Mr Don And Mr George (Channel 4, 1993)
This is yet another sitcom that I have wanted to see for a long time, and once again I was pleased to discover that every episode is on YouTube so I could finally see it for myself and write about it on here. A while ago I reviewed the Channel 4 comedy sketch show Absolutely, that I thought was great, it ran for four successful series from 1989-1993.
The story didn’t end there though, as two of the most popular characters got their own spin-off sitcom. Mr Don And Mr George was written by and starred Jack Docherty and Moray Hunter (who also wrote for lots of other comedy shows in the 80s and 90s). Docherty played George McDiarmid, and Hunter played Donald McDiarmid (no relation), who memorably used to wear a bowtie and some rather odd glasses.
Trying to give some further explanation to what actually happened in the show isn’t that easy really, as this pair were rather odd. A lot of the episodes took some bizarre twists and turns, such as Don and George joining the army, going on holiday, or buying too many boxes of corn flakes, but I do feel that they were funny. I’ve always been fond of entertainingly silly shows, and this was definitely one of them. There was also an early TV appearance for Ben Miller in an episode.
Mr Don And Mr George only ran for six episodes in one series that was shown rather late at night on Channel 4, and I’m not sure if it was ever repeated. It seems that it has been released on VHS, but it wasn’t included as part of the Absolutely DVD release. The characters did also turn up in an advert for crisps that was as odd as anything in their sitcom. However, after this show ended, Docherty and Hunter did work on a few more things together, including the late-90s/early-2000s BBC2 sitcom The Creatives (that I plan to review soon too).
And of course thinking about this show reminds me again that in 1997 that Docherty was chosen to be one of the people to be part of the launch of Channel 5, with his own late-night show going out five nights a week at first. I was pleased that Mr Don And Mr George turned out to be as odd and enjoyable as I hoped it would be, and I imagine that thanks to this show, many people 25 years on still shout “get to Falkirk” at one-another.