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Shooting stars first graced our screens in 1993 on BBC2, it is a panel show with a surreal twist. Mark Lamar and Ulrika Johnson were team captains and a young Matt Lucas was the drum playing adult baby score master. There have currently been 6 series with at least one more scheduled for this year.
When Shooting Stars first aired over 15 years ago I was but a tender young child of 8. At the time I loved their crazy comedy stylings, the completely non sensical scoring system and of course the ultra exciting grand finale which could see a contestant walk away with a massive £35 or even more!!!
The show featured many regular rounds such as the dove from above, a dove with categories written on it, the contestant would pick a category and have to answer a question on it. Of course the questions and their answers were always ridiculous and wonderful. Each week vic would serenade the audience in the "club style" and the contestants would have to guess what he was singing.
The final rounds were always grand affairs, I remember one were a homosexual was swung at pieces of fruit via a winch (I think it may have even been the overtly camp David Walliams). Unthinkably large cash prizes were offered for each fruit succesfully knocked over (£5 per fruit).
More recently the pair came back on our screens with another series, I was delighted when I heard and settled down to see if the magic was still there. It wasn't, I think it was the expectations of it's impending craziness that made it seem a little forced and desperate. I think Shooting Stars is one that should have been left in the past, going out on a high.
I reccomend the old series but the new ones really don't do it for me, far too contrived and no longer has the illusion of spontanaity.
A few moths back they brought back shooting stars for another series. ive never been so happy. I remember coming home from school every friday and couldnt wait till 9pm when it used to be a great night of comedy Which kicked off with Shooting stars.
Vic and Bob made this show no one could host this better their stupid humour and ridiculous gags had me in stitches and the way they used to make fun of the guests was brilliant.
They just didnt care they were having a good time at times they were also laughing uncontrolably, and who can forget Matt Lucas as Goerge doors. One scene inparticular many will remember is the 'Peanuts' song attempted by Matt, with vic and bob in hysterics behind him.
Even when they brought this back a few moths ago and Vic and Bob are alot older they still had it and they still made me laugh.
I for one is sad we might not see another series, however i will make do with the hundreds of videos of all their series on youtube.
Shooting Stars is a Vic and Bob comedy vehicle that has been around since 1993 now, combining a standard quiz show format with the uniquely surreal humour of its two hosts and originally featuring team captains Mark Lamarr and Ulrika Johnson before Lamarr was recently replaced by Jack Dee, as well as numerous other celebrity guests including Will Self and Johnny Vegas amongst numerous others.
The show includes basic tongue-in-cheek quiz rounds, an impressions round and finally special round in which a contestant is picked to perform a particularly silly task such as crane upwards to catch apples on strings in their mouth from the restraints of a baby chair (in the case of Stephen Fry), and George Doors (Little Britain's Matt Lucas in a baby costume behind a drumkit) counts the scores inbetween rounds, as well as regularly performing amusing songs of his own that are frequently inspired.
The show has an endearingly sparse and desperate feel about it, and can be hilarious at times, but overall it relies too heavily on repetition and there is a real sense that vic and bob are just going through the motions, especially Vic who whilst a talented and creative surrealist comedian of long standing tends to come across more like an embarassing drunk nowadays.
Overall, Shooting Stars is quite mundane to watch, but Vic, Bob and Lucas still come out with some absolutely hilarious offerings on occasaion, and the show is worth watching for these alone, even if they are often too few and far between.
Having brought back by 'popular demand', Shooting Stars is the more or less the same as it ever was. Hosted by Vic Reeves and Bob Mortimer, with captains Ulrika Johnson and Jack Dee (replacing Mark Lamarr and Will Self from the previous incarnation) and 'celebrity' guests. It was a surprise to see Matt Lucas reprising his role as George Dawes, as he is now probably bigger than the show.
Does it work now? Not so sure.
There are moments of comedy genius ( I do like the 'didgeridoo' serenade that they do to cheer up Jack Dee).
The end game to win a 'super prize' (last night it was to win a holder for cocktail sticks) is usually well done.
The true or false round, where the correct answer is not usually the answer that Vic or Bob have on their card. Nice to see the Dove from Above back!
There is a lot of comedy that just doesn't cut the mustard for me. Hitting each other with frying pans doesn't do it for me.
The George Dawes song is usually not that great either.
