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LAB RATS THURSDAY, BBC2, 9.30pm.

Edinburgh Fringe regular Chris Addison is reckoned to be one of the bright young things on the comedy scene after playing the junior adviser in cult political satire The Thick Of It.

So expectations were unusually high for what Chris calls his "big, stupid, cartoony new studio sitcom"

filmed in front of a studio audience and set in a university research laboratory whose purpose is to embark on flashy projects to generate kudos and funds for the uni.

Quite how the assembled bunch of wastrels is meant to accomplish this aim is something of a mystery, though Chris, in the guise of Dr Alex Beenyman, manages to generate some spectacular growth after an experiment on snails in episode one.

The results of all this effort, are often, as Chris describes - "stupid" - but not often funny.

Chris co-wrote the show with fellow radio scriptwriter Carl Cooper, so at least we know it wasn't all his fault.
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Publication:Daily Record (Glasgow, Scotland)
Date:Jul 5, 2008
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