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Christmas Man!

Look what’s shown up on the SRO Audiences site:


Peter Serafinowicz (Hardware, Shaun of the Dead) returns with the Christmas special of his sketch show!

The Peter Serafinowicz Show is a comedy sketch show based around Peter Serafinowicz's impressions and characters.

In Peter's world, his uncanny impressions of real stars like Simon Cowell, Al Pacino and Chris Tarrant mingle with Peter's own character creations: pretentious designer Keyhole and Brian Butterfield, the world's most incompetent compensation lawyer! Michael Caine taught about acting in films. The hidden life of Sherlock Holmes is discovered alongside unseen footage of the Beatles. We witness the 'Laurel and Hardy' that Hollywood could never release, and Terry Wogan's darkest secret.

The Christmas special of the show will be recorded on ONE NIGHT ONLY at Teddington Studios on Thursday 25th September.

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Bloody hell, that was unexpected! i was under the impression that the series hadn't done that well in the ratings, and was unlikely to be recommissioned, even for just a Christmas Special. (Maybe there's hope yet for Lab Rats, whose ratings were higher than that.) It's great news, for me anyway - the first series was a bit inconsistent, but when it hit it really hit.

What's also interesting is that the first series didn't have a studio audience - some laugh tracks were recorded by showing an audience the finished programmes, but even they were dropped for the final edit (and the last recording session cancelled). And, speaking as someone who loves laugh tracks - quite right too, as the show just wouldn't have suited one at all, So if this actually being shot in front of an audience, like the description suggests, we could be in for a slight change of format. (The description just mentions a load of old sketches, but that's hardly a surprise - it'll just go on what the previous series was like.)

If anyone pops along on Thursday - let us know what happens. Would it be too much to hope for that a Christmas Special means an old-style Christmas Special - and they're going to attempt the same kind of feeling evoked by Morecambe and Wise or The Two Ronnies? A pure guess, of course - but it'd fit in with Serafinowicz's obsessions with old telly, and there has to be a reason for an audience to be there...

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My guess is he’s gonna do some kind of chat show spoof that requires the audience but the rest will be like his series, without the laughter.

Btw it’s been out there for a while that this special was happening.

By performingmonkey
September 19, 2008 @ 1:27 am

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Btw it’s been out there for a while that this special was happening.

Yeah, sorry, when I say “unexpected”, I meant unexpected for me. I’m sure people who have been paying attention have known about it for a while.

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By John Hoare
September 19, 2008 @ 1:35 am

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If any of you haven’t seen it yet, here’s the original advert that was spoofed in the “Butterfield Direct” skit. Serafinowicz’s impression was pretty good.

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By Zagrebo
September 22, 2008 @ 7:28 pm

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I really liked all of the clips I saw online (actually, I can only remember two of them…I guess I thought I watched more than I really did) but I didn’t get to see any full episodes. I’d like to, though, and I’m perfectly happy for him to get an xmas special.

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By Phil Reed
September 22, 2008 @ 7:30 pm

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Weirdly they’re now offering tickets for a RECORDED SCREENING. Did the audience shoot go ahead…?

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By Andrew
October 01, 2008 @ 3:38 pm

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I went to a recorded screening of a ‘best of’ last night, but it already had a laugh track, which was odd. I really have no idea what they’re up to…

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By Tanya Jones
October 07, 2008 @ 10:30 pm

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