Overall, if it hadn't come back, I wouldn't have missed it. I know this is a personal opinion (as are all dooyoo reviews), but it used to be a must-see, but now I don't think it is.
I must just say that I think Ulrika does look great.
P.S. I didn't really get Vic and Bob until I caught a short burst of the Big Night Out, whilst flicking channels many years ago. A comment by Bob was 'It's around this time of the evening that there is nothing I like better than putting a petrie dish under a squirrel' - don't know why but that made me laugh out loud and made me try to see more of them.
First aired on the BBC in 1993, 'Shooting Stars' is an unusual comedy game-show hosted by Vic Reeves and Bob Mortimer. Two teams of celebrity guests (captained by Ulrika Johnson and Jack Dee) compete against each other with the ultimate aim of winning a place in the rather random end game.
When Shooting Stars first begin in the early 90's, it was a breath of fresh air compared to the predominantly stuffy and non-alternative style of humour which was the comedy norm. Nowadays, it's just as much of a random spectacle as it ever was, but does it still cut the mustard?
As well as Vic and Bob, and the celebrity team members, we have the legendary George Dawes (Matt Lucas) - the man-sized-baby-with-a-drumkit who is responsible for keeping track of the scoring. I only have to look at Dawes to start laughing, and his entrée (to Led Zeppelin's 'Black Dog') has to be one of the most iconic on TV.
This noveau incarnation of Shooting Stars has a new permanent team member in the form of 'Angelos Epithemiou' (Renton Skinner) - the fictional burger van owning simpleton who provides a few laughs with his unknowing form of humour.
Other changes to the line-up see Jack Dee replacing Will Self (and before that Mark Lamarr) as captain of team A. I'm not really a Jack Dee fan, and as such, I preferred things how they were in the past. It's Dee's job to keep a straight face throughout proceedings, and I personally find his attempts at looking nonplussed to be not as good as either Lamarr or Self.
The show is split up into a number of sections including 'The Dove From Above', True or False ("True or False: Jeremy irons?"), and the clips round - however, my favourite part of the show has to be 'George's Song' where the loveable baby takes to the floor and performs a number from his back catalogue - these melodic interludes normally have unusual themes, and some entertaining ones from the past have included;
"Lesbians" - www.youtube.com/watch?v=xinLivR8Sp0
and "1942" - www.youtube.com/watch?v=WfAco1Vs_p8&feature=related
The final game is again quite a random spectacle, and a chosen competitor from the winning team is invited to take part in an unusual activity, with the chance to win such prizes as 'a can of Caribbean drink' or a 'cassette of Regaee music'. I remember one show where Jarvis Cocker had to throw a number of mini-Babybel's at a picture of Judy Finnigan's face, and one of the more recent episodes saw Gregg Wallace from Materchef offering up treats to an unconscious mathmatician with a representation of his testicles.
All in all, Shooting Stars is an entertaining show which always makes me laugh due to its completely random nature. Although the early series back in the 90's represented Vic and Bob's best comedic work, it's great to see this programme back on our screens, and I always make sure I watch it.
...Oh, by the way, Wednesdays at 10pm on BBC2
What can I say about one fo the funniest quiz shows on tv. I started watching the show years ago and couldnt believe how funny it was. Vic Reeves must be my all time funniest comedian and when he is with Bob Mortimer they make a classic pair.
Some of the guests who come on the show know what they are letting them selves into and go along with the fun and humour but in the past there have been guests who didnt do their homework and are left looking really embarrassed by the things the two get up to. It is so funny watching them it brings tears to your eyes.
I am so glad they have brought back the show again and still have Ulreka and Matt Lucas with them. The new series is being shown on BBC 2 on Wednesdays at 10pm.
If you like school boy humour then you have to watch the show.
Please note this is also published on Ciao under my Ciao name Harveydog52
Shooting Stars is back! After a long break Shooting Stars returns to our screens on a Wdnesday night (BBC2 at 10pm). I didn't see the original show but I realised I knew loads of the catchphrases without realising! Shooting Stars is a parody of game shows and includes ridiculous questions, silly innuendo, hilarious songs, and downright strangeness. Shooting Stars was where Matt Lucas kicked off his career so it's nice to see him back on the show as the scoremaster Georgie Dawes (He's a baby! He's a baby!).
