Kookyville

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Kookyville
Genre Comedy
Created by Nichola Hegarty
Written by Nichola Hegarty
Directed by Eddie Stafford
Narrated by Fenella Fielding
Country of origin United Kingdom
No. of series 1
No. of episodes 1
Production
Executive producer(s) Nichola Hegarty
Lee Hupfield
Andrew Newman
Location(s) England
Editor(s) Ollie Aslin
Camera setup Ben Dee
David Capon
Andrew Dishman
Running time 22 mins.
Production company(s) All3Media
Distributor Objective Productions
Release
Original network Channel 4
Original release 25 November 2012
External links
Official website www.channel4.com/programmes/kookyville

Kookyville is a British comedy sketch show that aired on 25 November 2012 on Channel 4. The programme, created by Nichola Hegarty, is different from other sketch shows in that "These people are not actors or comedians, and there's no script...they're just real funny people."[1]

Reception[edit]

The show received negative reviews from critics. Hugh Montgomery of The Independent said that Kookyville, "...nothing less than the first example of "constructed reality comedy", in no way the kind of idea that would be farted out by an Apprentice contestant should they ever be asked to tackle TV production.", although he did admit that "Not every scene was unwatchable. The one involving two Essex girls' protracted intellectual struggle at a farm was merely a failed audition piece for The Only Way Is Essex, while Bradford entrepreneur Afzal safely plumped for being re-christened Ricky Meh-vais with his unofficial tribute to David Brent."[2] Mouthbox.co.uk said "Kookyville is lowest common denominator, dumbed down TV at its very worst. In a month in which Channel 4 have also launched the dreadful animated series Full English, one does wonder at the lack of judgement and expertise currently being shown by the channel's commissioning editors."[3]

Steve Bennett of chortle.co.uk stated, "Someone at Channel 4 mistook Kookyville for a decent idea. Memo to new Channel 4 comedy chief Phil Clarke - whose current company Objective has to be held responsible for this programme: No more, please. This has to be the worst pilot since Mohamed Atta."[4] Vikki Stone of The Daily Mirror said "...I deliberately approached [Kookyville] with an open mind and as much as it pains me to say it, within the first few moments it did make me laugh. But I wasn't laughing at the jokes, or at a comedy moment timed to perfection... I was simply laughing at the quality of it. I was laughing at genuinely awful acting and mistiming. It was the telly equivalent of am dram."[5]

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References[edit]

  1. ^ "Kookyville - Channel 4". 
  2. ^ Hugh Montgomery (2 December 2012). "IoS TV review: Kookyville, Channel 4, Sunday". The Independent. Retrieved 2 March 2013. 
  3. ^ "Kookyville (Channel 4) – Review". mouthbox.co.uk. 30 November 2012. Retrieved 2 March 2013. 
  4. ^ Steve Bennett. "Kookyville - TV review by Steve Bennett". chortle.co.uk. Retrieved 2 March 2013. 
  5. ^ Vikki Stone (26 November 2012). "Scheduling Kookyville after Peep Show is like putting a show about smashing antiques on after Antiques Road Show". Daily Mirror. Retrieved 2 March 2012. 

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