Vic & Bob’s Big Night Out review – don’t analyse, just marvel as it takes flight

The Guardian - Dec 05, 22:30 GMT

The duo are back, emanating warm currents of guff including ‘Britain’s only gay man’ Graham Lister and his pet owl, BeakyIt came back

The duo are back, emanating warm currents of guff including ‘Britain’s only gay man’ Graham Lister and his pet owl, Beaky

It came back. Almost the same title and the same two friends doing the same daft things they have always done – Bob fully committed, Vic with just the very faintest trace of self-consciousness – and the same general sense that the whole thing may be sponsored by the Campaign for Stopping Americans Ever Immigrating Here En Masse Or at Least Settling in Properly If They Do.

Such differences as there are – a shared desk, an opening rather than closing song, some pre-recorded sketches – are drawn mostly from the duo’s other shows, The Smell of Reeves and Mortimer and Bang, Bang, It’s Reeves and Mortimer. But the basic vibe of Vic & Bob’s Big Night Out (BBC Two, shown on BBC Four last week) is the same as it always was, and you are as free to collapse in hysterics or to walk away utterly baffled by unintelligible nonsense as you ever were.

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