We Are Klang
|We Are Klang|
|Directed by||Ben Kellett|
|Starring||Greg Davies, Steve Hall, Marek Larwood|
|Country of origin||United Kingdom|
|No. of series||1|
|No. of episodes||6|
|Running time||29 minutes|
|Original network||BBC Three|
|Picture format||16:9 (SDTV)|
|Original release||30 July– 3 September 2009|
We Are Klang was a comedy sketch show that was broadcast for one series in 2009, between 30 July to 10 September on BBC Three. The show was a TV version of the comedy antics of a three-piece comedy sketch group of the same name, consisting of the comedians Greg Davies, Steve Hall and Marek Larwood, whose brand of comedy was noted for being anarchic and frequently rude, but which earned them a Spirit of the Fringe award at the 2004 Edinburgh Festival Fringe show, and nominations for their show Klangbang in the 2006 if.comedy Awards (the one year the award went under that name) and the 2007 Chortle Awards, the latter for both 'Best Sketch, Variety or Character Act' and 'Best Full-Length Show'.
The setting of the show, the fictional town of Klangbury, was partly filmed on location in Stalybridge, eight miles east of Manchester, with the group performing as councillors who regularly had to solve a serious issue in each episode or risk being fired by the town's mayor. Each episode saw them frequently performing songs and involving the audience (dubbed the "Department of Audience") for some of their sketches.
In 2010, the group attempted to launch a new variety show called "The Klang Show," but only a pilot was ever created which aired on 16 August on BBC Three.
The show's regular cast consisted of:
- Greg Davies as Greg, Deputy Mayor of Klangbury
- Marek Larwood as Marek, minister without portfolio
- Steve Hall as Steve, Head of Health and Safety
- Debbie Chazen as the Mayor of Klangbury
- David Ward as Leslie, the Mayor's assistant
Most of the other characters who appeared during each episode were mainly played by Davies, Larwood and Hall. The show featured appearances by Lorna Watson and Sally Harrison, while Ainsley Harriott appeared as himself during one episode.
|Episode #||Title||Director||Writer(s)||Original airdate|
|1||"Fire"||Ben Kellett||Greg Davies, Steve Hall & Marek Larwood||30 July 2009|
The trio find themselves forming a new fire department for Klangbury, when they accidentally disband the town's old one. But with the council budget totalling only a pitiful £1, the boys find themselves organising a fundraiser to raise the money they need to save their jobs...Featured Songs: Horsey Dance, The Jew Song
|2||"Crime"||Ben Kellett||Greg Davies, Steve Hall & Marek Larwood||6 August 2009|
An elusive thief cleans out the council office and wreaks havoc around town with his light-fingered antics, even stealing the entire town's police force. The gang quickly turn detective to track down the culprit and recover his swag, including the Mayor's wig, by launching a crime-busting initiative...Featured Song: I hate him
|3||"Inspection"||Ben Kellett||Greg Davies, Steve Hall & Marek Larwood||13 August 2009|
It's Valentine's Day, and Greg is pining for a lady friend to share his love of cake with. While Steve and Marek try to find him a date, the Mayor orders the gang to clean up their council office before an inspection takes place on the same day...Featured Song: Inspection Song
|4||"Tourism"||Ben Kellett||Greg Davies, Steve Hall & Marek Larwood||20 August 2009|
The Annual Small Town of the Year competition is looming, and Klagbury's rival, town Midford-on-Sea, is hot favourite to grab the gong. It looks hopeless, until the trio spot the opportunity of a lifetime when a rich Hungarian prince arrives in town looking to spend a lot of money...Featured Song: We love our town
|5||"Election"||Ben Kellett||Greg Davies, Steve Hall & Marek Larwood||27 August 2009|
The Mayor is battling for re-election against the people's favourite, Barry O'Charmer, so the gang get to work, hitting the campaign trail to ensure that she wins...
Guest appearance by Ainsley HarriottFeatured Song: Be Nice to People Party
|6||"Alien"||Ben Kellett||Greg Davies, Steve Hall & Marek Larwood||3 September 2009|
The Klangbury Centenary Parade looms, and the gang become entrusted with immortalising the memories of the town in a time capsule. But three villainous aliens from the planet Klung arrive, and mayhem and chaos soon follow...Featured Song: We are nothing without our friends
- "We Are Klang In 'Klangbang', Pleasance Courtyard". The Independent. Retrieved 10 July 2015.
- Powder Blue Internet Business Solutions. "And the Chortle nominees are..". chortle.co.uk. Retrieved 10 July 2015.
- We Are Klang MySpace profile
- We Are Klang at British Comedy Guide
- We Are Klang at the Internet Movie Database
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