The new series of People Just Do Nothing went up on the iPlayer last week (it’s on BBC2 10pm from Weds 22nd Aug) and so far it seems to be doing well.
It’s picked up some decent reviews, with 5* from The Times ‘the best ensemble comedy since the office’ is high praise, and The Independent have weighed in as well with ‘one of Britain’s finest sitcoms’ which might be a bit much, but who’s complaining. Bar Eastenders it’s been at the top of the iPlayer stack all week. Happy with that.
There was also a tidy 4 page feature in The Guide with the ‘Beatles of Brentford’.
There’s lots of clips doing the rounds on social media as well, most of which are additional material that aren’t in the series.
There’s more clips that are going to get released as the series progresses because the guys improvise so well when shooting and come up with great lines all the time.
I discovered this one from Series II recently, it was only ever a rough cut of an improvised scene of Steve getting lost in Wickes but it’s still good.
Often when actors ad lib only the odd line makes the cut. Within this series, whole scenes that were scripted can get replaced with improvised material that they come up with in the moment when they’re together. Of the following scene, which I cut to open series III with, only the final line was on the page.
From memory, the next couple of minutes of the episode, where they arrive at ‘studio’ were mostly improvised whilst shooting as well. Keeping track of all the improvised material makes the edit harder work but is worth it. So often the improvised dialogue is very funny and more ‘real’ – I think it’s one of the factors (there are loads more) that helps make the whole series flow and draw people in as it feels ‘true’.
Either way from the first day in the edit it was clear that the whole team, cast & crew, were on strong form and I think this series is the best so far. And I don’t think they’ve peaked yet.
For now, the ‘Beatles of Brentford’ roll on.