I do shudder at some of BBC Three’s new sitcom output. The channel had a real identity crisis. It re-launched but still had some good stuff on it. It then got rid of one of its most popular comedies, Pulling, to focus on things that strictly targets young people. This new kind of demographical targeting may tick boxes when it comes to remit but does it tick any boxes when it comes to quality? Despite starring Jonathan Pryce and Mark Gatiss, I’d have to say that Clone definitely doesn’t.
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Underneath a supermarket Jonathan Pryce’s Frankenstein-style supermarket manager/cloning professor does his deeds. He was about to unleash his human clone – Soldier 2.0 – to meet the demands of his camp and shouty army employer (played by the always-brilliant Mark Gatiss).
The trouble was, the clones comes out an idiot. A geeky, lanky idiot who kept falling over a lot and acting like a child. Pryce’s character, embarrassed at how his experiment had turned out, smuggled the clone out of the compound.
So Jonathan Pryce and his stupid clone were stranded in the world. The clone was touching everyone and everything. He met a woman in a pub so he licked her face. He drank a pint and spat it out over everyone.
Was this a weird buddy comedy? A fish-out-of water scenario? A father/son sitcom? I had no idea.
When you have people like Jonathan Pryce and Mark Gatiss onboard, you had better make it good but this was pretty lame. The acting was good and Gatiss really was hamming things brilliant, but everything else was pretty awful. There were some nice touches and ideas, but these didn’t carry out. In fact it didn’t feel like a sitcom, it felt like a very low-budget film. The plot was so familiar and very filmic too. I just didn’t see the point of it really.
The laughter track was annoying and, to be honest, so was pretty much everything else. Now, I’m not saying this is bad as Coming Of Age, but the fact that Clone is mentioned in the same sentence as that monstrosity says it all.Join TVScoop on Facebook for exclusive competitions and gossip