Reece in one-off ITV1 comedy 'The Abbey'

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Post by ChubbyTubby » Sat Feb 10, 2007 2:30 pm

There is a clip on youtube of Russel Brand a few years ago doing a documentary on BNP Youth and it's very good. He told the leader that his beliefs were wrong and stood up to them. I've always liked him, but I really have alot more respect for him now.

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Post by MrsBeasley » Sat Feb 10, 2007 5:18 pm

The abbey got an ok review in the the daily record today. According to them it's a pilot not a one-off!

Anyway this is some of what they said "this class A cast deserve a more than one-dimensional characters, but there are surely enough laughs in a celebrity rehab-based comedy to earn a full series"
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Post by Laura Folds Five » Sun Feb 11, 2007 4:59 pm

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Laura Folds Five wrote: I'm actually a bit obsessed with him at the moment. There's lots of ace stuff of his on youtube, particularly his old show Rebrand - documentaries where he fights his dad, dates an old woman and er, gives a bloke a wank in a public toliet. (Nathan Barley, anyone?)
Can you give us a link? I tried searching YouTube but got a load of pages saying the vid has been removed due to some sort of violation. And it wasn't even the wanking one!!
Oh poo. I just looked, and it seems like the user that put all those Re:Brands up has been suspended - so I suppose all his vids are gone for now too.

Hopefully they'll be back. They were all really ace :(

Maybe someone saved them?...

The naziboy episode is there though, by another user http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PXgKelFNGKA
That one's really amazing.
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Post by ratgirl » Mon Feb 12, 2007 5:10 pm

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I must set a reminder on my phone to watch this. I'm probably in, but I'm terrible at remembering to watch things on TV!
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Post by MrsBeasley » Mon Feb 12, 2007 5:13 pm

morwenna banks is on loose women tomorrow.

Unfortunately that means I'll have to watch it, I hate that programe
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Post by Beast » Wed Feb 14, 2007 2:48 pm

Not too excited yet but I will be later. I am worried that I will love Russel which I kinda already do but it's a love I am partly uncomfortable with. Richard Arnold reviewed it on GMTV but unfortunately I didn't really hear what he thought. He said Russel was great and is actually really talented from other stuff he's seen too. I must check out some of his stuff actually.

I'm worried that it really is a one-off from what the the tv guide says. But then why is it so well promoted? They must be thinking of a series or why bother?
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Post by Beast » Wed Feb 14, 2007 3:12 pm

Yeah but Cracker is well-known and popular. But you may be right. It's only half an hour too! I just presumed it'd be longer. Dunno why.
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Post by Beast » Wed Feb 14, 2007 6:07 pm

Indeed! :)
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Post by Cheeky Chezzy Woo » Wed Feb 14, 2007 11:45 pm

I just wrote in the tv thread what i thought. Reece looked good for those 2 brief moments i saw him and i missed this monkey thing or whatever it was.


YouHooTube i think in a couple of days.
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Post by Judee Levinson » Thu Feb 15, 2007 12:09 am

I was expecting more from this, but I think the cast did well with the material given. But let's face it, Reece was by far the best thing in it. :wink: I agree PNW, Morwenna was shockingly bad.
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Post by Cazza Lazarou » Thu Feb 15, 2007 12:29 am

Yeah, I'd agree with comments so far....

Reece was OK but he didn't have much to work with- he was more straight man to the other 'quirky' characters. He wasn't anything special though.

Liz Smith is so much better than her part in this; the young girl bullimic role was obvious and lazily written; Omid, well he's quite a likeable stand up, and is hilarious in Black Books...but his role in this was rubbish. They were just all a big bunch of 'quirky' comic cliches.
Papa's new wife wrote:3. Morwenna Banks. I really felt bad for her, thought she was pretty bloody awful. And the script was crappy too.
Yep, which is ironic, and a shame considering she wrote it!! I'm glad that a woman writer is getting a pilot, but it ain't no Nighty Night and she CERTAINLY ain't no Julia!! (But she's great in Catterick...meh)

I'd say that Russell Brand was the best thing in it!! I was very impressed. The man can act- he really played it down, and was convincing...I'd like to see how he got on with a better script and a role that was a little more removed from his real self...if you know what I mean!

I did want to see how/if the characters developed though...more to see if they got any better than because I really liked them though.

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Post by MrsBeasley » Thu Feb 15, 2007 9:49 am

Yeah I agree with everyone. I was actually surprised by how crap I thought it was.
But Reece was good as always & I thought Russell was good.
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The Abbey - awful waste of Reece & Russell Brand

Post by Geoff Tipps' Joke Writer » Thu Feb 15, 2007 10:10 am

I thought that 'The Abbey' was very poor indeed and wasted the talents of Reece, Russell Brand & Liz Smith :(

Basically the problem was the script...if that's not good then its very hard for even the most talented performers to make it work. Uneven & shambolic, every character was cliched & underwritten. :( It didn't help that the pilot was less than 25 minutes long - meaning no time for any depth or any sort - & the subject matter called for depth & some darkness!

Its only good points were some of the acting talent involved - namely Reece, Russell Brand & Liz Smith.

Reece had absolutely nothing to work with - he was barely in it for a start (about three small scenes) & the character so sketchily written as to be non-existent. That his performance (along with Russell Brand's) was the only memorable & positive aspect of the whole thing says alot about his skills as an actor which were utterly wasted!

Apart from Reece, I have to say I was really impressed with Russell Brand's performance - subtle and understated. The only scene where the characters interacted in a convincing & credible way was the scene between Reece and Russell.

Liz Smith was in it even less than Reece...terrible waste of a great actress :(

Reece and Russell gave the most restrained & low key performances - & were the only good thing about this shoddy vanity project for Morwenna Banks (a good actress but not, from last night's evidence, even a mediocre writer. Reece can write better material in his sleep than the stuff he and the other actors had to work with)

The show was mainly centred around Morwenna Banks and Omid Djalili with Reece, Russell et al reduced to cameo roles. Banks and Djalili gave terrible, unrestrained performances. :shock: Reece & Russell were a breath of fresh air as they didn't try for the laughs & attempted to make their characters exist on a more naturalistic level.

There was not enough even half decent material in this pilot to sustain an anorexic sparrow. If this is made into a series then I'm the junkie lovechild of Pete Doherty & Kate Moss.

Very disappointing considering some of the talent involved...Reece, Russell and Liz Smith deserve so much better! :( :( :( :(

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Post by Beast » Thu Feb 15, 2007 10:36 am

Yeah it was pretty rubbish but I enjoyed it anyway! I don't know why! The characters were far too broad apart from a couple already stated. I suppose I enjoyed it because I love most of the actors. Have to say though how can that be a one-off?!!! Nothing happened! It just ended. Must be a pilot! Must be! Otherwise it was pointless.
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Post by a1tiptop » Thu Feb 15, 2007 10:44 am

I totally echo what most of you have said. Disappointing and badly written. Russell Brand was by far the best one in it.

Does anyone think it'll be picked up for a proper series?
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