Did you miss either of the two brilliant comedy treasures last night?
If you missed Wallace and Gromit or NEWStopia you don’t know what you missed.
Both were comic gems.
Wallace and Gromit’s “A Matter of Loaf and Death” was plasticine brilliance. From its orchestral music to its slapstick serial-killer plot (not to mention those wonderful expressions from Gromit) it was hilarity from beginning to end.
It screens again tonight on ABC2 at 8:10pm, and is available on iView.
Meanwhile NEWStopia‘s ‘Inspektor Herring’ episode was a jewel in the crown. Watching Shaun Micallef, Kat Stewart and Nicholas Bell murmer Russian jibberish for the entire episode (complete with yellow SBS subtitles) was inspiring stuff.
How they managed to make Melbourne look like a Perestroika Russia was a stroke of genius. South Melbourne Town Hall as the Bolshoi Ballet? The Palais Theatre for interiors? Housing commission flats as…housing commission Moscow? Fantastic!
This mystery episode with spies, fish, ballerinas and Andre Rieu was unlike anything commercial television would ever go near.
Direction by Bradley Howard, Cinematography by Jo Donahoe-Beckwith, and Art Direction by Scott Adcock were top notch. Special congrats to their location finder! If you’re tired of cop shows and soaps and want to see Australian television dabble into something different, this was like watching a short film. Somebody this episode nominated for an award, pronto….
You can see it again 1:05am Sunday Dec 7 (that’s very late this Saturday night) or watch it live on NEWStopia’s website.