it seems like a military spoof, other times a quaint drama set in England’s countryside. There are moments of strong comedy but they do not come frequently enough to carry the rest of the show.

Like the clone himself, the idea seems good but the results are unfortunately a little disappointing. The series creator Adam Chase is known for his writing on the hit series Friends. Once this series is finished the likelihood is he will still be known for his writing on the hit series Friends.

By Craig Woods