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This show's just a load of dead Heir; Bevan on the box WITH NATHAN BEVAN Bevan on the box WITH NATHAN BEVAN.

THE BBC Two programme Heir Hunters reminds me of the first words my grandmother used to utter each time I went to visit her at her sheltered accommodation: "Guess who's died?" It's a bafflingly popular daytime TV show which, despite having run for a whopping seven series to date, many of you won't have seen - and why would you, you've got a life after all.

THE BBC Two programme Heir Hunters reminds me of the first words my grandmother used to utter each time I went to visit her at her sheltered accommodation: "Guess who's died?" It's a bafflingly popular daytime TV show which, despite having run for a whopping seven series to date, many of you won't have seen - and why would you, you've got a life after all.

Set in the offices of UK genealogists Fraser & Fraser, it follows the firm's probate detectives as they track down the distant relatives of some old dear who's died leaving a mattress stuffed with cash but no will dictating who to give it to.

Set in the offices of UK genealogists Fraser & Fraser, it follows the firm's probate detectives as they track down the distant relatives of some old dear who's died leaving a mattress stuffed with cash but no will dictating who to give it to.

So Fraser & Fraser track down some second cousin thrice removed and break the news of an unexpected little windfall coming their way, all the while creaming a little commission off the top for themselves.

the news of an unexpected little windfall coming their way, all the while creaming a little commission off the top for themselves.

Hey, it's a turgid job but someone's got to do it, right? Hey, it's a turgid job but someone's got to do it, right? What someone didn't have to do though is make a TV show about it.

What someone didn't have to do though is make a TV show about it.

It may be a glimpse into a world that's rarely seen, but there happens to be a good reason for that - it's the same reason why there aren't any shows on TV called Adventures Of A Water Treatment Engineer or Extreme Paint Stripping.

It may be a glimpse into a world that's rarely seen, but there happens to be a good reason for that - it's the same reason why there aren't any shows on TV called Adventures Of A Water Treatment Engineer or Extreme Paint Stripping.

It's 'cos no one gives a tinker's cuss!

It's 'cos no one gives a tinker's cuss!

Full marks though to the programme-makers for trying to liven things up a bit with jump-cut editing, fast zooms, hand-held shaky cam and blurry super-fast panning.

Full marks though to the programme-makers for trying to liven things up a bit with jump-cut editing, fast zooms, hand-held shaky cam and blurry super-fast panning.

Half the time it looks like Michael Bay trying to make a blockbusting action film about the Half the time it looks like Michael Bay trying to make a blockbusting action film about the Dewey Decimal System or something.

Dewey Decimal System or something.

And it's made even sillier by the fact that it's set against a background of beige Malcolm and Colin-types peering over half-rim specs at a microfiche reader in a dimly-lit prefab office, or poring over old electoral registers with a wilting ham sarnie hanging out of their gobs.

Colin-types peering over half-rim specs at a microfiche reader in a dimly-lit prefab office, or poring over old electoral registers with a wilting ham sarnie hanging out of their gobs.

And don't think you're fooling anyone by getting someone winsome like Lisa Faulkner, left, to do the narration either, because any glamour you're trying to lend the show is just sucked up by its otherwise stultifying dullness, like that first coat of paint applied to a freshly plastered wall.

And don't think you're fooling anyone by getting someone winsome like Lisa Faulkner, left, to do the narration either, because any glamour you're trying to lend the show is just sucked up by its otherwise stultifying dullness, like that first coat of paint applied to a freshly plastered wall.

By the end of one 45 minute episode I found myself furiously making out my own will, if only to ensure no one from Fraser & Fraser ever does a show about me.

By the end of one 45 minute episode I found myself furiously making out my own will, if only to ensure no one from Fraser & Fraser ever does a show about me.

GOD, I loved The Mighty Boosh - GOD, I loved The Mighty Boosh - properly fanatical I was. So why do I not find Noel Fielding's Luxury Comedy in the slightest bit funny? - properly fanatical I was. So why do I not find Noel Fielding's Luxury Comedy in the slightest bit funny? It's bizarre - like the way Rolling Stones always shift loads of records but when Mick Jagger knocks out a solo album even his immediate family can barely muster an apathetic shrug.

It's bizarre - like the way Rolling Stones always shift loads of records but when Mick Jagger knocks out a solo album even his immediate family can barely muster an apathetic shrug.

What makes my indifference even more baffling is that the new series of Luxury Comedy on E4 is even closer to the Boosh's surreal sitcommy template than ever before.

What makes my indifference even more baffling is that the new series of Luxury Comedy on E4 is even closer to the Boosh's surreal sitcommy template than ever before.

Then again, when you've a show which features a sentient chocolate biscuit in a bearskin hat that thinks itself one of the Queen's Guard, perhaps being overly analytical is a waste of time.

Then again, when you've a show which features a sentient chocolate biscuit in a bearskin hat that thinks itself one of the Queen's Guard, perhaps being overly analytical is a waste of time.
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Date:Aug 3, 2014
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