Reeves and Mortimer have their own special brand of comedy and they basically do whatever makes them laugh. This means that some bits really hit the mark and some bits leave you puzzled. But everybody responds to it differently.
If you watch it once and think it's a bit weird, watch again! The more you watch it, the more you understand the format and the more enjoyable it becomes. Give it a try!
Shooting stars was aired between 1993 and 1997 then again from January to December 2002. A 15th anniversary one off show was also shown on BBC 2 on December 30th 2008. It was confirmed on April 3rd 2009 by Matt Lucas that a new series of the show is in production.
The show was created by Vic Reeves and Bob Mortimer who also host the show. Although it is a game show, it really makes fun of the normal game show format and is a lot sillier than any other game show i have ever seen. Contestants are rewarded points for correct answers but its not very often any one ever gets them right.
The rounds -
True or False - Its very rare that anyone ever gets any of these questions right, Vic and Bob always seem to make ure the answer is unguessable or its a completely random answer.
e.g. Macaulay Culkin is a child but can you name an adult?
The only answer that was acceptable was Tom Petty.
Film Clip - Contestants are shown a film clip, normally from a tv show and are asked a question that only sometimes relates to the clip.
Impressions - Contestants have to guess what song Vic is singing in a club style. Again, its very hard for anyone to get these questions right because Vic's singing is so bad that no one can understand a word of it.
Dove from above - The dove from above was probably the most popular round. A crappy dove made out of cardboard, that looked like something from Blue Peter came down from the sky after contestants had to 'coo' it down. The dove had different catagories to choose from and questions would be asked with some relevance to the catagory. If the prize question was picked, Vic would say ERANU and the contestant would win a stupid prize. In the past a fartridge was won, which was a mix of a partridge and a fart.
The dove from above round has been changed to many things in the past to other silly thinks like:
- The Crow from below
- The beast from the east
- Fly from upon high
Final Game - The winning team nominates one of its members to do a task which is something silly and crazy. Johnny Vegas has had to see how many hoover attachments he could get on his face.
- 'We really wanna see those fingers'
- 'Ulrika - ka - ka - ka'
- 'What are the scores George Dawes'
Teams - Ulrika Johnson was the captain of one team and Mark Lamarr of the other although he left after a while. Each team had 2 celebrity guests. Some of the contestants just didnt get the humour and looked out of place and confused a lot of the time.
Johnny Vegas made the most appearences as a contestant next to Ulrika who was a permenant team captain. He was on the show a total of 16 times.
George Dawes (Matt Lucas) kept the scores. He dressed up as a baby in a pink baby grow and played the drums. He's also took part in the final game a couple of times.
This show is so silly its hard not to love it. It hardly ever makes sense which is one of the main things i love about it. A lot of gameshows are way too serious and makes me just want to turn them off. I was really excited when i heard about the 15th anniversary show and im now even more excited now i know theyre going to re make the show. Its one of my favourite of all times and i cant wait for its return. Vic and Bob make fantastic hosts because they dont take anything serious at all. I dont think it would be the same without them.
Shooting Stars was a TV comedy panel pogramme that mainly in the 1990s, but actually filmed its last show in 2002. It was hosted by comedians Vic Reeves and Bob Mortimer, and each episode would feature two teams of celebrities, normally led by a resident captain. In the earlier seasons, the captains were Mark Lamarr and Ulrika Jonsson.
The format of the show is of a series of different rounds to determine a winner by points at the end of the show. George Dawes (played by Matt Lucas) dresses up as a baby and plays the drums to announce the scores at the end of each round, and is hilarious. The entire show is very funny, with Reeves and Mortimer's style of comedy very much a childish and tongue in cheek comedy, almost giving the impression that it could be drug influenced. Occasionally, they would be a bit crude, and the show was actually intended for adults rather than family viewing.
The silly rounds varied from 'The Dove From Above' where contestants would coo a dove to come down, and there would be six words attached to a cardboard dove. Choose a word, and have a question relating to that word. The silliness got a little bit excessive at times, and although it was funny for a couple of years, you could predict that it was going to be pointless anyone trying to win points at all - the hosts would make it up as they went along. What was funny was when some celebs on the panel just didn;t understand the humour, and were left clueless, sparking the hosts into being even sillier and making fun of their guests.
