13 Responses to Seeing Norman Lovett on Keeping Up Appearances

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  1. It’s not relevant to this but where else to put it, I ask ye. Of places where it might be read.

    What’s written on the fax at the end of the Yeah No Yeah No movie? John dies, collapses to the floor, camera zooms in on pixellated fax, fade to black. I’m assuming this is a limitation of my laptop rather than an error of the DVD or film itself, so can anyone help? It’d just be good to know I haven’t missed the whole point of watching that film.

  2. Ah yes. Every time I show the film to people, I have to say “Right, you can’t read what the fax says, but this is what it says, and bear in mind it’s really not a very good gag, and certainly, it’s not a very good gag to end the film with.”

    So, this is what the fax says, and bear in mind it’s really not a very good gag, and certainly, it’s not a very good gag to end the film with :

    “We’ll give you $100million if you recast. How about Hugh Grant Jr. for Lister?”

  3. And why *does* everyone die, anyway?

    Sack the writers.

  4. Sorry, John but Keeping Up Appearances is appalling.

  5. That fucking fax…

    TM:YNYN is *appalling*, from a technical point of view. Lighting’s shit, camerawork’s shoddy, and we had massive problems in post-production. I could do an infinitely better job now, a year. But I still adore the script and the performances, and still love the rest of the team for nailing both of those.

    Chaps – isn’t it about a year since we shot it? I hope we haven’t missed the anniversary…

  6. > TM:YNYN is *appalling*, from a technical point of view. Lighting’s shit,
    > camerawork’s shoddy, and we had massive problems in post-production. I
    > could do an infinitely better job now,

    True as that surely is, these things never completely go away. I’m not surprised Woody Allen refuses to watch his stuff back after he’s done editing – it’s agony. You can have all the cash, the best crew…things still go wrong, money always runs out, and it’s never what it was in your head.

    Why the hell do we do this again?!

  7. > Sorry, John but Keeping Up Appearances is appalling.

    It bloody is not.

    *notes down as an idea another NTS article*

  8. Keeping Up Appearances is not appalling.

    It’s *much* worse than that.

  9. We shot it 12th and 13th March 2005.

    And, yes, it is appalling from a technical point of view. I could do a much better post job on it though, which would make it look a lot better. Especially the sound, which remains horribly noisy.

    Lighting – well, I do remember expressing concern over whether three lights would be enough, and I did ask you to get hold of a correction filter so we could shoot with the flourescent tubes on.

    But now we actually have the facilities to squirt it out onto my PC at the full resolution, it would look a whole lot better.

  10. And we really should get onto shooting our next thing :)

  11. I think I’m probably sensitive to criticism of Keeping Up Appearances because so many people seem slag it off just because it’s a middle-of-the-road sitcom, rather than actually watching it properly. Of course, some people will have watched it properly and still don’t like it – including, I’m sure, the people who don’t like it in this thread.

    Of course, it’s pretty formulaic – but, then, I’ve never minded formula if that formula is a funny one. And as you all know from discussions about VI, what some people would call a repetitive joke, I call a *running* joke – which get funnier each time. And the cast is just absolutely fantastic.

    But most of all, the series is packed with funny situations and silly jokes. I can’t really see what else I’d want from a sitcom. It’s not a *classic* (Open All Hours is probably Roy Clarke’s claim to a classic sitcom) – but it’s jolly good fun.

  12. I think Keeping up Appearances is at least as good as One Foot in the Grave which people seem to rate much more highly for some reason.

    The situation of Keeping up Appearances is pretty strong and there are some great moments. I remember the Bucket woman standing on the side of a lake as her husband struggled to get a boat back to the edge – he really couldn’t do it, I think he didn’t even have any oares left, but she was standing there demanding for him to get his boat back to the side, screaming “I ORDER YOU”. Very brilliant.

    I’m going to start up a “Keeping up Appearances is better than Red Dwarf and Edward Scissorhands” campaign. And I will win.

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