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A series of short sketches from some of Britain's comedy kings including David Mitchell, Robert Webb, Olivia Coleman and Martin Freeman.






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Series cast summary:
Olivia Colman ...  Samantha / ... 6 episodes, 2000
Matthew Holness ...  Australian Playboy / ... 6 episodes, 2000
Charlotte Hudson Charlotte Hudson ...  A-Level Program Presenter / ... 6 episodes, 2000
Martin Freeman ...  Gary / ... 6 episodes, 2000
Robert Webb ...  Gary - Policeman / ... 6 episodes, 2000
David Mitchell ...  Kevin - Policeman / ... 6 episodes, 2000


A series of short sketches from some of Britain's comedy kings including David Mitchell, Robert Webb, Olivia Coleman and Martin Freeman.

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BBC Website - Bruiser





Release Date:

28 February 2000 (UK) See more »

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(6 episodes)


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Both Ricky Gervais and Richard Ayoade wrote for the series. See more »


Featured in The Comedy Vaults: BBC2's Hidden Treasure (2014) See more »

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A Promising but Inexperienced Debut from Mitchell and Webb
12 October 2007 | by Afzal-s2007See all my reviews

Bruiser was Mitchell and Webb's first series as lead writers and actors, having earlier written for Jack Doherty and Armstrong & Miller in the late nineties. They were aided by additional writer Ricky Gervais and actor Martin Freeman, as well as Olivia Coleman and Charlotte Hudson, all still in the first stretch of their careers.

Though never rising above good, and quite often charting far below, Bruiser had some of the hallmarks of a successful series with some memorable recurring characters, such as an American TV producer, played by David Mitchell, who is obsessed with Alan Titchmarsh, only he pronounces it 'TITS-MARCH…GET ME TITSMARCH!', and an excellent spoof of spurious, 'down with the kids', TV schools programmes, funky, high on so-called entertainment, but light on education. One of these 'school programmes', ostensibly about the Romans in Bath, was basically an excuse for a romp between Robert Webb and Charlotte Hudson in a bath.

The sketch show is undeniably an extremely tricky format. The basic problem with Bruiser was that it had far too many dud sketches, and not enough good staple sketches in order to cohere into a classic series. Mitchell and Webb's unquestionable comic energy therefore seemed wayward and led in too many unfunny directions. They also didn't give Olivia Coleman or Charlotte Hudson much to do. This might have been OK for Charlotte Hudson, but Olivia Coleman, one of Britain's best comic actors, was wasted.

All of the above betrays Mitchell and Webb's inexperience at the time. Having said that, I still can't quite see why it wasn't given the chance of a second series as there was potential there. Still, Bruiser did point the way upwards for Mitchell and Webb on their ascendant trajectory towards the brilliance of Peep Show, which is a great series, and That Mitchell and Webb Look, which isn't great but still very good.

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