The comedy was priceless, but wore a bit thin on me after a while. I still watch reruns every now and then on Challenge TV, catch it if you can, if will make you laugh.
The humour in Shooting Stars can be a bit hit and miss at times but on the whole it is a funny comedy show. It can be seen on Virgin 1.
While it is a celebrity panel show it was really a vehicle to showcase the humor of the two hosts, Vic Reeves and Bob Mortimer who have a rather strange view of the world and thei humour can be quite surreal at times.
The gameshow part of the show sees two teams of three celebrities answering a series of quite random questions and often the correct answer will be equally as random, Mark Lamarr and Ulrika Johnson are the two regular team captains althouh in later series Lamarr was replaced by Will Self. There is always at least one attractive female celebrity who Reeves will fawn over and often they will get someone they can take the mickey out of like Paul Daniels or Tony Blackburn type celebrity. Johnny Vegas was a quite regular guest and he used to just get more and more drunk as the show progressed.
This show also provided a break for Matt Lucas who played a character called Georgie Doors and you also got to see his mother Marjorie Doors who later became such a hit on Little Britain.
This show definately has its funny moments and the two work well together but at other times for me the humour just falls very flat.
One of the most successful comedy shows of the 90s inspired different generations of people to spout foolish catch-phrases, show each other their wiggling fingers and sing songs in a silly Club fashion. That show was ?Shooting Stars,? written and performed by Vic Reeves and Bob Mortimer and featuring regular contributors Mark Lamarr, Ulrika Jonnson and Matthew Lucas. PREMISE ?Shooting Stars? is always introduced as ?the celebrity show-biz quiz,? as each week it features celebrity alumni from the worlds of comedy, entertainment, music and the media. The idea for a quiz show came from an idea by Bob Mortimer and comedians Stewart Lee and Richard Herring, and although the structure of the show- two opposing teams of three members each- makes it at first appear to be nothing special, this deceptive platform allowed the relatively unknown Reeves and Mortimer to launch their careers as successful TV personalities. The regular rounds of the quiz that take it through its thirty-minute instalments are: QUICK-FIRE ROUND: A fast-paced section in which Vic and Bob ask questions and anyone can press their buzzer and answer. Spawned the popular Mr. Bennett catch-phrase, ?we really want to see those fingers.? TRUE OR FALSE: Self-explanatory, but some of the true facts are very funny. CLUB SINGER: Vic sings a well-known song in the indecipherable style of a club singer, and contestants have to work out what it is. IMPRESSIONS ROUND: The random light takes flight and selects members of both teams in turn to perform impressions
of wildly varying success. GEORGE?S SONG: George Dawes is the overgrown baby on the drumkit, but he is often given the chance to sing an interesting song which always takes a turn for the silly at the end. A question based on the subject matter of George?s song follows. THE DOVE FROM ABOVE: One of the more memorable rounds, the large dove descends, with categories flashing for selection. If a contestant selects the topic behind which is the star prize, he or she are greeted by Vic mysteriously saying, ?eranu.? Alternatively, an incorrect answer to any question receives an ?uvavu.? Mental. STAR CHALLENGE: The final round, this is often the funniest as a contrived situation is set up that results in the chosen member of the winning team being thrust into a silly situation. Classic examples include pulling pints for a King (while attached to wires that are yanked), walking against a strong fan with large cardboard sails on arms, and not flinching when shot in the bottom cheeks with a potato gun. The prizes are usually fairly modest book tokens to the value of £1. THE CAST Formerly of Channel 4?s ?Vic Reeves? Big Night Out,? Vic Reeves and Bob Mortimer were commissioned to write a series for the BBC and this became ?The Smell of Reeves and Mortimer.? Highly subversive and wild, the pair were seen as unnecessarily bizarre and silly by some, but I personally found them the funniest thing I had ever seen. With Shooting Stars they attracted a much larger audience and although the more surreal aspects of their routine are watered down, their unique silliness and penchant for sounds is s
