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Written by the Gibbons brothers and executive produced by Steve Coogan. Stars Tim Key & Daisy May Cooper. "Drops" on iPlayer on Tuesday 8th March / BBC2 10pm 

 

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Set in 1647, during the English Civil War, Cooper plays a foulmouthed suspected witch being escorted by Key across East Anglia for a witch trial. Key plays a failing, chauvinistic, pompous witchfinder for whom the seemingly simple journey risks becoming an ordeal

 

 

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All episodes are up on iplayer now.

 

Really hope it is good but just having a nagging worry as seeing the period costumes caused me to remember that piss awful Shakespeare thing with David Mitchell which has tarnished period comedies forever but that was Ben Elton I think and, hopefully, he has been nowhere near this so fingers crossed...

 

Either way, I shall save it for a weekend binge.

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11 hours ago, Mike S said:

All episodes are up on iplayer now.

 

Really hope it is good but just having a nagging worry as seeing the period costumes caused me to remember that piss awful Shakespeare thing with David Mitchell which has tarnished period comedies forever but that was Ben Elton I think and, hopefully, he has been nowhere near this so fingers crossed...

 

Either way, I shall save it for a weekend binge.


Surely you can’t be referring to Upstart Crow which is the closest any programme has got to vintage Blackadder since well It ended (to note Ben Elton was heavily involved in writing Blackadder).

 

Anyway this looks interesting but the Guardian hated it (still going to watch it anyway).

 

https://amp.theguardian.com/tv-and-radio/2022/mar/08/the-witchfinder-review-a-comedy-with-so-much-wasted-potential-it-makes-you-sad

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Yeah Witchfinder is ok, made me chuckle a bit, but it's certainly not as good as their work on Partridge in my opinion and it's not a patch on the fantastic Upstart Crow either.

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I watched the first episode and wondered where the jokes were.

It's just Tim Key and DMC doing their usual thing but wearing funny costumes. It's perfectly watchable but nothing to write home about.

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The first episode was very patchy. Too wordy in places and the scene where Gideon and Thomasina talked over each other really didn’t work. Did love the twist with his assistant more or less telling him what to do.

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I’m surprised everyone is so down on this, I thought the first episode was great. I liked the mix of modern dialogue and civil war attitudes, and I thought it was packed with jokes. I especially enjoyed Jessica Hynes character, and and the rivalry between the various rubbish witchfinders. 

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21 hours ago, K said:

I’m surprised everyone is so down on this, I thought the first episode was great. I liked the mix of modern dialogue and civil war attitudes, and I thought it was packed with jokes. I especially enjoyed Jessica Hynes character, and and the rivalry between the various rubbish witchfinders. 

 

Jessica Hynes is always good value. To me episode one seemed to fall between the cracks - it isn’t a historical comedy or a modern discomfort/cringe maker, and it wasn’t effective. Maybe it was the costumes, with everyone looking so similar?

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On 10/03/2022 at 00:25, dreamylittledream said:


Surely you can’t be referring to Upstart Crow which is the closest any programme has got to vintage Blackadder since well It ended (to note Ben Elton was heavily involved in writing Blackadder).

 

Anyway this looks interesting but the Guardian hated it (still going to watch it anyway).

 

https://amp.theguardian.com/tv-and-radio/2022/mar/08/the-witchfinder-review-a-comedy-with-so-much-wasted-potential-it-makes-you-sad


Yes, that is it, I apologise for being too lazy too Google it when making the post but that was some painfully, cringe inducing, awful shite.


Being compared to a show that is thirty odd years old is fair but, sadly for Elton, the world has moved on and his heavy handed forcing of modern things onto olden days things was genuinely painful. Elton needs leading to the knackers yard. Still.

 

I’ve watched a few episodes of Witchfinder but it is very, very dull. It’s a subject I’m interested in, by talented writers and performers, but the end result is so boring and so unfunny.

 

Disappointing.

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Three episodes in, and I’m really enjoying this. It’s like a civil war version of Midnight Run; I strongly suspect that this was a film script that they re-engineered into a TV series, as there’s loads more plot than you normally get in a sitcom, and the episodic structure, where they go from place to place and from one situation to another, ironically feels more cinematic than a sitcom, which is usually stuck in one location.

 

The budget is clearly minimal. There are quite a few scenes where it’s pissing it down with rain in one shot, and bright sunshine in the next, but it works really well. Some absolutely piss-funny lines as well, like Jessica Hynes forgetting that a ring might fall off the back of a severed finger, “because the hand’s normally in the way”. 

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On 17/03/2022 at 19:33, Jammy said:

OK, it’s not often laugh out loud funny, but the back and forth between the characters is making me smile and I’m enjoying it.

 

Well, just saw a tweet from Richard Osman saying how much he enjoyed it, so you are in good company. He went on to say that people shouldn’t tweet him back if they hate it, but instead be positive about a show they do like.

 

Blackadder.

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I'm on episode five now and think it's pretty great. Some naff moments/extras, and contrary to those here I think Jessica Hynes is a little wasted in her role to be honest, but the leads carry it all off very well.

 

I find it never ladles on the 'weren't times funny back then' which would have ruined it.

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I honestly think this is great with two caveats.

 

1 - You either have to actively like or be able to tolerate Tim Key as his delivery doesn’t change regardless of the character he’s playing. Mark Proksch does a similar thing but more effectively for me at least.

 

2 - You’ve got to forget about the Inside Number 9 Witchfinder episode which was a more concise tale of witchfinder corruption and grifting.

 

That said the interplay between the 2 leads was great and I would watch another series with maybe a mild hope they can slightly turn down the Tim Key-ness of it.

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