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No wonder some Airlines have a bad name
Come Fly With Me
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Come Fly With Me
Advantages: great characters, fine sketches and great entertainment
Disadvantages: only if you're easily offended
Writer: Matt lucas, David Walliams, Kevin Cecil and Andy Riley.
Producers: Mark Freeland, Adam Tandy and Geoff Posner
Director: Paul King
Stars: Matt Lucas and David Walliams
For all those people who remember the 2003 show called Little Britain, watching the antics of the rather strange actors Matt Lucas and David Walliams, enjoying them or not.
Well, since the end of Little Britain in 2006, (although they did try to take on the Americans), the brains of Lucas and Walliams, this time joined by writers Andy Riley and Kevin Cecil, who are best known for shows such as Trigger Happy TV, smack the pony and the old show called Spitting image, have come up with another show which is of a similar genre. Only this time it's based in and around a fictional airport and involves Lucas and Walliams now well known style of playing as many different characters as they can.
SO WHAT IS THE SHOW ABOUT THEN..?
'Come Fly with Me' is the shows title and it is a sort of a fly on the wall documentary following the exploits of the crew members at the fictional airlines, flylo, Great British Air and Our lady Air, (an Irish Airline)
Although the shows airport is fictional the filming is done at Robin Hood airport in Sheffield and Stansted airport, London, with the entire idea sort of mimicking the real life documentaries such as Airport and Airline.
The first episode hit the small screen in December 2010, Christmas day in fact, on the BBC one channel, and up to date it has released one series, with a second series possibly being made in 2011.
The show itself has many different characters, many being played by Lucas and Walliams, although there are other actors who do step in for some episodes.
SOME OF THE CHARACTERS INCLUDE...
* Omar Baba, (Walliams), an Arab who owns Flylo, the low cost airline, who is constantly accused of one thing or another, from unsafe planes to sexual harassment, although he always seems to manage to talk his way out of any situation.
* Moses Beacon, (Walliams), liaison officer for Great British Air, who prides himself on being a perfect host and a charity worker for his charity WishWings.
* Ian Foot, (Walliams), The immigration officer who hates anyone that isn't white skinned and British born.
* Melody Baines, (Walliams), A liverpudlian check-in girl who works along side her best friend Keely St Clair, (Lucas), for Flylo.
Ben Roberts, (Walliams), who works with James Stewart, (Lucas), as airport customs officers, only they have a very strange way of telling which drugs are legal and which aren't.
* Precious Little, (Lucas), manages the coffee kiosk but always tries to find ways of closing the kiosk down so she can have a day off.
* Taaj manzoor, (Lucas), is Flylo's ground crew member who transports both people and baggage around the forecourt.
* Tommy Reid, (Lucas), is a bit of a scruffy Scotsman who works at Happy Burger in the airport. His main ambition is to one day fly a plane, only he keeps failing the application process.
* Simon Trent, (Lucas), and his wife Jackie, (Walliams), are pilots for Great British Air, whose relationship is frayed due to the fact that Peter had a one night stand with one of the stewardesses, causing Judith to train to become a pilot.
* Mickey Minchin (Lucas) and Buster Bell (Walliams), who are the airports very own paparazzi, although they do tend to miss many of the celebrities as they pass them by.
* Peter (Lucas) and Judith Surname (Walliams), are regular passengers on 'Flylo' who always seem to have some form of terrible experience on every trips.
* Fearghal O'Farrell, (Lucas), is an air steward for Irish airline Our Lady Air.
* Terry (Walliams) and John (Lucas), are a father and son team who work as baggage handlers, both being a little to heavy handed and a little bit dishonest at times.
* Penny Carter (Walliams), is the steward in first class for Great British Air, only she has been in first class for so long that she has gained a phobia against those travelling less than first class.
EPISODES in brief...
FlyLo airline has been accused of not having the proper safety procedures in place which Omar Baba, the owner, take real offence to and tries to clear up the matter in front of the waiting cameras.
Moses has to break some terrible news to one of the passengers only he can't bring himself to do so. Bit things get even trickier for him when he has to deal with a first time flyer, who happens to be a 90 odd year old lady with a bit of a bad memory.
Buster and Mickey, the paparazzi, miss out on a news story when they start singing in the gangway.
Meanwhile, two visiting oriental girls are stalking Martin Clunes and are waiting for him to land at the airport, only things don't go as they hoped.
And Precious has to close the Coffee Kiosk when it runs out of the one thing that all coffee kiosk need.
Omar's new idea to create cheaper flights doesn't quite sit right for the passengers.
Ina Foot, the customs officer, detains a passenger when he fails to recognise the country she has flown from.
Meanwhile, the check in staff are implementing the new baggage weight restrictions which is causing a lot of chaos in the airport.
And when Peter and Judith lamd back at the airport from their holiday from hell they go about complaining in the way they know how.
