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    Posted by moleendcafe (U13784268) on Friday, 11th March 2011

    Dear Lord. Do we have to endure yet another ‘wry’ cameo of life ‘oop north’? This drivel contained a predictable mix of flat stereotypes (albeit with the tokenist ‘gay divorcee’), led by a subverted Mrs Bouquet style character (with an accent to match); trite lines; too-neat ending. What’s coming next? Bloke in a flat cap with a whippet? It’s tired, and I’m tired of it. What’s more, it’s not funny. Got THAT off my chest!

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    Posted by Pip (U2800217) on Friday, 11th March 2011

    Is this the one set in a sandwich bar? If so, I've caught the last few minutes a couple of times , and I'm amazed no one else has complained.
    Dire. I appreciate that humour is subjective, but my complaint is the same as the OP's - lazy stereotyping is not funny. Neither are Roy Clarke style-chunks of dialogue in a 'call and response' pattern.
    Unless written by Roy Clarke, a long, long time ago.

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    Posted by cava58 (U14788778) on Friday, 11th March 2011

    I don't think it is just because it is from the north. It just isn't funny but it is hilarious compared to Turf Wars whose humour seems to depend on people shouting at each other about the value of planting rhubarb.

    That is the problem, I think. Northerners sound like they are escapees from Last of the Summer Wine and southerners sound, to us northerners, like Margot's neighbours in the Good Life. There are sterotypes in comedy but these are dated stereotypes. Until I knew better I thought Ballylennon was set in modern Ireland because all the comedy sounds like this - like something from the 1960's.

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    Posted by Pip (U2800217) on Friday, 11th March 2011

    Ballylennon! Glad you mentioned that, Cava58 as couldn't be bothered to open up a new thread about it.
    I catch bits of this occasionally and find it restfully undemanding. However, I was a bit puzzled to hear in the last episode references to the malign influences of watching 'Little House on The Prairie' and 'The Waltons' on TV,which I'm sure was only broadcast in the 1970's or 1980's.
    So if it's set in 1950's, was this anachronistic postmodern humour, irony, or what?

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    Posted by caissier (U14073060) on Friday, 11th March 2011

    These comedies all sound to me as though they have been bolted together like prescripted Franstein's Monsters in a mission to satisfy criteria. There are all sorts of clonky misfits and just missings of the humour attempted. They are safety first essays with a lack of abandoned immersion in just having fun and a good laugh.

    For some reason r4 thinks 'the North' is fixed in a time lock in 1965 and everybody talks like Gracie Fields and Thora Hird.

    Ballylennon imo is almost quite good but it stays on the side of a list of desirable elements and fear of anything within a hundred miles of letting go. There has to be some sheer naughtiness. It has none of the real charm and humour of the old Dr Finlay's Casebook though it might have a poster of it on the office wall. As for comparisons with Father Ted it's two divisions below, at least. Fear killing comedy quite possibly, imagination at least.

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    Posted by string (U3543675) on Monday, 14th March 2011

    I've given up looking at the titles so I thought this thread was going to be about the 'comedy' about the man who gets an allotment (yeah it was as hilarious as it sounds). I gave it a go, desperately wanting something decent to be on, but it was almost as bad as Ballylenon - I couldn't make it to the end. As for the real 'spread a little happiness - I read the blub and thought 'no thank you'. Radio 4 is going through a low patch. I hope it gets better before the Easter hols or I might have to so something productive like cleaning my flat!

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    Posted by Pip (U2800217) on Monday, 14th March 2011

    Housework? Steady on, String. Things aren't that bad, are they?
    ...hang on, maybe I'll join you.

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    Posted by parkerpen (U14403928) on Wednesday, 16th March 2011

    Yes, it's dire. The stereotypes are not funny and the script tries too hard. Anyway, I can't stand cod-Northernism and the patronising attitude of the playwrights who use it. That's cos I'm from UpThere and I've got the accent. But even you southerners must be able to see how tepid and thin this 'heartwarming story of everyday folk' is. Spread a little happiness? more like - laying it on too thick.

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    Posted by Pip (U2800217) on Friday, 25th March 2011

    I 'eard that. Pardon?

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