Warning: if you don’t like silliness, look away now. For House Of Fools is very very silly indeed.
A typical scenario sees Bob deciding with Vic’s help, to sit in a warm tin warm bath on the stove. The bath seems too small for Bob’s dimensions but he initially seems comfortable enough. When the water eventually gets too hot. Bob falls off and ends up with the bath embedded on his back. He is soon scuttling around like a turtle with a tin shell before his housemates Vic and Bosh (Dan Skinner) are able to brutally remove him. You see what I mean? Ingenious but bonkers and often enlivened by bizarre animated sequences usually ending with someone’s head catching fire.
It’s also very good fun. And funny as Vic and Bob are (even if after 25 years on our screens, neither can act), House Of Fools would be nothing without its strong supporting cast. Morgana Robinson excels as nymphomaniac next door neighbour Julie, continuously obsessed with getting one of the boys to “buff her Barnaby Rudge” while apparently hallucinating someone called “Martin”. Vic and Bob’s old Shooting Stars colleague Dan Skinner plays Bosh, an ex-con who routinely ends almost every sentence with “you twat”. Daniel Simonsen plays Bob’s sulky hermit-like son Erik while the wonderful Matt Berry (The IT Crowd, Toast Of London) is great as ever, as Seventies-style lothario Beef.
All good fun. Hopefully, the second series later this year, will be just as much fun.
Release date: February 23rd
2014 Christmas Special not included.
Bonus features: Bosh’s Tour Of The Prop Room, Behind The Scenes, Vic And Bob’s Set Tour. (Note: these are all rubbish).