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A WEEK of new comedy. Laugh? I thought I'd never start.

Until Friday's return of C4's outstanding Peep Show and possibly the best episode ever. Top marks to David Mitchell and Robert Webb for a sitcom that actually manages to be funny.

Also back on decent form was good old Harry Enfield and his rubber-faced sidekick Paul Whitehouse.

The Beeb's Ruddy Hell! It's Harry And Paul was patchy. But the experienced duo made me pine for those halcyon days before Little Britain clogged up the airwaves with tedious pukers, p*ssers and clapped-out characters who won't go away. Yeah but - no but - but just shut up!

Without once resorting to bodily functions, Enfield and Whitehouse delivered wit and brilliant mimicry. Their extraordinarily explicit Laurel and Hardy do Brokeback Mountain was inspired.

Unlike ITV's Get A Grip - which sounds like an instruction to the commercial network's rubbish comedy executives. Host Ben Elton's a nice enough, very clever bloke. But the moaning millionaire lefty was always a better writer than performer.

"I like my comedians younger," giggled his usefully useless co-star Alexa Chung. And I like mine funnier.

Last but certainly least was BBC2's Roman's Empire, the kind of "zany" crap that started with a really bad title and went downhill from there.
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Publication:Sunday Mirror (London, England)
Date:Apr 15, 2007
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