till present. Team captain Mark Lamarr is better known as a long-time radio presenter and presenter of ?Never Mind the Buzzcocks,? while the unusual choice of Ulrika Jonnson as captain of the opposite team is obviously more famous for sensible roles as a presenter. Matthew Lucas (George Dawes) has recently become famous for his role as co-writer and co-star of ?Little Britain.? VERDICT I am more a fan of Reeves and Mortimer?s more bizarre comedy shows, and I do feel that Shooting Stars has lasted much longer than necessary to keep it original and special. The guest stars can be annoying but bring appeal to the show, and the chemistry between all the regulars in the early years made it worth tuning in even if you found it all a bit daft. When I was ten, my class teacher Mr. Bennett allowed his obsession with the show to filter into his teaching methods, and he instructed a group of my classmates to make him a large Dove From Above for his personal use. Not a story that?s vital to your understanding of the effect Shooting Stars had on people, but a funny tale nonetheless. With little swearing or explicit content, Shooting Stars can indeed be enjoyed by people of all ages, as long as they appreciate the humour. TIME MARCHES ON As with many series, ?Shooting Stars? could be seen as having lasted for too long. Three series between 1995 and 1998 kept the show fresh and original, especially with modifications and tweaks to the set design and rounds, but when the show returned in 2002 it was noticeably less original. Mark Lamarr had been replaced by the much duller Will Self, while the popular (but irritating) Johnny Vegas was granted permanent residence as part of
Team B alongside Ulrika. With the 2003 series, Shooting Stars became funny again but still had the air of something which should have been stopped at its prime. MERCHANDISE Two videos of Shooting Stars were released in the late 90s, along with a quiz book that came with an audio CD of club songs. Personally I found this a bit tacky.
When Reeves and Mortimer's 'celebrity showbiz quiz' Shooting Stars first came out in the mid-90s, it was an immediate success. The duo's previous TV sketch show, the Smells of Reeves and Mortimer, had failed to achieve the success, mainly due to the more accessible nature of Shooting Stars. Catchphrases like 'uvavu' and 'really want to see those fingers' soon spouted from the mouths of school children and adults alike! The show's concept was first developed by Bob Mortimer and comedy duo Lee and Herring (Stewart Lee, Richard Herring). It is possibly due to this programme also that Mark Lamarr became popular, even though I'm sure he had radio programmes before this. It was also a surprise for all to see Ulrika-kaka Johnson as one of the permanent team captains, a position she's held even to this day. Shooting Stars was deservedly popular, but should have quit while it was ahead- although for a time I thought that was what they had done. The newer two series, with Will Self proving nowhere near as funny as Mark Lamarr, and Johnny Vegas attempting to steal the show every week. George Dawes is still very funny, as are Vic and Bob's stupid jokes, but as the format seems to be constantly in revision (dove from above becoming the most wonderful car, then becoming Donald Coc the sweaty fox) it seems that many long-time fans such as myself are getting disappointed. For R&M fans, the duo recorded a sketch show series (thought to be titled "Reeves and Mortimer's Secret Garden") in late 2002, so hopefully that'll match up to the hilarity of Smells and the darker Bang, Bang when it finally comes out on BBC.
I've been a fan of Vic and Bob since the days of Les and the spirit level, The man with the stick and Uncle Peter....DONKEY!!! Since moving from Channel 4 to the BBC, the comedy duo have given us a few shows like The Smell of Reeves and Mortimer and Bang Bang, It's Reeves and Mortimer. I haven't seen Randall and Hopkirk as it's not really true Vic and Bob. But their most popular show must be Shooting Stars. For a few years now Vic and Bob have chaired this loose gameshow which features two teams of celebrity guests and all manner of bizarre games. The two teams are captaind each week by Will Self and Ulrika Johnson. Self has replaced Mark Lamaar and has some very dry wit. Some may find him a strange dull person but he does come out with some gems. Ulrika has become the butt of many a Vic and Bob joke and we've yet to see some as the result of what is happening in the press at the moment. Many feel that this show has outstayed it's welcome but I disagree. The new series can now be seen on BBC Choice every Monday night after The Office finishes on BBC 2. True the format is a bit tired and some of the Vic and Bob skit does get a bit worn out but there are still some very funny moments. Right now the clips rounds consists of The Sunderland Film and Television society re-enacting scenes from Hollywood movies such as Falling Down and The Incredible Hulk. This week saw Vic as Bruce Banner, a man on the run who enters a bakers shop and turns green after the price of the sticky buns makes him angry. It's very bizarre stuff and takes a very broad sense of humour to really get it. Matt Lucas is also still around as George Dawes, the man in a baby costume. Last week he got the best laughs with his 'peanuts' song which is too funny to describe. What's great about the show is that it doesn't care less about the real gameshow aspect, really because there isn't one. It's just a format to allow the comedy
to run wild as you can definitely tell that a lot of stuff is shot for a show then edited together as most of the time some of the star guests barely get a look in. I'd like to see Vic and Bob move back into their sketch show territory and give us the likes of Mulligan and O'Hare once more but apparantly the BBC constantly forces them to give us more Shooting Star's and that's too bad. However if there's still laughs to be had then I can see why the BBC are keen on the show and to be honest it's still one of the funniest half hours on TV at the moment.
