I watched “Lab Rats” last night. It’s a new comedy show on the BBC, set in a research lab in a university. I thought it was quite a good idea for a comedy show, I don’t think the lab has been done before in a sitcom (well, I can’t think of anything other than the Fast Show), so the concept is quite original.
The show was written by Chris Addison and Carl Cooper, if you have good memories you will recall that they also wrote “The Ape That Got Lucky” which I was raving about a while ago. It also stars pretty much everyone who was in “The Ape That Got Lucky” – as well as Chris Addison, you also have Jo Enright, Dan Tetsell, and Geoffrey McGivern.
Anyway, as for the actual episode – I thought it was pretty good. It wasn’t the best comedy which I have ever seen, it was very silly, but it had plenty of laughs. I think this episode was a bit “first episode” ish, i.e. it will get better once they settle down.
Oh, and before I finish this, I need to link to Chris Addison’s biography on his website. Some bits are just… well, bizarre. But funny. I’ll use probably my favourite one as an example:
Once back in England, Addison became the victim of a booking mix-up (the third since his four nights at the Moulin Rouge in 1997) when he was awarded the tender for the restoration of the west front of St. Paul’s Cathedral. He was relieved of the project after coming to blows with two of the residentiary canons over plans for the installation of a waterslide and a wave machine.