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Boom Town

Wed Aug 14, 10-10.30pm, BBC3

Series one, episode one
If you love ‘Fonejacker’, ‘You’ve Been Framed’ and the audition phases of talent shows before the weirdos get thrown off, you’ll love this new sketch show. Billed as a ‘genre hybrid that mixes the conventions of structured reality with those of a traditional sketch show’ – ie a show in which some very strange people use their own scripted dialogue in ‘enhanced’ scenes and set-ups – it’s not without its charms.

At its worst, however, laughing at people like Kev, the white-haired witch trying to cast a spell on an estate agent, or Stella, the fashion designer attempting to persuade a boutique to stock her sanitary towel, or idiotic Jonny and his excruciatingly bad chat-up lines, makes for uncomfortable viewing.

But the sketches where the humour’s done with affection – watching bug-eyed as gay care-home worker Alan reads his elderly charges gay porn, or wannabe actress Dorota and her husband add their magical spin to scenes from ‘The Shining’ and ‘Dracula’ – really do raise a smile. It might well offer clues as to whether the joke’s on them or us.


Jonny NA$H

M8 everyone knew its a Comerdy Sketch Show! They told all of us from day one! Key word Comerdy!!!!!!!

Atonu Pal

This is regarding BBC Three serial Boom Town. I am Atonu Pal and my wife is Dorota Lopatynska-de-Slepowron. We both are in Boom Town. We have several comments to make. The producer is out of touch. The golden rule is to make the first episode the most attractive because first impression is the key to success and to sustain public interest. Most sadly, the first episode was awful because of tasteless vulgarism, obscenity and other crude scenes which were unnecessary to make it a comedy. The result was disastrous because both the press and public lost interest in the following episodes. Regarding our contribution to the series, we were never told that it would be a comedy. Had the producers told us that it would be a comedy serial, then we could have written one script with multiple episodes, with elements of comedy, drama, and suspense to keep the audience interest sustained so that people can’t afford to watch the next episodes to find out what will happen next? Instead, we were told to showcase numerous emotions and we wrote multiple scripts for each emotion and the producer had a problem to fit them all in this comedy Boom Town. How could a grief scene contribute to any comedy? Moreover, they truncated our scripts damaging the impact of the script and our acting. We were shocked to see several episodes where they tried to make Boom Town a comedy at our cost. Boom Town used unprofessional and unethical tactics to make us look ridiculous and silly to make people laugh. Both camera and lighting was sub standard. Dorota was over-exposed and I was out of the camera in many scenes. In the Vampire scene they used my awkward moment of handling the Dracula teeth, in the Dirty Dancing scene they showed when our dancing was interrupted because of their faulty CD, they used all other possible awkward moments during rehearsals - in short, we were not aware that they were using our private talks, rehearsals and other mistakes to make us look awkward to make it a comedy. This is unprofessionalism and this is cheap, bad taste and a crude way to turn sincere acting into pieces. I wrote the whole script for each scene in Boom Town. But they purposely made us look funny by not giving the whole context of the scripts and by using the worst moments to put us in bad light. We were directors, actors and script writers. We had no idea how we were acting because we were never shown the filming. Dorota has many talents including painting and singing. If you are interested, you can interview us and you can see Dorota’s personal site at http://mystical-rainbow.co.uk/home.html Kind regards Dr Atonu Pal, PhD