Bang Bang It’s Reeves And Mortimer (BBC2, 1999)
This show is virtually a third series of The Smell Of Reeves And Mortimer, but because it has a different title and slightly different format, I have decided to review it separately. Vic and Bob returned with yet another new bunch of rather strange characters and sketches alongside a few familiar faces. Also helping out were Charlie Higson, David Walliams, Matt Lucas and Morwenna Banks.
Every show would begin with a song, and regular characters included the return of Mulligan and O’Hare and their terrific new album, plus also Tom Fun and his friend. There was also a documentary which went behind the scenes of a nightclub in Hull which guest starred Les Dennis, the parody Police Camera Accident with Neil Sedaka, and there were an awful lot of sketches where Vic and Bob had increasingly bizarre fights which mostly consisted of them thumping one another with frying pans or putting their head in a tumble dryer.
Each edition ended with the Stott brothers interviewing a celebrity guest, and it could be argued that they weren’t entirely sure what they had let themselves in for. There was one memorable moment where Vic laughed for about five minutes whilst trying to ask Michael Winner a question because it contained the word “parsnip”. When they were done, they would walk off and leave their rather bemused guest just sat there as the credits began.
After this, Vic and Bob went on to do some more shows, this time on BBC1, including the flop Saturday night game show Families At War, and the revival of the drama series Randall And Hopkirk (Deceased) which was much more successful, although I didn’t watch either of these shows much, before they went on to make more series of Shooting Stars and in more recent years the sitcoms Catterick and House Of Fools which were more my thing.
This series didn’t seem to make as a big an impact with viewers as their previous ones, but there were still some wonderfully weird moments, such as the sketch where Vic and Bob have some difficulty opening their car doors in various unusual places which leads to things exploding and people vanishing, and it has been released on DVD, although it contains no extras. Vic and Bob began the 90s on TV as virtual unknowns, but by the end of that decade they had become comedy heroes.