Bang Bang It's Reeves and Mortimer
Vic Reeves and Bob Mortimer had created their own particular brand of zany humour in the early 1990s, with Channel 4 sketch vehicle Vic Reeves’ Big Night Out and their first BBC show, The Smell of Reeves and Mortimer.
It was with their next move, though, that they made it really big, melding their surreal style with a self-mocking celebrity quiz format to create the smash hit Shooting Stars for BBC TWO.
After several series the duo decided to return to their favoured sketch format, where they were freer to run riot and the result was Bang Bang, It's Reeves and Mortimer.
Each episode would open with a musical number, such as Vic and Bob desperately trying to remember the words to 'True' by Spandau Ballet, followed by a madcap mix of studio-based antics and filmed sketches with high production values.
As in their previous series, the pair would often have senseless rows which would quickly degenerate either into their signature slapstick fights or, in one episode, Vic, despite Bob's pleas, turning into a crab.
Large chunks of every show were devoted to filmed segments, including a recurring item ('The Club') spoofing the ubiquitous docusoap format, and standalone filmed sketches such as Vic's discovery of a ship's engine in the middle of a road and his futile attempt to take it home.
Meanwhile, in the studio each week would appear Vic and Bob's whiny alter-egos Donald and Davy Stott, who'd interview and humiliate a celebrity (from Damon Hill to Caprice) and usually end up corpsing in the process.
Let loose once more with a no-holds-barred approach, the Reeves and Mortimer style remained an acquired taste: for fans of their zany humour the new show was a welcome treat, complete with guest performances by Matt Lucas and David Walliams. For viewers who didn't 'get' it, Bang Bang… may well have been a frustrating watch.
While the tighter format of Shooting Stars was a more consistently funny watch, Vic and Bob had made a new show that was refreshingly and utterly unpredictable, rating it themselves amongst their best work to date.
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