“unusual obsession with death and danger…” News Posted by John Hoare on 17th September 2006, 23:27 I’m currently watching Brittas Series 5, in preparation for my DVD review. (More for my own anal completist benefit than the thought that anyone might enjoy reading my bitching, it has to be said.) And something struck me whilst watching the episode The Lies Have It. Now, you all know why I love the show – it’s just really really joyously unpleasant, in a way that I’ve never seen in any other sitcom. But despite all the unpleasantness, there’s usually talk of people being “injured” by Brittas. Often vast numbers of people, admittedly, and often seriously, but nonetheless – not actually dead. Now, with some instances people could easily have died that we’re just not told about – but that’s not a confirmation of their death. And yes, there’s been talk of him killing people – but always as throwaway lines about adventures that we never get to see, not anything that is part of that week’s episode. And admittedly, there is the odd onscreen death – the cyclist at the start of Not A Good Day, for instance – but nothing you can really blame on Brittas himself. Until you get to The Lies Have It. Where, through a bizarre series of mishaps started by Brittas himself, a high-voltage electrical cable falls from the roof of the centre and electrocutes a vanful of workmen. Now ordinarily, I’d count this as “not confirmed”, even if they look lifeless and burnt to a crisp – but it’s Brittas’s line as he gestures to the van near the end of the episode that gets me: BRITTAS: I had to call the contractors to complain about the builders. Have you seen them? They’ve been sitting in that van for three hours like statues now. Pretty depressing. I think that qualifies them as most definitely dead. Now, am I right? Are these workers the first actual onscreen deaths we can attribute to Brittas himself?