Vic and Bob, Reeves and Mortimer, them loveable coves, freed from the restrictive environment of the Randall and Hopkirk (Deceased) comedy drama series and back in their ideal format, the anarchistic and chaotic game show from hell, Shooting Stars, as exceptionally good as prime time comedy is likely to get. Supported ably by 'He's a big baby' George Daws, Ulrika-KA-KA-KA-KA Jonsson and (until recently) the greasy Fifties dustman Mark Lamarr, Vic and Bob are an acquired taste and many people simply can't abide them, but it's difficult to see how anyone could argue with the quality of Shooting Stars, which masquerades as a quiz games how between showbiz personalities, but in reality is just a pretty lame excuse for the Deadly Duo to wreak all sorts of havoc on an unsuspecting public. Vic and Bob purport to be the hosts (ERANU and UVAVU) who ask the questions of their hapless victims with the club style singing and pathetically illogical arguments, but in reality they're just doing an extended sketch from The Smell Of Reeves And Mortimer with special guest stars. The assortment of vagabonds and lunatics who people the Shooting Stars teams almost without question throw themselves into suspension of cool and play up to the V&B lunacy, although at times some of the women seem to object, particularly to the fiercely rubbing thighs of Our Vic. Ulrika on the other hand out-lager-louts the boys and plays up to the dumb Scandinavian blonde stereotype with a will and verve which would shame Stan Collymore. It's absolutely bloody bizarre, but intensely enjoyable, and chuck yourself in with few inhibitions and you will get the funniest 30 minutes you have any right to expect. It took a fair while to settle down, while we got used to the Straight Man role of Bob and the mannered lunacy of Vic and his hopelessly dumb approach, but by the end of the first series we were totally addicted and desperate for our weekly fix, unpl
easantly keen on seeing all manner of supposedly big time stars making absolute and complete assholes of themselves for the delight of a sadistic national audience. The show has remained resolutely manic, unpredictable and chaotic ever since and has just grown with the years - I would take half an hour of this stuff over and above most things on the box these days and when you see Vic and Bob like this you begin to realise exactly how disappointing and wasteful the Randall and Hopkirk series is - V&B just ain't right and it feels too mannered, forced and insubstantial. I'll take Shooting Stars anytime with the Dove from Above and other trademark lunacy. It looks like they've jumped straight to the alternative showcase of BBC Choice this time, doubling up with a BBC 2 slot, and I wonder whether they'll ever leave these slighter environments to go down the prime time BBC 1 Saturday night route. Chances are that the show is just that bit too risky to go completely mainstream and who are we to argue? That means they can't grind down the rough edges and eradicate the magic. If you've never discovered this show or fail to get the joke then I can only urge you to reconsider and check it out afresh - don't be a dummy, eat your Mummy, and keep yer head down... YOU JUST WOULDN?T LET IT LIE
This has to be the funniest british game show ever, with the comic genius of Vic Reeves and Bob Mortimer. One of the teams is captined by "1950 bin Man" Mark Lamarr and the other "Ulrik ka ka ka ka ka" Ulrika Johnston, each captin is accompanied by 2 stars, and of course "whats the scores" John Doors. The First tottally hilarious rounds is the question round where stupid questions are asked like " how heavy is a famous persons head A) a Pumpkin B) a Turnip or C) 2 Sweet potatos". Theres the Dove From Above Round where they have to pick the theme of the question they want, and the the last round the chosin Person has to complete a side spliting task like throwing plums through a picture of a fcae in a womenly like fashion. You will be rolling around on the ground in tears of laughter after watching it, even though there is the odd cringy moment and a few bad jokes, this is a must see, for eveyone.