This episode guest stars David Schimmer, (from Friends) as Ben and James have to detain him at customs when they find a rather sexual implicit DVD in his luggage.
Taaj is waiting for a Harry Potter actor who is due to land at the airport so he can give him a script he has written.
Omar is having to face the media once again when his planes are accused of having very little leg room, and he has a rather unorthodox way to prove this accusation incorrect.
Ben and James have to test some suspicious packages that they have found in a suitcase, but their drug testing methods aren't quite what is considered normal.
Meanwhile, Penny, from first class has to deal with some 'unworthy' passengers who have had their tickets bought for them.
It chaos as usual for Melody and Keeley at the check in when they come a cross a larger than life passenger.
Omar goes green in the hope of finally getting some good press, Tommy almost asks Melody on a date and Moses tries to get knighthood.
Elsewhere, the Coffee kiosk water supply has been mysteriously 'cut off' which leaves Precious with only one thing to do.
Meanwhile, a family eagerness to board their flight leaves them with a bit of a predicament.
Fearghal has an idea which may help him win the 'Steward of the Year' award, only his plan involves some peanuts and a passenger, which leads to a rather dangerous situation.
Two passengers are rather annoyed when they are told that they can not bring certain luggage onto the aeroplane.
Baba once again has to face the media, only this time it's on a sexual harassment accusation, so to clear his name he asks Keeley to be a character reference for him, which doesn't go according to plan.
Meanwhile Mosses has a little dilemma to sort out involving a famous passenger and hair loss.
It's a chaotic day at the airport withhe 'FlyLo' staff being on strike leaving Keeley in a bit of bother.
Also, Ian really loses more than the plot when he stops an influential passenger and is accused of being a racist.
Meanwhile, Moses is rushed to hospital when he fails in his bid to blow up a few balloons.
But things are even worse for Penny when she has to work in Economy class for the day, leaving her in fear of her health.
** PLEASE NOTE...
These are just episode descriptions in brief as there is a lot more that happens in each episode, but look out for those things happening in the back ground too.
** MY OPINION...
As I said earlier, Lucas and Walliams also created Little Britain, which to be honest, I found quite hard to get into, even though I have a bit of a 'gutter' sense of humour, if you know what I mean.
So when I read that they had joined forces again to create another comedy I was sure that this would be as 'badly stupid' as I thought Little Britain was.
Fortunately I was totally wrong as this show, for me, was so much different than the Little Britain experience.
This show, being what I think they call a 'mocumentary' uses a few actors, mainly Luca and Walliams, to bring many characters which bring havoc in and around the airport.
Each episode brings in a new storyline, from a pensioner with a fear of flying and a bad memory, to a coffee kiosk lady who is missing something or other in her job. Then there's a couple who seem to enjoy complaining about everything, well, the aife does anyway, or even a wanna-be pilot who has a fear of flying.
Each character has his or her own charm and each one has the ability to bring many smiles throughout there short burst on screen appearance.
The characters are all fun to watch although the way they are portrayed on the screen can be seen as verging on racism, and I can sort of see why some people have accused the pair of being offensive to certain ethnic groups but then again this show is simply a comedy and, if you watch it closely, you will realise that it is just that, a simple comedy.
As for offending people, or more stereotyping certain groups, well, there is a character from most walks of life in this show that the pair dress up as, from a check-in staff with a 'scouse' accent to a Jamaican lady who works at the coffee stand. And a very snobby flight attendant who thinks anyone who flies anything but first class should be thrown out of the plane at forty thousand feet.
So Lucas and Walliams have covered most angles and basically 'offended' everyone.
In my experience, as I tend to spend my day mixing with all different 'types' of people, I have not found one person who has actually been offended by the antics of Lucas and Wallimas. In fact, most of the people I have asked have informed me that this show is a lot better than Little Britain and is possibly one of the better comedy's which have appeared on the television for a while.
Out of the many characters, with each one being as funny as the other, I do have a few favourite, finding it hard to tell you which one is my out and out favourite. Precious make me giggle with her laid back, almost lazy manner and her love for relaxing instead of serving coffee. Then there's Ian Foot, the racist immigration officer who has a very different approach to who comes into the country. And then there's Tommy who thinks working in the airport burger bar will get him closer to his ideal job.
In fact, all the characters are brilliant and all make me laugh.
Sadly, if you want to have a good giggle, enjoying the 'strange' sense of humour of the camp pair when ever you want, you'll have to wait until the end of November 2011 if you want to get the DVD, which costs around £13.00 from amazon if you pre-order.
But, if this show is ever repeated on the BBC, or even 'Dave' then I recommend you watch this, maybe even record it, as it is one of the best 'reality' type shows for entertainment, ( I know it's not real but half these 'real reality' shows are a bit 'duff' anyway)
Go on, give it a go, even if, like me, you didn't like Little Britain, this is something completely bonkers.
Summary: Many of these characters couldn't run a bath let alone an airline