Gone? I watched it this afternoon and it still seems there to me. Maybe it’s just cached my end or something.
Anyway, it was … interesting I guess. At first it was odd watching Gomez as she seemed to have pretty much the same performance as when in Dr Who. I don’t actually know her from anything else. Likewise I only know Natalie Casey from the 2 pints of lager thing, and again it was the same performance. Margolyes was great as normal.
There were plenty of laughs, but it seems a pretty delicate subject to base a sitcom around. Even made me cry nearer the end, although pretty much everything can make me cry. I’d guess it never went any further as there was too high a risk of causing upset.
Having heard his ‘Lister voice’ both in the shows, on the audiobooks, and on the DVD commentary, I would argue that Chris Barrie *cannot* do a convincing scouse accent. At least not to the ears of people familiar with scouse accents.
Don’t get me wrong; he’s an excellent mimic, and truly talented at doing voices. But while he can sort of ‘echo’ Craig very well (Queeg), the accent doesn’t sound remotely genuine.
He’s still better at it than Robert Carlyle in ‘The 51st State’, though.