The Ricky Gervais Show – Tuesdays, E4 10pm

Courtesy of Ricky Gervais and Stephen Merchant there is a new cartoon in town, with a bit of a twist.

Gervais and Merchant have taken their popular podcasts and made them suitable for TV by adding a cartoon element. In a style reminiscent of ‘The Flintstones’ and other Hanna Barbera cartoons, they have transformed themselves and their fellow producer Karl Pilkington into animated characters. In chat show style, we see the three characters discussing their random musings on life and how it affects them. 

Even though it is called ‘The Ricky Gervais Show’ the programme actually concentrates on the character of Karl Pilkington and what he experiences every day. They just let him loose on any topic that comes into his head and let him ramble on with the idea.

Stephen Merchant makes some smart and funny comments, and what goes on in Karl Pilkington’s head does make you laugh out loud. The visual representation of Karl’s life and what he goes through is very funny and the cartoon gives you the chance to see it, something that was missing from the podcasts.

This show is very funny and Ricky Gervais does make some amusing comments but it is very selective comedy. In this show Ricky Gervais is quite annoying and if you are not a fan of his humour then this show may not be for you. Naming a show after himself is just a chance for Ricky to show how big he is, and as he is the comedy mastermind behind the podcasts he can call the show what he wants. On the other hand, everyone knows who Gervais is and it may attract more audiences this way.

Although I find Ricky Gervais slightly grating, at least he has brought this slick new comedy to our screens.