Jan. 23rd, 2011

WooHoo!

Jan. 23rd, 2011 12:28 am
caz963: (tennant buzzcocks)
I an utterly delighted that Horrible Histories won the award for the Best Sketch Show at the British Comedy Awards tonight.

I know it's a show I've mentioned several times before, but if you've not seen it, or looked at clips on You Tube, then you're missing out. It's the first time a children's show has been recognised this way, and it's about damn time it got noticed. As the guy who made the speech said, they have to make a show that's historically accurate and as entertaining for adults as it is for kids on a CBBC budget! And they do it brilliantly. It IS factually accurate, even if its approach to history is, as is that of the books on which it's based, "History with the nasty bits left in" - because as we all know, kids are fascinated by wee and poo and gore and guts and exploding monarchs!

They've made two series so far - and I hope this award will guarantee them many more. It's easily my kids' favourite show - they've got it on DVD and watch the repeats when they're on.

But the thing that continues to impress me is the quality of the songs they do each week. Writing a GOOD parody is very hard to do - and whoever writes the these - lyrics AND music - is incredibly skilful. Not only are the facts accurate, but the musical styles are recognisable and things that the kids can easily relate to. In the last series we had the Women of WWII singing like Girls Aloud, Vikings doing ZZ Top and Ancient Spartans a la High School Musical - and that's just three out of the twelve that were in this series along (they do one a week - at least).

And - not that I'm a prude, the whole thing is accomplished without excessive innuendo or expletives.

If I've not converted you already, here's a few tasters:

here be links )
caz963: (umbrellas)
Misery is expected to peak on Monday, as 24 January has been pinpointed as the worst day of the year. according to the news last week.

Just tomorrow? ALL my Mondays are like that :(

There should be something in that article about the misery of having to face four year 9 classes on the trot.

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