After publishing a rant about 'idiots' - frantically hip, ignorant scenesters - Dan Ashcroft finds these same people embracing him as his idol and his nerves constantly tested by his biggest fan, moronic scene personality Nathan Barley.
This parody series is an unearthed 80s horror/drama, complete with poor production values, awful dialogue and hilarious violence. The series is set in a Hospital in Romford, which is situated over the gates of Hell.
A collection of bleakly dark comedy sketches pushing the boundaries of taste, decency and television in general, shot using new and different techniques and fading slowly in and out of each other against a slow musical soundtrack. Regular themes include death, insanity and, most often of all, the medical profession.Written by
English-French avant pop band Stereolab lifted lines from each episode for their song "Nothing to Do with Me", which can be heard from their 2001 album ''Sound-Dust''. See more »
During the Thick Agency sketch in episode 1, the CCTV footage of Julia Davis approaching the help desk shows both the boom mic and camera operators standing behind her. The camera is visible again moments later in the sketch, reflected in the help desk's window. See more »
When dancing, lost in techo trance, arms flailing, gawky Bez, then find you snagged on frowns, and slowly it dawns, you're jazzing to the bleep tone of a life support machine that marks the steady fading of your day old baby daughter. And when midnight sirens lead to blue flash road mash, stretchers, covered heads and slippy red macadam, and find you creeping 'neath the blankets, to snuggle close a mangle bird, hoping you soon too will be freezer drawed. Then welcome. Mmm, ooh chemotherapy wig....
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"jaaaaam" was a 'remixed' version of the series, made to be viewed later at night. Effects like vapour trails, making speech further out of sync, and filming scenes played out on a TV screen made the episodes even woozier than usual. The sound mix was also slightly changed, with some sound effects removed and others added. See more »
Most people will tell you that Chris Morris is very much `love him or loathe him'. The majority of people have an image of an man who's humour is too `out there' for many people to find funny in any sense of the word. The press and moral pressure groups will call him sick and twisted and demand him hung etc etc.
However, for a lot of what he does this isn't the case to a point. His sense of humour in Brass Eye and The Day Today is clever and would probably appeal to a wide audience even if it wanders outside of the bounds of `normal' comedy for long periods. Likewise these programmes aren't twisted or perversely sick although they will skate the edge of what many will consider good taste at times. But with Jam, I felt that Morris has been allowed to push through the boundaries within which he usually works and it is to the detriment of the comedy.
Is it just me or do you see Jam as a resolute effort on Morris' behalf to produce work that will please his hardcore of fans but infuriate and offend the vast majority of us. Happily this show seems to have been obscure enough to not have attracted the media spotlight in the same way as his most recent Brass Eye special did. Regardless of this the main question is is it funny?
I have to say that personally I didn't laugh very much at all during the episodes I have seen. Did I find it clever? Yes. I felt that Morris' imagination had just been allowed to run riot and he does produce some stuff that is so very weird and different that one simply can't help but watch. Was I offended? No. However I did find some of his stuff in poor taste, but I did try to look beyond the surface issue of the `more difficult' sketches to see what it was he was mocking. In one sketch where a pair of relaxed and self focused parents fail to look after their child only to have him abducted. When they ring the school to find out where he is the police tell them that weeks ago he had been abducted and `repeatedly b*ggered and strangled'. This is quite poor taste but the mocking is aimed at parents who are relaxed and self focused in this way when the child is around (but then would become very involved if it was taken away!). It's an interesting point but it is poor taste. A further sketch about a mentally ill woman being used for depraved sexual acts is also in poor taste. I think the fact that I wasn't laughing took away from these and others if it's funny I care less about the moral compass of the sketch.
The whole series is soaked is weirdness almost self consciously so. Sketches are shot in a sort of swirling film which leaves images slightly blurred, like they are occurring in some terrible dream-like state. Likewise the constant musak music is numbing. I'm not disputing that this series is clever or imaginative. My issue is that Morris suffers when let totally off his lease. With Brass Eye and The Day Today his humour was contained within a quite traditional spoof news programme format. This allowed his imagination and edgy wit to enhance the format. Here he is seems content to push barriers and try to offend that he is to entertain but challenge. Worth watching to experience it but his more structured stuff is no less clever but a lot more entertaining.
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