I felt myself recoiling in horror after the announcement that yet another dross reality TV show called Top Dog Model (the saying ‘scraping the bottom of the barrel springs to mind here) had begun on ITV2, and the realisation hit me: television ain’t what it used to be. However, just when I was about to lose all faith in my beloved telly box I came across new comedy satire show, The Revolution Will Be Televised which started last month on BBC3.
The show’s opening gambit states – ‘Our world is full of hypocrisy, corruption and greed. Someone has to fight back. Shame it had to be these two.’ TRWBT stars two new up and coming entertainers, Heydon Prowse and Jolyon Rubinstein getting themselves into some tight spots all in the name of a good giggle and getting important messages across. Such as blagging their way into an exclusive bankers’ dinner at Mansion House and rather facetiously handing Chancellor of the Exchequer, George ‘likes his cut-backs’ Osborne a GCSE maths book to aid him as he attempts to get Britain’s not-so-buoyant finances in order.
The pair deal with many topical issues, not just political, although this does feature heavily, with arguably their best characters being from the coalition: the condescending and smug Conservative MP, James Twottington-Burbage and try-hard Liberal Democrat MP, Barnaby Plankton (pictured). We get to follow them on various useless campaign trails resulting in hilarious consequences where they offer students soap and wonder why they aren’t greeted with a warmer reception.
Sure to develop a cult following, The Revolution Will Be Televised is definitely worth checking out but I would catch it sooner rather than later before this comedy duo gain more fame and recognition which will limit their opportunities for more outlandish exposés and scenarios. Would it be completely wrong of me to point out that Heydon and Jolyon are quite easy on the eye? Another added incentive ladies, I’m just saying.
The Revolution Will Be Televised is on BBC3 on Wednesday at 10pm or catch all the episodes on BBC iPlayer. You won’t regret it.