The King Is Dead Review: What’s Up With The Bird?
THE KING IS DEAD: Thursday 2nd September, BBC3, 10.30pm ALERT ME
Simon Bird is brilliant as the uber-nerdy babe anti-magnet in The Inbetweeners and after watching the opening scene of his new show, we were getting ready to congratulate ourselves on another half-hour well spent. That was until he and his co-stars were whisked off to some TV studio… A panel show? OK, slightly harder to pull off, but let’s just see how it goes… Sadly, our faith was not rewarded.
The King Is Dead is a spoof in which Bird and his sidekicks interview three celebrities for a position of great authority. In tonight’s opening episode, the vacancy is in the White House – giving our hosts the chance to make some expected, but still rather funny jibes at our friends across the pond. Indeed one of the highlights of a rather disappointing episode came when the panel rip on ‘Darren’ for being a Brit: “Listen to his accent”, “what’s wrong with your teeth?” etc. However, when you take a peak at the rest of the series and find that several of these mini-japes are going to be churned out again and again, then you start to feel a little concerned.
Admittedly the whole Darren situation was quite funny on this first occasion, but watching Bird’s colleague pressing Peaches Geldof to disclose who she prefers out of Stalin and Mugabe gets old almost as the words are leaving his mouth. “Oh I couldn’t chose..” she replies. “But what if you had to!?” Groan… Joining Peaches in the queue to be the next President is Sarah Beeney and James Corden. Aside from Corden’s well-documented cr*pness (he actually seems to have confused being humorous with laughing inanely at all times..) there isn’t much to else worthy of comment here.