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Three Fights, Two Weddings And A Funeral
A sequel to Paul Calf's Video Diary, with a similar format.
"Hello, my name is Paul Calf. Next Saturday, my sister Pauline is marrying a Greek bloke called Spiros. And I've got to get her a wedding present. Now, I was going to get her a complete silver service dinner set, but my supplier no longer works at the Crown Thistle Hotel. He's currently resident at Risely Remand centre where the cutlery is plastic for obvious reasons..."
Although named after the then recent rom-com hit Four Weddings and A Funeral - and sporting a guest appearance from John Hannah, to boot - it would be wrong to describe Three Fights... as merely a spoof.
Instead, it's an inventive and very funny tale of passion, unrequited love, crime and - well - fighting in pubs.
Steve Coogan excels, as ever, as Paul - one-part philosopher to two-parts psychopath, and all-round drunken wastrel, liable to come out with such pearls as, "Inside every bag o'shite there's a spark of gold"
However, also playing Pauline, Coogan arguably tops himself with a frighteningly plausible study of a brassy, man-eater ("I've had him!" is her regular refrain) which stays this side of pantomime dame.
Banging on about Patrick Swayze, constantly giggling, and tossing out her own bawdy bon mots such as, "Remember if you like it, do it, if you don't like it, do it - you might like it!", Pauline's a fantastic character.
Supporting Coogan are John Thomson as Paul's hapless mate Fat Bob, Patrick Marber as shifty Greek Spiros and Sandra Gough as Mum.
The siblings would return in 2003, celebrating the launch of BBC Three with Paul and Pauline Calf's Cheese and Ham Sandwich.
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