Newest Review: ... of it's impending craziness that made it seem a little forced and desperate. I think Shooting Stars is one that should have been le... more
What's the score, George Dawes?
Member Name: pmcds
Advantages: Silly entertaining comedy
Disadvantages: Dragged a little after a couple of years
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.
Summary: Shooting Stars - a different type of comedy