||The Smoking Room
||2004 - 2005 (BBC3)
||16 (2 series)
||Paula Wilcox, Robert
Webb, Siobhan Redmond, Jeremy Swift, Debbie Chazen, Selina Griffiths, Leslie Schofield, Fraser Ayres and Nadine Marshall
||British Broadcasting Corporation
Sitcom focusing on a disparate group of smokers who frequent
an office smoking room. Set entirely in the smoking room,
this eight-part comedy series explores the personal foibles
and suppressed longings of an oddly assorted bunch of characters.
These individuals wouldn't normally even socialise together,
but their shared love of nicotine provides a tenuous link
between them all.
This BBC3 sitcom has split viewers and critics alike right down the middle. It's like marmite - it's something you either love or hate.
Each episode starts slowly but soon picks up, with Clint
sparking much of the humour. Len adds a touch of
filth, with his constant swearing, which only adds to the
comedy value. Be warned though, it takes a while to get into
the characters (but doesn't it always)... however Clint, Lils,
Len, Sally, Annie & Rob soon become very familiar.
BSG visitor Damien adds "This show just gets better
and better. You've really got to get to know the characters
to pick up on all the jokes. I like the way they've hold so
much info back until later episodes - like Robin being a closet
gay - instead of spelling everything out from day one."
and Steven has written to us to say "The Smoking Room
is fantastic, doing what British comedy does best, flawed
but lovable people stumbling through life, love and work.
The BBC have announced that a third series will not be produced however writer Brian Dooley is moving onto a new, un-named, project for the BBC.
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