Celebrities and politicians are lampooned by a talented team of impressionists in this comedy sketch show.
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Series cast summary:
Jon Culshaw ...  Various Roles / ... 13 episodes, 2002-2006
Kevin Connelly Kevin Connelly ...  Various Roles / ... 12 episodes, 2002-2006
Phil Cornwell ...  Various Roles / ... 12 episodes, 2002-2006
Mark Perry Mark Perry ...  Various Roles / ... 12 episodes, 2002-2006
Jan Ravens Jan Ravens ...  Various Roles / ... 12 episodes, 2002-2006
Jess Robinson 11 episodes, 2006-2007
Jason Barnett 10 episodes, 2005-2006
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A talented group of impressionists perform a variety of topical comic sketches sending up politicians, celebrities and other well-known public figures. Written by Mark Smith <msmith@osi.co.uk>

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15 March 2002 (UK) See more »

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1.78 : 1
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Started in 2000 as a radio series on BBC Radio 4. See more »

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George W. Bush: [Bush has just imprisoned Big Bird in Camp X-Ray] How else can the american people know that the next terrorist attack will not come from Al-Qaeda, but will be brought to them by the Children's Television Workshop? God bless pancakes.
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Hardly that clever or sharp but a generally funny impressions-based sketch show
27 December 2005 | by bob the mooSee all my reviews

Beginning life on Radio 4, this show first came to my attention because John Culshaw used to be a regular on the Chris Moyles radio show back when I used to think he was worth listening to. At first glance it didn't really appeal to me because I was expecting something a lot more like Bremner, Bird & Fortune, by which I mean I was hoping it would be cleverer, sharper and not necessarily the sort of funny that makes you laugh but occasionally the uneasy feeling that the latter show can give you. However a few more viewings and I settled down into acceptance that Dead Ringers is not in the same arena as BB&F and that this is not necessarily a problem.

DR tends not to be as sharp because it isn't really a satirical show (although it can be), it is more of a straight comedy show (although not totally to the degree of, say, Alistair McGowan). This mix of populist and political works quite well and produces some very good scenes with a good hit/miss ratio. It isn't always the smartest game in town but it makes for it by being roundly entertaining. It rarely has a point to make but rather just takes aims at public figures with general mockery. Hence we get things like Andrew Marr with his fantastically out-of-control arms or the simply dumb George Bush; it is rarely insightful but it works.

The performers are all pretty talented and, although the visuals aren't always great, the voices are normally spot on. Culshaw relies a bit too heavily on the old stalwarts of Dr Who and Obi-Wan, but generally he is very good although I do get the impression that the general comic approach of the material is down to his influence. Ravens is usually the one that looks least like any of the people she is impersonating but she does get the voices really on target to compensate; with fewer females in target positions, she tends to take more of a support role at times but she is generally good. Cornwell isn't a great impressionist but he is very close and he has good delivery, Connelly is equally as good and Perry is good in most, if not all, of his roles.

Overall this isn't a clever show or the satirical impressions that I've grown used to with BB&F but instead Dead Ringers is more generally amusing. Mocking and poking fun rather than being sharp and incisive puts it below BB&F in my book (despite actually being funnier) but for the majority of viewers this will do the job. A bit broad for my tastes but generally funny and entertaining.


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